Recertification / CE

NOTICE/SUMMER 2020: 
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. 


DMTCB Recertification/Continuing Education (Revised 2020)

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. 

Verification of CE hours is a requirement for all R-DMT or BC-DMT as soon as the DMT student becomes certified as an R-DMT/BC-DMT.  Credential recertification occurs every 5-years.

The process for recertification involves:

  1. Submission of a Recertification Filing Form attesting that the DMT has completed the requisite CE hours.
  2. Payment of a $25.00 (USD) maintenance fee.
  3. 10% of all DMTs who recertify are randomly selected to be audited. 

Continuing Education (CE) can include activities that enhance the professional dance/movement therapist’s knowledge and competence. CE hours reflect the actual clock hours of participation in any activity. Categories include:

  1. Attending workshops, conferences, seminars.
  2. Taking college/university courses.
  3. Publication activities.
  4. Research activities.
  5. Advocacy/leadership involvement.
  6. Receiving BC-DMT supervision (for R-DMTs) or providing supervision/consultation (for BC-DMTs).
  7. Other activities such as taking classes or engaging in professional reading or research. 

Important Documents

  • Recertification Filing Form – In 2020, because of the launch of our new website, this form must be filed by September 15th.  In 2021, the deadline will revert back to June 30th. The link to the online form is emailed to all R-DMTs and BC-DMTs in July of their recertification year--notifying them of the recertification cycle. 

  • Recertification Extension Request Form – must be filed by September 15th of the recertification year. The request should be submitted to with an explanation of why the DMT is unable to meet the filing deadline and a date by which they will be able to submit the form.  Recertification Extension Request Form 

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

Full Professional Status

  • Candidates with this status may use the “R-DMT” or “BC-DMT” designation.
  • Candidates with this status, if they are an R-DMT may practice as clinicians and receive supervision; and if they are a BC-DMT may practice as clinicians, teach, advise, and provide supervision/consultation.
  • Candidates must continue to adhere to the ADTA Code of Ethics.
  • There is no time limitation for retaining this status. 
  • Yearly professional maintenance fee: $50.00 for R-DMT/ $75.00 for BC-DMT.
  • Continuing Education (CE) requirement includes:
    1. 50 hours for R-DMTs and 100 hours for BC-DMTs every 5-years.
    2. Submission of Recertification Filing Form and fee payment ($25.00).
    3. Compliance with Audit process, if selected. 

Reduced Practice Status

  • Candidates with this status must state that they practice no more than 10 direct contact clinical hours per week as a dance/movement therapist by completing the Professional Status Update Form.
  • Candidates with this status may use the “R-DMT” or “BC-DMT” designation.
  • Candidates with this status, if they are an R-DMT may continue to practice as clinicians and receive supervision; and if they are a BC-DMT may continue to practice as clinicians, teach, advise, and provide supervision/consultation.
  • Candidates must continue to adhere to the ADTA Code of Ethics.
  • There is no time limitation for retaining this status. 
  • Yearly professional maintenance fee: $50.00 for R-DMT/ $75.00 for BC-DMT.
  • Continuing Education (CE) requirement includes:
    1. 5 hours for R-DMTs and 10 hours for BC-DMTs every 5-years.
    2. Submission of Recertification Filing Form and fee payment ($25.00).
    3. Compliance with Audit process if selected. 

Retired-Inactive Status

  • Candidates with this status are currently not practicing as dance/movement therapists.
  • Candidates with this status may use the “R-DMT/BC-DMT Retired-Inactive” designation, rather than “R-DMT/BC-DMT.”
  • Candidates with this status may NOT practice clinically.  If they are R-DMTs, they may receive supervision and if they are a BC-DMT, they may continue to teach, advise and provide supervision/consultation.
  • Candidates must continue to adhere to the ADTA Code of Ethics.
  • There is no time limitation for retaining this status. 
  • No yearly professional maintenance fee.
  • Requires submission of Professional Status Update Form.
  • No Continuing Education (CE) requirement. 

Temporary-Inactive Status

  • Candidates with this status are currently not practicing as dance/movement therapists.
  • Candidates with this status may use the “R-DMT/BC-DMT Inactive” designation, rather than “R-DMT/BC-DMT.”
  • All candidates with this status may NOT practice clinically.  If they are R-DMTs, they may receive supervision. If they are BC-DMTs, they may teach, advise and provide supervision/consultation.
  • Candidates must continue to adhere to the ADTA Code of Ethics.
  • There is a 4-year time limit for retaining this status. 
  • Yearly professional maintenance fee: $50.00.
  • No requirement for continuing education hours during the period of being temporary-inactive.
  • Requires submission of Professional Status Update Form.
  • Once the Temporary-Inactive status has expired, the R-DMT/BC-DMT’s must resume accruing CE hours. The amount of require CE hours will be pro-rated based on the certificant’s original recertification date, at the following rates: BC-DMT-20 hrs. per year; R-DMT- 10 hrs. per year; and Reduced Practice - 2 hrs. per year. 

Relinquishment of the Credential

  • The R-DMTs/BC-DMTs may also choose to relinquish their credential. To relinquish the professional credential the R-DMT/BC-DMT must notify the DMTCB by submission of the Professional Status Update Form. 

Reinstatement of DMT Credential

  • Reinstatement to active status from any of these status options or from relinquished status is obtainable through:
    1. Applying for reinstatement to the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board by completing the Professional Status Update Form.
    2. Completing required CE hours
    3. Fees: The regular CE filing fee is $25.00; Reinstatement to active status from suspension is $10.00 in addition to 1⁄2 of the annual maintenance fee for each year that the credential was suspended and the full maintenance fee for the year of reinstatement.