MHRT/C Frequently Asked Questions

Continuing Education Questions

No. Please do not submit a copy of your MHRT/C when you submit the renewal form. We have it on file. Please only submit relevant continuing education training certificates with the renewal form.

Yes, as long as the course is relevant to the new knowledge competencies and is completed during the period on your certificate. One (1) college credit is considered equivalent to 10 hours of training. Please remember, you still need to meet four (4) hours of ethics as part of the 18 hours of continuing education. When you submit your renewal form you would need to provide an official transcript or a legible copy of an official transcript showing you passed the course in question during the time period listed on your MHRT/C certificate. If your course covered ethics and ethics is not in the title of the course, please also include the course description or syllabus.

We will accept a non-regionally accredited college course for continuing education as long as the course is relevant to the new knowledge competencies.

Certificates without an expiration date are invalid as of January 1, 2020. Please update your contact information to obtain a new certificate with an expiration date. Directions on how to do so are in the next FAQ section. Once you have been reissued as an MHRT/C with an expiration date you must complete the required continuing education in order to renew it.

No, continuing education must take place during the period your certificate is valid.

As soon as you have a full MHRT/C certificate with an expiration date.

Your certificate will expire and any services rendered after that will not be allowable under MaineCare billing.

If you submit your continuing education late and it is approved, your new certificate will be effective the date we received your paperwork. It will not be backdated. The continuing education submitted must have been completed within the 2 year period prior to the submission date.  Example: If an individual submits their documentation late on April 4, 2020, all continuing education submitted must have occurred between April 4, 2018 and April 4, 2020. Training completed prior to April 4, 2018 would not be accepted. If approved, their new certificate would be effective for the period: April 4, 2020 through March 31, 2022.

No. Extensions are not granted for the continuing education requirement.

You will submit an MHRT/C renewal form (available on out Continuing Education page) and certificates of completion for the trainings you completed. Those certificates should list: Training title, trainer’s name, number of hours, and date of training. where to submit your documentation is on the renewal form.

No. If you have any question about a training’s applicability, we suggest you work with your supervisor. If they are unsure, then you may contact our office.

Yes. However, the Office of Behavioral Health will conduct spot checks on in-service trainings from time-to-time. Please be sure to keep on hand the following for your in-service training:  a brief description of the program, an agenda, # of hours, description of the trainer’s qualifications (brief bio), and a sample copy of the certificate of completion.

Yes, you may count the continuing education towards both your license and the MHRT/C, provided the training is related to the MHRT/C knowledge competencies and the training was completed during the time period listed on your MHRT/C certificate.

Yes, the one-hour online module “Maine’s Mental Health System 101” will be accepted as continuing education for those full MHRT/C certificate holders who did not take the module as part of their application process. The course is good for one-hour of continuing education and applies to Domain 2: Community Integration and Inclusion.

There is no renewal fee at this time.

The training needs to apply towards one of the eighty plus MHRT-C Knowledge Competencies. We have created a short guide to help you with this process. If you’re still not sure, please consult with your supervisor.

No. The MHSS training doesn’t go into the depth necessary to satisfy the MHRT/C competencies.

No. The BHP is for children’s services while the MHRT/C is for adult services.

No, LOCUS training is not accepted for continuing education.

New Certification Requirements Questions

As of 1/1/20 your MHRT/C without an expiration date is invalid. As such, you do need to be issued a new certificate under the new program. (see next question)

As of January 1, 2020, the only valid MHRT/C for related services is one with a future expiration date. If you have an MHRT/C without an expiration date,  you will need to meet some or all of the current knowledge competency domains to get your initial new certificate as follows:

Initial MHRT/C issued on or after January 1, 2009: Demonstrate you have met Domain 2-Community Integration and Inclusion AND complete Maine’s Mental Health System 101. Please update your home contact information when you submit this documentation to our office.

Initial MHRT II/III/IV or C issued prior to January 1, 2009: You must reapply under the current guidelines.

Yes. Beginning January 1, 2020, the only valid certification for these services is a Full or Provisional MHRT/C with a valid expiration date. Please see the previous question on how to obtain a new certificate with an expiration date.

