BC-DMT Recertification / Continuing Education 

  • Required of all BC-DMTs 
  • Occurs every 5 years, starting the year the highest certificate is attained 
  • To recertifv the Certificant must: 
  • Submit a Recertification Filing Form verifying the DMT’s completion of the required CE hours.
  • Recertification Notification and the link to the online form is emailed to Certificants in mid-February and due by April 15. 
  • Extension Requests must be filed by May 15 of the recertification year. 
  • Pay a $25.00 (USD) maintenance fee.
  • Each year, 10% of all recertifying Certificants are subject to a random audit

Continuing Education Requirements: 

Each BC-DMT is responsible for accruing 50 CE hours (or 5 CE hours for R-DMT- Reduced Practice), every five years.

It is the BC-DMT’s responsibility to keep accurate records and all required documentation for their CE activities including uploading the documentation to CE Tracker using this link: Getting to Know Your CE Tracker .

Transition from R-DMT to BC-DMT

  • R-DMT are required to recertify every 5-years. However, if they apply for and receive the BC-DMT within that time frame, they start a new 5-year recertification cycle. Any CE hours accrued as an R-DMT prior to that date can be credited toward the BC-DMT requirement.   

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL STATUS OPTIONS

The following status options are available to all BC-DMTs: 

Full Professional Status – BC-DMT

  1. Candidates with this status may use the “BC-DMT” designation. 

    1. BC-DMTs may practice as clinicians, teach, advise, and provide supervision/consultation.

  2. Candidates must change their status using the Professional Status Update Form

  3. Candidates must continue to adhere to the ADTA Code of Ethics.

  4. There is no time limitation for retaining this status. 

  5. Yearly professional maintenance fee: $215.00 for BC-DMT. 

    1. Credential fees for non-ADTA Members: $275 for BC-DMT 

  6. Recertification requirements includes:

    1. Continuing Education requirements (20% of total CE hours required to be Ethics and Multicultural/DEI -J topics)

      1. BC-DMT - 100 hours every 5-years (20 CE hrs/year: 4 CE hrs/year must be Multicultural/DEI-J/Ethics)

    2. Submission of Recertification Filing Form

    3. Fee payment ($25.00)

    4. If selected, compliance with Recertification Audit 

Reduced Practice (RP) Status – BC-DMT

  1. Candidates with this status may not work as a dance/movement therapist more than 10 direct contact paid clinical hours per week. 

    1. BC-DMTs may teach, advise, and provide supervision

  2. Candidates must change their status using the Professional Status Update Form

  3. Candidates with this status may use the “BC-DMT” designation.

  4. Candidates must continue to adhere to the ADTA Code of Ethics.

  5. There is no time limitation for retaining this status. 

  6. Yearly professional maintenance fee $75.00 for BC-DMT.

    1. Credential fees for non-ADTA Members: $105.00 for BC-DMT.

  7. Recertification requirements include: 

    1. Continuing Education (CE) requirement (20% of total hours required to be Ethics and Multicultural 

  1. BC-DMT - 50 hours every 5-years (10 CE hrs/year: 2 CE hrs/year must be Multicultural/DEI-J/Ethics)

  1. Submission of Recertification Filing Form and fee payment ($25.00).

  2. If selected, compliance with Recertification Audit 

Temporary-Inactive Status

  1. There is a 4-year time limit to this status.

  2. Candidates must change their status using the Professional Status Update Form

  3. Candidates with this status may not practice as a dance/movement therapist, teach, advise, or provide supervision. 

  4. Candidates with this status must use the “BC-DMT Inactive” designation, rather than “BC-DMT.”

  5. Candidates must continue to adhere to the ADTA Code of Ethics.

  6. Yearly professional maintenance fee: $35.00.

  7. No requirement for continuing education hours during the period of being temporary inactive. 

    1. Once the Temporary-Inactive status has expired, the BC-DMT must resume accruing CE hours. (Ethics and Multicultural/DEI topics encouraged)

    2. The amount of required CE hours will be pro-rated based on the Certificant’s prior recertification year (which is not changed to reflect the change to temporary inactive status.) 

  8. If a Certificant does not reactivate their credential at the end of 4-years their credential will be considered lapsed. (see below for lapsed credential reinstatement requirements.) 

