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Membership to the OATA

Membership with the OATA is of interest to Art Therapists in practice, Art Therapy trainees and professionals in related fields; all of whom have an interest in maintaining high standards in Art Therapy and in receiving current information related to the field of Art Therapy. Active membership in the OATA offers the support of a regulating body, strengthens the credibility of our profession, and provides opportunities for networking and growth.

As an OATA member, benefits you will receive include:

  • LIABILITY INSURENCE options are available for qualified members in Professional, Registered and Retired levels of membership through a third party provider. 
  • TAPESTRY, the newsletter of the OATA
  • CONFERENCES are hosted bi-annualy by OATA 
  • ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGs are hosted annually by OATA and often include extra workshops, trainings and further education. 
  • DISCOUNTS are availble for members for Conferences and other events hosted by OATA 
  • OATA DIRECTORY is a list of current members in good standing with OATA and is posted publically for service users looking for an Art Therapist. 
  • ETHICS COMMITTEE. Members have access to the Ethics Committee as a resource and guide to ethical decision making.
  • MEMBERSHIP ONLY SECTION. With your membership you will have access to OATA's member only section on the website which is your portal to many of the benefits mentioned above.
  • JOB POSINGS are listed when available on the OATA website, as well as requests for services from people looking for Art Therapists.
  • REGISTRATION OATA offers a Registration process, which is available to qualified members who are seeking a path to Registration and Supervisor status. 
  • SUPERVISION OATA offers recognition of qualifed individuals as Approved Supervisors and maintains a list of Art Therapy Supervisors that are qualified to provide guidence and oversight to members.  

New Member Applications & Member Categories

The membership chair will approve all applications and email your membership card to confirm your status is up to date and you are a member in good standing with the OATA.

Please note that NEW MEMBERS will not be approved until all official documentation and payment is received. Requirements to apply for new memberships can be reviewed below. Any inquiries can be directed to


Registered Art Therapist


OATR designation, by the OATA Board
Requests for eligibility sent to: Registration Chair

  • May hold office and supervise A.T. students.
  • Required: 1000 hours of supervised paid direct client contact accumulated after graduation; one hour of supervision per 20 hours of agency practice, and/or 10 hours of private practice. Max of 500 hours may be private practice hours.

Professional Member


Submit by email to (keep copies):

  • Documentation of 700 practicum hours using the Verification of 700 hours form available at the bottom of the webpage.
  • Scans of official transcripts from a recognized art therapy program
  • Scans of official transcripts from a university where you attained undergraduate degree.
  • May hold office and, after six months, apply for registered membership.
  • Required: a B.A. and completion of a comprehensive training program in art therapy, which includes 480 hours of classes and 700 unpaid hours of practicum supervised by a registered art therapist.


Graduate Member


Submit by email to (keep copies):

  • Scans of official transcripts
  • Required: completion of training from a recognized art therapy program, which includes a minimum of 480 hours of class time.
  • Not required to hold a B.A. and may have less than 700 hours in practicum.
  • Must prove practicum hours through use of the verification of 700 hours form provided at end of webpage although may have less than 700 hours. 

Student Member

Free for Active Art Therapy Students for the first 2 years of study at a recognized Art Therapy Training Institution. $40.00 annually after 2 years

Submit by email to

  • Scan of official art therapy student ID card  
  • Scans official transcripts from a recognized art therapy program
  • Membership application form available at the end of the page entitled "OATA Membership renewal form"

Student members have all the rights and privileges of other levels of membership such as conference discounts, Tapestry subscription etc. but they may not vote, hold office and are not eligible for Professional Liability Insurence.  They may however join committees and other OATA initiatives.

Inactive Member


Apply to the Board in writing.

Associate Member



Membership level for those who wish to support the purposes and objectives of the Association. Associate members shall have all the rights and privileges granted such as attend conferences, meetings receive the Tapestry but with the exception they may not vote or hold office.

Retired Member


Retired members are Professional and Registered members who have reached the national age of retirement, or who are eligible to retire with full benefits under the current regulations. Retired Members have all the rights and privileges granted to Professional members of the Association.

The downloadable application is available at the bottom of the page and is to be used by Registered or Professional members in good standing with the OATA who are at least fifty-five (55) years of age and no longer engaged in the active practice of Art Therapy.


Retired member form.pdf11.19 KB
OATA Membership Renewal Form.pdf164.92 KB
application - francais.pdf497.64 KB
Verification of Practicum Hous 700.pdf88.62 KB