As best practice in health care continues to become more defined and as national certification for health care professionals becomes increasingly recognized, more and more professional agencies and legislative bodies are requesting CBMT credentialing and scope of practice information for inclusion in guidelines, regulations, and legislation. The definitions given below are recommended for use when including information about CBMT programs in formal documents.
The mission of the Certification Board for Music Therapists is to ensure a standard of excellence in the development, implementation, and promotion of an accredited certification program for safe and competent music therapy practice.
Qualifications and Education
Any person representing himself or herself as a Board Certified Music Therapist must hold the MT-BC credential awarded by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), an independent, non-profit corporation accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. The Board Certified Music Therapist credential, MT-BC, is awarded by the CBMT to an individual upon: successful completion of an academic and clinical training program approved by the American Music Therapy Association and successful completion of a written objective examination demonstrating current competency in the profession of music therapy.
Every five years through re-examination or upon the successful completion and documentation of 100 recertification credits and through the completion of the CBMT Application for Recertification. Payment of an annual certification maintenance fee is required.
Board Certification Domains
The development of the CBMT Board Certification Domains for board certified Music Therapists is particularly meaningful as the discipline of music therapy continues to grow and expand in its applications. Every five years a practice analysis is completed in cooperation with a team of experts in the field, surveyed certificants, and CBMT’s testing firm, AMP. It is from this process that the current document, Board Certification Domains is developed which details the tasks necessary to practice competently to ensure consumer protection. The four content outline areas, essentially performance domains, encompass the certificants’ music therapy practice. The CBMT Board Certification Domains may be used when developing language for regulatory and/or licensure purposes, as well as for defending one’s right to work in any employment setting. The CBMT Board Certification Domains document is available on this sidebar or you may obtain printed copies from the CBMT Office.
Public Protection Mechanism
Any person representing himself or herself as a Board Certified Music Therapist shall practice within the CBMT Board Certification Domains as defined above and adhere to the CBMT Code of Professional Practice. Any complaints made by the public against the Board Certified Music Therapist should be brought to the attention of the Certification Board for Music Therapists for investigation and possible disciplinary action as defined by the CBMT Code of Professional Practice.
The following paragraph may be used within legislation or regulatory language following an exemption clause for the MT-BC or within any MT-BC title protection document:
It is unlawful for any person not meeting the criteria set forth by the Certification Board for Music Therapists to use or display in connection with his or her name or place of business the words Board Certified Music Therapist or the letters MT-BC or similar designations; or to represent in any way, orally, in writing, in print, electronic communication, or by sign, directly or by implication that he or she is a Board Certified Music Therapist qualified to provide music therapy services.