“It was an asset when I applied for a new job last year. The additional credentials conveyed greater professionalism.” -Amy Wysocki, ATR-BC


Once you’ve earned your BC designation, keeping your ATR current annually and recertfying your BC every five years allows you to maintain this professional distinction thus enhancing your value to clients or employers. It also puts you on track to become a Art Therapy Credentialed Supervisor.

To maintain your status as a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC), you must:

  • Adhere to the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures.
  • Complete the renewal process of your ATR each year. The credential year is July 1-June 30. The renewal process is the completion of the mandatory attestation of compliance to the ATCB ethical code and the annual fee of $100. Renewal fees cover the costs of maintaining the credentials, the national registry, the MyATCB operational platform, The Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures, and the Ethics Officers. Learn more about the renewal process here. 
  • Recertify your board certification (BC) every 5 years, either through accruing Continuing Education Credits or retaking and passing the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE) and the recertification fee of $100. Recertification fees cover the costs of the certifications program-the Psyhometricians, exam development, the job analysis, accreditation maintenance, certification standards, the ATCBE operating system, and the MyATCB operational platform, and the part of the ethical code and Ethics Officers that oversee certification related matters.

Renewing the ATR:

An annual renewal notice will be sent to you in May of each year and is due by June 30. A late fee will be charged if the fee is not received by June 30. If you don’t complete your annual renewal, your credential will become inactive. You may not use the ATR-BC designation if you are inactive and must seek reinstatement of the ATR credential. If your ATR is inactive during the time of your board certification cycle, once the ATR is reinstated the BC distinction can resume. If you did not complete the annual renewal of your ATR, and did not complete the recertification of your board certification (BC), the reinstatement process only returns the ATR to active status. Additional information is below about the recertification process.

Remember all ATR-BC need to renew their registration as an art therapist (ATR) annually and every five years recertify board certification distinction. These are separate processes. Click here for step-by-step instructions on renewing and recertifying.

If you don’t plan on renewing you may:

  • Apply for Retired Stats (Lifetime vs. Annual). The fee for lifetime is $150. The fee for annual is $25
  • Apply for Temporary Inactive Status. The Temporary Inactive Status fee is $25
  • Choose to relinquish your Art Therapist Registration (ATR) by sending us your statement of relinquishment to

Recertification of the BC:

The purpose of the ATR-BC recertification process is to ensure that you continue to meet the high standards exhibited by this certification. The five-year recertification requirement, an industry-standard time frame, ensures that ATR-BCs are current in maintaining the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate proficiency in the field, in order to protect the public.

To be recertified, you must complete the recertification application, including completing the CE tracker with 100 qualifying continuing education credits during the five-year certification cycle or re-take and pass the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE), which is updated annually. Recertification must be completed before the recertification cycle ends. The date of recertification can be found in credential holder MYATCB portals, ID cards, and board certification certificates.

The ATCB recognizes a variety of CEC activities. These activities are clearly outlined in the recertification standards provided to all ATR-BCs in their recertification year. A minimum of six CECs must be earned in the area of ethics each cycle. Begining in 2023 a minimum of six CEC’s must be earned in supervision.

Keeping documentation of earned CECs is essential for your recertification application. All recertification must be completed on MYATCB, the ATCB no longer accepts handwritten CEC tracking forms.

A random sample of 10% or more of all recertifications is audited each year. Acceptable documentation as outlined in the recertification standards. Note: only those selected for an audit are required to submit documentation to verify CEC’s outlined on CEC trackers.

Please note that recertification and renewal are separate processes. If recertification of board certification distinction is due, all credential holders must complete that application and also complete the renewal of their Registered Art Therapist (ATR). If recertification is not completed by the time a credential holder certification cycle has ended (June 30), the board certification is no longer valid. To reattain board certification, the ATCBE exam is required. More information about the ATCBE can be found here. 

Any ATR-BC that does not complete their annual renewal of the ATR will go inactive. If the ATR is inactive, the BC distinction is no longer valid as an active ATR is required to be board certified. Learn more about reinstating an ATR here.