  9. Requires submission of Professional Status Update Form.

Retired Status

  1. Candidates with this status may NOT practice clinically, teach, advise, or provide supervision/ consultation.

  2. Requires submission of Professional Status Update Form.

  3. Candidates with this status may use the “BC-DMT Retired” designation, rather than “BC-DMT.”

  4. Candidates must continue to adhere to the ADTA Code of Ethics.

  5. No time limitation for retaining this status. 

  6. No yearly professional maintenance fee.

  7. No Continuing Education (CE) requirement 

Lapsed Credential

  1. All professional DMTs are required to maintain registry continuously. Failure to do so beyond the 90-day grace period following their recertification due date, will result in the credential being viewed as lapsed.

  2. An exception to this policy is If the Certificant has changed their status to Temporary Inactive by completing and submitting the Change of Status form. (See Temporary Inactive status (above) for more details.) 

    1. There is a 4-year time limit to the Temporary Inactive status.

  3. Professional DMTs who have lapsed credentials may not identify themselves as a BC-DMT.  

    1. BC-DMTs may not practice clinically, teach, supervise, or advise  

  4. Reinstatement of the R-DMT/BC-DMT professional credential includes: 

    1. Fee payment for each lapsed year, not to exceed a total of four (4) years. (See lapsed credential table for specific amount per year. (see below for lapsed credential reinstatement requirements.) 

    2. Complete additional required CE hours (including Ethics and Multicultural/DEI topics), accrued within the past two (2) years. (See lapsed credential table for specific amount per year and instructions for where to send CE. (see below for lapsed credential reinstatement requirements.)

    3. When their credential has been reinstated, the Certificant must also: 

      1. Pay the current yearly credential renewal fee.

      2. Have their 5-year recertification date reset to the year they reinstate their credential. 

    4. Begin accruing the CE hour required for recertification 5-years from the date of their reinstatement. (See status recertification requirements for more specific details. 

For more information or questions contact the DMTCB Compliance Coordinator – [email protected].

LAPSED CREDENTIAL POLICY: 

All DMTs are required to maintain their DMT status while they are practicing professionally. This includes working clinically, teaching, supervising, or advising.  

If a Certificant is unable to maintain their credential, whether due to personal, family, or other challenges, they are encouraged to change their status to ‘Temporary Inactive Status’. This status has a maximum limit of 4-years. If the Certificant need to extend their Temporary Inactive Status beyond this limit, they should contact the DMTCB Compliance Coordinator ([email protected]) to discuss the possibility of an extension.)  Professional Status Update Form.

If a DMT does not renew their credential, or change their status to Temporary Inactive, their credential will be considered lapsed.

If a credential is lapsed, the Certificant should contact the DMTCB Compliance Coordinator ([email protected]) or the ADTA office ([email protected]) to initiate reinstatement of their credential. 

Specific fee and CE requirements are listed below. 

STATUS

CE REQUIREMENT

FOR REINSTATEMENT

REINSTATEMENT FEE

BC-DMT

10-hours per lapsed year of Continuing Education for a maximum of 4 yr/40 hrs total. 

  • 4-hrs/year for up to 6-hrs maximum total, must focus on DEI-J, Ethics, or Multicultural topics.

  • Send CE documentation to [email protected]

  • CE accrual must be completed prior to credential reinstatement. 

  • NOTE: CEs are in addition to CEs required for recertification.

$65.00/year for a maximum of 4-year total /$260 maximum. 


(Payment of current credential renewal fee at time of reinstatement in addition to the reinstatement fee.)) 

BC-DMT REDUCED STATUS

8- hr per lapsed year of Continuing Education for a maximum of 4 yrs/32 hr total.  

  • 2-hrs/year for up to 8-hrs maximum total, must focus on DEI-J, Ethics, or Multicultural topics.

  • Send CE documentation to [email protected]

  • CE accrual must be completed prior to credential reinstatement. 

  • NOTE: CEs are in addition to CEs required for recertification. 

$35.00/year for a maximum of 4-years total/ $140.00 maximum.


(Payment of current credential renewal fee at time of reinstatement in addition to the reinstatement fee.)) 




