Provisional Registered Art Therapist (ATR-Provisional)

  1. Provisional Registered Art Therapist (ATR-P)

The Provisional Registered Art Therapist (ATR-Provisional) is the credential that ensures an art therapist meets established educational standards, with successful completion of advanced specific graduate-level education in art therapy, and is practicing art therapy under an approved ATCB credentialed supervisor(s) at the time of application. Individuals are eligible to apply for this credential once they have completed their degree (or education requirements for the ATR-Provisional) and are engaged in a supervisory relationship with a qualified supervisor(s). The ATR-Provisional is not a required credential to apply for the ATR.

The application fee for the Provisional Registered Art Therapist (ATR) is non-refundable and non-transferable. This fee covers the administrative costs of application review. Do not use application handbooks from previous years, all applicants must submit applications according to the standards and procedures outlined in the handbook for the year that the application is submitted. 

Candidates submit their applications to the ATCB via MyATCB. Candidates must respond truthfully to all questions in the Disciplinary and Litigation history section of the ATR-P application. If you have current or past disciplinary or legal events that require you to respond “yes” to any of the questions, copies of the charge documents and follow-up documents must be included, along with your written account of the event(s). This information should be uploaded with your application on MyATCB. All ATCB applicants and credential holders agree to abide by the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures and report any issues to ATCB in writing.

The ATCB has instated a new application submission process. For any application submitted after May 1, 2021, all applicants must provide the name and email for their Supervisors. The National Office will contact these individuals on the applicant’s behalf. Applicant Attestations must be uploaded with the application. If applied before May 1, 2021, the Applicant Attestation must be emailed to

If an education review is required, applicants need to upload their Coursework Verification form and provide the name and email of the individual who will complete their Verification of Practicum/Internship. The National Office will contact these individuals on the applicant’s behalf.

Once all supporting application documents are received, the application will move to “In Review”, review times can take eight to twelve weeks. You will be notified when your application has finished the review, you can check the status of your application review process on your MyATCB portal. Once approved, you may then use the AT-P professional designation for the remainder of the credential year of which you are approved. The credential year of the ATCB runs July 1 through June 30.

Please note those applying for the ATR-P can begin to collect and document supervised hours toward their ATR before the ATR-P is granted.

To maintain the ATR-P credential annual renewals are required, in which credential holders complete a formal attestation that they are in compliance with the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures. Your annual renewal notice will be sent to you in April of each year and is due by June 30. the annual renewal fee is $25. A late fee of $30 is assessed if renewals are not is not completed by June 30.

Any credential that is not renewed will become inactive.

ATR-Provisional Application Handbook

The ATR-Provisional Application Handbook explains all of the requirements for the ATR-Provisional application.

Be sure all requirements are completed and documented prior to applying for the ATR-Provisional credential. If you have any questions about the application or credentialing process, please contact us at