Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists Apply for a New License - Examination

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Please read the rules carefully to ensure that you qualify for licensure, as all fees submitted to the board are non-refundable.  In order to become licensed as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Texas, a person must have passed the national licensing examination available through the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB).  For additional information, see AMFTRB at www.amftrb.org.

  • A person who has already passed the AMFTRB national licensing examination is not required to re-take the licensing examination.
  • A person who is currently licensed in the state of California and has passed the California state licensing examination is considered to have met the examination requirement. Verification of passage of the California state licensing examination must be submitted from the state of California.
  • A person who is currently licensed in another jurisdiction who was “grandfathered,” or is licensed without having passed the national (or California) licensing examination must pass the examination in order to gain a license in Texas, except as noted in the Occupations Code, Chapter 502.
  • A person who has not previously passed the AMFTRB national licensing examination or the state of California state licensing examination must pass the AMFTRB national licensing examination.

Academic Requirements for the National Licensing Examination 
Persons applying for the licensure examination must have completed or be enrolled in the last semester of a marriage and family therapy graduate internship program, or its equivalent, which is approved by the board.  The degrees and programs are listed below.  

  • a master’s degree or doctorate degree or program in marriage and family therapy from an institution or program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
  • a master’s degree or doctorate degree or program in marriage and family therapy from an institution or program accredited by accrediting bodies that are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), but which are not accredited by COAMFTE, provided that the practicum is at least 9 credit hours or 12 months. If the practicum is not at least 9 credit hours or 12 months an applicant may be approved to take the licensing examination and may be issued an associate license upon successfully passing the examination. Prior to receiving a license as a marriage and family therapist, the applicant shall complete the pre-graduation practicum deficit in addition to the post-graduate supervised experience requirements consistent with the requirements in §801.142
  • a master’s degree or doctorate degree or program in a related mental health field with a planned course of study in marriage and family therapy as described in 801.113(d) and (e) with minimum course content as described in §801.114. NOTE: If applying under this section, FORM I must be completed and submitted by the applicant.

Applying for the National Licensing Examination & NOT Seeking Licensure in Texas
Please submit the following documents to the board.  Contact AMFTRB for additional information.  It is your responsibility to follow-up with the board if written notice of approval is not received within six weeks.  If you are NOT seeking licensure in Texas, it may be in your best interest to apply by mail to avoid the $90 initial license fee.  If you apply online, you are required to pay $137 ($47 application fee + $90 initial license fee).

  1. Submit an application for licensure (Form A) to the board with the $47 application fee.  The application is required to sit for the exam.  
  2. Submit proof of completion of the MFT Jurisprudence Exam.
  3. Submit the MFT Examination Security Information Acknowledgement Form (Form VII) to the board with a copy of your current photo ID.  If you have a disability requiring accommodations for the licensing examination, please submit the Request for Disability Accommodation for Licensing Examination Form along with a statement from a professional who is familiar with your disability and requested accommodation. 
  4. Submit original college transcripts. (If you are currently enrolled in a graduate internship, please submit a letter from your university explaining that you are currently enrolled, when you plan on graduating, and the coursework you will need to complete in order to graduate as planned. If a transcript is submitted, it must verify current enrollment.)  Please also submit Form I, if applicable.

Applying for the National Licensing Examination & Seeking Licensure in Texas
Please submit the following documents to the board.  Contact AMFTRB for additional information. It is your responsibility to follow-up with the board if written notice of approval is not received within six weeks. 

  1. Submit an application for licensure (Form A) to the board with the $47 application fee. (After passing the national licensing exam, you will then need to submit an additional $90 initial Associate license fee.)  If you apply for licensure online, you are required to pay $137. ($47 application fee + $90 initial license fee)  
  2. Submit proof of completion of the MFT Jurisprudence Exam.
  3. Submit the MFT Examination Security Information Acknowledgement Form (Form VII) to the board with a copy of your current photo ID.  If you have a disability requiring accommodations for the licensing examination, please submit the Request for Disability Accommodation for Licensing Examination Form along with a statement from a professional who is familiar with your disability and requested accommodation. 
  4. Submit original college transcripts. (If you are currently enrolled in a graduate internship, please submit a letter from your university explaining that you are currently enrolled, when you plan on graduating, and the coursework you will need to complete in order to graduate as planned. If a transcript is submitted, it must verify current enrollment.)  Please also submit Form I, if applicable.
  5. Submit the Supervised Clinical Practicum Supervision and Experience Verification Form (Form VI) after you complete your practicum.
  6. Submit a Supervisory Agreement Form (Form III) for each practicing location with a copy of your supervisor's current licensure wallet card. This form is required for the issuance of an Associate license and must be approved by the board in order to practice as a LMFT Associate in Texas.  You may want to submit this form after successfully passing the national licensing exam.  

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The Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) through the Professional Examination Services (PES) administer the marriage and family therapist national licensing examination four times a year. The computerized examination is given during a 4-week window of time at various testing locations throughout Texas. The Board must notify the testing company 90 days prior to the next scheduled exam who the eligible candidates to sit for the exam will be. Therefore, the board office must receive applications on or before the application deadline. Postmark date will not be acceptable. There will be no exceptions. Applications received after the deadline will be placed on the next scheduled exam date. The board recommends your application and other required materials, including fees and transcripts, are postmarked at least twelve (12) days prior to the deadline.

 

MFT Exam Dates      *Please verify exam dates with AMFTRB                 
EXAMINATION DATES APPLICATION DEADLINE
October 28, 2013 to November 23, 2013 August 1, 2013
January 13, 2014 to February 8, 2014 November 1, 2013
May 19, 2014 to June 14, 2014 March 1, 2014
August 11, 2014 to September 6, 2014 June 1, 2014
October 20, 2014 to November 15, 2014 August 1, 2014

   

Information concerning the examination will be sent to you prior to the examination date. The packet of information contains forms that you will need to complete and submit to the testing company with the examination fees. Once the testing company has received your examination materials and fees, you will be notified in writing and given a toll-free number to call and schedule your examination. The official score report will be mailed to the state board office AFTER THE CLOSE of the testing window. This usually takes 4-6 weeks after the closing of the testing window. You will be notified of the results in writing. If you do not successfully pass the examination, you will automatically be placed on the examination eligibility list for the next examination window.

For additional information, see the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) at www.amftrb.org.

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Last updated June 11, 2014
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