(1) Any person seeking licensure as a marriage and family therapist must apply on the board's official forms, which may be obtained through the department. All requirements with documentation must be met at the time of application. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the board.
(2) Completed applications must include:
(a) application fee;
(b) verification of the applicant's education via official transcripts provided directly from the school(s) and/or educational institution(s) to the board office; and
(c) three professional or academic reference letters, including one from the applicant's supervisor which shall include:
(i) name of applicant and supervisor, including the supervisor's type of license and number and signature;
(ii) dates and total hours of supervision received and number of supervised hours of clinical contact; and
(iii) recommendation to approve for licensure or not.
(3) An applicant must achieve a passing score on the National Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Examination administered by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB).
(4) Applicants shall be given written notice of examination eligibility or ineligibility.
(5) The license will be effective as of the date all requirements, including payment of the original license fee, are met. An applicant shall not work as a licensed marriage and family therapist until the effective date of the license.
(6) Applicants shall be allowed a maximum of three attempts to successfully pass the examination.
(7) After the third attempt, if the applicant has not achieved a passing score, the applicant must request in writing to the board to retake the examination. The board may require the applicant to complete a preapproved remediation plan prior to additional exam administrations.
(8) If the applicant achieved a passing score on the National Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Examination administered by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) as part of the applicant's graduate program, the passing examination score will be accepted for licensure. Examination results are valid within four years of the date the applicant took the examination that resulted in the passing score.
(9) If the applicant fails to satisfy the requirements for licensure within one year of the date the application is determined by the department to be complete, the application will expire, the application fee will be forfeited, and a new completed application and application fee will be required.
(10) All applicants must submit the fingerprint and background check required by the board.