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Frequently asked questions about the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license in Ohio, including education qualifications and exam requirements

For information on the duties you’ll be able to perform with this license, see the rule here: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4757-27-01

ou must complete a master’s or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy.  Programs accredited by the "Commission On Accreditation Of Marriage And Family Therapy Education" (COAMFTE) at the time of the applicant's degree conferral are automatically approved, and those applicants may apply to take the licensing exam during the final semester of their degree program.  Applicants with degrees not accredited by COAMFTE must 1) meet the educational requirements here: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4757-25-01, 2) must have fully completed and earned their degree, and 3) must submit additional information to determine eligibility to take the licensure exam.

The requirement is 30 hours of continuing education every two years, including 3 in ethics. CEUs need to be approved by this Board for MFTs. Out of state or online courses approved for counselors or social workers CAN be approved for MFTs, provided the applicant submits a request for post-program approval (see below)  There are many other sources of continuing education as well, such as college coursework, teaching and presenting, and authoring peer-reviewed journal articles. You can find information on CEU sources on our website here. You can also find a list of Board-approved CEUs on this page.

MFT licenses need to be renewed every two years.

Your license will be issued once you have completed ALL the steps required for licensure.  See above.

Fortunately, that’s mostly up to you.  Processing time on our end is usually not significant.  Once you complete everything and get it all sent in to us, licenses are generally issued within 5-7 business days.  Keep in mind, if you’re applying in your final semester, you can’t be licensed until you graduate at the earliest.

There are very, very limited situations where a temporary MFT license can be issued. See more about temporary licenses on our website here.

Along with your online application, you will be required to provide a complete explanation of the underlying circumstances of the crime, with sufficient rehabilitation evidence, and a certified copy of the court documents (judgment entry) related to your conviction. Applicants are required under law to report all misdemeanor and felony convictions, with the exception of minor traffic violations (DUI/OVI charges are NOT considered traffic violations, and must be reported as criminal convictions). Failure to report any police record is falsification of an application and is grounds for denial.  Please be aware that if you have a conviction, your BCI/FBI checks may take up to 30 days for the Board to receive, and your file may also require additional review by the Board before the license can be issued (the Board meets every 60 days).

Your MFTT is valid for 60 days after the end of each semester. As long as you’re still performing work duties at your internship/field site, your MFTT is valid during that time period at that site. Once you’ve graduated, it can’t be renewed again. And keep in mind, if you’re going to work somewhere else, your MFTT is NOT valid at that site. It’s only valid when you’re working at your internship site. 

Renewal information can be found on our website here. You will complete 30 hours of continuing education (including 3 hours in ethics), complete a renewal application through the Board’s website, and pay the renewal fee.

The Board contracts with an exam vendor called the Association of Marital & Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.  They are the ones who offer the exam.  Many answers to your questions about exam structure and content can be found on their website, amftrb.org.  They do sell study material through their website, and there are many other providers of study material as well.

You can refer to the MFT instructions, or go directly to the BCI/FBI section of our website.

Yes. Once you submit an application and the appropriate documentation, you will receive an email with approval to take the AMFTRB exam, and instructions on how to register with AMFTRB for that test. Allow 5-7 business days for processing.

If you are currently enrolled in the final semester of a master’s or doctoral program accredited by COAMFTE, you are welcome to apply at any time after your final semester begins.  If your program is not accredited by COAMFTE, you may apply during your final semester but be aware that additional documentation will be required once your degree program is completed.

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