The recertification cycle is a five-year period. During this time, you must fulfill all requirements toward recertification to assure continued competence and credentialing in music therapy. The end of the cycle corresponds with the expiration date of your current MT-BC certificate. Once board certification has lapsed, you must pass the MT-BC Examination to become board certified again.

To be recertified, complete the following requirements by the end of your five-year cycle:

  • Sign into your online account at the CBMT Login and select Application for Recertification. Submit 100 recertification credits in the Application for Recertification. All continuing education options are outlined on the Recertification Credit Chart. Required documentation as outlined on the chart  would be requested if you are chosen for the random audit. In order to fulfill recertification requirements, you must have completed all continuing education credits by the last day of the fifth year of your
  • Participate in the random audit, if selected.
  • Pay all maintenance fees.
  • Complete the Application for Recertification in your online account by the end of your five-year cycle.

Upon completion of these requirements, you will be notified of your recertification and new expiration date.  Your official MT-BC Certificate will be available through the Credly platform, which also provides the CBMT digital badge.

Purpose of Recertification and Accruing Recertification Credits

The CBMT Recertification Program provides guidelines to assist you with maintaining competence and enhancing your knowledge through continuing education, professional development, and professional service opportunities. These three recertification categories reflect the outcomes of our Practice Analysis Study and relevant to the skills, abilities, and practical understanding required of the MT-BC. Documentation guidelines require applying learning outcomes to your practice and relating them to the CBMT Board Certification Domains.

Continuing competence is a program of life-long learning designed to maintain or enhance the ongoing ability of the certified professional to practice music therapy in a safe and competent manner by integrating the knowledge and skills necessary for current practice as measured by the most recent practice analysis study and found in the Board Certification Domains.  Integrating and applying new knowledge with current practice, developing enhanced skills in delivering services to clients, and enhancing your overall abilities are direct outcomes of the recertification program.


Up-to-date continuing education

Never stop learning and growing.

Ensure your clinical practice always aligns with evidence-based guidelines with approved CMTE opportunities.


You have questions, we have answers

The more you know, the more successful you will be.

Find answers to many commonly asked questions about recertification from current MT-BC certificants.


Why maintaining certification matters

Signify your ongoing commitment to excellence.

The CBMT Recertification Program assists you in maintaining competence and enhancing knowledge.