Written by Stephanie Bartlett, LPC-Intern and LMFT-A

Here’s the process for obtaining your LMFT-A license in Texas (this is not to say it won’t change but as of the beginning of 2011 this was the path that led to me getting my LMFT-A license …

  • Check MFT website for deadlines. Usually you have to apply about 3 months before the exam date. It’s offered 3 times a year.
  • You can take the MFT exam prior to graduation, but give yourself about 3 months to study for it.
  • Website for the MFT exam: http://www.dshs.state.tx
  • Take the LMFT Jurisprudence Exam. The cost is $40 (found on MFT website). Print extra copies of the completion certificate for your records.
  • Get packet together and make a copy of everything!
    • Form A
    • Form I-print out your degree audit to help fill this one out
    • Form VII
    • Jurisprudence Exam Certification of Completion
    • Copy of Driver’s License
    • Check for $47.00
    • Letter from your university stating the appropriate coursework is completed to take the exam if prior to graduation. If you apply after you graduate, you will need to request an official sealed transcript from the Registrar’s Office. I recommend getting 2 or 3 copies, just in case.
    • Mail packet to (I recommend you send it certified mail):
      • Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists – Mail Code 1982 – P.O. Box 149347 – Austin, TX 78714-9347
  • If you have questions, you can call the board at 512.834.6677. Be sure to record the date, time you called, and the name of the person to whom you spoke.
  • You will receive a letter stating that you are approved to take the MFT Exam and a letter from the Professional Examination Service with instructions
  • Schedule your exam online at http://www.prometric.com. The cost is $75.
  • You will receive a packet from PES with an application to fill out and mail back to them (I recommend certified mail) along with a Certified Check for $220:
    • Professional Examination Service – Application Processing – 475 Riverside Drive 6th floor – New York, NY 10115 – Attn: Marital and Family Therapy Program
  • Purchase Study Materials:
    • Study Guide for the Marriage and Family Therapy National Licensing Examination – Ed. By Robert W. Guise. This one does not have an ISBN but it is put out by the Family Solutions Institute ($160-200).
    • Reviewing Our Common Body of Knowledge (4th Edition), prepared by the TAMFT. Again, there is no ISBN, but you can order this direct from their website: tamft.org-yellow book with practice quizzes
    • You can also purchase the 100 & 200 Question Internet-based Practice Exams that includes a HIPAA Exam that you can take repeatedly until your test date, Flash Cards, and the Models Pack ($270)-purchase from the Family Solutions Institute-you can purchase a package that includes the Green Book, which is less expensive
  • Before you finish your Practicum, have your Supervisor sign form VI with your Supervisor hours. You can count these hours towards your 100 individual required Supervisor hours for your LMFT license.
  • The MFT test is 200 questions, and you have 4 hours to take it.
  • After you pass your test, you will need to send in form VI (Practicum Supervisor Form) with an official sealed transcript, your Supervisor Agreement Form, and $90 MFT-A application fee. I recommend sending it certified mail.
  • It takes about 4-6 weeks to find out whether or not you passed the exam.
  • You will need 200 Supervision Hours, of which 100 must be individual.
  • After you have your LMFT-A license, you are required to complete a minimum of 2 years of work experience in marriage and family therapy services that must include at least 3000 hours of clinical services to individuals, couples or families, of which at least 1500 hours must be direct clinical services, 750 hours to couples or families, and the remaining may come from related experiences.

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