Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

Becoming a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) requires the completion of qualifying master’s level education (including art therapy core curriculum, supervised practicum and internship experiences) and post-education supervised clinical experience.

Candidates submit their application to the ATCB and, if certified, you will be notified that your ATR application has been approved. You may then use the ATR professional designation.

Candidates must respond truthfully to all questions in the Disciplinary and Litigation history section of the ATR application. If you have current or past disciplinary or legal events that require you to respond “yes” to any of the questions, copies of the charge documents and follow-up documents must be included, along with your written account of the event(s). This information should be placed in an envelope marked “Disciplinary and Litigation History,” sealed and included with your application packet. All ATCB applicants and credential holders agree to abide by the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures and report any issues to ATCB in writing.

After your application is submitted to the ATCB, it will be reviewed and you will be notified if your ATR application has been approved. Once approved, you may then use the ATR professional designation.

ATR Application Handbook (PDF)

The ATR application process is the culmination of your education and supervised practice as to become an art therapist. The ATR Application Handbook explains all of the requirements for the ATR application and contains the required forms.

Review the ATR Application Handbook in its entirety prior to beginning the application process. You must apply for the ATR online and then submit your official documentation via postal mail.

Be sure all requirements are completed and documented prior to applying for the ATR credential. If you have any questions about the application or credentialing process, please contact us at or (877) 213-2822.

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