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Examination Development

The Board of Behavioral Sciences (Board) is recruiting qualified licensees to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to participate in examination development workshops.

The Board encourages licensee participation in examination development by serving as SMEs, including new licensees (licensed 5 years or less), as input is needed to maintain standards at entry level. Such examinations could not exist without the willingness of the Board’s licensees, to assist with this important responsibility.

Workshops are held throughout the year in Sacramento, and last from one to three days, normally from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Types of workshops include:

  • Item (question) writing and review
  • Passing score setting
  • Clinical vignette writing and review
  • Examination construction

Compensation for SMEs varies, depending on the length and complexity of each workshop, and is generally around $200 to $300 per day. Participants who travel 50 miles or more each way to workshops, receive reimbursement for travel expenses.

To qualify to serve as a Subject Matter Expert, a licensee MUST:

  • Hold a current LMFT, LCSW, LPCC or LEP license; be in good standing; have no prior or pending disciplinary actions; and no pending investigations or enforcement actions
  • Perform twenty to forty hours of training, supervision, education or clinical experience with a minimum of ten hours face-to-face counseling per week. For LEPs: Be currently practicing as an LEP
  • Agree to not participate in any examination coaching or preparation activities as stated in the agreement signed with the Board upon participation in examination development activities

Qualified licensees interested in serving, must complete the Subject Matter Expert Questionnaire. The Board will then notify the licensee, once their eligibility to participate has been determined.

For more information before applying, contact the Examination Unit at