A music therapist becomes board certified by successfully passing the board certification examination and therefore earning the credential Music Therapist – Board Certified (MT-BC).
Once board certification has lapsed a music therapist must pass the board exam to become board certified again.
To apply eligible candidates must submit the following to the CBMT office:
If ordering electronic official transcripts, have them sent directly to Karen Howat at KH@CBMT.org. Faxed copies of transcripts are not accepted.
When can I begin the application process?
Candidates may apply before completing their internship, however
a candidate is eligible to take the exam only after successfully
completing the internship and all Music Therapy degree requirements.
What happens next?
The exam application is processed after all fees are paid and
the required documentation is received. A confirmation notice
of eligibility is mailed to the candidate and is also emailed
if an email address is provided. The confirmation notice
provides the instructions for the candidate to schedule their
exam appointment through our testing company, Applied
Measurement Professionals, Inc (AMP). The candidate will
provide AMP with a date, location and time they would like to test.
Candidates that fail to schedule their exam appointment in the
90-day period forfeit their application and all fees paid to take
On the Day of your Exam
Information about reporting to the assessment center and the identification required for admittance is outlined on page 10 of the Exam Candidate Handbook.
If you are uncertain a test center may be open due to weather contact AMP’s Call Center at 913-895-4600. Additionally, AMP posts Alerts under the Candidate News tab on their website.
After you finish the examination, report to the proctor to receive your score report. Your score report will indicate a “pass” or “fail”. Additional detail is provided in the form of raw scores by major content category. See page 11 of the Exam Candidate Handbook for more information.
When You Pass the Exam
When you pass the CBMT Examination, you are allowed to use the credential “Music Therapist-Board Certified” (MT-BC). The newly-credentialed music therapist receives a certificate from CBMT that indicates valid board certification for five years. The MT-BC credential subjects the certificant to the rules and regulations set forth by the CBMT Board of Directors in accordance with NCCA Program Accreditation Standards.
CBMT reserves the right to revoke the certification of any MT-BC found in violation of the standards set forth in the CBMT Code of Professional Practice or found practicing outside the parameters defined by the CBMT Board Certification Domains.
Following initial certification, the MT-BC will begin a five-year cycle in which he or she must demonstrate continuing competence by fulfilling recertification requirements as designated by CBMT.
Examination Appeals Policy
It is the policy of CBMT to provide every candidate the opportunity to question the fairness of the test, its questions and its administration within 30 days of the exam date. Contact the CBMT office for a copy of the Examination Appeals Policy.