Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists Chapter 833
Caption: Revises administrative rules
governing license applications through reciprocity.
Order No.: BLPCT 1-2011
Filed with Sec. of
Certified to be
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.
(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
(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
(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
(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.
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. &
cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 1-2011, f. 1-13-11, cert. ef. 2-1-11
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(b) 833-040-0041 for licensure as a marriage and family
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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