- How do I obtain an application?
- What are the licensing requirements for LMHC, LMFT, LRC and LEP?
- Is an examination a prerequisite for licensing?
- What are the required exams and when are they held?
- When does the license expire?
- How many hours of Continuing Education (CE) are needed to renew license?
- Where do I find approved CE programs or activities?
- I am applying for the LMHC and need help understanding the requirements and filling out the application. Who can I contact?
Applications for a Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Rehabilitation Counselor and Educational Psychologist can be downloaded from this website in the Applications and Forms section . If you need an application to be mailed to you, please contact the Board office at (617) 727-3080 or e-mail for an application.
The requirements are found in the Rules and Regulations section.
These are also available through the State Bookstore, State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133 Tel. No. (617) 727-2834. A small fee will be charged.
Yes, all licenses require a specific examination.
Mental Health Counselors:
The National Board of Clinical Counselor's (NBCC) National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE) is required for the LMHC. Exams are administered during a one week span of each month. Please review the registration materials (link to pdf of reg. materials) for the specific dates for this year. Pre-approval by the Board is NOT required to take this examination.
Marriage and Family Therapists:
The Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards' National Marital and Family Therapy Examination is required for the LMFT. Exams are administered three times per year during specified testing windows. Specific information on the exam and the current testing windows can be found at www.amftrb.org. You must submit an application demonstrating completion of all education and pre-master's experience, along with an official transcript, in order to be approved to sit for the exam. Post-master's experience is not required to seek approval to sit for the examination. Click here to download an application.
The Rehabilitation Counselor examination is the national exam administered by the Commission for Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). Exams are administered three times a year during specified testing windows. Specific information on the exam, current testing windows, as well as registration materials can be found at www.crccertification.com. Pre-approval by the Board is NOT required to take this examination. If you are already a nationally certified CRC, you do not need to re-take the exam.
The National School Psychology Examination of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) administered by Education Testing Service (ETS) is required for the LEP. Specific information on the exam, current testing windows, as well as registration materials can be found at Educational Testing Service. Pre-approval by the Board is NOT required to take this examination
December 31st of the odd year.
30 hours of approved CE due by December 31st of the odd year. Please remember that only up to 50% of the required CEUs may be obtained via on-line or home study programming. CEUs are prorated during the first licensure cycle. Information on the proration can be found in the Board's Policy.
For LMHCs, CEUs must be approved under the standards of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MAMHCA):
MAMHCA's CE division is called the Massachusetts Mental Health Continuing Education Program (MMCEP)
Tel. (508) 698-0010
For LMFTs, CEUs must be approved under the standards of the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and/or their appointed Continuing Education administrators approved by this Board.
Currently FDA/ CE certifications are the appointed CE administrator.
Phone: (508) 877-3660 ext. 6
American Assoc. Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Phone: (703) 838-9808
For LRCs: CEUs are acceptable if approved by:
Commission of Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC)
Tel. (847) 394-2104 or
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Counselors Assoc. (MRCA)
Tel. (508) 767-7222.
For LEPs, CEUs are accepted if approved by:
MA Department of Education,
Tel. (781) 338-3000
The National Association of School Psychologists
Tel. (866) 331-NASP
The American Psychological Association
The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association
Unfortunately, the Board does not have the resources or staff to meet individually with applicants or offer lengthy phone consultations. All applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the application and regulations prior to submitting an application.
If further "one on one" guidance is needed, the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MaMHCA) may be of assistance. Licensure application help is offered to both members and non-members for a fee. For more information please contact MaMHCA at 508 698-0010 or on the web at www.mamhca.org. Please note that the Board does remain the final authority on the approval of all licensure applications.