Counseling Licensure Resources

The basic requirements for licensing as a Professional Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist are:

  1. Review of academic education
  2. Post-master's supervised clinical experience
  3. Passage of a national competency exam

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) graduates typically complete all necessary courses to apply for licensure as an LPC in the State of Oregon. The Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT) is the authority for licensing requirements. Review the OBLPCT website for detailed information about the required academic education, post-graduation supervised clinical experience and national competency exam.

MA Marriage Couple and Family Counseling (MCFC) graduates typically complete all necessary courses to apply for licensure as an LPC and LMFT in the State of Oregon. Visit OBCPCT's webpage for detailed information about required academic education, post-graduation supervised clinical experience and required national competency exams.

After graduating with a qualifying degree, CMHC and MCFC graduates may apply to become a Registered Intern with the State of Oregon. Up to 400 direct client contact hours accumulated during graduate level studies may be used toward the LPC license but no pre-graduation client contact hours may be applied toward the LMFT. Complete details about post-master's supervised clinical experience is available on the OBLPCT website.

All applicants for the LPC or LMFT are required to pass a national competency exam and an Oregon law and rules exam as part of the licensure application process. See the OBLPCT website for details about the exams accepted for each application. Because the Graduate School of Counseling is CACREP accredited, students may be eligible to take and pass the competency exam prior to graduation.

Note: Graduation from the CMHC or MCFC program does not guarantee faculty endorsement for licensure.

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