About The Credentials

Credentialing and Certification offered through ATCB constitute recognition of current competence in the practice of art therapy.  Earning a credential and board certification is an indication that the individual meets the minimum professional experience, examination, continuing education, and professional conduct standards set by ATCB.

The Registered Art Therapist (ATR) credential is an independent assessment of competency and a greater attestation of an individual’s current skills than education or work experience alone.  The ultimate beneficiaries of the ATCB certification program are the consumers and the general public who can look to an ATCB credential and board certification for assurance that the individual holding these possesses the knowledge, skills, experience for quality practice in art therapy and are following the ethical code.

We confer and administer four professional credentials to art therapy practitioners. The credential year runs from July 1 through June 30.

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Provisional Registered Art Therapist (ATR-Provisional)

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 supervisor(s). 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.

Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

The Registered Art Therapist (ATR) is the credential that ensures an art therapist meets established standards, with successful completion of advanced specific graduate-level education in art therapy and supervised post-graduate art therapy experience.

Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)

The Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) is the highest-level art therapy credential. ATR-BCs pass a national examination, demonstrating comprehensive knowledge of the theories and clinical skills used in art therapy. All board-certified art therapists (ATR-BC) are required to recertify their board certification every five years through the completion of 100 continuing education credits or successful passage of the ATCBE national examination.

Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCS)

Experienced Board Certified Art Therapists who provide clinical supervision may want to consider becoming an Art Therapy Credentialed Supervisor (ATCS). The ATCS is designed for ATR-BCs who have acquired specific training and skills in clinical supervision. Working with an ATCS ensures that current art therapy students and early-career practitioners receive the best art therapy clinical supervision available.


All ATCB credential holders must abide by the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures. Those who hold ATCB credentials are required to adhere to these parameters of ethical practice.

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