How to become an RMT

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There are two routes to becoming a Registered Music Therapist:

  • Successfully complete an AMTA accredited tertiary course and then apply for registration.


  • Apply for registration based on an equivalent qualification, probably undertaken overseas.

Accredited tertiary courses

Currently the AMTA™ accredited tertiary courses are:

University of Melbourne

University of Western Sydney (allied with the Nordoff Robbins Centre)

The University of Melbourne also offers a graduate diploma in guided imagery and music.

Apply for registration or re-registration

Please click here for more information.


Inactive RMT status

For anyone taking a career break and who intends to return to the profession in the future, the Inactive RMT status is a good option. The annual fee is lower, but it is important to note that the CPD requirement remains the same as an active RMT. Learn more


Competency Standards

AMTA™ has created Competency Standards that all applicant RMTs must meet. They cover 5 units of competency (music skills, psychosocial knowledge, clinical knowledge,music therapy knowledge and music therapy skills).

Download the competency standards here


Mandatory Declarations

Mandatory declarations must be made by individuals who apply for membership with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. In making the declarations against the mandatory declaration thresholds, the individual is self-assessing their suitability for membership of the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc.

  • Code of Ethics - Acknowledge intent to practice within Code of Ethics guidelines
  • Continuing Professional Development - Meet continuing professional development requirements as in the CPD Handbook and CPD Auditing Policy
  • Disclosure of charges, convictions and involvement in proceedings related to criminal offence(s) - Provide a National Police Check upon registration, and very no changes to their criminal history annually after registration.
  • Recency of Practice - Meet recency of practice requirements as in the Recency of Practice Policy

Download the Mandatory Declarations Policy here