Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Information for Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) and
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Applicants

  • 6-year Life Span
    • Registrations issued by the Board are valid for a 6-year period (five renewals)
    • Registrants who have not completed all hours of supervised experience within the 6-year life span, must apply for a subsequent registration number, to continue the path toward licensure
    • Many registrants apply for a second (or third, etc.) registration number to gain additional supervised work experience or for employment purposes
  • Private Practice Settings
    • Registrants cannot work in a private practice setting with a subsequent registration number.
  • Examination Requirements
    • Applicants must PASS the California Law and Ethics Exam before a subsequent registration can be issued.
  • Additional Info

The list below identifies California schools with MFT Programs which have been evaluated by the Board. These programs meet the MFT licensure requirements, pursuant to California Business and Professions Code (BPC) §4980.36, for students who began graduate studies on or after August 1, 2012.

The Board does not publish a list of schools with MFT programs, which are based outside of California, online or otherwise.