Oregon Bulletin

February 1, 2011


Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
Chapter 833

Rule Caption: Revises administrative rules governing license applications through reciprocity.

Adm. Order No.: BLPCT 1-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 1-13-2011

Certified to be Effective: 2-1-11

Notice Publication Date: 12-1-2010

Rules Amended: 833-020-0011, 833-020-0051

Subject: Revises rules governing license application process through reciprocity. Allows substitution of specific academic education and some pre-licensed supervised direct client licensed experience in other state for required Oregon licensure.

Rules Coordinator: Becky Eklund—(503) 378-5499, ext. 3



(1) Application for licensure as a professional counselor and marriage and family therapist must be submitted to the Board and be on forms provided by the Board.

(2) Application for licensure must include gender, date of birth, social security number, practice and residence addresses; similar licenses held in other states, and history of professional discipline, litigation, and criminal involvement and be accompanied by:

(a) The non-refundable application fee;

(b) Official transcript sent to the Board from the college or university and supporting documentation as necessary showing education requirements have been met;

(c) Documentation to prove experience requirements have been met or request for registration as an intern with a proposed plan to obtain required experience;

(d) Verification that approved examination has been passed, or state examination is being requested;

(e) Proposed professional disclosure statement for review and approval; and

(f) Criminal history information as specified in OAR 833-120-0021.

(3) Applicants will be allowed one year from Board     receipt of an application to file a completed application which documents that the applicant meets the educational and experience qualifications for licensure.

(4) Failure to withdraw the application or complete the process within the allowed time will result in closure of the file. An incomplete application includes but is not limited to an application in which

(a) Required information or original signatures are not provided;

(b) Required forms are not submitted;

(c) No fee or an insufficient fee is received.

(5) The Board retains the right to extend the one year period to complete application.

(6) Applicants who submit complete documentation but are not approved for registration, examination, or licensure will be notified in writing that the application is being denied and state the reason(s) for denial.

(7) To be reconsidered for licensure, applicants who failed to become licensed, who were refused licensure, who withdrew from consideration, or interns who have allowed their registration to expire will be required to file a new application, fee, and resubmit all documentation necessary to meet the standards for licensure in effect at the time of reapplication. Applicants reapplying must fulfill any deficiencies that are the result of changes to requirements that may have been implemented between former and current application.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180

Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835

Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 1-2011, f. 1-13-11, cert. ef. 2-1-11


Reciprocity Method

(1) The reciprocity method is for applicants who seek acceptance of education and supervised clinical experience previously used to obtain a comparable license in another jurisdiction. The reciprocity method requires the applicant to document that the education and experience requirements under which the applicant obtained a comparable 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.

(2) The Board will review each application designating the reciprocity method to determine if licensing is appropriate. The Board will compare the minimum standards in effect in the other jurisdiction when it granted a license with the current education, clinical experience, and examination standards required for Oregon licensure.

(3) Application for licensure must be submitted to the Board office in accordance with OAR 833-020-0011.

(4) The application must also include verification of from the sending state that applicant:

(a) Has a current, active license in that state; and

(b) The license is comparable to the Oregon license requested

(c) Applicant’s license from other state is not temporary, probationary, expired, revoked, or suspended;

(d) The applicant has not been disciplined, including a reprimand or letter of concern; and

(e) Documentation of the education, clinical experience, and examination requirements for licensure in that state at the time licensure was granted.

(5) The applicant’s license in the other state must have:

(a) Required at least a graduate degree in counseling, a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy, or a related degree. A related degree must have systemic coursework for a license as a marriage and family therapist;

(b) Been issued to an applicant whose qualifying degree meets Majority Standards for Graduate Degrees specified in OAR 833 Division 60;

(c) Required passage of a state or national competency exam; and

(d) Been obtained by a method of application that involved state review of documentation of education and clinical experience under adopted standards, and not obtained through reciprocity; act of portability; mutual recognition; recognition of non-governmental, professional certification or membership; waiver of any of the education, experience, or examination requirements; or “grandparenting”.

(6) Five years or more of licensed clinical experience in another state may substitute for a maximum of 15 semester or 20 quarter credits of academic education required for licensure. Clinical experience may not substitute for diagnosis training.

(7) Completed supervised clinical experience performing direct client counseling or marriage and family therapy, which must have included no less than:

(a) At least 2,000 hours in at least two years or the equivalent for licensed professional counselor;

(b) At least 2,000 hours earned in at least 3 years for licensed marriage and family therapist.

(8) Five or more years of post license clinical experience may substitute for 1,000 hours of the required, supervised direct client contact hours required for Oregon licensure.

(9) Documentation of acceptance on the national credentials registry for professional counselors may substitute for education and experience requirements for licensure as a professional counselor.

(10) The applicant must meet the examination requirements specified in:

(a) 833-030-0041 for licensure as a professional counselor; or

(b) 833-040-0041 for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180

Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835

Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 3-2010, f. 4-30-10, cert. ef. 5-3-10; BLPCT 1-2011, f. 1-13-11, cert. ef. 2-1-11

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