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State Licensure Requirements for Counselors

State Licensure Requirements for Counselors

Here are the state licensure requirements for counselors for those interested in becoming a professional counselor, associate counselor, marriage and family therapist, substance abuse counselor or clinical social worker. Read this if you are interested in becoming a counseling psychologist.

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
California Colorado Connecticut Delaware
Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming

 

Alabama Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Licensed Professional Counnselor Requirements (LPC) and the Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) at the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling website.
Contact information is:
PHONE: (205) 458-8716
1-800-822-3307
FAX: (205) 458-8718
MAIL: 950 22nd Street North
Suite 765
Birmingham, AL 35203
E-MAIL: Walter H. Cox
Executive Officer
Walter.Cox@abec.alabama.gov

Florence J. Hemphill
Executive Assistant
Florence.Hemphill@abec.alabama.gov

Alaska Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements in the statutes and reculations for Professional Counselors on the Alaska Board of Professional Counselors website. Requirements include:

  1. is at least 18 years of age;
  2. is not under investigation in this or another jurisdiction for an act that would constitute a violation of this chapter;
  3. has not had a license related to the practice of counseling, psychology, marital and family therapy, or social work in this or another jurisdiction suspended, revoked, or surrendered in lieu of discipline unless the license has been fully reinstated in that jurisdiction;
  4. has passed a written examination as required by the board; the board may provide that passing a nationally recognized examination for professional counselors is sufficient to meet the examination requirement of this paragraph;
  5. has successfully completed either
    • an earned doctoral degree in counseling or a related professional field from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher education approved by the board; or
    • an earned master's degree in counseling or a related professional field, from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher education approved by the board, and at least 60 graduate semester hours in counseling during or after earning the master's degree; and
  6. has, after earning the degree required under either (5)(A) or (B) of this subsection, had at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience in the practice of professional counseling performed over a period of at least two years under the supervision of a supervisor approved under AS 08.29.210, with at least 1,000 hours of direct counseling with individuals, couples, families, or groups and at least 100 hours of face-to-face supervision by a supervisor approved under AS 08.29.210 unless, under regulations of the board, the board allows the supervision to be by telephonic or electronic means because of the remote location of the counselor. (b) The board may, in its regulations, specify the areas of study that must be covered in order to meet the educational requirements of (a) of this section.

Contact information is:
Telephone:(907) 465-2551
Fax:(907) 465-2974
E-mail: eleanor.vinson@alaska.gov
Address: P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806

Arizona Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Designations include:

  • Professional Counselor Licensure
  • Licensed Associate Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Clinical Social Worker Licensure

Contact information:
Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
3443 North Central Avenue #1700
Phoenix, AZ 85012
602-542-1882 main number
602-364-0890 fax number

Arkansas Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling website. Requirements for each license are found below:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
    • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education that is primarily professional counseling in content and has accumulated the graduate semester hours that meet the academic and training content standards established by the board.
    • three (3) years of supervised full-time experience in professional counseling acceptable to the board.
  • Licensed Associate Counselor - practices under direct supervision of a licensed professional counselor.
  • Licensed marriage and family therapist
    • graduate degree in either marriage and family therapy or a related field with specific course work in marriage and family therapy as approved by the board
    • five (5) years of clinical experience in the practice of marriage and family therapy or clinical membership in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the National Academy of Certified Family Counselors or certification by an appropriate professional organization, as defined by the board.
  • Licensed associate marriage and family therapist - practices under the supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist

Contact information:
Mail Address
Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling
P.O. Box 70
Magnolia, Arkansas 71754-0070

Physical Address
124 South Jackson
Suite 312 McAlester Building
Magnolia, Arkansas 71753
(870) 901-7055
(870) 901-7059
(870) 234-1842 Fax

California Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the California counselor licensure requirements on the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. Requirements include:

  • 60-semester-unit master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited or approved institution, which is counseling or psychotherapy in content
  • A minimum of 3,000 post-degree hours of supervised experience, by a LPC, LMFT, LCSW, licensed psychologist or licensed physician and surgeon, who is certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, over a period of not less than two years, including not less than 1,750 hours of direct counseling with individuals or groups in a clinical mental health counseling setting and 150 hours in a hospital or community mental health setting.
  • Passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and the California Law and Ethics Exam.

