Licensing Guidelines for Mental Health and Human Services Professionals

Instructions and ePlace Portal access

General Instructions

Please follow the instructions on this page to apply for one of the following types of allied mental health licenses issued by the Division of Professional Licensure’s (DPL) Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions:

  • Applied Behavior Analyst
  • Assistant Applied Behavior Analyst
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor

By clicking on the hyperlinks above, you will be automatically directed to the specific application instructions applicable to that license type. Prior to beginning your application, please review the information immediately below that is applicable to all licenses issued by the Board.

Creation of an ePLACE Account

In order to apply for your license online, you will first need to create an ePLACE account. For detailed instructions on creating an account, please consult DPL’s Creating an ePLACE Account links to PDF file webpage.

Application Fees

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee as part of the application process. The fees applicable to licenses issued by the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions are as follows:

Profession Fee
Applied Behavior Analyst $117.00
Assistant Applied Behavior Analyst $117.00
Educational Psychologist: $117.00
Marriage and Family Therapist $117.00
Mental Health Councilor: $117.00
Rehabilitation Councilor: $117.00

In addition, please be aware that errors incurred during the payment process, whether online or by money order or personal check, may subject an applicant to an additional $23.00 fee. Applicants, if successfully licensed, may also purchase a Wall Certificate license for $27.00.

Licensing Benefits for Active Duty Military, Relocated Military Spouses, and Veterans

The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) and the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions are pleased to offer licensing benefits to active duty members of the military, relocated military spouses, and veterans, pursuant to the Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity and Resources Act (VALOR Act) and the new VALOR Act II, signed into law on April 4, 2014. These benefits include:

  • Credit for related military experience;
  • Extensions of the license renewal period;
  • Expedited license application processing; or
  • Waiver of certain licensing fees.

To apply for any of these licensing benefits, interested parties must self-identify as an active duty member of the military, military spouse, or veteran. To apply for these benefits or for more information, please visit www.mass.gov/dpl/valor.

 

Applied Behavior Analyst Application

Instructions

Please review and complete the steps noted below prior to starting and submitting your Applied Behavioral Analyst license Application. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to amh.board@state.ma.us or 617-727-0084.

Please note that if you do not wish to submit your application online, you may download hard copies of the application from Board’s Applications and Forms page on its website.

Please note if you do not hold a BCBA Certificate at this point a paper application is necessary.

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Prior to completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 262 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 262 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

During the current Grandfathering period, now through June 5, 2017 the following documents should be submitted with your online application. Please note after June 5, 2017 the requirements for LABA will change, please reference the Board’s regulations for more information.

The following documents may be uploaded during the online application process:

  • Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgment Form
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certificate
  • Current “2 x2” passport size photo

The following documents must be mailed to the Board:

  • Out of State License Verification (sealed envelope)

Copies of these forms may be found on the Board’s Applications and Forms page of its website. Please note that all of these documents, with the exception of the verification form, should be mailed in one, complete packet. In addition, all mailed documents must include the record number provided at the end of the online application. Please mail these documents to:

Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

Division of Professional Licensure

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $117.00. This fee can be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Application Determinations

If all licensure requirements have been met, a notification will be sent by the Board to the applicant. If it is determined that your application does not meet the requirements, you will be notified in writing of this determination.

Application Questions

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the Board’s office. Please consult DPL’s Contact Information page for information on contacting the Board office.

Begin Your Application Now

To start your online application, please go to the ePLACE Portal.

NOTICE: Please be aware that if you submit an application and it is determined by the Board that it is incomplete, or that you have failed to meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, the Board will provide you six months to complete your application or submit the information needed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements, which will be communicated to you in a written letter from the Board. After six months, if your application is still incomplete, or if you have still failed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, you will be issued a letter from the Board indicating that your application has been closed or denied. If your application is closed or denied, you would need to re-apply for licensure by submitting a complete application to the Board and by paying a new application fee.

 

Assistant Applied Behavior Analyst Application

Instructions

Please review and complete the steps noted below prior to starting and submitting your Assistant Applied Behavioral Analyst (AABA) initial license application. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to amh.board@state.ma.us or 617-727-0084.

Please note during the current grandfathering period, now through June 5, 2017, the online application will not be available for AABA applicants. Please download a hard copy of the application from the Board’s Applications and Forms page on its website.

