Marriage and family therapy degree or education obtained more than 5 years ago

Because of the current situation, all applications for admission and re-registration must be sent to us by Email. We ask you to scan the required documents «In PDF format».

General information

This section is intended for holders of a degree in marriage and family therapy who obtained their degree more than 5 years ago. These applications are studied pursuant to the Regulation respecting refresher training periods for social workers (C-26, r. 296).

Please review the information below to determine your eligibility before completing your application for admission.

If you received your degree less than 5 years ago, please refer instead to this section.

Imposition of refresher training is not automatic. A review of the file, conducted after the receipt of all required documents and payments, allows the Order to evaluate your professional experience over the past 5 years.

We invite you to review the Application of the Regulation respecting refresher training  to obtain more detailed information on this subject.

Degree granting access to the marriage and family therapy permit

  • Master of Science Applied Couple and Family Therapy from McGill University

Documents to attach

The following documents must be attached to your application for admission:

1. Application for admission/Registration Form for the Membership Roll of the Order as marriage and family therapist

Application for admission | Form 2020 – 2021
You must complete the Membership Application /Registration on the Roll of the Order as Marriage and Family Therapist  (PDF, 458 Ko) .
For assistance, consult the Reference Guide for your OTSTCFQ Application for Admission or Reregistration  (PDF, 1,06 Mo).


2. Official transcript

Only an official and final transcript is accepted.

You can ask the university to send us your transcript by email or to scan your transcript and send it in PDF format by email.

It must include:

  • the mention “degree obtained” (and the date of issue)
  • the registrar’s seal

Is your final transcript unavailable?

If you have just completed your program, you may attach:

An official attestation of completion of studies or awarding of degree attesting that the degree will be conferred at the next graduation ceremony.

If you cannot attach these documents upon filing your application for admission, attach Appendix R (PDF, 103 KB) attesting that you have undertaken steps with your educational institution to send the necessary documents directly to the Order.


3.  Proof of identity

You must send us a photocopy of a government-issued ID card, which shows your full name. Examples: passport, driver’s licence, birth certificate.


4. Documents related to your work experience

Be sure to attach:

  1. An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  2. An attestation from your employer.

This attestation must stipulate the following information:

  • Your job title
  • A detailed description of your professional responsibilities and tasks
  • The classification of working hours (whether this is a full-time, part-time or contract position, specifying in the last case the number of hours per week)
  • The number of hours of practice over the last 5 years
  • The date of hiring and date on which you stopped working, if applicable

The employer must exclude extended periods not worked, such as maternity leave, sick leave or leave without pay, from the number of hours of work.

An attestation must be provided for each position held during these last 5 years.


5. Appendix C (if you have been declared guilty by a court of a criminal offence or by a disciplinary body of another order in Québec or elsewhere)

You are obliged to inform the Order of such a decision.

To do so:

Send us your documents by mail or by email  to the following address:

Secretary of the Order
Ordre des travailleurs sociaux
et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec

255 Crémazie Blvd. East, Suite 800
Montréal, Québec H2M 1L5

[email protected]

Applications of persons declared guilty of a criminal or disciplinary offence are reviewed by the Admissions and Equivalence Committee, whose recommendations are transmitted to the Executive Committee of the Order.

This may take up to 12 weeks.


6. Office québécois de la langue française  Form (where applicable)

Please consult the linguistic requirements  to determine if you must complete the Formulaire de l’Office québécois de la langue française with the view to taking a French exam.


Fees payable

The fees payable will vary according to your situation at the time you apply .

These fees are not refundable.


Professional liability insurance

You are required to have professional liability insurance if you practice the profession (whether full time, part time or occasionally).

If you are in independent practice or not covered by professional liability insurance by your employer, you are obliged to purchase the Order’s professional liability insurance.  You may request an exemption by completing Appendix B. See our page on professional liability insurance  to find out more.

And then?

Send us your documents by email at the following address : [email protected].


Processing time for an application for admission

If the Order does not impose refresher training, you can expect a delay of 3 to 4 weeks for the issue of your permit and registration on the membership roll from the moment the file is considered complete. If your application is incomplete, you will receive an email informing you of the status of your file.

If the Order does recommend refresher training, you can expect a period of about 2 months for processing the file starting from when it is complete. In such cases, applications are submitted to the Executive Committee of the Order, which meets about 6 times per year.

Once your admission is completed, the Admissions Service will send you:

  • Your permit for posting in public view
  • A letter confirming your registration on the membership roll of the Order
  • Your membership card and receipts for income tax purposes (anticipate an additional period for obtaining these documents)
  • Documentation on insurance policies available

Time period for retaining incomplete applications

A file that remains incomplete is destroyed one year from the date you were informed that your application was incomplete.

You will have to initiate a new admission procedure, including the payment of fees for opening your file and, if applicable, the review of your file.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Admissions Service
Telephone: 514 731-3925, ext. 249
Toll-free: 1 888-731-9420, ext. 249
[email protected]