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

  • 148B.33 REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE   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, the initial  application for seeking LMFT licensure, the Application for National Examination in MFT, is filed with the Board. The Board's Application Committee reviews the application to verify that academic and practicum requirements are satisfied. Upon approval by the Board of this Application, the applicant will receive registration information allowing the applicant to register for the AMFTRB National Examination in MFT 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.   

    (3) An applicant must complete a minimum of 4000 hours of post-graduate supervised experience in the practice of MFT under the supervision of a Board-approved LMFT supervisor.  Post-graduate clinical client contact hours and supervision hours may begin to be logged after the applicant's qualifying MFT degree is awarded. Applicants may use this sample Supervision Log, or may record post-graduate hours in any similar format (spreadsheet, table, etc.) which would allow verification that the applicant has met requirements for LMFT licensure. The Board recommends regular review of an applicant’s log with the Board-approved LMFT supervisor, with the supervisor signing off on logged hours on a regular basis.  For more information regarding the 4000 post-graduate hours, review the document Breakdown of Post-Graduate Supervised Experience. 

  • INDIVIDUALS WHOSE GRADUATE DEGREE WAS AWARDED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 1, 2016 must comply with Minnesota Rule 5300.0155 Rule 5300.0155 requires that an individual must file the initial application with this Board (the Application for National Examination in MFT) within six (6) months of commencing post-graduate supervised experience.  The Board will only accept post-graduate hours logged within six months of the date on which this application is received.  Hours logged more than six months prior to filing of the Application for National Examination in MFT cannot be counted toward the required 4000 hours of post-graduate supervised experience. 

  • (4) Last, after passing the AMFTRB National Examination in MFT and completing the required number of post-graduate supervised experience hours, an applicant can apply to the Board for LMFT licensure by completing the Application for Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure (LMFT) by State Examination. Upon approval of this application, the applicant will be scheduled for the state licensure (oral) exam.

  • ELECTRONIC SUPERVISION: Effective August 1, 2016, all individuals obtaining post-graduate supervised experience for the purposes of licensure may log up to 25% (50 hours) of the required supervision via secure, synchronous electronic means. All other required supervision must be face-to-face.

  • LMFT Licensure by reciprocity is also available to an individual holding an LMFT license from another jurisdiction. A reciprocity candidate must complete an Application for Licensure by Reciprocity.  Reciprocity applicants are required to complete a criminal background check.  Please review information on the Criminal Background Check page.     Reciprocity licensure is governed by Minnesota Rule 5300.0250.  Please review this rule prior to filing an application for licensure by reciprocity.

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