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
- Meet the educational requirements here: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4757-25-01, having attended a program clearly identified as a marriage and family therapy degree, which contained at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of coursework, and met the definition of an MFT program here: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4757-25-01, and
- Must submit additional information to determine eligibility to take the licensure exam (see step 1 below, or reference the rule here: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4757-25-02v1).
Steps toward Licensure (ALL steps must be completed before your license can be issued):
- Application. The first step for licensure is to complete the MFT license application on the eLicense website and pay the $80 application fee (plus a $3.50 processing fee). You will need to register and create a User ID and password to access the e-License system. Once you’ve registered, complete the application for Marriage and Family Therapist.
As part of this application, you will also be requesting approval to take the AMFTRB licensure exam.
Applicants from a COAMFTE-approved program must attach a degree or unofficial transcript if they have graduated, or a letter of good standing from the school indicating they will be graduating within the current academic term, and what their degree will be.
Applicants from a non-COAMFTE program must attach an Internship Evaluation form, Course Worksheet, and unofficial transcript. The Board will review this information to determine the applicant’s eligibility to take the AMFTRB exam. Applicants from a non-COAMFTE program who are in the last term prior to receiving their degree must attach the following:
a) a Course Worksheet,
b) an unofficial transcript showing that all courses on the course worksheet have either been taken or are scheduled to be taken in that term,
c) correspondence from a professor or registrar that states the student is on track to graduate at the end of that term, and
d) an Internship Evaluation form showing the number of hours completed up to that point, as well as the remaining number of hours expected to be completed prior to the end of that term.
Following graduation, the applicant shall also provide additional:
a) Internship Evaluation documentation forms showing completion of the previously anticipated hours, as well as
b) an official transcript as required for licensure. If a discrepancy exists, such that the applicant did not complete the required coursework or practicum/internship hours, the applicant's license shall not be issued at that time, and the exam score will remain valid for either seven years or until the required coursework and/or practicum/ internship hours have been completed, whichever comes first.
- Exam. Upon receipt of the above items, you will receive an exam pre-approval email, approving you to contact Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) to pay the examination fee ($355). Once you pay for the test, PTC will email information so you can schedule your test date with a PSI Testing Center in your area. Your exam score will be received at the Board approximately 20 business days following the close of the testing period.
A calendar of test dates can be found on AMFTRB's website here.
The remaining steps for licensure can be completed in any order.
- View the Board's online Laws and Rules video. This is a review of the Board’s rules and ethics requirements, and will help you understand your responsibilities as a licensee.
- Complete the BCI and FBI background checks. Background checks are valid for one year once completed.
- Official transcripts. Have your school submit OFFICIAL transcripts, showing your degree conferred, directly to the board. You can have your transcript emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method of delivery), or mailed to the address below. Please note: Your degree must be awarded in order for your official transcript to be accepted. Many schools may take as long as 1-4 weeks following graduation to post your degree to your transcript. Your license can not be issued until after you have graduated and submitted a transcript showing the degree conferred.
Documents required for completing your MFT licensure file:
- MFT application with fee
- AMFTRB Test Results
- BCI and FBI background checks
- View the Board's online Laws and Rules video
- Official Transcript showing your conferred degree, sent directly from your school
After You Have Submitted Your Application
- Be sure to submit any required documents.
- Complete the background checks.
- Track the status of your application by clicking on Review Status under Options on your license application tile in eLicense. The review checklist indicates whether the Board has received your background checks, submissions such as your transcript or hours of supervision, and your exam score.
Once you are licensed, you will receive an email from the board indicating that you may now call yourself a Marriage and Family Therapist. A wall certificate will be attached to this email, which you may print and display in your workplace.