Persons who complete one of the approved college music therapy curricula (including an internship) are then eligible to sit for the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Music therapists who successfully complete the independently administered examination hold the music therapist-board certified credential (MT-BC).
The National Music Therapy Registry (NMTR) serves qualified music therapy professionals with the following designations: RMT, CMT, ACMT. These individuals have met accepted educational and clinical training standards and are qualified to practice music therapy.
In Canada, the credentials MTA, Music Therapist Accredited, are used to designate music therapists that have been accredited with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT). The accreditation process involves completion of a 1,000-hour internship, clinical supervision, submission of a case study and other competency testing. MTA is a registered Certification Mark with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, an agency of Industry Canada.