Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

  1. ATR

Once you’ve earned your ATR designation, keeping it current allows you to maintain this professional credential, thus enhancing your value to clients or employers. It also puts you on track to become a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC).

As an ATR you are able to provide supervision of direct client contact hours for prospective ATR candidates.

When providing supervision as an ATR, please note the following:

  1. No more than 50% of all ATR applicants supervision hours may be completed by an ATR. 
  2. When completing application materials for an ATR applicants use only the current forms provided by the ATCB-any application materials on outdated form will not be accepted. 
  3. When providing supervision the a group setting, ATCB accepts group supervised direct client contact experience. The hours of supervision provided in a group setting must be divided by the number of participants in the group. Example, one hour of supervision with four individuals being supervised would equate to .25 hours of supervision.

    Maintaining the ATR

        The ATCB credential year is July 1- June 30. To maintain your ATR credential:

  • Adhere to the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures
  • Complete the renewal process of your ATR each year. The credential year is July 1-June 30. The renewal process is the completion of the mandatory attestation of compliance to the ATCB ethical code and the annual fee of $100.
    *Once awarded the credential the ATR professional designation is valid for the remainder of the credential year of which you are approved.
  • Please be sure to update your email address and other personal information in your MyATCB portal. Please note the ATCB National Office cannot access your portal space to complete this for you. If you need assistance accessing your portal please contact the National Office 


Renewing the ATR:

An annual renewal notice will be sent to you in April of each year and is due by June 30.

The function of renewals is the submission of a completed ethics and credential attestation that you are in compliance with the ATCB Code of Ethics Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.

All renewals must be completed on the MyATCB portal. Manual renewals require board authorization, please do not mail a check to the national office. All checks received by mail will be returned to the sender.

By June 30th of each year, all credential holders must complete the annual ethics attestation and pay annual maintenance fees to maintain their credentials.  The ATCB affords a 30 day grace period from July 1-July 31 for anyone who missed the renewal window, there is a late fee during this time. After July 31st any credential not renewed becomes inactive.

Additional information about reinstating an inactive credential can be found here.



If you don’t plan on renewing you may:

The above options are located on MyATCB portals