Each candidate who meets current ATR-BC application requirements and passes the examination for board-certification purposes will receive a certificate suitable for framing and will be allowed to designate himself or herself as a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC).


No examinee may take the ATCBE more than 3 times in any 12 month period, whether for board certification or licensure. Individual states may have further restrictions regarding re-testing for licensure applicants.


Any candidate who fails to pass the ATCBE is entitled to an appeal. To appeal, the candidate must submit a written letter to the ATCB National Office detailing the reasons for the appeal (providing all relevant documentation) within 30 days from receiving notice of his or her examination results.

Appeals will be reviewed by the ATCB Board of Appeals in accordance with their policies and procedures. In accordance with best practices for the validity of the exam, test scores cannot be changed, but alternatives such as retesting may be allowed.