BCATA Membership

BCATA Professional Membership Application


Professional Membership is open to all art therapists who have completed post-graduate professional training in Art Therapy from an accredited school or institute of art therapy (eg. Adler, VATI, KATI, TATI, Concordia, etc).


Bylaw 2.3: Professional Membership with BCATA is open to those:

a) Who have completed professional training in art therapy through a Masters degree in art therapy; a Masters degree in the field of social sciences and a 15 month diploma program at an institute of art therapy; or an undergraduate degree and a 2 year diploma program from an institute of art therapy. The training program is to include a minimum of 600 supervised practicum hours.

b) Whose qualifications are from outside Canada may apply for equivalency consideration.These members must submit both original and translated copies of their supporting documentation, the number of practicum hours completed must be included. If the required practicum hours are incomplete, these members may submit up to 300 post-graduate client contact hours in a clinical or agency setting, supervised at a ratio of 1hour to each 20 client contact hours. This supervision must be provided by a registered art therapist or equivalent who holds current professional liability insurance and is in good standing with their professional association.

c) Who have a signed a statement that if practicing, they have liability insurance coverage.

d) Who have made an application to the Association in the prescribed form, have been admitted as professional members and remain members in good standing.

View complete list of qualifications in BCATA Bylaws PDF.  The membership of the society shall be open to persons regardless of race, creed, sex, ethnic background or national origin.

Step One

Download and complete the application form. To qualify for Professional level membership, you must download and complete the following form.

Step Two

Email all of the following items to membership@bcarttherapy.com or send your files by mail to:

Registration Committee
BC Art Therapy Association
1001 West Broadway, Suite 123
Vancouver, BC V6H 4E4

You will be requested to provide the following:

  1. Copies of Art Therapy diploma or degree
  2. Copies of transcripts for undergraduate and all other graduate studies
  3. A minimum of two letters of recommendation from qualified clinicians who are familiar with your professional art therapy work. Please include a letter from at least one supervisor regarding your competence in art therapy.
  4. Proof of liability insurance coverage from the agency by whom you are employed, or if self-employed, provided documentation of your insurance coverage.

Step Three

Pay your membership dues.

Once your application has been approved you will receive your unique BCATA membership ID number. Your membership is not complete until you’ve paid your membership dues.

Professional Membership = $115

Note: Failure to fully complete registration may result in the return of your application. 

Lapsed Members and Late Fees

BCATA Members it is important that you pay your dues yearly to avoid becoming a lapsed member. You become lapsed when you do not renew your membership and you do not tell Membership you are ending your membership. Late Fees and payment schedule for Registered and Professional lapsed members:

  • $100 would be owed for the current fiscal year

  • + PLUS a $20 late fee (if lapsed less than 12 months) or $50 administration fee (over 12 months)

  • +$100 fee for members lapsed 1 yr = ($250)

  • +$200 fee for members lapsed 2 yrs = ($350)

  • +$300 fee for members lapsed 3 yrs = ($450)


BC Art Therapy Association

Suite 123
101-1001 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC Canada V6H 4E4

We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have about Art Therapy or our Association.

PHONE: 1-604-878-6393

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