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Opening Doors to the World: CBMT’s Emerging Role in International Credentialing

Music therapists worldwide recognize the profound knowledge required to effectively serve clients around the globe. The credentialing process is the badge of expertise, showcasing our understanding of both nuances of music and its therapeutic applications. In a significant stride towards international credentialing, the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) was recently one of the featured sponsors at the World Congress of Music Therapy, solidifying its role as a vital contributor to the global music therapy community.

CBMT’s International Footprint
Despite the vast cultural differences across the globe, the therapeutic process applied by music therapists worldwide remains the same. Recognizing this universality, CBMT plays a pivotal role in fostering accessibility, recognition and credentialing of music therapy as a globally respected profession. CBMT has successfully conducted examinations for individuals from over 25 countries, including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Australia, South Africa, Israel, Korea, and Indonesia. Joy Schneck, CBMT’s Executive Director, expresses excitement about the formation of a global community of music therapists, united by shared practice guidelines and clinical expertise.

Meeting the Global Demand
While only six percent of Music Therapists-Board Certified (MT-BCs) reside outside the U.S., there is a rising interest in CBMT’s certification in countries like Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Europe, Australia, and South America. Recognizing the growing international demand for CBMT’s certification, the organization has streamlined its credentialing process for global candidates. Therefore, CBMT opened the doors for all international colleagues to apply for certification if they have a music therapy degree including 1,200 hours of supervised clinical experience under a qualified music therapy professional. Additionally, CBMT collaborates with organizations such as the Canadian Association for Music Therapists to administer testing. The Music Therapist Accredited (MTA) designation involves a successful internship evaluation, passing the CBMT exam, and a signed statement of adherence.

CBMT’s Partnerships
Partnering with PSI, Inc., CBMT administers exams at locations worldwide, contributing to the organization’s global outreach. CBMT’s examinations are primarily in English, except in Canada, where bilingual examinations in French and English are offered to comply with local regulations.

To delve deeper into CBMT’s international credentialing requirements and its influential role in the field of music therapy, interested parties are encouraged to visit