All marriage and family therapy licensees (both LMFTAs and LMFTs) in North Carolina have taken and passed the National Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Board Exam. The North Carolina laws state that the exam must be passed prior to a license being issued.
The exam process involves several systems and steps that must be completed in order:
- You must complete your graduate program at your university.
- You must get an official copy of your transcript from the registrar’s office showing that you have completed all of your courses and your degree has been conferred. (This usually takes some time once your final semester ends for your final transcript to show completion – do not submit a transcript that does not reflect the degree as being conferred as it cannot be accepted.) Check with your university’s registrar’s office to see their timeframe.
- Complete the exam application on this website and pay the exam application fee.
- Once you have been approved by this Board to take the exam, you will receive additional information that gives you the specific information you will need when you register.
- Register to take the exam. The exam is given once a month in testing centers around the country.
- You will receive notification of your exam score from the exam service no later than 20 days from the close of the exam testing period. Do not contact the Board for your exam score/results as only the exam service releases scores.
- North Carolina cannot issue an LMFTA or LMFT license if you have not passed the national exam.