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EXAMINATION

Exam Requirements- Summary

All applicants for the LPC and LMFT are required to pass a competency exam and an Oregon law and rules exam as required by OAR 833-020-0081. Please see the grid below for a summary of important examination deadlines and passing requirements. 

Competency Exam

Applicants must pass or have passed within 10 years prior to applying for licensure a Board-approved competency exam.  To qualify for a competency exam, an applicant must submit a licensure application and meet the graduate program and coursework requirements.  If you have taken the exam before applying for licensure, you will need to have an official score verification sent directly to the Board.

Applicants pay exam fees directly to the examination provider.  Passing scores are established by the examining entity or agency verifying passage of its exam.  The Board will notify examinees of the results of their examination once received.

Applicants who passed a competency exam more than 10 years ago must retake and pass a Board-approved exam to qualify for licensure.  Exception: Reciprocity applicants only may, instead of retaking the exam, complete continuing education which at minimum meets the requirements described in OAR Chapter 833, Division 80 (40 total clock hours) within the 24 month period prior to application or initial license.

LPC

An LPC applicant must pass one of the following exams to qualify for licensure:

  • National Counselor Examination (NCE);
  • National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE); or
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination (CRC).

LMFT

An LMFT applicant must pass one of the following exams to qualify for licensure:

  • The marital and family therapy examination of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB); or
  • The State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences’ Marriage and Family Therapist Written Clinical Examination.

Law & Rules Exam

Once your application for license or for registered internship has been accepted by the Board, you may take the national competency exam.  Once you pass the national exam, you may take Oregon's Law and Rules Examination.  This is a pass/fail exam consisting of 33 true/false, multiple choice and fill in the blank questions. You must answer at least 29 questions correctly in order to pass the exam.
 
Law and Rules Exam (2017 version). This exam will only be accepted until 12/31/17.
Law and Rules Exam (2018 version). Exams submitted on or after 1/1/18 must be the 2018 version.  We will no longer accept the 2017 version.

Examination - Requirements and Consequences

Competency Exam
Requirement
Applies to:
Consequence for Failure
Interns
Direct Method Applicants
Reciprocity Method Applicants
Applicants must document passage or attempt to pass the exam at least once per year. 
 
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  • Denial of the application.
  • Must wait one year to reapply.
Applicants must pass the exam within two years of application.
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Applicants must pass the exam within three attempts.
 
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Interns, after meeting the experience requirements for licensure, must attempt to pass the exam at least once per year.
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  •  Denial of the application, and termination of the internship registration.
  • Must wait one year to reapply.
  • May only reapply through the direct method (further internship registration is not an option)
Interns, after meeting the experience requirements for licensure, must pass the exam within two years of meeting the experience requirements.
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Interns, after meeting the experience requirements for licensure, must pass the exam within three attempts.
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Law and Rules Exam
Requirement
Applies to:
Consequence for Failure
Interns
Direct Method Applicants
Reciprocity Method Applicants
Applicants must complete and return exam within 30 days of the date the Board sends the examination to the applicant (i.e. “Congrats Status”).
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Closure of application. May reapply immediately.