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Prior to completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 262 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 262 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

The following documents must be mailed to the Board:

  • Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgment Form
  • A recent 2” x 2” passport-style photo
  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA) Certificate
  • Out of State License Verification (in a sealed envelope)

Copies of these forms may be found on the Board’s Applications and Forms page of its website. Please note that all of these documents, with the exception of the verification form, should be mailed in one, complete packet. In addition, all mailed documents must include the record number provided at the end of the online application. Please mail these documents to:

Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

Division of Professional Licensure

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $117.00. This fee can be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Please include a check or money order payable to the “Commonwealth of Massachusetts” with your application.

Application Determinations

If all licensure requirements have been met, a notification will be sent by the Board to the applicant. If it is determined that your application does not meet the requirements, you will be notified in writing of this determination.

Application Questions

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the Board’s office. Please consult DPL’s Contact Information page for information on contacting the Board office.

Begin Your Application Now

To start your online application, please go to the ePLACE Portal.

NOTICE: Please be aware that if you submit an application and it is determined by the Board that it is incomplete, or that you have failed to meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, the Board will provide you six months to complete your application or submit the information needed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements, which will be communicated to you in a written letter from the Board. After six months, if your application is still incomplete, or if you have still failed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, you will be issued a letter from the Board indicating that your application has been closed or denied. If your application is closed or denied, you would need to re-apply for licensure by submitting a complete application to the Board and by paying a new application fee.

 

Educational Psychologist

Instructions

Please review and complete the steps noted below prior to starting and submitting your Educational Psychologist initial license application. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to amh.board@state.ma.us or 617-727-0084.

Please note that if you do not wish to submit your application online, you may download hard copies of the application from Board’s Applications and Forms page on its website.

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Prior to completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 262 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 262 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Education and Practicum/Internship Documentation Information

Official transcripts demonstrating the conferral of a Master's Degree, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS,) or Doctoral Degree in School Psychology from an educational institution licensed or accredited by the state in which it is located is required. Such programs must consist of a minimum of sixty (60) graduate credit hours of coursework and include a minimum of twelve hundred (1200) clock hours of supervised practicum or internship experience, at least six hundred (600) hours of which must be in a school setting. Verification of supervised practicum must be submitted from the Academic Program Director in the form of a written statement.

  1. Supervised Experience: Requirements and Definitions

Two (2) years of supervised experience and employment as a school psychologist is required for licensure. Employment in private practice is not acceptable.

An approved supervisor is a person licensed or eligible for licensure as an Educational Psychologist by the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions and has a minimum of five (5) full-time academic years, or equivalent part-time experience as a school psychologist licensed or certified by a state department of education.

School psychological services is defined as the rendering of professional services to individual groups, organizations, or the public for compensation, monetary or otherwise. Such professional services include: applying psychological principles, methods, and procedures in the delivery of services to individuals, groups, families, educational institutions and staff and community agencies for the purpose of promoting mental health and facilitating learning. Such services may be preventative, developmental, or remedial and include psychological and psychoeducational assessment, therapeutic intervention, program planning and evaluation, research, teaching in the field of educational psychology, consultation and referral to other psychiatric, psychological, medical and educational resources when necessary.

  1. Examination Information

All applicants must take and pass the National School Psychology Examination (ETS/NTE Test #0401). For more information regarding the examination, contact Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6051, Princeton, NJ 08541 (609) 771-7395, or visit their website www.ets.org. The Reporting Code for the Board is R7417.

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $117.00. This fee can be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Application Questions

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the Board’s office. Please consult DPL’s Contact Information page for information on contacting the Board office.

Begin Your Application Now

To start your online application, please go to the ePLACE Portal.

NOTICE: Please be aware that if you submit an application and it is determined by the Board that it is incomplete, or that you have failed to meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, the Board will provide you six months to complete your application or submit the information needed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements, which will be communicated to you in a written letter from the Board. After six months, if your application is still incomplete, or if you have still failed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, you will be issued a letter from the Board indicating that your application has been closed or denied. If your application is closed or denied, you would need to re-apply for licensure by submitting a complete application to the Board and by paying a new application fee.

 

Marriage and Family Therapist Application

Instructions

Please review and complete the steps noted below prior to starting and submitting your Marriage and Family Therapist initial license application. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to amh.board@state.ma.us or 617-727-0084.

Please note that if you do not wish to submit your application online, you may download hard copies of the application from Board’s Applications and Forms page on its website.

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Prior to completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 262 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 262 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Examination Procedures & Testing Windows

Once the Board deems you eligible to take the examination, you will receive an e-mail notice from the Board staff with detailed instructions. This notice will explain the exam registration process and associated fees.