Contact information:
CALPCC
1240 India Street, Unit 1302
San Diego, CA 92101-8552

Legislative Advocates Sacramento Advocacy
2220 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95816

Colorado Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Colorado Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners. Requirements include:

  • a master's or doctoral degree in professional counseling from an accredited program
  • at least two (2) years of postmaster's or one year of post-doctoral practice in psychotherapy or professional counseling under supervision prior to licensure, certification, listing or registration in the jurisdiction through which the applicant seeks licensure in Colorado
  • Passing score on an examination, the content of which tested competence to practice professional counseling, including special knowledge and skills in psychotherapy

Contact information:
1560 Broadway, Suite 1550
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-7855 - Phone
(800) 886-7675 - Toll Free
(303) 894-7885 - Fax

Connecticut Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Requirements include:

  • a master's or doctoral degree in social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology or a related mental health field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • three thousand (3000) hours of postgraduate supervised experience in professional counseling performed over a period of not less than one year, that included a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of direct supervision by either (A) a licensed physician certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, (B) a licensed psychologist, (C) a licensed advanced practice registered nurse certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, (D) a licensed marital and family therapist, (E) a licensed clinical social worker, or (F) a licensed professional counselor or for supervision prior to October 1, 1998, by a counselor otherwise eligible for licensure;
  • Successfully completed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Contact information:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Professional Counselor Licensure
410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134
Phone: (860) 509-7603
Fax: (860) 707-1980
Email: dph.counselorsteam@ct.gov

Delaware Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Delaware Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals. Requirements include:

  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check
  • Verification of your national counseling examination scores and certification
  • Official transcript showing your completed graduate degree in counseling
  • minimum 1600 hours of direct supervision while counseling

Contact information:
Division of Professional Regulation
Cannon Building, Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, Delaware 19904
(302) 744-4500
(800) 464-4357 in state
(800) 273-9500 out-of-state

District of Columbia Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the D.C. Board of Professional Counseling. Requirements include:

  • Official transcripts of masters degree in counseling
  • Passing of national exam results from The National Board of Certified Counselors examination or other accepted examination.

Contact information:
Contact Phone: (877) 672-2174
Contact Fax: (202) 727-8471
Contact TTY: 711
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm
Service Location:
GIS Address: 899 North Capitol Street NE
City: Washington
State: DC
Zip: 20002

Florida Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Requirements for marriage and family counseling include:

  • A master's degree in MFT or a closely related field with major emphasis in marriage and family therapy
  • Completed a minimum of one supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience in a marriage and family counseling setting, during which the student provided 180 direct client contact hours of marriage and family therapy services.
  • Passed the national examination developed by the Examination Advisory Committee of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) and Professional Examination Services
  • Completed an eight-hour laws and rules course from a board approved provider.
  • Completed a two-hour prevention of medical errors course from a board approved provider
  • Completed a three hour HIV/AIDS course and two hour domestic violence course from a board approved provider within six months of licensure

For mental health counseling, requirements include:

  • master's degree from a mental health counseling program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) that consists of at least 60 semester hours or 80 quarter hours of clinical and didactic instruction, including a course in human sexuality and a course in substance abuse.
  • Two (2) years of post-master's supervised experience under the supervision of licensed mental health counselor
  • pass the national clinical mental health counseling examination (NCMHCE) developed by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • Complete an eight-hour laws and rules course from an approved provider
  • Complete a two-hour prevention of medical errors course from an approved provider.
  • Complete a three-hour course on human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome within six months of licensure.
  • Complete a two hour domestic violence course from a board approved provider within six months of licensure.

Contact Information
Licensure Support Services
(850) 488-0595
Monday through Friday | 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
MAILING ADDRESS:
Department of Health
Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy & Mental Health Counseling
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Bin C-08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258
For Applications and Fees (Regular Mail)
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6330
PHONE: (850) 245-4474
FAX: (850) 921-5389

Georgia Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists, offering the following licensure:

  • Professional Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Master Social Worker
  • Assoc. Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Associate Professional Counselor

Contact information:
Physical Address
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
(478) 207-2440

Hawaii Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Mental Health Counselor Program. Requirements include:

  • masters degree or doctoral degree from an accredited educational institution in counseling
  • 48 semseter hours of graduate courseowork in human growth and development, socialogy, culture, counseling theory, group theory, lifestyle development, human behavior, test and measurements, research and evalution, ethics.
  • two academic terms of supervised practicum mental health intern
  • Pass the National Certified Counselor Examination

