Setting standards for future growth
The American Horticultural Therapy Association is the only organization that recognizes and registers horticultural therapists through a voluntary professional registration program. The designation Horticultural Therapist-Registered (HTR) signifies that professional competencies have been achieved based on standardized academic requirements and professional training.
To qualify for professional registration, an individual must demonstrate completion of:
- A baccalaureate degree with a concentration in horticultural therapy or a baccalaureate degree with the additional required courses to meet the academic requirements as noted on the application.
- A supervised internship of no less than 480 hours.
Detailed information on the requirements for professional registration can be found in the AHTA Professional Registration Handbook. Be aware that new HTR education requirements went into effect in October 2013. To learn about these new requirements, please click here.
Applications are evaluated by the AHTA Professional Registration Review Board. To apply, an individual must be a current member of the AHTA at the Associate level. Once an applicant has been approved for professional registration status, AHTA membership must be renewed annually at the Professional level to maintain HTR status.
Professional Registration Resources
For a list of programs that offer academic coursework in horticultural therapy, please refer to the HT Education page.
For a list of suggested course titles that would be applicable to the AHTA Core Curriculum component of the Professional Registration application, click here.
Download the 2012 AHTA Internship Toolkit
- Internship Guidelines
- AHTA Intern Evaluation Form
- AHTA Horticultural Therapy Internship Handbook June 1, 2013
- Code of Ethics
- List of current facilities offering internships
Revised internship requirements went into effect on June 1, 2013. If you are pursuing professional registration and began an internship on June 1, 2013 or later, be sure to review the AHTA Internship Handbook. The Handbook provides a full explanation of the revisions. Registration applicants who completed an internship prior to June 1, 2013, will be evaluated under current AHTA Internship Guidelines. Please contact the AHTA with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-992-0002.
New core curriculum requirements for professional registration went into effect on October 1, 2013. Be sure to review the new requirements if you apply for professional registration after October 1, 2013.
Grandfathering period for professional registraton requirements: AHTA recognizes that many members started their pursuit of professional registration under the old Option B (the standards in effect before October 1, 2013) where individuals randomly selected courses from a list of horticulture and human science topic areas. AHTA does not want to discredit this work that many individuals started in the years prior to October 1, 2013. The grandfathering period is based on how many courses an applicant has taken prior to this date.
If six (6) or more of the core courses were taken before October 1, 2013, you will be reviewed under the old Option B (the standards in effect before October 1, 2013). We strongly recommend and encourage you to take the remaining two (2) core courses from the new required coursework list. If all coursework was taken before October 1, 2013, you will be reviewed under the old Option B. Those individuals applying for professional registration after October 1, 2013 that do not meet the noted exceptions, will be reviewed under the new Option B.