BC-DMT Recertification / Continuing Education 

All certificants must Recertify their credential every 5 years.  At the time of recertification, they must attest to accrual of Continuing Education (CE) hours.

Continued Education (CE) ensures excellence and professionalism in dance/movement therapy by fostering on-going education and growth; promoting quality clinical care, expanding research and theory development; and helping to promote the field of dance/movement therapy nationally and internationally. 

Continuing Education is understood to mean activities that expand the dance/ movement therapist’s knowledge and skills. CE hours are defined as the actual participation and clock hours of that activity.

Recertification Details and Requirements

The Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB) requires Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMTs) to complete 100 hours of Continuing Education (CE) every five years to maintain their Board Certification. 

Recertification Details and Requirements:

Each BC-DMT is responsible for accruing 100 CE hours (or 10 CE hours for Reduced Practice-BC-DMT) beginning five- years after being granted board certification and every five years thereafter. 

  • It is the BC-DMT’s responsibility to keep an accurate record as well as all the required documentation for their CE activities. 
  • Recertification requires the completion and submission of a CE Recertification Filing Form and payment of the maintenance fee. The actual CE documentation should NOT be submitted unless the Certificant is selected to be audited. 
  • International Members: The $25.00 filing fee must be submitted in U.S. funds. 
  • If the CE hours are not submitted by the end of the extension period, the BC-DMT will be suspended. This means that the individual is bound by the ADTA Code of Ethics to neither practice as a BC-DMT nor list the BC-DMT beside their name. Upon filing the required CE hours and paying fees due, the BC-DMT credential will be reinstated. 

Audit Details

  • Each year, 10% of all recertificants are subject to a random audit. The Audit notification will include instructions for the auditing process. Do not send ANY documentation to the office. 

Transition from R-DMT to BC-DMT

  • Certificants holding the 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.   

Providing CE Credit Hours

  • 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. 
American Dance Therapy Association - Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board
230 Washington Avenue Extension Suite 101 
Albany, NY 12203-3539
518.704.3636 

 

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL STATUS OPTIONS

The following status options are available to all R-DMTs and 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)
      • 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
      • BC-DMT - 50 hours every 5-years (10 CE hrs/year: 2 CE hrs/year must be Multicultural/DEI-J/Ethics)
    2. Submission of Recertification Filing Form and fee payment ($25.00).
    3. 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:
      • Pay the current yearly credential renewal fee.
      • 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]