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When filing Application for National Examination in MFT, please ensure you are using AppVer-4/2016. Older applications will not be accepted.

Note for Recent Graduates: The Board recommends that recent graduates working in a therapy-related practice not utilize the designation MA MFT or MS MFT on business cards or advertising materials (e.g. John Smith, MA MFT or Sue Jones, MS MFT). Usage of these letters to denote an earned graduate degree have resulted in complaints alleging unlicensed practice of marriage and family therapy by the individual (as MFT is recognized and regularly used as an abbreviation for marriage and family therapist, a protected practice term), or cause confusion for members of the public who mistake the letters as a representation of licensed status by the provider.

MFT licensure in Minnesota is a 4-step process: education, national exam, post-graduate experience, and state Licensure exam.

(1) First, a graduate degree must be obtained that satisfies educational requirements set forth in Minnesota Statute 148B.33, subd. 1:


Subdivision 1. Documentary evidence of qualifications. An applicant for a license shall furnish evidence that the applicant:

(5)(i) has completed a master's or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a program in a regionally accredited educational institution or from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; or (ii) has completed a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited educational institution in a related field for which the course work is considered by the board to be equivalent to that provided in clause (5)(i);

Students interested in MFT licensure in Minnesota should check with their school to determine if it is COAMFTE-accredited. If it is, your coursework satisfies MN licensure requirements. If it is not, equivalency requirements are set forth in Minnesota Rule 5300.0140. Coursework and graduate practicum requirements are clearly spelled out in this rule. The Application for National Examination in MFT contains the required practicum affidavit on page 6 and a coursework equivalency grid on page 8. If an applicant has questions regarding whether coursework satisfies the MFT licensure requirements, it is recommended that s/he first discuss the matter with an advisor at the academic institution prior to contacting the Board.

(2) After obtaining the required degree, an Application for National Examination in MFT is filed with the Board. The Boards application committee reviews the application to verify that academic and practicum requirements are satisfied. Upon approval by the Board of the Application for National Examination, the applicant will receive registration information and may then apply to take the national MFT exam at a day and time selected by the applicant.  If you wish to request an ELL Special Arrangement seeking additional testing time when taking the national MFT exam, you must also file the ELL Special Arrangement Request form at the time you file your Application for National Examination in MFT.  IF YOU WISH TO REQUEST AN ELL SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT seeking additional testing time when taking the national MFT examYOU MUST ALSO FILE the ELL Special Arrangement Request form at the time you file your Application for National Examination in MFT. 

(3) An applicant must complete a minimum of two years/4000 hours of post-graduate supervised experience in the practice of MFT. For more information regarding the 4000 post-graduate hours, review the document Breakdown of Post-Graduate Supervised Experience.  Note that all required hours of direct client contact must be completed under the supervision of a Board-approved LMFT supervisor. Applicants may use this sample "Supervision Log," or may record post-graduate hours in any similar format (spreadsheet, table, etc.).

(4) Last, after passing the national exam and completing the required number of post-graduate supervised experience hours, an applicant can apply to the Board to take the state (oral) licensure exam, by completing an Application for LMFT Licensure by Examination.

Licensure by reciprocity is also available to an individual holding an MFT license from another jurisdiction if the Board determines that the standards for licensure in effect when the individual was previously licensed are at least equivalent to or exceed the current requirements for licensure in Minnesota. A reciprocity candidate must complete an Application for Licensure by Reciprocity.

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