Read through the application instructions below; Pay the non-refundable application fee;
Complete the online application
A submitted application is not considered complete until the application fee payment has successfully processed and CELA has received all supporting documentation. CELA cannot process incomplete applications. Allow up to 10 business days for payments to process.
Submitting Supporting Documentation
Documents can be scanned as pdf or jpg formats only and emailed to CELA. Contact us to request email address to send scanned documents.
There are some situations when hardcopy documents need to be sent through the regular mail. Contact us regarding these special situations in advance. Please make sure to save copies of your submission materials for your records. Whenever possible, send CELA copies and keep the originals.
- Recommendation Information Form (for Applicants to complete)
- Recommendation Form (for each Recommender to complete)
Required Supporting Documentation
- Resume or CV – most recent copy
- Personal Statement
- Arts Statement
- Three letters of recommendation
The Personal Statement is an essay. It must be a minimum of 650 words and a maximum of 1,000 words.
In the Personal Statement, describe your background, experiences, and any training you may have had in counseling, facilitation, expressive or creative arts therapies, working with groups, couples, and individuals. Discuss your experiences and the different populations with whom you have worked. Share why you are interested in Creative Arts Therapy and why you are applying for certification as an Intermodal Creative Arts Therapist (ICAT). Include information about any certifications, credentials, special awards, or other related information you may have.
The Arts Statement is an essay. It must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 700 words.
In the Arts Statement, describe your background in the creative arts and any training you may have had in the arts. Discuss your primary and two secondary arts area choices for ICAT certification and the influence the arts have had on your life and in your work.
CELA requires official transcripts to be sent directly from your school(s) to CELA for consideration for transfer credit.
An official transcript is required for any coursework completed at the college level. If you have not completed coursework at the college level, please include a copy of your high school diploma (or GED) and high school transcript with your application materials. If you have completed your undergraduate degree and/or graduate degree, you do not have to submit your high school transcript or the copy of your high school diploma and only need to submit transcripts for the degree-granting college or university. Contact us with any questions you may have.
Transfer credit for prior completion of courses requires the submission of an official transcript from a CELA-approved community college, college, or university with a passing grade of C or higher. Does not apply to all ICAT certification course requirements.