Applying for a License

The Council issues two types of licenses for the practice of marriage and family therapy:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFT Associate)

In addition, the Council recognizes supervisor status for LMFTs (please see 22 TAC 801.143 for further details).

The application packet for each type of license and for supervisor status may be downloaded from the Board’s Forms and Publications webpage.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

The requirements for obtaining licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) are set forth in Section 502.252 of the Occupations Code and 22 TAC 801.76.  Generally, these requirements include:

  • a master’s or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or in a related mental health field with at least 45 semester hours for an applicant who started a program before August 1, 2017 or at least 60 semester hours for an applicant who started a program on or after August 1, 2017, including course content prescribed by the board (please see 22 TAC 801.112 – 801.115 for further details);
  • passage of the national licensure examination administered by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) or the State of California marriage and family therapy licensure examination (please see 22 TAC 801.174 for further details);
  • passage of the Jurisprudence Examination (please see 22 TAC 801.174 for further details); and
  • a minimum of 3,000 hours of licensed supervised clinical practice, of which at least 1,500 hours must be providing direct clinical services and at least 200 hours must be council-approved supervision; of the 1,500 direct hours, at least 500 hours must be providing direct clinical services to couples or families; of the 200 supervision hours, at least 100 hours must be individual supervision.  Please see 22 TAC 801.142 for further details.

For an applicant who has been licensed as an LMFT in another United States jurisdiction for the two years immediately preceding the date the Texas application is received, after receipt of non-Texas license verification and official transcript, staff may consider:

  • the academic requirements met (please see 22 TAC 801.115 for further details); and
  • the licensed supervised clinical experience requirements met (please see 22, TAC 801.142 for further details).

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

The requirements for obtaining licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFT Associate) are set forth in Section 502.252 of the Occupations Code and 22 TAC 801.75.  Generally, these requirements include:

  • a master’s or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or in a related mental health field with at least 45 semester hours for an applicant who started a program before August 1, 2017 or at least 60 semester hours for an applicant who started a program on or after August 1, 2017, including course content prescribed by the board (please see 22 TAC 801.112 – 801.115 for further details);
  • passage of the national licensure examination administered by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) or the State of California marriage and family therapy licensure examination (please see 22 TAC 801.174 for further details);
  • passage of the Jurisprudence Examination (please see 22 TAC 801.174 for further details); and
  • staff approval of supervisor agreement form.  Please see 22 TAC 801.142 and 801.143 for further details.

Staff may issue an LMFT Associate license to an applicant who has a deficiency in pre-graduate internship months, semester hours, or clock hours required by 22 TAC 801.114, but must require the applicant to complete the deficient months, semester hours, or clock hours in addition to the post-graduate, licensed supervised clinical experience requirements in 22 TAC 801.142 before awarding an LMFT license to that applicant.