General Licensing Information

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.

Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) Licensing

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.

Applicant Submittal Responsibilities

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 sole responsibility of the applicant. Exceptions cannot be made.

Exam

NRS 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 qualified applicant’s passing score from the national MFT exam administrating organization, Professional Examination Services (PES or ProExam) who is sponsored by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) the designer and creators of the exam, to meet testing requirements.

Pursuant to NAC 641A.156 State licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Interns are eligible to sit for the national MFT 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.

Deadlines for Application to Take Any Given Exam

Computerized examinations are administered in January, May, August and October of each year by the Professional Examination Services (PES). Eligible Interim Permit holders and eligible licensed interns may submit an Exam Request Form to request to have their name submitted to sit for the exam.