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Becoming a member

There are two possibilities for membership in the International Association of Anthroposophic Arts Therapies Educations – iARTe:

  1. accredited member (vocational qualifying training or postgraduate course)
  2. cooperative member (info sheet download PDF)

Accredited member:
Accredited members are training courses/university study programmes which lead to the professional title of "Anthroposophic Arts Therapist" (professional qualification) and have been successfully accredited by iARTe. Postgraduate training courses which teach the tools and methods of the Anthroposophic Arts Therapies and enable participants to integrate them into their own profession* can also be accredited and are then referred to as "postgraduate training courses for applying the tools of the Anthroposophic Arts Therapies in their profession/former profession". Medical, psychological, educational, counselling or artistic professions are suitable foundations for them.

The accreditation of vocational training or university study courses allows them to award the title of Anthroposophic Arts Therapist recognised by iARTe and the Medical Section at the Goetheanum.

Postgraduate training for existing professionals does not lead to the title of "Anthroposophic Arts Therapist". The postgraduate training award applies only to the former profession and is recognised as such by iARTe. This has to be made clearly visible on the website and in advertising material.

For the process of accreditation see → Handbooks


Cooperative member:
Trainings and postgraduate trainings, as well as initiatives seeking accreditation by iARTe (and thus by the Medical Section), can express this intention by becoming a cooperative member. They should then develop their curriculum based on the current list of competences (see → handbooks).

The criteria for the different types of membership can be found in the handbooks.

A training initiative or existing training/study course which decides to become a cooperative member of iARTe, is primarily of value on the level of spiritual life. By becoming a cooperative member, an initiative or institution expresses its spiritual connection with the following contents/themes/objectives:

  • spiritual connection to the Medical Section at the Goetheanum
  • pariticipatiion in the Membership Assembly of iARTe in January (as a non-voting participant)
  • willingness to exchange information with colleagues regarding research and research intentions
  • willingness to help further the development of Anthroposophic Arts Therapy
  • willingness to discuss curricular content and organisational issues with other schools/universities.
  • willingness to engage in mutual consultation and support the accreditation process
  • pursuit of accreditation

Cooperative membership status does not imply the recognition of the training/postgraduate course under the criteria of iARTe. A cooperative initiative/training/study programme is therefore also not recognised as such by the Medical Section. Recognition and full memberhip of iARTe is only achieved by completing a successful accreditation.


The criteria for the different types of membership in iARTe are described in detail in the handbooks (trainee competences, training hours and training duration).

Only schools, universities or postgraduate training institutions are eligeable for membership of iARTe. They then nominate a person to represent their training or postgraduate course in the membership assemblies. (The bylaws of the iARTe can be found in the handbooks.)

Questions to the Administrative Office: karin.gaiser@medsektion-goetheanum.LÖ

What distinguishes a vocational qualifying training from a postgraduate course according to the criteria of iARTe?

This requires consideration on several levels:

  • How comprehensive is the training? Does the training focus solely on one approach (e.g. Collot d'Herbois or Hauschka) or are different approaches included?
  • How comprehensive is the teaching of anthroposophical subjects?
  • How broad is the range of professional subjects taught in class?
  • To what extent are currently applied approaches to therapy addressed? (e.g. analytical approaches, humanistic or solution-oriented methods)
  • How are evaluation, case documentation and a scientific approach considered and communicated?
  • Are ethics, national legislation, professional studies, practice management or accounting addressed or dealt with in detail?
  • What is the duration of the training?
  • How much contact time is offered?
  • How is an independent exploration of topics encouraged and promoted?
  • Is work experience included?


Detailed criteria and guidance can be found in our handbook for the accreditation of vocational training and university study courses or in the handbook for the accreditation of postgraduate training courses for applying the tools and methods of anthroposophical arts therapy in one's own profession/former profession (see → handbooks)

Please also refer to the Fees Schedule (Download PDF)

It can be helpful to the applicant institution when preparing an application to seek the support of a mentor (recognised by the iARTe) who can advise on how best to meet the requirements and assist in processing the application. Please direct all questions in this regard to the Administrative Office: karin.gaiser@medsektion-goetheanum.LÖ


*Recognised professions are: pedagogical-didactic, agogic, medical-therapeutic (teachers, educators, curative educators, social pedagogues, social therapists, nurses, doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists) as well as artists in the respective field.

All other professions which are neither artistic, therapeutic nor pedagogical in nature cannot be covered by this recognition. An exception to this are verifiable trainings/postgraduate courses to become a coach, trainer or supervisor.