Criteria changes for education and internships
In 2013, AHTA will institute changes in requirements for those applying for Professional Registration status. These important changes will impact qualification requirements for both education and internships.
The changes are the result of AHTA's focus on professional credentialing as a means to elevate the stature of the profession and expand opportunities for employment. To standardize the knowledge, skills, and abilities of all future horticultural therapists, AHTA aspires to eventually offer certification through exam-based competency testing and will develop exam questions based on this core knowledge base.
Effective October 1, 2013, AHTA will standardize educational requirements for those pursuing professional registration through an equivalent baccalaureate degree (identified in Section I. Previously, students pursing Option B have been allowed to select courses randomly from the course topic list. In the future, these students will be required to complete the same three core courses in both the horticulture and human sciences content areas. Students will have the opportunity to complete the remaining three credits in each content area through electives selected from a list of course topic areas. The requirement for horticultural therapy coursework remains the same.
Internship requirements go into effect on June 1, 2013. Applicants are required to complete no fewer than 480 hours of internship (field work). This may be paid or unpaid, but must be under the supervision of an AHTA-registered horticultural therapist.
For specific information relating to curriculum and internship changes, please visit the Professional Registration page and the Professional Registration FAQ.