Certified Marriage and Family Therapist (CMFT) Requirements

If you use the title ‘certified marriage and family therapist’ or represent yourself as ‘certified marriage and family therapist", you must apply for certification. (Continued Description)

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CMFT Description continued.....

  • A person who is certified as a mental health practitioner (LMHP) and certified as a marriage and family therapist (CMFT) may use the title Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

You can not hold the CMFT independently, you must hold a mental health practice license in order to obtain the CMFT. In addition, the educational requirements for a CMFT differ from those required for a LMHP.

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Certificate Requirements and Application Process:

Initial Certification: (See PDF File 172 NAC 94-005.05)

To apply for an initial certificate, you must complete the PDF File application and submit to:

Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Reciprocity: (See PDF File 172 NAC 94-005.06)

To apply for a certificate by reciprocity, you must complete the PDF File application and submit to:

Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

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Issuance and Processing Time

If the PDF File application is complete, issuance of the certificate usually occurs within approximately 2 weeks. However, if you have a misdemeanor or felony conviction, or other circumstance that warrants further review, the Board of Mental Health Practice will review said application at their next regularly scheduled meeting. Click here to check schedule. By statute, the Department must act within 150 days upon receipt of a completed application for certificate.

If you meet all the requirements for a certificate within 90 days prior to the biennial renewal date, you may:

  1. Request that the Department delay the processing of the PDF File application and the issuance of the certificate until the biennial renewal date and pay only the fee for initial certification (you would not be able to practice until the renewal date); or
  2. Request that a certificate be issued immediately (which will be valid until the current renewal date) and pay the fee for initial certification and an additional fee of one-fourth of the biennial renewal fee.

Certification Expiration: All Marriage and Family Therapy Certificates expire 9/1 of even-numbered years.

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Applications

These forms may be completed online, however, they cannot be submitted via e-mail due to the fact that all applications and forms require original signatures. If you complete the form online, you must print the form and mail it to the address listed.

All materials shall be submitted to Licensure Unit with fee payable to the "Licensure Unit".

Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

PDF FileMental Health Practice License - you may complete on-line, print and mail.
PDF FileMental Health Practice License based on Reciprocity (License in another State)
PDF FileExamination Registration
PDF FileExamination Accommodation Request Form

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Examination

To be certified, an applicant must have passed the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards Examination (AMFTRB)

  • AMFTRB Examination instructions, click PDF File here.
  • To register for the test, click PDF File here.

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Misdemeanor/Felony Convictions or Licensure Discipline

If you had a misdemeanor or felony conviction or had your license in any health care profession in another state revoked, suspended, limited or disciplined in any manner, you must request the following documents be sent directly to this office:

  • Official Court Record, which includes charges and disposition;
  • If the conviction involved a drug and/or alcohol related offense, all addiction/mental health evaluations and proof of treatment (if treatment was obtained and/or required);
  • If you are currently on probation, a letter from your probation officer addressing probationary conditions and your current status; and
  • If your license in health care in another state has been revoked, suspended, limited or disciplined in any way, an official copy of the disciplinary action, including charges and disposition.

NOTE: If you have any criminal charges or license disciplinary actions pending that results in conviction or license discipline, you are required to report such actions to this department within 30 days.

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Renewal

Expiration Date: All marriage and family therapy certificates expire 9/1, of each even-numbered year. You must renew your mental health practice license in order to renew the marriage and family therapy certification.

Renewal Process:PDF File 172 NAC 94-010 through 94-014

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Continuing Education

Effective 9/1/96, the Board of Mental Health Practice no longer approves continuing education offerings, but may accept as continuing education for certification renewal, learning experiences, provided they are planned and conducted for mental health practitioners and if they are related to mental health practice. Click PDF File here for the continuing education program requirements. (172 NAC 94-014)

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