DMTCB General Information

DMTCB has converted its application and filing paperwork to an electronic process in order to modernize our operation, make it easier for professionals to use, and to reduce our carbon footprint. 

New applicants and those credentialed who need to provide updates to DMTCB will utilize both online forms (found under the appropriate DMTCB section), as well as upload materials via the new website's CE Tracker (serving as your professional credential repository and online transcript).    

Like any new process, we are here to assist those who may experience any difficulties or have questions.  Please contact the ADTA National Office at [email protected] or (518) 704-3636. Thank you. 

Board Certification FAQs

What is board certification?

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 recognizes the DMTCB as the National Certifying body for Dance/Movement Therapists.

What is the difference between registry, certification and licensure?

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 License can only be administered on the state level. States differ in the ways they establish qualifications. State licenses allow clinicians to receive third party reimbursement. 

Is there anything I need to do to maintain my credential?

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


Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) 

Graduates of 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 by filing a Letter of Intent Form.
  • Applicants from Other Dance/Movement Therapy Program and Alternate Route students must complete specific required coursework prior to starting internship.

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT)

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 file the Letter of Intent Form with the DMTCB. 

New BC-DMT Requirements of 2,400 Employment Hours

Applicants who are planning to apply under the new BC-DMT requirements of 2,400 employment hours, please use application materials listed here:

2,400 HOUR FAQs
BC-DMT Handbook
BC-DMT Application & Fee
Supervision Hours Verification/Evaluation and Documentation Form
Employment Verification Form
Letter of Recommendation Form

Please read the BC-DMT Handbook to review the new requirements. Any additional questions may be addressed to: [email protected].



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.

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