Qualifications to Practice

Credentials
Individuals providing clinical service under the title of Music Therapist will hold the Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) credential. Some qualified practitioners may hold the RMT, CMT, ACMT and others may have specialty certifications as well. These designations indicate a level of education and training. 
Education and Training Standards
National education and training standards for music therapists are established by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) which was formed in 1998 with the unification of two established organizations, the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. Schools offering music therapy degree programs must receive AMTA approval which involves monitoring the quality of those music therapy programs for adherence to established education and training standards. These standards include achieving entry-level competencies in music, clinical and music therapy foundations; and 1200 plus hours of supervised clinical training, including a supervised internship. 
National Certification
A music therapist graduating from an AMTA approved program must also pass a national certification board examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CMBT). The CBMT is an independent organization which is accredited by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies. Qualified individuals who pass the CBMT examination earn the credential, music therapist - board certified or MT-BC.
Other Designations

The designations of RMT (Registered Music Therapist); CMT (Certified Music Therapist; and ACMT (Advanced Certified Music Therapist) are designations used by music therapists on the National Music Therapy Registry (NMTR). These individuals are also qualified music therapists who have met accepted educational and training standards. These registry titles are earlier designations and will be in use until January 1, 2020. At that time, all music therapists will be required to complete the CBMT examination and use the MT-BC designation.

New Jersey State Regulations
At the present time there are no New Jersey state regulations governing music therapists.