The recertification cycle is a five-year period following successful completion of the music therapy board certification examination, during which the Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) must fulfill requirements for recertification to assure continued competence in music therapy. The end of the cycle corresponds to the expiration date of the certificant’s current certificate, issued by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).

To be recertified, the MT-BC must meet one of the following two options and meet those conditions by the end of their five-year cycle:

EXAMINATION OPTION:

  • Take the CBMT examination in the fourth year of their five-year cycle. Click the Examination Option tab above for details.
  • Complete remedial credits if a passing score is not achieved.
  • Pay all maintenance fees.
  • After taking the examination, when ready to recertify, complete and submit Application for Recertification in the fifth year of their cycle.

CONTINUING EDUCATION OPTION:

  • Submit 100 recertification credits on a summary form located on pages 49-51 of the Recertification Manual. All continuing education options are outlined in the Recertification Manual. Required documentation as outlined in the manual would be requested if chosen for the random audit. We suggest you compile this documentation at the time of your continuing education and keep in a documentation file at home/work.
  • Participate in the random audit, if selected.
  • Pay all maintenance fees.
  • Complete and submit the Application for Recertification in the fifth year of their cycle.

Certificants are notified 4-6 weeks after the end of their five-year cycle of their recertification and new five-year cycle.