Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

Becoming a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) requires the completion of qualifying master’s level education (including art therapy core curriculum, supervised practicum, and internship experiences), post-education supervised clinical experience, and references. Please review the registration standards for additional information.

The application fee for the 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 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  instated a new application submission process. Any application submitted after May 1, 2021 Applicants must provide the name and email for their Supervisors and References. The National Office will contact these individuals on the applicant’s behalf. 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 an “In Review”, review times can take eight to twelve weeks. If approved you will be notified if your ATR application has been approved. Once approved, you may then use the ATR 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.

To maintain the ATR 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 $100. 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.

Review the application handbook, it will have detailed information about application requirements and the application process.

ATR Application Handbook (PDF)


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