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									             NORTH CAROLINA MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
                          LICENSURE BOARD
                   Mailing Address: Post Office Box 37669, Raleigh, NC 27627
Phone: (919) 772-6600 Fax: (919) 772-6007 Email: ncmftlb@nc.rr.com Web: www.nclmft.org

            PRACTICING MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY (MFT)
                         IN NORTH CAROLINA

GENERAL INFORMATION
You should carefully review the information below and select the appropriate application
category. It is your responsibility to plan your path to NC licensure. If you are relocating from
another state you should begin the process and allow adequate time to complete the process.
You do not have to be a NC resident to be licensed or make application for licensure. If after
reviewing the information provided, you have additional questions, please submit those
questions in writing (via email – ncmftlb@nc.rr.com preferred) in order to effectively maximize
staffing resources and to avoid any misunderstanding of the requirements. All applications will
be acknowledged via email notification. Please allow up to 20 business days from date of
mailing for confirmation of receipt and initial review. Refer to the calendar at www.nclmft.org
for application deadlines.

APPLICATION FORMS
Application forms may be downloaded from the list below.

QUESTIONS
If AFTER reviewing the information and/or applications you have specific questions regarding
the application process, please contact the Board via email at ncmftlb@nc.rr.com. Do not
contact individual Board members regarding your application. All applications must be
submitted directly to the Board. No evaluation of your credentials can occur until an application
has been submitted and reviewed.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
In order to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) in North Carolina, an applicant must demonstrate having
met one of the categories of qualifying academic achievement.

A master’s degree or doctorate degree from a recognized educational institution as defined in 90-
270.47(5) of North Carolina General Statutes in the field of marriage and family therapy or a
related degree which is the equivalent in content and quality as defined by the statutes and rules
of the Board.

All transcripts must be sent DIRECTLY from the educational institution. Only sealed,
properly submitted transcripts will be accepted. Electronic transcripts are not accepted.


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EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS
In order to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) in North Carolina, a person must have passed the National
Marriage and Family Therapy License Examination provided by the Association of Marital and
Family Regulatory Boards. More information on the examination is available at
http://www.amftrb.org.
The examination is offered during three testing periods per year. Your application fee to the NC
Board does not include the examination fees which will be payable to the testing service. More
information on the examination is available at http://www.amftrb.org. Once your application to
take the examination is approved by the NC MFT Licensure Board you will be sent a packet to
register directly with the testing service.

This is the only MFT licensing examination recognized by the NC MFT Licensure Board.

A person who has already passed the National MFT Examination is not required to retake the
examination. However, if your scores are not on file with the NC board you must arrange to have
your scores transferred directly from the testing service (PES) to the NC MFT Licensure Board.
The score transfer request form is available at www.nclmft.org under the examination section.

A person who is currently licensed in another jurisdiction who was “grandfathered” or is licensed
without having passed the National MFT Examination will be required to take the examination
regardless of how long the person has been licensed.

A person cannot be approved to take the licensing examination until they have submitted the
designated application, supporting documentation and been approved by the Board.

A person who is enrolled in the last semester of study may be authorized by the Board to take the
licensing examination upon submission and approval of required documentation (designated
application, fee, transcript, verification of degree and/or major form completed and signed by
graduate program director).

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
At least 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of marriage and family
therapy, not more than 500 hours of which were obtained while the applicant was a student in a
qualifying degree program, is required for MFT licensure in NC. The remaining 1000 hours of
clinical experience must be obtained post degree. A minimum of 200 approved supervision
hours are required for licensure as an MFT in NC. If all 200 supervision hours are acquired
while a student, then a minimum of 25 additional approved supervision hours will be required
post degree. NC recognizes AAMFT Approved Supervisors for purposes of satisfying this
requirement. Applicants who are eligible to apply via reciprocity/endorsement (a licensed MFT
in good standing for the five previous, continuous years in a state recognized by the Board as
having equivalent academic and experience requirements) are not required to demonstrate the
experience requirements.




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LAST SEMESTER STUDENTS
A person who is enrolled in the last semester of study may be authorized by the Board to take the
licensing examination upon submission and approval of the required application and
documentation (designated application, fee, transcript – documenting your progress towards the
qualifying degree, verification of degree and/or major form completed and signed by graduate
program director).

