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Marital, Couple and Family Counseling - Licensure

Marital, Couple, and Family students completing specified courses in their master’s program are eligible to apply for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Oregon. Those completing the Marital, Couple, and Family program are eligible for both the LPC and LMFT licenses. It is important that you read the requirements for licensure as either a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Oregon. The licensure statutes can be found online at These statutes outline requirements for: a) education, b) exam, and c) post-master's experience under supervision. Please read, print, and keep a copy for your records.

The state licensing board does recognize a satisfactory score from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). Because PSU is CACREP accredited, the NBCC allows students to apply for and take the national exam prior to graduation. Therefore, many of you may want to take the exam at the time you are completing your program of studies. Please note that NBCC requires a minimum of five-quarter hours in eight of 10 categories.

When PSU's Counselor Education program was approved by the state licensing board, the following provision was made:

Graduates completing the master's program will be allowed to utilize the direct clinical service hours documented in their master's program toward the 2,400 clock hours required for licensure. NBCC has now increased required clock hours of experience to 2,400 prior to the awarding of the NCC credential.

Note: Graduation from the department does not automatically equate with positive endorsement for licensure from the department faculty.