Art Therapy Certified Supervisor FAQ

  1. ATCS Frequently Asked Questions

Is the ATCS going to be required in order to provide supervision of future ATRs?

Like all ATCB credentials, the ATCS is voluntary and the ATCB does not require that ATR applicants receive supervision from an ATCS.


What is the annual fee for maintaining the ATCS?

The ATCS is subject to an annual maintenance fee which is currently $25. The credential year is July 1-June 30. 

How much experience as a supervisor do I need to have in order to apply?

As of 2021, there are new standards for the ATCS credential. The standards are as follows:

  1. 500 hours of art therapy supervisory experience.
  2. At least 10 hours of formal education training in clinical supervision and/or supervised supervision. These education/training hours must have taken place within ten years of the application date. There is a one-year grandfathering period where the ATCB will honor the previous ATCS tracks. Please see the 2020 ATCS handbook for details on the previous tracks. Applicants utilizing the grandfathering period will need to submit all application materials to

All applicants must meet the requirements of the ATCS credential; other supervisory credentials will not automatically translate.

How long must I be an ATR-BC before I can apply for the ATCS?

An applicant for the ATCS must hold the ATR-BC for a minimum of 24 months before applying and must maintain the ATR-BC as one of the conditions of retaining the ATCS.