What does it mean to be a registered Art Therapist?

In Australia only certain Arts Therapy courses qualify for registration with the Australian New Zealand Art Therapy Association (ANZATA). ANZATA registration meets International standards of art therapy training. ANZATA registered art therapists have a Masters degree in both Psychology and an arts specialty (art, drama, music or dance). Students enrolled in approved Masters art therapy courses also have to complete an extensive number of placement hours to qualify for the degree. An registered art therapist uses the initials AThR after their qualifications to indicate that they are professional members of ANZATA.