MAINTAINING YOUR CREDENTIALS

NOTICE: The ATCB has extended the July 1 2021-June 30, 2022 renewal period through July 31, 2021. The ATCB will afford a 30 day grace period August1-August 30 before credentials become inactive. There is a $30 late fee during this grace period. 

The ATCB credential year runs July 1 through June 30.

All renewals must be completed on MyATCB. Log into MyATCB: https://my.atcb.org/

If you don’t have an account on MyATCB, you will need to create one. All renewals must be completed online to ensure the mandated ethics attestation is completed.

If you have an account on MYATCB please note due to data and security regulations you may need to reset your username and password.

If you are an ATR-BC due for recertification, there are separate applications for renewal and recertification. Please see the step-by-step instructions here. 

The ATCB credential year runs July 1 through June 30.

Beginning in May of each year, the renewal period opens on the MYATCB portal, where all credential holders have the opportunity to renew credentials for the upcoming credential year. All renewals must be completed via their MYATCB portal, the ATCB ended paper renewals in 2018. Renewing offline requires board authorization, please contact atcbinfo@atcb.org to request a paper renewal.

By June 30th of each year all credential holders – ATR, ATR-BC, and ATCS must complete their annual ethics attestation and pay annual maintenance fees should they wish 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.

Please note you can also appeal going inactive. To do so, you will need to submit a formal appeal outlining why your appeal is warranted. The appeal must be sent to appeals@atcb.org. Additional information about appeals can be found at: https://www.atcb.org/appeals/

To reiterate for inactive credentials:

  • You can reinstate it. If the fee creates a financial hardship, you can request a fee waiver from the board of directors.
  • You can appeal going inactive. 
  • You can complete reinstatement and also appeal going inactive.

The course one opts for is determined by the credential holder.

In addition, art therapists with board certification (ATR-BC) must complete a recertification process every five years.  An ATR-BC is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) who has Board Certification. Board Certification needs to be recertified every five years by completing 100 CE’s or retaking the ATCB exam. Therefore, maintenance of ATR-BC requires two separate processes:  the ATR annual renewal and the Board Certification five-year recertification. More information about recertification can be found here.

If an ATR-BC did not complete the recertification process before their five-year certification cycle ended, the BC distinction is no longer valid. When the BC distinction is invalid: 

  • One can appeal the loss of their BC.
  • One can retake their ATCBE to regain board certification. Should the exam fee create a financial hardship, they can make a request to me for a fee waiver.

The course one opts for is determined by the credential holder.

Any ATR-BC that did not complete the annual renewal of their ATR and did not recertify their BC can:

  • Can reinstate the ATR If the fee creates a financial hardship, you can request a fee waiver from the board of directors.
  • Can retake their ATCBE to regain board certification. Should the exam fee create a financial hardship, they can make a request to me for a fee waiver.
  • Can appeal the ATR going inactive and the loss of the BC distinction. 

* Keep in mind, ATCB’s maintenance fees are separate from membership dues or license renewals you pay to any national, state, or chapter organization or entity. The ATCB is not affiliated with the American Art Therapy Association. 

Learn more: How to Achieve a Seamless Renewal & Recertification Season

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Please email the ATCB National Office atcbinfo@atcb.org if you have any questions.