Temporary Permit: Effective July 4, 2017, the WVBEC may issue a temporary permit to those applicants that qualify. The purpose of the temporary permit is to allow the applicant for licensure, who has been approved to take the required examination, the ability to work in a therapy position while they are taking the examination. The permit is only valid for 6 months and may not be renewed. Supervision by an ALPS is required while practicing under the temporary permit. For the applicant that elects to receive the temporary permit, please complete and submit the designated form found within the application packet materials. Please click here for instructions on requesting an application packet for LMFT licensure. Please note, an applicant cannot be approved for the Temporary Permit until after they have applied for licensure and have been approved to take the MFT exam by the Credentialing Committee.
Included in SB350 is the following language that includes the requirements for the Temporary Permit:
(c) A person seeking licensure under the provisions of this section shall submit an application on a form prescribed by the board and pay all applicable fees. A person applying for licensure may elect for a temporary permit to utilize during the application process while the applicant takes the required examination. The temporary permit shall be valid for a period not to exceed six months and may not be renewed. The fee for the temporary permit is $50. The permittee shall be supervised by an approved licensed professional supervisor while practicing under the temporary permit. Supervision hours completed under the temporary permit count as supervised professional experience as required for licensure under this section. The supervision requirements are the same as required with a provisional license as defined in section six of this article. The temporary permit may be revoked at any time by a majority vote of the board.