A tiered structure of membership is available and all categories and their requirements are listed here. The tiered structure is based on Qualifications Authority levels. There are several pathways to professional registration as a creative arts therapist (this includes art therapy and other modalities such as dance/movement therapy and dramatherapy) with ANZACATA and these are detailed here.
The terms 'degree', 'masters', 'doctorate' and so forth are protected terms which must only apply to courses that are registered. Members may not realise that these terms can only be used by registered providers and with accredited courses. Our website lists all the relevant and approved training courses on offer in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. If you want to check if a provider or course is registered with government authorities go to Training in Australia for Certificate and Diploma levels and to TEQSA for Degrees and Masters courses. In New Zealand see NZQA, in Singapore see SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) which is the registration body of private education institutions and in Hong Kong, the registering body is the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. We only recognise TEQSA, ASQA, NZQA, CPE and HKCAAVQ approved courses and registered education providers for membership. We may approve the content of other non registered, non accredited courses from time to time, as contributions to your CPD.
Note: A fee of $90 AUD (+ GST for Australian applicants) is payable before an application for Professional, Provisional or Tier membership can be approved. This is a non-refundable processing fee only, and does not form part of the annual membership subscription, which is payable only after the application is approved. Student members (those graduating from an ANZACATA approved Masters course and applying for Professional membership) are exempt from this application fee.
This category applies to individuals who are –
Professional Option A – Australian, New Zealand, Singaporean and Hong Kong Masters Graduates in Art or Arts Therapy from the following: Edith Cowan University WA; La Trobe University, VIC; Western Sydney University, NSW; University of Queensland; Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand; The University of Auckland; LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore; The MIECAT Institute (MIECAT), VIC, and The University of Hong Kong. Qualifications Authority Level 9 or 10.
Professional Option B – Graduates from a course that is approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) or the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), or any other creative arts therapy association that reflects the ANZACATA training standards. Qualifications Authority Level 9 or 10.
Professional Option C – Those who are active members of BAAT, CATA, AATA, are granted membership. Qualifications Authority Level 9 or 10.
Professional members are eligible to participate in all activities and receive all publications including online access to the peer-reviewed Journal of ANZACATA. They are entitled to use the ANZACATA logo and post nominal, to vote, to be listed on the Find a Therapist directory on the website, and to have access to advertising and marketing opportunities. Professional members also must agree to be a guarantor (fixed at $10) of the company limited by guarantee. The guarantee amount is the total amount that each member may be required to contribute if the company is wound up and has insufficient assets to cover its debts.
PhD or Professional Doctorate students are expected to maintain their professional membership if they are researching in their field of practice ie, arts therapy. If their research is of a theoretical nature with no practice, they are still expected to maintain professional membership.
This category applies to individuals who are –
Provisional Option A – Graduates of art(s) therapy programmes at Masters level that ANZACATA has not previously approved for entry into professional level membership. These applicants need to demonstrate that they have worked in the field for a minimum of five years under supervision. Please see details below of the additional requirements which need to be fulfilled and which must strictly and solely be within the field of arts therapy. Documented evidence is essential for each additional requirement. Qualifications Authority Level 9.
Provisional Option B – For graduates of specialised modality arts therapy training courses where there is NO Masters qualification available in Australia, Asia or New Zealand. Please see details below of the additional requirements which need to be fulfilled and which must strictly and solely be within the field of arts therapy. Documented evidence is essential for each additional requirement. Qualifications Authority Level 8.
Provisional Option C – For student members (enrolled in an ANZACATA approved masters level training programme) who have not been able to complete the full requirements for application to Professional level membership. The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation by the training institution. Qualifications Authority Level 9.
All options need to be accompanied by a demonstration of knowledge and experience, as requested in ANZACATA's application process. Each Provisional member will be guided to complete specified requirements within a set time frame to bring them to the standard required for Professional membership. After a maximum of two years at Provisional level, if they have completed all the requirements to the satisfaction of the Board, Provisional members can apply for Professional level membership.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience over a minimum five-year practice period of:
For members wishing to pathway into Professional membership after a maximum of two years at Provisional level. They need to have attended to the application requirements (please attend to each criteria above), and demonstrated over a maximum two-year practice period:
These members can pathway into Professional membership when their institution and the Board are satisfied that they have completed all the requirements for Professional membership.
Provisional members may not use the ANZACATA post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all other activities and receive all publications including a hard copy and online access to the peer-reviewed Journal of ANZACATA. Provisional members may only use the ANZACATA logo if they clearly state their membership level.
The application for provisional membership is submitted to a group of ANZACATA Professional members to consider, approve or decline. Applicants may be asked by ANZACATA to fulfil additional requirements if a gap in knowledge or experience is identified, to comply with ANZACATA training standards.
This category applies to individuals who are have graduated with a creative arts therapy training programme that has been recognised by a Qualifications Authority at Level 6-8. Click here to to go to where you can check the your qualification status All applicants under this category must supply a certified copy of their art therapy qualification/s along with a letter from their training provider/s stating the training provider number, course code, qualification level and that the qualification was accredited by the qualification authority at the time of course completion.
Tier members may not use the ANZACATA logo or post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all activities and receive all publications including online access to the peer-reviewed Journal of ANZACATA.
This category applies to individuals who are currently enrolled in a creative arts therapies course accredited by a Qualifications Authority and who support the purposes and objectives of the Association may become members. This requires a current statement or identification card from the particular institution confirming status. Student members may not use the ANZACATA logo or post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all activities and receive all publications including online access to the peer-reviewed Journal of ANZACATA.
This category applies to individuals who are interested in creative arts therapy, such as social workers, psychologists, counsellors, play therapists, occupational therapists, nurses or organisations, or students studying related fields, and who support the purposes and objectives of the Association. Affiliate members may not use the ANZACATA logo or post nominal, or vote but are eligible to participate in all activities and receive all publications including online access to the peer-reviewed Journal of ANZACATA.