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

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.
  • Pay the annual maintenance fee of $100.
  • Complete the renewal process each year.
  • Recertify every 5 years, either through accruing Continuing Education Credits or passing the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE).


The payment of annual fees is required to maintain your credential. Your 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 it is not and/or if the Disciplinary & Litigation History section of the renewal process is not completed & submitted, your credential will become inactive. You may not use the ATR-BC designation if your credential is inactive. If your credential has become inactive you must seek reinstatement. (please see fee chart).

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


The purpose of the ATR-BC recertification process is to ensure that you continue to meet the high standards exhibited by this credential. 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, verifying the accrual of 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.

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.

Keeping documentation of earned CECs is essential for your recertification application. A random sample of 10% or more of all recertifiers are audited each year. Acceptable documentation may be in the form of academic transcripts, certificates of attendance from recognized providers or other proof as outlined in the recertification standards. A CEC tracking form is a convenient way to document CEC hours and is required if you are audited.