In the United States, persons who have completed music therapy program from one of the approved college music therapy curricula including a 6-month full-time internship are eligible to sit for the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (http://www.cbmt.org). Those who have successfully passed the examination will hold the MT-BC credential and will then be allowed to practice music therapy. Those therapists holding RMT, CMT and ACMT credentials are also allowed to practice music therapy, however, their credential will expire by the year 2020. Thus, most facilities now require music therapists to hold the MT-BC credential. In addition, music therapists who have the MT-BC credential need to earn continued education credits for re-certification every five years.
In the United Kingdom (U.K.), music therapists earn postgraduate diplomas in Music Therapy.