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Chapter 135-3 APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE

Rule 135-3-.01 General Procedure

(1) A person who seeks licensure as a Professional Counselor, Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist shall submit the appropriate application to the Board. The most current versions of applications and other forms are available on the Board website.
(2) A person who seeks licensure in more than one profession regulated by this Board shall submit a separate application, separate supporting documentation, and separate non-refundable application fee for each type of license.
(3) The Board will only review complete applications that contain all supporting documents and required information.
(a) All documents must be received at least fourteen (14) days prior to the next scheduled Board meeting to be considered for Board review.
(b) An application for licensure is only valid for one year from the date the application was received by the Board, or one year from date of correspondence approving applicant registration to take the required licensure exam, if applicable.
1. The passage, or verification thereof, of the Board approved licensure exam for the profession licensure is being applied for is required.
2. Extensions of the one year exam approval by the Board may be considered by the Board only through the "Petition for a Rule Variance or Waiver" process (OCGA § 50-13-9.1)
(c) Any application not completed within the one-year period expires and will be administratively closed, unless the Board determines that valid extenuating circumstances exist. Once an application expires, to be considered for licensure the applicant shall be required to submit a new application, all new supporting documents (except for the official transcript if available, and any official exam score report already on file), and the appropriate fee.
(4) If an application for licensure is denied by the Board, the applicant will be notified in writing. Within 30 days of the date of the letter of denial, the applicant may request an appearance before the Board. This request must be in writing and should include any new, additional supporting documents that have not been previously submitted.
(5) If after the applicant's appearance, the Board upholds the denial of the application, the applicant may reapply at any time by submitting a new application, all new supporting documents (except for the official transcript if available, and any official exam score report already on file) and the appropriate fee.

Rule 135-3-.02 Americans With Disabilities Act

The Board will provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The request for an accommodation by an individual with a disability must be made in writing on a form provided by the Board and received in the Board office by the application deadline along with appropriate documentation, as indicated in the Request for Disability Accommodation Guidelines.

Rule 135-3-.03 Licensure by Examination

(1) General Provisions. All Applicants.
(a) An applicant who has met the education and training requirements for licensure must file an application for licensure by examination for approval by the Board. An application is active for one year after which a new application and fee are required. Once approved by the Board, the applicant may take the examination required for that specialty.
1. The applicant shall request the educational institution to submit an official transcript directly to the Board which bears the institution's stamp/seal, the date of graduation and the degree conferred.
2. The applicant shall submit at least two personal references from supervisors, teachers, or any combination thereof on forms furnished by the Board.
3. The applicant shall submit the appropriate application fee. Fees are delineated on a separate fee schedule. The application fee is non-refundable.
4. Applicants who have previously taken the required examination shall instruct the testing authority to report their score to the Board.
5. The applicant shall treat the contents of the examination as confidential. No portion of the examination may be disclosed, reused, copied or reproduced.
6. The applicant may not review the examination, or any portion of the examination, after it has been completed and submitted to the testing authority.
(2) Provisions Applicable to License Type.
(a) Associate Professional Counselor
1. Applicants for licensure as an Associate Professional Counselor shall submit a proposed contract for obtaining the postmaster's experience and supervision required for licensure as a Professional Counselor, on forms furnished by the Board.
2. Applicants for licensure as an Associate Professional Counselor shall apply to the Board to take the examination, submit the appropriate examination fee, and may take the examination following approval by the Board. A request for a refund of an examination fee must be in writing.
(b) Professional Counselor
1. Applicants for licensure as a Professional Counselor shall apply to the Board to take the examination, shall submit the appropriate examination fee to the Board, and may take the examination following approval by the Board. A request for a refund of an examination fee must be in writing.
2. Applicants who hold a current license as an Associate Professional Counselor are not required to re-take the examination in Professional Counseling when applying for licensure as a Professional Counselor.
(c) Master's Social Worker
1. Applicants for licensure as a Master's Social Worker must pass the required licensure examination prior to applying for licensure. The applicant shall instruct the testing authority to report scores to the Board. Instructions will be furnished upon request.
(d) Clinical Social Worker
1. Applicants for licensure as a Clinical Social Worker shall apply, and upon approval by the Board schedule themselves to take the examination directly with the testing authority, and submit the appropriate examination fee to the testing authority.
(e) Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
1. Applicants for licensure as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist shall submit a proposed contract for obtaining the postmaster's experience and supervision required for licensure as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, on forms furnished by the Board.
2. Applicants for licensure as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist shall apply, and upon approval by the Board schedule themselves to take the examination directly with the testing authority, and submit the appropriate examination fee to the testing authority.
(f) Marriage and Family Therapist
1. Applicants for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, shall apply, and upon approval by the Board schedule themselves to take the examination directly with the testing authority, and submit the appropriate examination fee to the testing authority.
2. Applicants who hold a current license as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist are not required to re-take the examination in Marital and Family Therapy when applying for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Rule 135-3-.04 Licensure by Endorsement

(1) The Board may license without examination any Professional Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist currently licensed in another state or jurisdiction, so long as that other state or jurisdiction's requirements for the license in question are substantially equal to or greater than those in Georgia.
(2) The applicant must file a written application, and the non-refundable fee, for licensure by endorsement on Board approved forms available on the website: www.sos.ga.gov/plb/counselors.
(3) The applicant shall direct the licensure regulatory entity of the state or jurisdiction in which the license is held to complete and submit Form N of the application which indicates that such license is in effect and in good standing.