APPLICATION OPTIONS
  • National MFT Examination
  • LMFTA
  • LMFTA to LMFT (Convert/Upgrade NC LMFTA to NC LMFT)
  • LMFT
  • LMFT VIA RECIPROCITY

NATIONAL MFT EXAMINATION
Persons seeking NC licensure must pass the National MFT Examination. This is the first step in
applying via any of the above listed categories. A person cannot be approved to take the
licensing examination until they have submitted the designated examination application, Passing
the examination does not authorize you to practice MFT or use the title of LMFT or LMFTA in
NC until the Board has approved your full application for licensure which should be submitted
only AFTER you have been notified of successfully completing the National MFT examination.

The examination is offered during three exam periods per year. The exam only application fee is
$50. There will be additional fees payable to the exam service and exam site. More information
on the examination is available at http://www.amftrb.org.

Incomplete or ineligible applications will be returned to the applicant. If an application is
returned to the applicant a second time as incomplete, the Board may impose an additional $10
processing fee.

LMFTA
After successfully completing the academic requirements and passing the National MFT
Examination, you may apply as an LMFTA in order to complete the required experience and
supervision requirements (1500 clinical and 200 supervision hours) under approved supervision,
defined as supervision under the direction of an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. A supervision
agreement with an approved supervisor must be submitted as part of the application packet.
LMFTAs are required to remain under supervision and report quarterly until converting to
LMFT. Do not apply for the LMFTA until your qualifying degree has been posted on your
transcript and you have passed the National MFT Exam. Transcripts without the degree posted
will not be accepted. The application fee is $200. Once you have completed the remaining
clinical and supervision hours, you may apply for full licensure (LMFT). The fee for
converting/upgrading to LMFT if you are a NC LMFTA is $100. Incomplete applications will
be returned to the applicant. If an application is returned to the applicant a second time as
incomplete, the Board may impose an additional $10 processing fee. If you have not passed the
National MFT Examination, refer to the examination requirements and apply to take the exam.
Download and submit the National MFT Exam application. Passing the examination does not
authorize you to practice MFT or use the title of LMFTA in NC until the Board has approved
your full application for licensure.

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LMFTA to LMFT (CONVERTING NC LMFTA TO NC LMFT)
Once you have completed the remaining clinical and supervision hours, you may apply for full
licensure (LMFT) via the LMFTA to LMFT application. The fee for converting/upgrading to
LMFT if you are a NC LMFTA is $100.

LMFT
After successfully completing the academic requirements, passing the National MFT
Examination, and completing the required experience and supervision requirements (1500
clinical and 200 supervision hours) under approved supervision, defined as supervision under the
direction of an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, the person may apply for LMFT. The application
fee is $200. The fee for applying for LMFT if you are already a NC LMFTA is $100.
Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant. If an application is returned to the
applicant a second time as incomplete, the Board may impose an additional $10 processing fee.
No action, processing or approval of your application will take place until all three requirements
(academic, experience and passing the examination) have been demonstrated and accepted. If
you have not passed the National MFT Examination, refer to the National MFT Examination
application and apply to take the exam. Download and submit the National MFT Exam
application. Passing the examination does not authorize you to practice MFT or use the title of
LMFT in NC until the Board has approved your full application for licensure.

LMFT VIA RECIPROCITY
If you are requesting that the NC board consider you for licensure based on licensure as an MFT
in another jurisdiction you may be eligible IF you have been a licensed MFT in good standing
for the five previous, continuous years (in a state recognized by the Board as having equivalent
academic and experience requirements) prior to submitting the designated application to NC and
upon receiving required documentation that you have passed the National MFT examination. If
you have not met this requirement, you should apply to take the National MFT Examination and
then for either LMFT or LMFTA. Download and submit the National MFT Exam application.
Passing the examination does not authorize you to practice MFT or use the title of LMFT in NC
until the Board has approved your full application for licensure.

The reciprocity application fee is $200. Incomplete or ineligible applications will be returned to
the applicant. If an application is returned to the applicant a second time as incomplete, the
Board may impose an additional $10 processing fee.

If you have met the requirements with the exception of passing the National MFT Examination,
refer to the National MFT Examination application and first apply to take the exam. Once you
have passed the National MFT exam, you should then submit your application for licensure via
reciprocity if you have been a licensed MFT for the five, previous, continuous years as noted
above..




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