Credentials Overview

The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is the International credentialing agency that holds the standards for professionals who wish to pursue distinction in their play therapy competencies. This section 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 Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT)

For all information regarding credentialing, visit the Credentialing Homepage on APT's website.


Registered Play Therapist

Registered Play Therapists (RPT) are state licensed or certified practitioners who have satisfied the criteria described in the RPT Guide.

Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Applications must first apply for, be granted, and maintain the Registered Play TherapistTM credential in good standing for a minimum of three (3) years prior to applying for the Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.

School Based-Registered Play Therapist

School Based-Registered Play TherapistsTM (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.