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

      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.

        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.

            Courses of Study

            The Board will consider a graduate degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from a program that was accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) at the time the degree was conferred as fulfilling the educational requirements for licensure as an intern. Find a CACREP accredited program. Find a COAMFTE accredited program.

              For non-CACREP or COAMFTE Accredited Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Program Graduates

              To qualify for licensure as a marriage and family therapist or marriage and family therapist intern, an applicant's graduate education in marriage and family therapy must include the following:


              Academic requirements for degree conferral date PRIOR to 8/30/2023

              Academic requirements for degree conferral date AFTER 8/30/2023