BOARD CERTIFICATION (ATR-BC)
“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.
- Complete the renewal process of your ATR each year. The renewal process is the completion of the mandatory attestation of compliance to the ATCB ethical code and the annual fee of $100.
- Recertify your board certification (BC) every 5 years, either through accruing Continuing Education Credits or retaking and passing the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, including completing the CE tracker with 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. All recertification must be completed on MYATCB, the ATCB no longer accepts handwritten CEC tracking forms.
A random sample of 10% or more of all recertifications is audited each year. Acceptable documentation as outlined in the recertification standards. Note: only those selected for an audit are required to submit documentation to verify CEC’s outlined on CEC trackers.