Contact information:
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(808) 586-2693
counselor@dcca.hawaii.gov

Idaho Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Idaho State Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists.
Contact information:
Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses
Physical Address:
700 West State Street, Boise, ID 83702
Mailing Address:
PO Box 83720, Boise, Idaho 83720-0063
E-mail - ibol@ibol.idaho.gov
Fax - (208) 334-3945
Phone - (208) 334-3233

Illinois Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Illinois Professional Counselor Licensing and Disciplinary Board. Licensure offered include:

  • Professional Counselor, Licensed
  • Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed
  • Professional Counselor & Clinical Professional CE Sponsor

Contact Information
Springfield Office
320 West Washington Street
Springfield, Illinois 62786
Phone: 217 785 - 0820
Toll Free: 1-888-4REGUL8 (1-888-473-4858)

Chicago Office
100 West Randolph, 9th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone: Please check back later - phone is being updated.
Toll Free:1-888-4REGUL8 (1-888-473-4858)

Indiana Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Indiana Behavioral Health & Human Services Licensing Board. Licensure offered includes:

  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors

Contact information:
Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board
402 West Washington Street, Room W-072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Board Phone Number: (317) 234-2064
Board Fax Numbers: (317) 233-4236 & (317) 233-5559
Board Email Address: pla5@pla.IN.gov

Iowa Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science website. Requirements for licensed mental health counselors include:

  • 45-hour master's degree or a doctoral degree in mental health counseling or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • wo years of supervised clinical experience
  • pass the National Counselor Examination of the National Board for Certified Counselors or the Clinical Counselor Examination of the National Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor examination

Contact information:
Board of Behavioral Science Examiners
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th St
Des Moines IA 50319
Phone: 5152814422

Kansas Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Requirements for the following areas may be found:

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Master Level Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Counselors

Contact information:
Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
700 S.W. Harrison St, Ste 420,
Topeka, KS 66603-3817
phone: 785-296-3240
fax: 785-296-3112

Kentucky Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, which offers Licensure for Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA)
Contact information:
Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors
911 Leawood Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-3296, ext. 239 (Telephone)
502-696-5230 (Fax)
carolyn.benedict@ky.gov

Louisiana Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. Requirements include:

  • Is at least twenty-one years of age.
  • Is of good moral character.
  • Is a citizen of the United States or has legally declared his intention of becoming such.
  • Is a resident of the state of Louisiana or is in the act of establishing residency in the state of Louisiana.
  • Is not in violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter and the rules and regulations adopted hereunder.
  • Can document a minimum of three thousand hours of supervised experience during a minimum of two years of post-master's degree experience in professional mental health counseling under the supervision of a licensed professional counselor. Five hundred hours of supervised experience may be gained for each thirty graduate semester hours earned beyond the master's degree provided that such hours are clearly related to the field of mental health counseling and are acceptable to the board, provided that in no case the applicant has less than two thousand hours of supervised experience.
  • Has declared special competencies and demonstrated professional competence therein by passing a written and, at the discretion of the board, an oral examination, as the board shall prescribe.
  • Has received a graduate degree the substance of which is professional mental health counseling in content from a regionally accredited institution of higher education offering a graduate program in counseling that is approved by the board and has accumulated at least forty-eight graduate semester hours prior to September 1, 2015, and at least sixty graduate hours after September 1, 2015. All applicants shall complete a course in each of the eight required areas specified in Subparagraph (b) of this Paragraph and shall complete a supervised internship in mental health counseling as defined in the rules and regulations adopted by the board pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act. Applicants may apply post masters counseling courses towards licensure if their degree program consisted of less than sixty hours.
    • The following eight areas are required to have at least one semester course:
      • Counseling/theories of personality.
      • Human growth and development.
      • Abnormal behavior.
      • Techniques of counseling.
      • Group dynamics, processes, and counseling.
      • Lifestyle and career development.
      • Appraisal of individuals.
      • Ethics.
    • The following two areas are encouraged for inclusion in graduate training:
      • Substance abuse
      • Marriage and family studies.

