Apply for the RDT Credential

Deadlines for submission are March 15 and August 15 of each year and are strictly adhered to. The application is not considered to be complete until ALL parts of the application are uploaded in the online system. Click here for help with completing the forms and navigating the application process.


Click Here to fill out the Application

*You must first create a profile in the system


*Use this Check List to make sure all materials for your application are complete. Not required for submission.
*We recommend that those applying first use the paper application to collect their information before starting the online application.


The following information will be needed to complete your application:

If you are unable to download the forms, contact the NADTA office at 888.416.7167 or office@nadta.org.
 

  • ALL INFORMATION MUST BE TYPED.
  • When submitting your forms electronically, please name all files with your last name, first name, and then a description of the item being submitted. The format of the file name should be: lastname.firstname_description.
         Examples: Smith.Jane_Application.pdf
                         Smith.Jane_ReferenceLetter_Submitter'sLastName.pdf


Transcripts

Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts documenting educational requirements must be sent to the NADTA Office.

Alternative training students must upload their signed copy of the completed Alternative Training Learning Contract to the online application system.


Letters of Recommendation

Three confidential letters of recommendation must be obtained and must accompany the application.

  • When using the online application, you will be asked to input each reference's name and email address. The reference will then receive an email notification to upload their letter to the online system.

References should name their reference letter files as described above. (ex. Smith.Jane_ReferenceLetter_Submitter'sLastName.pdf) 

  • Recommendation #1:  A supervisor who has overseen the applicant’s paid employment as a drama therapist.
  • Recommendation #2:  An individual who has been in charge of the applicant’s drama therapy education and training. For graduates of an NADTA approved drama therapy program, this must be the program director. For alternative training students, this must be their RDT/BCT Mentor. 
  • Recommendation #3:  A drama therapist, creative arts therapist or licensed mental health colleague or supervisor who is familiar with the extent and quality of the applicant’s work.


Application Fee

There is a non-refundable $75 application fee. Click here to pay the fee. You must also be a member of NADTA for at least one year before applying. If you are not a current member, please contact office@nadta.org for assistance.


Annual Renewal

If you receive your RDT, thereafter you will be billed by NADTA a yearly fee to maintain your Registry. Billing coincides with the NADTA membership year and may be paid in one check.

If you do not renew your registry annually, you will lose your registration. In order to reinstate it, you may be required to go through the registry application process again.



Questions about your application can be directed to: registryhelp@nadta.org


 

Related Information

Application Help


Need Additional Assistance?
Contact: registryhelp@nadta.org


For Online Application Assistance
Contact: office@nadta.org