Board Certification FAQs

Board Certification is a form of credentialing that is obtained at the National level from an organization that has developed specific criteria to test and assess the qualifications of candidates. The ADTA has applied to the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) for accreditation of the BC-DMT by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA accreditation of the BC-DMT will convey to the public that high standards have been achieved by anyone with the credential.

The process and procedures have not changed significantly from when the ADTA’s Credentials committee awarded the ADTR. Now, you apply for Certification as a BC-DMT to the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB) following the instructions described in the BC-DMT Applicant Handbook.

Registry is considered a basic level of credential. It attests that registered individuals meet a standard of educational training held by an organization. A Certification holds more importance in the eyes of the law, professionals and the public. Individuals who are certified go through not only a process of education, but testing in order to obtain certification. A Licensecan only be administered on the state level. States differ in the ways they establish qualifications. State licenses allow clinicians to receive third party payments from insurers.

If your credential was active on October 9, 2009 you were automatically converted to R-DMT or BC-DMT. If your credential was lapsed, you received a letter with details about activating and converting to the new service marks.

The grace period lasted until July 1, 2013. As of now, anyone wishing to hold either the R-DMT or the BC-DMT must supply a complete application to the DMTCB, as described in the R-DMT or BC-DMT Handbooks, respectively.

Yes. There are continuing education requirements for both the R-DMT and the BC-DMT. In addition, you are required to pay a maintenance fee, which is separate from your ADTA membership dues.