The examination testing window is generally the third (3rd) full week, Saturday through Saturday, of each month. During the registration process, candidates are allowed to choose from the two closest, upcoming testing windows. Please be aware that the Board cannot guarantee entrance to a specific testing window. Examination results are sent by the Board approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks after the close of the examination window.

  1. Review of Post-Masters Clinical Experience Documentation

Please be advised that post-master’s clinical experience documentation will not be reviewed until you have passed the licensing examination. You are not required to submit evidence of post-master’s clinical experience in order to be approved to sit for the examination. Following passage of the examination, this documentation will be requested of you.

Following passage of the examination, documentation of the required post-master’s clinical experience will be requested from you. Be sure to have your approved supervisor(s) complete the Post-Master’s Clinical Experience Form links to PDF file to document the required hours of experience and supervision. Please note that this requirement is not applicable to clinical fellows and reciprocity applicants.

  1. Notice for Clinical Members and Fellows of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

In addition to the requirements of all applicants, clinical members and fellows of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) must submit official verification AAMFT status and, if licensed, official verification of licensure from all applicable state(s). Please be advised that passage of the national Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) licensure examination is required, and confirmation of passage must be provided either by the state Board verification or by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) via a score transfer report. To request a score transfer report from AMFTRB please visit their website, www.amftrb.org, and review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for instructions. If you have not already taken the national examination, you will be automatically approved to do so.

  1. Information for Reciprocity Applicants

In addition to the requirements of all applicants, reciprocity applicants must submit an official license verification from the state(s) where you are already licensed. The Board must determine if the requirements for licensure in the state in which you are licensed are equivalent to, or higher than, those in Massachusetts. Accordingly, reciprocity applicants must request that a copy of the licensure requirements in effect at the time of initial licensure be submitted to the Board as well. In general, this information may be obtained from the state board that issued your license.

Please be advised that passage of the national MFT licensure examination is required, and confirmation of passage must be provided either by a state Board via the verification or by AMFTRB via a score transfer report. To request a score transfer report from AMFTRB, please visit their website, www.amftrb.org, and review the FAQ section for instructions. Please be advised that if it is determined that the licensure requirements met were NOT equivalent to or higher than those in Massachusetts, then you will be required to demonstrate, via the application forms, that you do indeed meet all Massachusetts licensure requirements.

  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

The following documents may be uploaded during the online application process:

  • Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgement Form
  • Course Requirement Form
  • Recent 2x2 passport size photo
  • Out of state licensure requirements (reciprocal applicants)

The following documents must be mailed to the Board:

  • Official transcripts (submitted in a sealed envelope)
  • Program Director Form
  • Post-Master Experience Forms
  • References
  • Out of state license verifications (submitted in a sealed envelope)
  • Exam score (submitted in a sealed envelope if not sent electronically to the Board from AMFTRB)
  • Clinical Fellowship Verification (submitted in a sealed envelope)

Copies of these forms may be found on the Board’s Applications and Forms page of its website. Please note that all of these documents, with the exception of the verification form, should be mailed in one, complete packet. In addition, all mailed documents must include the record number provided at the end of the online application. Please mail these documents to:

Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

Division of Professional Licensure

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $117.00. This fee can be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Application Questions

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the Board’s office. Please consult DPL’s Contact Information page for information on contacting the Board office.

Begin Your Application Now

To start your online application, please go to the ePLACE Portal.

NOTICE: Please be aware that if you submit an application and it is determined by the Board that it is incomplete, or that you have failed to meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, the Board will provide you six months to complete your application or submit the information needed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements, which will be communicated to you in a written letter from the Board. After six months, if your application is still incomplete, or if you have still failed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, you will be issued a letter from the Board indicating that your application has been closed or denied. If your application is closed or denied, you would need to re-apply for licensure by submitting a complete application to the Board and by paying a new application fee.

 

Mental Health Counselor

Instructions

Please review and complete the steps noted below prior to starting and submitting your Mental Health Counselor initial license application. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to amh.board@state.ma.us or 617-727-0084.

Please note that if you do not wish to submit your application online, you may download hard copies of the application from Board’s Applications and Forms page on its website.

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Prior to completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 262 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 262 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Pass the Licensing Examination

All applicants must pass the National Clinical Mental Health Examination (NCMHCE) in order to become licensed. If you have already passed the exam, please submit an official score report with your application (a copy of your report is acceptable). Exam scores expire after five (5) years, unless you currently hold a license in another state.

