Recertification / CE

NOTICE: R-DMT and BC-DMT Recertification 2020 - For ALL R-DMTs and BC-DMTs who were due to recertify their credential in 2020 -- your recertification has been postponed until next year - 2021. If you were scheduled to recertify in 2020:
  • Continue to upload your CE documentation into CE Tracker.
  • Plan to submit the CE Filing Form and the filing fee payment in 2021 (an email will notify you when to do this)
  • When you submit your CE Filing Form, Include ONLY the CE hours from 2015 - 2020
  • Any CE hours you accrue that start in 2021 should be counted for your next recertification cycle.
  • Your next recertification year will be in 2025.
If your recertification year is 2021:
  • Upload your CE hours documentation into CE tracker at any time.
  • You will be notified next year (2021) to submit the CE Filing Form and pay the filing fee.
  • Your next recertification year will be in 2026.
If your recertification year is NOT 2020 or 2021:
  • Upload your CE hours documentation into CE tracker at any time.  
  • You will be notified by email when your recertification Filing Form and fee are due.

For questions related to your certification/recertification year contact [email protected].

For questions related to the process of recertification or audit, contact [email protected]


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

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: $190.00 for R-DMT/ $215.00 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: $65.00 for R-DMT/ 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: $65.00.
  • 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.