Here are the ways you can meet Domain 2:
1. Complete an approved college course or course combination. Those courses were approved on/after 9/1/19. Courses completed prior to that date do not contain the required knowledge competencies.
2. Complete 30 hours of non-academic training in Domain 2’s knowledge competencies. If you have a qualifying degree, you can complete 24 hours instead of 30.
3. Only available if you have a qualifying bachelor-level or above human services-related degree: 6 months of adult behavioral health work experience (Credit for Work Experience) documented by your clinical supervisor indicating you’ve learned the knowledge competencies on the job. Please see the next FAQ section for a list of qualifying majors. If your bachelor degree was completed after your initial MHRT/C was issued you will also need to send documentation of your bachelor degree to use this option. You can submit a legible copy of your degree (if the major is listed) or a legible copy of an official transcript showing the degree was conferred.

We recommend that Provisional Level B certificate holders continue on your current path under the 2009 requirements.  Please note that the 2009 non-academic courses are no longer available. If you want to use Credit for Work experience (formerly waiver), please contact our office for the appropriate form for each course.

You may also review our March 22, 2021 newsletter on ways to meet the old 2009 course requirements using the current 2019 Domain requirements.

No, the MHRT/CSP program is not changing at this time. These changes only affect the MHRT/C.

Yes, in cases where an institution spreads the knowledge competencies for a single domain over multiple courses, you must complete all the courses listed to meet that Domain. There were a few instances of this in the 2009 requirements. For example, under the 2009 requirements, someone who had completed their program through either Husson University or Central Maine Community College had to complete two courses to meet the Vocational Aspects of Disabilities requirement.

Credit for Work Experience Questions

Formerly referred to as a waiver, the Credit for Work Experience option allows you to use relevant adult behavioral health work experience as credit towards a knowledge competency Domain.

For those who hold a qualifying related degree (please see next question for a list), you can use six months of relevant clinically-supervised work experience to meet one knowledge competency Domain.

If you do not have a related degree, you may use one year of relevant clinically-supervised work experience to meet one knowledge competency Domain.

The following degrees qualify for the six month option and can also be found in Appendix B of the 2019 MHRT/C Guidelines:

Art Therapy
Behavioral Health
Behavioral Health & Human Services
Behavioral Science
Communication Science & Disorders
Community Health
Community Health Education
Community Mental Health
Health & Human Services
Human Development
Human Development & Family Studies
Human Services
Mental Health
Mental Health & Human Services
Movement Therapy
Music Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Public Health
Rehabilitation Sciences
Rehabilitation Services
Special Education
Speech/Hearing Sciences
Speech-Language Pathology
Social & Behavioral Science
Social Rehabilitation
Social Science
Social Services
Social Work
Therapeutic Recreation

If your degree is not listed above, you need one year of relevant work experience.

Domains 1 and 3 can not be met through the Credit for Work Experience option.

Domain 2 can be met through this option only if you have a qualifying Bachelor or Master degree (see the question above this one).

You may use Credit for Work Experience for up to 4 Domains.

Non-Academic Training Questions

Presently, OBH is developing standard curricula for all 8 Domains. When completed, they will be delivered to trainers who meet the trainer standards, which are also being developed. The short answer is yes, if the prospective trainers meet the standards and complete the train-the-trainer using the standardized curriculum.

The Standard Non-Academic Curriculum for each Domain will be released as it is ready. Domains 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8 have been released. Other Domains will be released in the future. Please see our Non-Academic Training page for more information.

Other Questions

There are three ways to qualify for a Provisional MHRT/C:

  1. Hold a bachelor level degree or higher in a human services-related field. (See question 2 in the Credit for Work Experience section above for a list of qualifying degrees.).
  2. Hold an associate level degree in a human services-related field OR complete 30 hours in human services-related college courses. In addition meet one of the first three Domains (called Priority Domains) and one other Domain of their choice.
  1. Have at least one year of relevant adult behavioral health work experience (ex. as an MHRT I) and complete all three Priority Domains and one other of their choice.

All Provisional MHRT/C applicants must also complete of Maine’s Mental Health System 101 (MH101), a free online training, and submit a copy of the completion certificate with their application. It is available at:

We accept degrees from a Regionally Accredited college or university. For a list of the majors accepted for Provisional MHRT/C, please see the Credit for Work Experience section above and click on “Which degree majors qualify for the six month option?”

For a list of the regional accreditation boards, please go to our Resources page.

While we are part of the University of Southern Maine, our office has no access to student records. If you are a USM graduate, you will need to submit an official transcript (original or legible copy) for our staff to review it towards MHRT/C certification.