  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

The following documents may be uploaded during the online application process:

  • Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgement Form
  • A 2” x 2” passport-type photo
  • National Clinical Mental Health Examination (NCMHCE) Score Report, if taken for licensure in Massachusetts

The following documents must be mailed to the Board:

  • Official transcripts (submitted in a sealed envelope)
  • Supervision/Reference forms
  • Verifications (submitted in a sealed envelope)
  • An official, sealed, National Clinical Mental Health Examination (NCMHCE) score report from NBCC if taken for licensure in another jurisdiction.
  • Academic Course Form

Copies of these forms may be found on the Board’s Applications and Forms page of its website. Please note that all of these documents, with the exception of the verification form, should be mailed in one, complete packet. In addition, all mailed documents must include the record number provided at the end of the online application. Please mail these documents to:

Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

Division of Professional Licensure

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $117.00. This fee can be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Application Questions

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the Board’s office. Please consult DPL’s Contact Information page for information on contacting the Board office.

Begin Your Application Now

To start your online application, please go to the ePLACE Portal.

NOTICE: Please be aware that if you submit an application and it is determined by the Board that it is incomplete, or that you have failed to meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, the Board will provide you six months to complete your application or submit the information needed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements, which will be communicated to you in a written letter from the Board. After six months, if your application is still incomplete, or if you have still failed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, you will be issued a letter from the Board indicating that your application has been closed or denied. If your application is closed or denied, you would need to re-apply for licensure by submitting a complete application to the Board and by paying a new application fee.

Rehabilitation Counselor

Instructions

Please review and complete the steps noted below prior to starting and submitting your Rehabilitation Counselor Initial Licensure Application. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to amh.board@state.ma.us or 617-727-0084.

Please note that if you do not wish to submit your application online, you may download hard copies of the application from Board’s Applications and Forms page on its website.

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Prior to completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 262 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 262 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Pass the Licensing Examination

All applicants must pass the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Examination in order to be approved for licensure. You may take the examination without applying for CRC designation. If you have not yet taken the examination, please see #8 of the application for registration deadlines. If you have already passed the examination, please submit an official score report with your application.

  1. Submission of Professional Reference Forms

All applicants must include two professional reference forms (LINK) completed by the two most recent supervisors. These forms may be uploaded during the application process, or mailed to the Board.

  1. Post-Master Experience and Supervision Requirements

To be eligible for licensure, applicants must have completed a minimum of two years full-time, post-master's degree supervised clinical experience, or equivalent part-time, in rehabilitation counseling. This experience must be completed in a clinic or hospital:

  • Licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health; or
  • Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals or an equivalent center or institute; or
  • Under the direction of an approved supervisor.

Applicants who have completed a qualifying master's degree consisting of a forty eight (48) semester hour program of study, which included an internship, may be credited a maximum of one half (1/2) of the total number of hours of the internship experience toward the clinical experience requirement.

  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

The following documents may be uploaded during the online application process:

  • Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgement Form
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Certificate
  • Recent 2x2 passport size photo

The following documents must be mailed to the Board:

  • Transcripts (submitted in a sealed envelope)
  • Statement of Supervised Expectance Forms (internship and post-masters)
  • References
  • Verifications (submitted in a sealed envelope)
  • Exam score (submitted in a sealed envelope)

Copies of these forms may be found on the Board’s Applications and Forms page of its website. Please note that all of these documents, with the exception of the verification form, should be mailed in one, complete packet. In addition, all mailed documents must include the record number provided at the end of the online application. Please mail these documents to:

Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

Division of Professional Licensure

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $117.00. This fee can be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Application Determinations

The Board will not advise individuals as to their eligibility for licensure until a complete application, with all supporting documentation, has been reviewed. Licensure eligibility can only be determined through the application process.

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the Board’s office. Please consult DPL’s Contact Information page for information on contacting the Board office.

Begin Your Application Now

To start your online application, please go to the ePLACE Portal.

NOTICE: Please be aware that if you submit an application and it is determined by the Board that it is incomplete, or that you have failed to meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, the Board will provide you six months to complete your application or submit the information needed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements, which will be communicated to you in a written letter from the Board. After six months, if your application is still incomplete, or if you have still failed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, you will be issued a letter from the Board indicating that your application has been closed or denied. If your application is closed or denied, you would need to re-apply for licensure by submitting a complete application to the Board and by paying a new application fee.

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