Application Processes:

  • Applications for both the R-DMT and the BC-DMT credential are due each year by Jan 15th. Late applications will not be reviewed, and the applicant will need to reapply the following year.
  • Applications are assessed by the Credential Board R-DMT and BC-DMT panel members respectively.
  • Prior to beginning the assessment process, all required materials for the application must have been received by the DMTCB office.
  • The office will notify applicants of any missing materials, and the applicant is responsible for making sure that those materials are received within 10 days of notification.
  • Applicants are notified of the results of their application approximately 1-2 months after the DMTCB Spring Board Meeting which usually occurs in April. (The notification date may vary due to unexpected circumstances.)
  • All applications receive either a PASS, a PEND, or are REJECTED.
    • PASSING applicants will receive a credential number and certificate.
    • PENDED applicants will receive notification about why their application was pended:
    • Alternate Route R-DMT applicants will have until June 1 of their application year to address the issues; if this does not happen, they will need to apply the following year and pay a new application fee.
    • BC-DMT applicants may be revised and resubmitted once, within 10 days of receipt of the Pend notification to be re-evaluated. If the resubmission does not pass the second time, the applicant may apply again the following year.
  • REJECTED applicants may apply again the following year and pay a new application fee. There is an appeal procedure available to individuals whose application has been rejected.


What is the different between ADTA Membership and the R-DMT or BC-credential?

ADTA membership is open to anyone who wants to be a member of the ADTA, not just individuals who are trained in the practice of DMT.  The R-DMT and BC-DMT credential is awarded to individuals who have completed the specific requirements for each credential.

What is the difference between registration, certification, and licensure?

Registration (e.g., the R-DMT) is an entry-level credential that indicates that the person holding the R-DMT has met the basic education and training requirements and standards set by the ADTA.

Board Certification (e.g. the BC-DMT) is an advanced level credential that indicates that the person holding the BC-DMT has reached an advanced level of clinical DMT expertise as determined through a formal examination process.  Certification reflects a higher and more rigorous level of competence in the eyes of the law, professionals, and the public.

Licenses are issued based on state-determined qualifications. A license is usually a pre-requisite for Receiving third party reimbursement or insurance payments as a clinician.

Why, when, and how do I maintain my credential?

All R-DMTs and BC-DMTs are required to renew their credential every year (or apply for temporary inactive status) by paying an annual maintenance fee. Credentials that are not maintained will be considered lapsed. In addition, every 5-years, all R-DMT and BC-DMTs are required to recertify their credential by accruing a specific amount of continuing education hours.


  • Must have their graduate degree evaluated for U.S. Graduate Degree equivalency by an evaluation service (listed later in this handbook). 
  • All DMT courses must be approved courses and taught by a BC-DMT in good standing. 
  • All supervisions must be done by BC-DMTs in good standing.