Most credential holders are familiar with the practice of accruing continuing education credits (CECs) in order to maintain their ATR-BC  and ATCS credentials. The National Office has received inquiries asking why retiring ATR-BC credential holders need to have taken the 100 CECs at the end of their recertification period if they are retiring. They learned that, without the required number of CECs, they are unable to retire as an ATR-BC, and they asked why this is the case if they are retiring.

The rationale for accruing continuing education is to stay current with art therapy practice by attending vetted seminars and workshops in approved content areas. The rationale for the timeline is that the clock for accruing CECs begins upon passing the ATR-BC, NOT upon the first recertification period, which is actually five years after passing the ATCB Examination. Certificants who wait until their recertification year to take qualifying CEC courses/seminars have technically been practicing without up-to-date methods in the required content areas, particularly ethics.

ATR-BC and ATCS credential holders should follow this general rule: obtain a minimum of 20 CECs EACH year, not counting the required 6 CECs in ethics for the 5-year recertification period and 10 CECs in supervision for the ATCS credential for the 5-year recertification period.

Until the ATCB changes its 5-year recertification period, please be mindful of the 100 CEC/every 5 years standard. If art therapists set a goal of an average of 20 CECs/annually, they do not run the risk of the ATR-BC reverting to an ATR.

Click here for the ATR-BC 2018 Application Handbook and here for the ATR-BC Recertification Standards for recertification details. You can also read past articles discussing recertification in the Fall 2012 & Fall 2016 issues of the ATCB quarterly review.

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This article was originally published in the ATCB Review Spring 2018, Volume 25, Issue 1 



Written by:

Mary Ellen McAlevey
Past President- Art Therapy Credentials Board