Categories & Requirements

Membership Requirements

There are various pathways to professional registration as an arts therapist (this includes art therapy and other modalities such as dance/movement therapy and dramatherapy) with ANZATA which are detailed below. All professional members have voting rights and can use the post nominals, AThR, except for Affiliate members who can put ANZATA Affiliate Member after their name.

Note: A fee of $90 is payable before an application for Professional 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. Trainee members (those graduating from an ANZATA approved course) are exempt from this fee.

Other categories of membership are available to those who are not eligible for professional membership and are listed below.

Membership Categories

Option 1
Australian, New Zealand, Singaporean and Hong Kong Masters Graduates in Art or Arts Therapy from the following Universities: Edith Cowan University WA; La Trobe University VIC; University of Western Sydney NSW; University of Queensland; Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand; LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore; Melbourne Institute for Experiential and Creative Therapies (MIECAT), and The University of Hong Kong.
Option 2
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) that reflects the ANZATA training standards.
Option 3
Those who hold an overseas equivalent qualification recognised by the Art Therapy Association in that country, who are active members of BAAT, CATA, AATA, are granted  membership.

Applicants applying under options 4 to 6 are required to provide additional information. Click here to view the guidelines.
Option 4
Graduates of any Masters level creative arts therapy programme that can demonstrate that they have worked in the field for a minimum of five years under supervision. This application is to be supported by two ANZATA professional members as referees and reviewed by a designated subcommittee to ascertain if the level of professional knowledge and practice complies with ANZATA standards.
Option 5
Graduates who have trained in other arts modalities (e.g. dramatherapy dance/movement therapy) with an equivalent Masters degree that complies with the training standards of ANZATA. This application is to be supported by two ANZATA professional members as referees and reviewed by a designated subcommittee.
Option 6
(Affiliate) Individuals who hold an MA or recognised accredited higher education qualification. This category of membership is only available to those who can demonstrate their contribution to the field of arts therapy and have specific training and education that supports their application. Applicants need referee support from two ANZATA members and need to be approved by a designated ANZATA sub-committee. Such members may not hold office but may vote, serve on sub-committees, and are eligible to participate in all other activities and receive all publications.

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Individuals who are currently enrolled in the study of arts therapy 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. These members may not vote, hold office or serve on committees, but can be involved in other activities and receive publications.

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These members are currently enrolled in one of the institutions listed in Professional
Option 1 above and support the purposes and objectives of the Association. Membership requires a copy of their student card or some other form of identification such as enrolment form, or statement from the institution. These members may not vote or hold office, but may serve as Trainee Representatives on the Committee, be involved in other activities, and receive all publications.

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This applies to those who are interested in arts therapy, including students studying related fields, and who support the purposes and objectives of the Association. Such members may not use the ANZATA logo or post nominal, vote, hold office or serve on committees. Associate members are eligible to participate in all other activities and receive all publications.

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