Equivalency Assessments  

If you do not have a Bachelor’s degree your previous education and life experience may qualify for documented equivalency.


Equivalency Assessment (EA) is an assessment by valid and reliable means, and by qualified specialists, of what has been learned through non-formal education/training or experience. It is important to note that the key factor of a EA is to establish the learning that has occurred, rather than just the experience itself. It is the applicant’s responsibility to produce documentation of evidence of learning that meets the entrance requirements to the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. This process may be used to establish a documented equivalency of a Bachelor’s degree.

Canadian Regulations

All regular application requirements for admission are required. Students accepted with an EA are entitled to practice as professional art therapists upon graduation. However, it is important that all applicants applying to KATI under an EA are aware that both the Canadian Art Therapy Association and the provincial associations do require a degree, plus the diploma from a recognized Art Therapy training program to become a Registered Art Therapist in Canada. Entering the program with a EA will affect the student’s ability to become an Art Therapy Supervisor, but not their ability to function as an Art Therapist in Canada.

Recommended Information

To evaluate prior learning and clinical work experience in order to establish a documented equivalency, applicants are requested to present documentation and material for the following categories as completely as possible. The following points are a guide for information to be included in the presentation. Areas for assessment include:

  • Formal Education
    • What is not complete and why not? What is accomplished? Course work covering relevant material such as, but not limited to, humanities, human science, psychology, sociology, art, education.
  • Informal education
    • Workshops, conferences, general knowledge etc.
  • Health factors and family situation
  • Psychology courses
  • Personal life experience
  • Writing & research skills (courses, projects) 
  • Motivation, organization and discipline
  • Art background and experience
  • Therapeutic perspective and experience: personal work, groups/workshops,  
  • Therapeutic and communication skills
  • Perseverance, response to challenges
  • Employment: resume, years of experience, hours of client work.
    • Employment in clinical work can be considered: KATI has applied the three-for-one rule. Thus a four-year bachelor’s degree could be considered the equivalent of 12 years of clinical work if the relevant skills and knowledge are evident.  
  • 3 references from supervisors and colleagues. 

The Assessment Review

The Executive Director and an instructor will review the application and interview the prospective candidate. The decision will be based upon a combination of the application, the interview and an assessment that the candidate has the capability to successfully complete the program.

Transfer/Articulation Policy

The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute will consider up to 50% of course work as transfer credits from other Art Therapy post-baccalaureate programs. We have informal transfer agreements with the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and St Stephen's College at the University of Alberta.  We evaluate transfer credit requests on an individual basis.