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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

The first step towards licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist is to submit an application for a Plan of Supervision. To be approved for a Plan of Supervision, an applicant must:

  • Provide official educational transcript from an accredited marriage and family therapy program recognized by the board demonstrating a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling consisting of at least 48-credit hours.
  • Propose a board approved supervisor to oversee the required supervision and direct client contact hours for full licensure.

A non-refundable application fee of $100 must accompany an application for a Plan of Supervision.  No supervision or direct client contact hours will be counted towards licensure before the date of an approved Plan of Supervision.

Prior to application for full licensure, passing the National Examination for Marital and Family Therapy (NMFTE) is required. The examination is computer based and offered one full week every month.  An applicant for licensure must contact the Board to request an application for the national exam.  Once approved, the Board office will send the Applicant a letter with an approval code and links to the Professional Testing Corporation’s Online Application System. 

Candidate Handbook

Following the completion of the required hours under an approved Plan of Supervision and passage of the national exam, an applicant for full licensure must complete an application for licensure.  A refundable license fee of $225 must accompany an application for licensure.

An LMFT license must be renewed by November 30th in even-numbered years. 

A licensee must show 40 hours of continuing education, including at least 4 hours of ethics, biennially. Continuing education is due in even-numbered years.

The LMFT must abide by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.