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:

Electronic Exam Application Form

  • Exam Fee
    Payment may be made through the Products and Services tab
  • Required Documentation
    See page 4 of the Exam Candidate Handbook

If ordering electronic official transcripts, have them sent directly to Karen Howat at KH@CBMT.org.

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 sent to the candidate within approximately two
weeks. The confirmation is also emailed to the candidate if an
email address is provided. The confirmation notice gives the
instructions to schedule the exam appointment through our
testing company, Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.

Candidates that fail to schedule their exam appointment in the
90-day period forfeit their application and all fees paid to take
the exam.

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.