The BBS has released new experience verification and weekly summary forms dated January 1, 2021. The experience verification forms have only one minor change on page 1. “*If licensed in California for less than two years on the first date of experience claimed, provide out-of-state license information.” was changed to “*If licensed in California for less than two years on the first date of experience claimed, attach out-of-state
license information.” Note that only the Option 1 (New Requirements) forms were updated and the Option 2 forms have been removed from the BBS site. TYH will continue to produce the Option 2 forms until December 31, 2021.
The weekly summary forms were changed from 8 rows with the weeks as column headers to 5 rows with the weeks as row headers. Note that only the Option 1 (New Requirements) forms were updated and the Option 2 forms have been removed from the BBS site. TYH will continue to produce the Option 2 forms until December 31, 2021.
Example of new Option 1 LMFT Weekly Summary Form
What is the 6-year rule?
California Associates may only claim hours earned within 6 years of the date they submit their application for examination and licensure. The only exception to this rule is that AMFTs may claim up to 500 pre-degree practicum hours in the categories of counseling and supervision (other categories may not be claimed). The BBS has recently reiterated that there are no COVID waivers related to the 6-year rule and no exceptions will be made.
What if I am unable to complete my 3,000 total hours by December 31, 2020, but I want to be evaluated under Option 2 (old requirements)?
On Friday, May 15 the BBS hosted a Facebook Live event and stated that if you are unable to complete the Option 2 requirements by December 31, 2020 as a result of issues related to COVID-19 you should post-mark your application by that date (the deadline for submitting under the old requirements). The BBS will review your application and you will receive a deficiency letter. You will have one year from the date of the deficiency letter to submit additional hours and you will still be evaluated under the Option 2 requirements. You must post-mark your application by December 31 or you will lose the ability to choose Option 2.
The BBS has announced that they will be increasing their fees on January 1, 2021. Learn More by reading the FAQ released by the BBS.
Four of the COVID-19 waivers have been extended by the BBS:
- renewal requirements – extended to Oct 31, 2020
- L&E Exam requirement for subsequent registrations – extended to Oct 31, 2020
- face-to-face supervision – extended to Nov 2, 2020
- practicum enrollment – (date has not been updated by the BBS but they have stated that the waiver has been extended)
View all Waivers