At a Glance:

Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Semester hours 36
Average Completion Time 1 to 2 years
Cost per credit $632*
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
approved by Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
Location Portland Center (near Tigard); Salem site
Application Deadlines Early October (spring semester); Early February (summer semester); Early May (fall semester)

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Earn a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy in Portland, Oregon.The Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program is designed to provide to practitioners in the helping professions special training and expertise required for working effectively with couples and families. The certificate program is open to those who already have a mental health degree.

The certificate is ideal for helping professionals — licensed professional counselors, clinical psychologists and social workers — who want to be more effective in their service to individuals, couples and families. This program is also designed for master’s or doctoral-level mental health professionals who desire to be better equipped to work with couples and families.

It is also for clergy who hold a master’s degree to learn foundational
counseling skills.


Licensed professional counselors and others who hold at least a master’s degree in counseling or another mental health degree may qualify to pursue clinical membership in the AAMFT and Oregon licensure as a marriage and family
therapist (LMFT).

The certificate program is generally one to two years in length with 38 semester hours of course work required as a minimum
for graduation.