MFT Qualifications to Apply


The Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors was created for the protection of the public. The Board is empowered under the Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) Chapter 641A to set minimum standards for licensing of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and to oversee the ethical conduct of MFTs and MFT-Interns in the State of Nevada. NRS 641A.220 empowers the Board to examine candidates based on their knowledge of Marriage and Family Therapy literature. Each applicant must furnish evidence satisfactory to the Board that he/she:

    • is at least 21 years of age
    • is of good moral character
    • is a citizen of the United States, or is lawfully entitled to remain and work in the United States;
    • has;
      • completed his residency training in psychiatry from a regionally accredited college, university or institution approved by the Board or
      • a graduate Mental Health degree in marriage and family therapy, psychology, or social work from a regionally accredited college, university or institution approved by the Board or
      • completed other education and training which is deemed equivalent by the Board
    • has
      • At least 2 years of postgraduate experience practicing marriage and family therapy and;
      • At least 3,000 hours of supervised experience in marriage and family therapy, which includes
        • at least 1,500 hours must consist of direct face-to-face contact with clients and;
      • Holds an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution approved by the Board.

      Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to submit all forms by the stated deadlines. Board members or staff is not responsible for soliciting these materials. This is the responsibility of the applicant. Exceptions cannot be made.

        MFT Exam Information

        Nevada Revised Statute 641A.230 also empowers the Board to examine candidates on their knowledge of Marriage and Family Therapy literature. Therefore, each qualified applicant for a license to practice marriage and family therapy must pass a written examination given by the Board on his knowledge of marriage and family therapy.

          The Board shall accept receipt of an official copy of a passing grade by a qualified applicant on the national MFT examination sponsored by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) to meet testing requirements.

            Marriage and Family Therapist Interns are eligible to sit for the written portion of the examination after one year of internship training and must successfully pass the examination before they may be licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. After one year of internship training an eligible intern may take the exam at any time prior to the end of the internship.

              Computerized Examinations

                Computerized examinations are administered in January, May and September of each year by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Eligible applicants and interns should make request to the Board in writing to have their name submitted for testing.

                  Academic Review

                  Upon receipt of all pertinent application data, an applicant’s file will be scheduled to undergo an Academic Review, where the academic and training information will be assessed in order to determine if the applicant’s academic coursework and training meet the Nevada requirements in the Academic Study Areas as outlined in regulations NAC 641A.085.

                    If the applicant does not have sufficient academic coursework, training or experience to meet Nevada requirements, the applicant will be notified in writing which study areas are deficient.

                      If an applicant has sufficient academic coursework, training or experience to meet Nevada requirements; and official transcripts are received by the Board showing the required conferred degree; and the required Background Check has been completed by the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); then the applicant will be schedule for an Interview with the Board. A delegation of the Board may form a committee to execute the interview of the applicant.

                        Board Interview

                        An interview with the Board will be required for all applicants before licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern or a Marriage and Family Therapist with an Interim Permit. An oral examination may be required in the interview with the Board before licensure. All applicants for Marriage and Family Therapist Intern or a Marriage and Family Therapist with an Interim Permit must have secured an Approved Primary Supervisor and submitted the Primary Supervision Form. The Marriage and Family Therapist Intern must have submitted the appropriate Internship Proposal form to the Board prior to the Interview.

                          Instructions, Applications & Forms

                          • Instructions for Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Application
                          • Marriage and Family Therapy Application

                          Special Considerations

                          • Students in a Graduate Program
                          • Interim Permit