The ADTA “acknowledges the BC-DMT (Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist) as the required credential for private practice of dance/movement therapy, clinical supervision in dance/movement therapy and teaching dance/movement therapy coursework beyond the introductory level. For more information please click on this link:  Practice Analysis Report to Stakeholders

Registered Dance/Movement Therapist  —  Other Dance/Movement Therapy Programs and Alternate Route Students

  • Please read the R-DMT Handbook.
  • Alternate Route students must notify the DMTCB when they begin taking dance/movement therapy courses, and state that they have reviewed the requirements in the Applicant Handbook.
  • Other Dance/Movement Therapy Program and Alternate Route students must complete specific required coursework prior to starting internship.

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist Applicants

Please be advised to access the BC-DMT Handbook and note that if you intend to use private practice hours as a part of the requirement, you must send a letter of intent to the DMTCB.

International Applicants for R-DMT or BC-DMT

Please note that equivalency of education must be demonstrated. Please use an equivalency organization such as World Education Services ( or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (

All application procedures and requirements apply to international applicants and all application materials must be submitted in English.


The R-DMT and BC-DMT Applications and Handbooks are up-dated as revisions to requirements occur.  The up-dated versions will be posted on the DMTCB section of the ADTA website, and an informational e-blast will be sent to the ADTA membership as a notification of revisions.

As of September 16, 2016, the DMTCB has made the following revisions to the R-DMT and BC-DMT requirements:

I. R-DMT Application and Handbook: Kinesiology/Anatomy course requirement

5. Knowledge of Anatomy and Kinesiology: Student is required to complete 1 credit hour/15 contact hours at either the graduate or undergraduate level, or independent study. Kinesiology must be included, anatomy by itself is insufficient. A course in biomechanics is considered equivalent to a course in kinesiology.

II. BC-DMT Application and Handbook:

Clarification of BC-DMT application requirements:

Requirements for Board Certification are set by the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board. To be eligible to apply, one must:

  • have been granted the R-DMT; individuals  must attain their R-DMT as they become eligible, either through receiving their  Masters Degree from an Approved Program or having been granted the R-DMT via the Alternate Route.
    EXCEPTION:  Applicants who have completed all coursework towards their DMT degree except thesis, and who become employed prior to thesis completion and graduation, must maintain the R-DMT for a minimum of one year prior to applying for their BC-DMT.
  • have maintained one’s R-DMT through maintenance fee and Continuing Education requirements,
  • have completed two (2) years of paid clinical employment after having:
  • completed a degree in DMT from an Approved Program, OR
  • completed all coursework except thesis towards Approved DMT degree, OR
  • completed all requirements for R-DMT via Alternate Route (may be awaiting official notification of R-DMT from the DMTCB).
  • have completed at least forty-eight (48) hours of clinical supervision by a BC-DMT over the 3,640 hours of clinical employment.
  • be able to demonstrate expertise in the theory and practice of Dance/Movement Therapy. In order to demonstrate this expertise, applicants must submit two (2) essays: the Theoretical Framework and the Session Analysis of a single Dance/Movement Therapy session.  The essays are evaluated by the Board using a standard rating tool and must receive a passing score in order for the applicant to be granted the BC-DMT.
  • support and abide by the DMTCB Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  1. When there is a revision to the requirements for the R-DMT or BC-DMT Application, the revised requirements will be posted on the DMTCB section of the ADTA website. The changes will go into effect on the date the information is posted on the website, unless otherwise noted. The DMTCB will send an email notification to check the website for revisions as they occur. This notification will also be posted to other sources of information and communication.
  2. The R-DMT and BC-DMT Applications and Handbooks will be up-dated as revisions to requirements occur.  The up-dated versions will be posted on the DMTCB section of the ADTA website.


  1. Alternate Route Letter of Intent: Page 4 of the current R-DMT Handbook states the following:

Note: Prior to beginning Alternate Route coursework and training, a prospective student must submit a “Letter of Intent” to the DMTCB stating the date of the student’s first DMT class.

The Letter of Intent functions as notification that an individual has begun   graduate level coursework in Dance/Movement Therapy.  Upon submitting the Letter of Intent the student establishes a record of the requirements that are in place at the time they began DMT study. Because the Alternate Route path toward R-DMT can take several years and requirements may change, this process allows DMT students to use the requirements that were in place when they began. The DMTCB recommends that students download the R-DMT Handbook and Application to their files when they submit the Letter of Intent. DMT applicants are responsible for maintaining these documents in their files, as the DMTCB will not be able to go back and provide the applicant with past handbooks or applications.

When applying for the R-DMT, an applicant is not required to use the requirements that were in place when they submitted their Letter of Intent. They may use the requirements that were in place when DMT study began as designated by the Letter of Intent, or use the requirements that are in place during the year of application.