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General Information

The basic requirements for licensing include review of your academic education, supervised clinical experience, and passage of a national competency exam. Applications will be reviewed and approved under laws and rules in effect at time of application.

Application Fee: In addition to the forms, you must submit a non-refundable license application fee, which includes the cost of the required fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Statutes (Laws) and Administrative Rules:  These contain your legal rights and responsibilities. Please review the licensure laws and rules carefully prior to completing and submitting your application.

Application Methods & Required Forms

Review each application method and decide which best fits your circumstances:

The direct method is required for applicants who seek acceptance of supervised work experience completed in another jurisdiction or in Oregon before June 30, 2002.
This method requires the applicant to document no less than the total minimum number of supervised work experience hours required for licensure, all of which must have been completed prior to the date of application for licensure.​

Required Materials:

​• Application (must include application fee)
Degree Program Direct Client Contact Hours
Post-Degree Supervised Clinical Experience * 
• Exam Verification (if appropriate)
Professional Disclosure Statement (PDS)
• Your college transcript mailed directly from your college to the Board Office
• Criminal background check/fingerprints (Fingerprint Instructions)
Graduate Degree Information **

​The internship registration method is required for applicants who seek acceptance of post-degree supervised work experience completed in Oregon after June 30, 2002. This method requires applicant to obtain Board approval of a proposed plan for completing required hours of supervised work experience. No less than 1,000 hours of supervised work experience must be completed under an approved plan.  See the Internship Page for more detail on the requirements.

Required Materials:
​• Application (must include application fee)
​• Intern Supervised Clinical Experience Plan
Degree Program Direct Client Contact Hours
Post-Degree Supervised Clinical Experience (if any) * 
• Exam Verification (if appropriate)
Professional Disclosure Statement (PDS)
• Your college transcript mailed directly from your college to the Board Office
• Criminal background check/fingerprints (Fingerprint Instructions)
Graduate Degree Information **

​Former applicants who reapply for licensure may transfer previously filed documents to the new application file if the documents are available in the Board office.

Required Materials:

​​• Application Form (must include application fee)
• Criminal background check/fingerprints (Fingerprint Instructions)

Other forms may be required depending on your situation.

​The reciprocity method is required for applicants who seek acceptance of education and supervised work experience previously used to obtain a comparable license in another jurisdiction. The reciprocity method requires the applicant to document that the license held in another state are equivalent to the standards required for Oregon licensure as a professional counselor or as a marriage and family therapist. This method allows 5 or more years of licensure in another state to substitute for some education and some experience requirements.

Required Materials:

​• Application (must include application fee)
Verification of License from Another State
Professional Disclosure Statement (PDS)
• Your college transcript mailed directly from your college to the Board Office
• Criminal background check/fingerprints (Fingerprint Instructions)
Graduate Degree Information  **

​The re-licensure method is required for applicants who were licensed by the Board within the past 2 years. This method requires the applicant, as a previous Board licensee, to request a new license with a new license number, but without documenting further supervised work experience.

Required Materials:

​• Application for Re-Licensure (must include application fee)
• Criminal background check/fingerprints (Fingerprint Instructions)
• Completed Laws and Rules Exam
Professional Disclosure Statement (PDS)

Application Forms

Please note:  Be sure you have the most current version, as forms are updated periodically.  All application forms, fees and background check information must be submitted to the Board before application is considered complete. If you are unsure which forms to submit, please contact the Board office for guidance. 

  • Clinical experience reported on the Post-Degree Supervised Work Experience Form must have been earned in Oregon before 2002 or in another state.
  • The Graduate Degree Information Form is not needed if you graduated from a program that was accredited (at the time you graduated) by CACREP, CORE, or COAMFTE.
Mail application forms and application fee to the Board's office: 
OBLPCT
3218 Pringle Road SE, Suite 120
Salem, OR 97302
 

Requirements

Links to required education, experience, exam & PDS requirements can be found below:

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