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Current bcata membership may 2023 – april 2024, all bcata members:.
- Are welcome to attend the BCATA Annual General Meeting
- Are entitled to reduced rates at BCATA Conference
- Will receive the BCATA online monthly Announcements and Postings
Registered & Professional Members receive all of the above PLUS:
- the right to vote and hold office,
- 6-months free when creating a profile on PsychologyToday ,
- a great opportunity for networking,
- professional development and CEC programming,
- and a chance to get to know your art therapy community.
Professional Member – $115
Registered Art Therapist – $115
Student Member – FREE
Associate Member – $60
Retired Member – $40
Professional Member (Adler, DVATI, DKATI)
Professional Membership is open to all art therapists who have completed post-graduate professional training in Art Therapy from an accredited school or institute of art therapy (eg. Adler, VATI, KATI, TATI, Concordia, etc).
Learn more about this level of membership and apply online.
Registered member (bcatr, atr, rcat).
$165 ($115 + $50 non-refundable application processing fee)
Registered Members are Professional Art Therapists that have completed all pre-requisites and have been approved for registered status with the BCATA Registration Chair.
Open to all students currently studying art therapy at an accredited school or institution of art therapy (eg. Adler, VATI, KATI, etc.)
Open to volunteers or individuals who are not professional art therapists. Contact information will not be displayed in the BCATA Art Therapist Directory.
Retired membership shall be open to registered professional members or professional members who are art therapists who have retired from practicing art therapy but wish to retain membership. Profile will not be displayed in the membership directory.
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We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have about Art Therapy or our Association.
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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 Registered Art Therapist with Board Certification (ATR-BC), you must:
- Adhere to the ATCB Code of Ethics, Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures.
- Complete the annual renewal of your credential- the ATR
- Recertify every 5 years through accruing Continuing Education Credits or passing the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE).
- Please update your email address and other personal information in your MyATCB portal. Please note that the ATCB National Office cannot access your portal space to complete this. If you need assistance accessing your portal, please get in touch with the National Office [email protected]
Please note that recertification and renewal are separate processes with separate fees . If recertification of board certification distinction is due, you must complete the recertification application and the annual renewal of your credential: Registered Art Therapist (ATR).
Renewing the ATR:
By June 30th of each year, all credential holders must complete the annual ethics attestation and pay an annual maintenance fee of $100 to maintain the ATR credential. The function of renewals is the submission of a completed ethics and credential attestation that you comply with the ATCB Code of Ethics Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.
The ATCB affords a 30-day grace period from July 1 to July 31 for anyone who missed the renewal window; there is a late fee of $30 during this time. After July 31st any credential not renewed becomes inactive .
All renewals must be completed on the MyATCB portal. Do not mail a check to the national office. All checks received by mail will be returned to the sender.
Additional information about reinstating an inactive credential can be found here.
- If your ATR is inactive during the time of your board certification cycle, once the ATR is reinstated the BC distinction can resume. If you did not complete the annual renewal of your ATR, and did not complete the recertification of your board certification (BC), the reinstatement process only returns the ATR to active status.
Additional information is below about the recertification process.
Click here for step-by-step instructions on completing your annual renewal.
If you don’t plan on renewing you may:
- Apply for Retired Stats (Lifetime vs. Annual). The fee for a lifetime is $150. The fee for annual is $25. More information about retired status can be found here.
- Apply for Temporary Inactive Status. The Temporary Inactive Status fee is $25. More information on Temporary Inactive Status can be found here:
- Choose to relinquish your Art Therapist Registration (ATR) by completing an Inactive request.
The above options are located on MyATCB portals
Recertifying Board Certification
Completing your annual renewal to maintain your credential- registered art therapist (atr) is required for board certification..
To recertify your board certification (BC) you must complete the recertification application, including entering 100 qualifying continuing education credits into the application that were acquired during the five-year certification cycle or re-take and pass the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE), which is updated annually.
Recertification of the BC is not the same process as renewing the ATR. When a BC is due for recertification, the renewal of the ATR must be completed first, and then the BC can be recertified. There are separate applications for each process. The recertification fee is $100.
Recertification must be completed before the recertification cycle ends. The recertification date can be found in credential holder MYATCB portals, ID cards, and board certification certificates.
The ATCB no longer accepts handwritten CE tracker forms. All CEs must be entered into the formal recertification application online tracker.
The ATCB recognizes a variety of CEC activities. These activities are clearly outlined in the recertification standards provided to all ATR-BCs. A minimum of six CECs must be earned in the area of ethics each cycle.
*Beginning in 2023 six CEC’s must be earned in the area of supervision each cycle.
Keeping documentation of earned CECs is essential for your recertification application. A random sample of 10% or more of all those due for recertification is audited yearly. Acceptable documentation may be in the form of academic transcripts, certificates of attendance from recognized providers, or other proof as outlined in the recertification standards.
Click here for step-by-step instructions for recertifying your board certification
If you have not completed the required CECs, you may:
- Apply for an extension of up to three (3) months. The extension fee is $50. The extension is for recertification only. Recertification Extension applications are found in MyATCB portals. NOTE: extensions for recertification only; the ATR will need to be renewed by the end of the credential year.
- Apply to take the ATCB Examination (ATCBE). Upon receiving a passing score, you will be recertified automatically. The fee for the ATCBE is $275
- 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 Board Certification by sending us your statement of relinquishment of your BC to [email protected].
If the five-year certification cycle ended and a recertification application was not submitted, the BC distinction will no longer be valid. If the recertification application was not completed, you can:
- Appeal to the Board of Appeals to reopen the recertification application. Policy and procedure for appealing are outlined here. *Please note the appeal must contain why the recertification application could not be completed.
- Apply to take the ATCBE; the application for this is located in the MyATCB portals. If the exam fee creates a financial hardship, contact the ATCB National Office. Staff can bring this hardship to the Board of Directors for consideration
Board certification is not a credential and cannot be reinstated.
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