At a Glance:

Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Semester hours 36
Average Completion Time 1 to 2 years
Cost per credit $672*
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 special training and expertise required for working effectively with couples and families to practitioners in the helping professions. The certificate program is open to those who already have a mental health degree.

Who is this program 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
  • Master’s or doctoral-level mental health professionals who desire to be better equipped to work with couples and families
  • Clergy who hold a master’s degree and want to learn foundational counseling skills

Program Requirements

This family counseling certificate program is generally one to two years in length with 36 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation.


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).

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