PURPOSE OF THE RECERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The MT-BC program of the Certification Board for Music Therapists is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). By establishing and maintaining the recertification program, CBMT is in compliance with NCCA guidelines and standards that require certifying agencies to: 1) have a plan for periodic recertification; and 2) provide evidence that the recertification program is designed to measure or enhance the continuing competence of the individual.

The CBMT recertification program is designed to provide certificants with guidelines to assist them in remaining competent with current practice and further enhancing their knowledge in the profession of music therapy. The recertification program contributes to the professional development of the MT-BC through a program of continuing education, professional development and professional service opportunities. All three recertification categories are reflective of the Practice Analysis Study and relevant to the knowledge, skills and abilities required of the MT-BC. Documentation guidelines in the three categories require applying learning outcomes to certificants’ practice and relating them to the CBMT Scope of Practice. Integrating and applying new knowledge with current practice, developing enhanced skills in delivery of services to clients, and enhancing an MT-BC’s overall abilities are direct outcomes of the recertification program. To support CBMT’s commitment of ensuring the competence of the certificant and protecting the public, certification must be renewed every five years with the accrual of 100 recertification credits.

NCCA accreditation demonstrates that CBMT and its MT-BC program undergoes review to demonstrate compliance with certification standards set by an impartial, objective commission whose primary focus is competency assurance and protection of the consumer. This is valuable information for certificants, employers, government agencies, payers, courts and professional organizations. By participating in the CBMT Recertification Program certificants promote continuing competence in the clinical practice of music therapy.