Categories and Requirements

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. Please note that the terms 'degree', 'masters', 'doctorate' and so forth are protected terms which must only apply to courses that are registered by government. For more detail, please see our recognised qualifications page.

We classify professional, provisional and tier as practising memberships because these members work directly with clients.  All practising members in Australia and NZ are able to take out indemnity insurance. Student membership is available for students of recognised courses and affiliate membership for others interested in creative arts therapy but not working with clients.

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.

Professional

Professional Option A - Australian, New Zealand, Singaporean and Hong Kong Masters (or Professional Doctorate) Graduates in Art or Arts Therapy from the following: La Trobe University; Western Sydney University; University of Queensland; Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand; The University of Auckland*; Melbourne University*; LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore; The MIECAT Institute (MIECAT), and The University of Hong Kong.

Qualifications Authority Level 9 or 10 and degrees which include 750 hours of supervised clinical practice. A high-quality scan of your academic testamur and transcript is required.  Applicants with a professional doctorate will also need to provide evidence that their course included 750 hours of supervised clinical practice.

*These courses are under review.

OR

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 and degrees which include 750 hours of supervised clinical practice. A high-quality scan of your academic testamur and transcript is required as well as evidence of your membership to AATA, BAAT and CATA.

Currency of Creative Arts Therapy Awards and Practice

To ensure that practising members of ANZACATA are up-to-date in their knowledge of creative arts therapy practice, evidence base and efficacy for the safety of clients, we have the following currency rules for those with approved masters (option A) or those with a course approved by AATA, BAAT or CATA (option B):

Degrees awarded in the last 5 years

If you graduated within the last 5 years you will be eligible for professional membership immediately.

Degrees awarded more than 5 years but less than 10 years ago

  1. If your degree was awarded more than 5 years ago but less than 10 years ago AND you have worked as a creative arts therapist in the last 5 years you will be eligible for professional membership if your application is supported by a letter from your supervisor which shows you have had regular clinical supervision over the last 5 years.  If this evidence is not uploaded with your application, you will be eligible for provisional membership until you can provide it. 
  2. If your degree was awarded more than 5 years ago but less than 10 years ago AND you have not worked as a creative arts therapist in the last 5 years (or cannot provide evidence) you will be eligible for provisional membership and can move to professional level when you have completed 10 hours of clinical supervision and 10 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) within a maximum of two years and provide evidence of this achievement.

Degrees awarded more 10 or more years ago

  1. If your degree was awarded 10 or more years ago AND you have worked as a creative arts therapist for the past 5 years you will be eligible for provisional membership if your application is supported by a letter from your supervisor confirming that you have had regular clinical supervision during this period.  In addition, you may be required to complete 10 hours of CPD and 10 hours of supervision (within two years) before you can move to professional.
  2. If your degree was awarded 10 or more years ago AND you have not worked as a creative arts therapist in the past 5 years, we are unfortunately unable to offer you a practising membership.

Entitlements

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 ANZACATA 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.

Provisional

This category applies to individuals who are-

Provisional Option A - Graduates of art(s) therapy programs at Masters level that ANZACATA has not previously approved for entry into professional level membership.

Qualifications Authority Level 9 and awards with at least 750 hours of supervised clinical placement. Documented evidence is essential - this must include academic transcript and testamur, details of placement hours, or letter from clinical supervisor, and evidence that the award is Qualifications Authority Level 9 or above. Please note non-English awards and other documentation must be accompanied by a NATTI certified translation. 

Applicants with qualifications that did not include the mandatory 750 hours of supervised clinical placement, will need to work towards achieving equivalent hours during their provisional membership.

OR

Provisional Option B - For student members (enrolled in an ANZACATA approved masters level training program) 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 which details how much of the 750 hours of supervised clinical placement has been undertaken and now much remains to be completed and a timeframe for when it will be completed, along with any course units of study still outstanding and when they will be completed. Qualifications Authority Level 9.

Duration of provisional level membership

After a maximum of two years at Provisional level, if members have completed all the requirements and provided appropriate evidence, Provisional members can apply for Professional level membership.

