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Approved Providers of Play Therapy Continuing Education
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Program Overview

The Association for Play Therapy, Inc. (APT) designates individuals and organizations as Approved Providers to

  • protect and promote APT-approved standards of post-graduate level play therapy continuing education and training;
  • identify play therapy training that mental health professionals can apply towards earning or renewing the Registered Play TherapistTM (RPT), Registered Play Therapist-SupervisorTM (RPT-S) or School Based-Registered Play TherapistTM (SB-RPT) credentials; and
  • ensure access by play therapists to quality play therapy training opportunities.

With the goal of improving the quality of APT-approved play therapy continuing education, our Approved Provider program has been revised. We encourage you to review the Approved Provider Criteria and Standards document (formerly the Approved Provider Guide) prior to submitting a new or renewal application.

Please note that, the new criteria and standards are effective as of March 1, 2019.


Types of Approved Providers

Type I – Provides unlimited play therapy continuing education/training at multiple events (in-person workshops, live webinars, recorded webinars, home study courses, etc.) and programs during an authorized approval period.

Type II – Provides play therapy training at one event that neither extends beyond five (5) consecutive days nor offers more than 25 hours of play therapy credit.

Search the Directory of Approved Providers


Approved Provider Q & A

Do you want to learn more about becoming an APT Approved Provider? Or do you have questions about how to ensure compliance and maintain your provider status? APT invites you to join our upcoming Q & A sessions where we will provide an overview of program requirements and appropriate marketing standards. Check out the schedule and register for the upcoming sessions linked below:

Click here to view upcoming topics and dates.

Click here to register now!

Click here to view our previously held Q & A session.

Special Notice: COVID-19 & Temporary Conditions

Effective May 15th, 2020 through December 31, 2020, APT Approved Providers may temporarily offer "contact" hours for online continuing education if the training meets specific conditions. For details, review these conditions and contact us with any questions.


Applications and Forms                                                            

For questions concerning the Approved Provider Program, contact Jaqueline Rosales, Coordinator, Education & Training,, or 559-298-3400 x313.




Moratorium and Changes to the Registered Play TherapistTM (RPT) & Registered Play Therapist - SupervisorTM (RPT-S) Standards and Applications

APT announced a credentialing moratorium on April 1, 2019 that went into effect on July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.    A new set of Standards and a new Application were made available May 31, 2019.  Additional information on this announcement can be viewed here.

Changes to the Supervised Play Therapy Experience & Supervision Credentialing Requirement

Effective January 1, 2020, hours earned toward the supervised play therapy experience and supervision requirements for the RPT and RPT-S applications must be under the supervision of an RPT-S only.  Any supervised play therapy experience and supervision hours accrued prior to January 1, 2020 will be accepted provided they fall under the existing guidelines at time of attainment.  Please refer to the Guide for further instruction.  If you were conferred the RPT or RPT-S credential prior to January 1, 2020, this change will NOT affect you.  APT dedicated a special section of its magazine to the 2020 changes and it can be viewed here.

Changes to the Definition of Contact & Non-Contact Hours for Continuing Education

Effective January 1, 2020, contact hours are defined as "in-person" instruction only.  Live webinars, recorded webinars, book studies, etc. are defined as non-contact hours and are limited to 50 hours towards the APT credentialing application.  APT dedicated a special section of its magazine to the 2020 changes and it can be viewed here.