Credentials Overview

In this section, the Association for Play Therapy (APT) APT describes the criteria by which licensed mental health professionals might demonstrate and promote their specialized play therapy knowledge and training by earning these credentials*:

  • Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
  • Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S)
  • School Based-RPT (SB-RPT)

Apply for RPT-S Credentials

Registered Play Therapists (RPT) and Registered Play Therapists-Supervisors (RPT-S) are state licensed or certified practitioners who have satisfied the criteria described in the RPT/S Guide. To review the criteria or complete the application, click on the applicable option below: 

RPT-S Guide

RPT-S Application

Frequently Asked Questions

Transcript Review Form

Transition Form - Interested in transitioning from an RPT to an RPT-S? Use this form!

SB-RPT Credential

School Based-Registered Play Therapists (SB-RPT) are school counselors or school psychologists who hold a license from their state's department of education, and who have satisfied the criteria described in the SB-RPT Guide.

SB-RPT guide

SB-RPT Application and Information

Renew RPT/S Credentials

All Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S), and School Based-Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT) registrants must annually renew their credential by March 31.

Renewal of your APT credential is contingent upon the receipt and acknowledgement of ALL items required.  Please refer to the appropriate link below for submitting your RPT, RPT-S, or SB-RPT renewal application with annual fee (and CE hours, if applicable).

If concluding your three-year cycle, be prepared to post information regarding the 36 continuing education hours that you have earned. Those who do not renew by that date will be reclassified as "inactive" and not displayed thereafter in our online Find Play Therapists Directory. Click on the option below by which you wish to renew your RPT/S credential:

RPT-S Renewal Information

* The Association for Play Therapy (APT) confers the designation of Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) to individuals who have provided APT with documentation that they have a) a mental health graduate or higher degree; b) been licensed by the applicable state licensing or certification authority; c) completed a minimum number of hours of general clinical experience and supervision; d) completed a minimum number of hours of play therapy training and supervision; and e) completed the requisite continuing education hours. The designation as a RPT or RPT-S does not certify, imply, or affirm the knowledge or competency of such individual but only confirms that the education and training requirements identified herein have been satisfied.