Currency of Creative Arts Therapy Awards and Practice

To ensure that practising members of ANZACATA are up-to-date in their knowledge of creative arts therapy practice, evidence base and efficacy for the safety of clients, we have the following currency rules for those with previously unrecognised master degrees (option A):

Degrees awarded in the last 5 years

  1. If you graduated within the last 5 years you may be eligible for professional membership immediately if your application includes all the required documentary evidence (see option A above).
  2. If not all the required documentation can be provided with the application, you may be eligible for provisional membership until the documentation is provided.

Degrees awarded more than 5 years but less than 10 years ago

  1. If your degree was awarded more than 5 years ago but less than 10 years ago AND you have worked as a creative arts therapist in the last 5 years you can be approved as provisional if your application is supported by a letter from your supervisor which shows you have had regular clinical supervision over those 5 years.  If this evidence is not uploaded with your application, you may be eligible for provisional membership until you can provide it. 
  2. If your degree was awarded more than 5 years ago but less than 10 years ago AND you have not worked as a creative arts therapist in the last 5 years (or cannot provide evidence) you will be eligible for provisional membership and are required to complete 10 hours of clinical supervision and 10 hours of CPD (within two years) before you can move to professional.

Degrees awarded 10 or more years ago

  1. If your degree was awarded 10 or more years ago AND you have worked as a creative arts therapist for the past 5 years you will be eligible for provisional membership if your application is supported by a letter from your supervisor confirming that you have had regular clinical supervision during this period.  In addition, you will be required to complete 10 hours of CPD and 10 hours of supervision (within two years) before you can move to professional.
  2. If your degree was awarded 10 or more years ago AND you have not worked as a creative arts therapist in the past 5 years, we are unfortunately unable to offer you a practising membership.

Entitlements

Provisional 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.

 
Tier

This category applies to individuals who have graduated with a creative arts therapy training program that has been recognised by a Qualifications Authority at Level 6-8. Click here to go to where you can check your qualification status.

All applicants under this category must supply high-quality scans of their art therapy testamur and academic transcript.

Currency of Creative Arts Therapy Awards and Practice

To ensure that practising members of ANZACATA are up-to-date in their knowledge of creative arts therapy practice, evidence base and efficacy for the safety of clients, we have the following currency rules for tier applicants.

Qualifications awarded in the last 5 years

If you graduated within the last 5 years you will be eligible for tier membership immediately.

Qualifications awarded more than 5 years but less than 10 years ago

  1. If your qualification was awarded more than 5 years ago but less than 10 years AND you have worked as a creative arts therapist in the last 5 years you can be approved at tier level if your application is supported by a letter from your supervisor which shows you have had regular clinical supervision during those 5 years. 
  2. If your degree was awarded more than 5 years ago but less than 10 years AND you have not worked as a creative arts therapist in the last 5 years (or cannot provide evidence) we cannot offer you tier membership until you have evidence of 10 hours of clinical supervision and 10 hours of CPD in the previous two years. Please apply after this has been achieved and provide evidence.

Qualifications awarded 10 or more years ago

  1. If your qualification was awarded 10 or more years ago AND you have worked as a creative arts therapist for the past 5 years you will be eligible for tier membership if your application is supported by a letter from your supervisor confirming that you have had regular clinical supervision during that period AND you can show you have completed 10 hours of CPD and 10 hours of supervision within the previous two years.
  2. If your qualification was awarded 10 or more years ago AND you have not worked as a creative arts therapist in the past 5 years, we are unfortunately unable to offer you a practising membership

Entitlements

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.

Student

This category applies to individuals who are currently enrolled in a creative arts therapies course recognised by ANZACATA as long as they have evidence that they are currently enrolled in the course. We accept the following forms of evidence: a letter of acceptance into the course (with date shown); a letter from a course coordinator; a copy of current online student status details; or any other documentation that shows the course, the applicant's name and the year in which they are studying.

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.  

Affiliate

This category applies to individuals who are interested in creative arts therapy, but do not work in the profession such as social workers, psychologists, counsellors, play therapists, occupational therapists, nurses or students studying related fields, or who are retired from the profession, 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. There are insurance implications for those who move from a practising membership to Affiliate. Members are reminded that if they are seeing clients they need to ensure they have a practising membership and are covered by indemnity insurance (see Ethics and Standards). 

Last updated: 16 July 2021

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