LAPSED STATUS OF 10+ YEARS 

To apply for reinstatement of a credential that has lapsed for 10 or more years, the applicant must: 

1. Submit an essay (2-4 pages) discussing (a) the reasons for the lapse, (b) the reasons for their current request to be reinstated, (c) a description of how they plan to use and apply DMT in their current work.

2. Complete 40 hrs. of Continuing Education (10 hrs.(R-DMT) /20 hrs (BC-DMT) must focus on  DEI-J, Ethics, or Multicultural topics. 

3.  Pay a $250 reinstatement fee. 

4. Send CE documentation to [email protected]

 

GUIDELINES FOR BC-DMT CONTINUING EDUCATION CATEGORIES

Continuing Education hours must be accrued in more than one activity area. Please seek opportunities to continue your education in areas that would most benefit you and your clients. 

CE CATEGORY

BCDMT: 100 CE hours minimum in 5-yrs

BCDMT-RP: 10 CE hs minimum in 5-yrs (RP= Reduced Practice)

TOTAL CE HOURS ALLOWED 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

EDUCATION

Content for Education CEs includes but is not limited to: DMT Theory & Practice, individual, family, & group dynamics, specific populations; treatment approaches, movement interventions, movement observation & analysis, administration, research methodology & design, evaluation, ethics, private practice, licensure preparation, diversity, equity , inclusion, justice, and multicultural topics.

100 hr. max. in 5-years

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Courses in work settings; in professional institutes; professional conferences (includes ADTA conference & chapter workshops) clinical licensure preparation; Clinical therapy courses.

100 hrs total/5 years 

Determined by provider

(1 class hr= 1 CE hour)

Participation certificate

ACADEMIC EDUCATION

Enrollment for credit with passing grade

100 hrs total/5 years 

Determined by provider

(1 class hr= 1 CE hour)

Transcript(s)

PUBLISHING

50 hrs. max. in 5-years

 

Authoring/editing professional development/academic book

50 CE hours

Copy of cover page

Authoring a refereed article or chapter

25 CE hours

Copy of cover page

Authoring a non-refereed article or chapter

5 CE hours

Copy of cover page

Serving on an editorial board for one year

10 CE

Confirmation Letter

Producing/authoring a DMT educational or informational video

25 CE hours

Copy of credits

RESEARCH

50 hr. max. in 5-years

 

Research team member actively engaged in project

20 CE hours each

Confirmation Letter

Primary or co-author of a new research proposal or grant

50 CE hours each

Confirmation Letter

ADVOCACY

50 hrs. max in 5 years

 

Advocating for dance/movement therapy or providing expertise to institutions or allied associations (NCCATA officer, non-paid consultant, delegate to special interest group)

10 CE hours each year

Confirmation Letter

Advocating for dance/movement therapy to prospective dance/movement therapists at career/college days or other contexts

2 CE hours each year

Confirmation Letter

Serving as state government affairs liaison to monitor laws and bills pertaining to dance/ movement therapists for one year

10 CE hours each year

 

ADTA Leadership services (each year) including:

  • ADTA/DMTCB Board member

  • ADTA/DMTCB Committee, Subcommittee, task force member

  • ADTA Conference chair, co-chair

  • ADTA Chapter Officer

10 CE hours each year

Confirmation Letter

Teaching a course or presenting a workshop for the first time 

1 hr.= 1 CE hours 

 2 CE hours each year

Confirmation Letter

SUPERVISION

20 hrs. max in 5 years

 

Providing. supervision for RDMT or BCDMT Interns

4 hrs supervision = 1 CE hour 

Supervision Verification Form     

Receiving supervision (peer, group, individual)

4 hrs. supervision = 1 CE hour

Supervision Verification Form     

OTHER

20 hr. max. in 5-years

 

Reading professional literature or research/year

4 CE hrs.

Literature Summary Form

Structured dance, movement, ethnic, body therapy classes) for one year

4 CE hrs.

Participation Certificate

 

Requesting Approval for Chapter or BC-DMT Initiated Activities

ADTA Chapters and BC-DMTs can request CE credit approval for workshops or other designated activities initiated by the Chapter or the BC-DMT. Contact DMTCB Credentials Coordinator ([email protected]) for further information and details about the application process. 

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