Contact information:
8631 Summa Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA. 70809
Phone: (225) 765-2515
FAX: (225) 765-2514

Maine Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure website.
Contact information:
Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
phone: (207) 624-8674
fax: (207) 624-8637
TTY users call Maine relay 711

Maryland Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and Therapists. Requirements include:

Title CPC-AD CAC-AD CSC-AD
Academic degree required from an accredited college Masters with (60 credits) or Doctorate with (90 credits) in Health and Human Services counseling field Bachelors in Health And Human Services Counseling field Associates degree in Health And Human Services counseling field
Minimum credit hours in A & D specific course work (see list of courses attached) 27 credits from the courses below, in addition to a 3 -credit ethics course w/focus on A&D counseling 21 credits from the courses below, in addition to a 1- credit ethics course w/focus on A & D counseling 15 credits, from the courses below, in addition to a 1 credit ethics course w/focus on A & D counseling
Documented supervised experience in A & D counseling 3 years, and 2,000 hours. 2 years must be after awarding of degree 3 years and 2,000 hours. 2 years must be after awarding of degree 2 years, and 2000 hours. 1 year must be after awarding of degree
Examination required to pass EMAC (NBCC) and State Law Test MAPBC ICRC/AODA exam and State Law Test MAPCB ICRC/AODA exam and State Law Test
Scope of Practice May not diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders. No other statement or restrictions can be in private practice or any agency/facility settiing Must practice under supervision of a CPC-AD or another health care provider approved by the Board, or as an employee of a JCAHO facility or program certified under Title 8, Subtitle 4 of the Health General Article Must practice under the supervision of a CPC-AD or another health care provider approved by the Board, and while an employee of a JCAHO facility or program certified under Title 8, Subtitle 4 of the Health-General Article

Alcohol and Drug Core Courses

All courses must be from an accredited college. All qualifying courses must be at least 3 credits

 

  1. Pharmacology of Psychoactive drugs
  2. Individual Counseling
  3. Group Therapy
  4. Abnormal Psychology
  5. Addictions Treatment Delivery
  1. Topics in alcohol and Drug Counseling
  2. Family Counseling
  3. Theories of Counseling
  4. Human Growth and Development

Contact information:
4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-764-4732 - Main Number
410-764-4740 - Licensure Coordinator
410-358-1610 - FAX

Massachusetts Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professionals.
Contact information:
Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, Massachusetts 02118-6100
Phone: (617) 727-3074
Fax: (617) 727-1944
Consumer Line: (617) 727-7406
Website: www.mass.gov/dpl

Michigan Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Michigan Board of Counseling website.
Contact information:
Licensing Division
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909
Ph: (517) 241-9288
Fx: (517) 373-3085
bcslic@michigan.gov

Minnesota Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy. Requirements include:

  • is at least 18 years of age;
  • is of good moral character;
  • has completed a master's or doctoral degree program in counseling or a related field, as determined by the board based on the criteria in paragraph (b), that includes a minimum of 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours and a supervised field experience of not fewer than 700 hours that is counseling in nature;
  • has submitted to the board a plan for supervision during the first 2,000 hours of professional practice or has submitted proof of supervised professional practice that is acceptable to the board; and
  • has demonstrated competence in professional counseling by passing the National Counseling Exam (NCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC) or an equivalent national examination as determined by the board, and ethical, oral, and situational examinations if prescribed by the board.

Contact information:
2829 University Ave SE Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 617-2178
FAX (612) 617-2187
Hearing/Speech Relay: (800) 627-3529
email: bbht.board@state.mn.us

Mississippi Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors. Requirements include:

  • Doctoral degree in counseling
  • 3500 hours of supervised counseling in a clinical setting
  • Pass the National Counselors Examination or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination

Contact information:
Physical Address:
239 N. Lamar Street
Suite 402
Jackson, MS

Mailing Address:
P O Box 1668
Jackson, MS 39215
Phone: 1-888-860-7001

Missouri Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors. Requirements include:

  • A master’s degree must be in counseling or the following mental health disciplines -- counseling & guidance, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or school psychology and consist of 48 semester or equivalent quarter hours.
  • 3,000 hours and 24 months of supervised experience with five years to complete the hours and months 1,200 hours direct client contact individual and/or group therapy required .
  • National Counselor Examination

Contact information:
Committee for Professional Counselors
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
573.751.0018 Telephone
573.751.0735 Fax
800.735.2966 TTY
800.735.2466 Voice Relay
profcounselor@pr.mo.gov
http://pr.mo.gov/counselors.asp

Montana Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Montana Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors. Requirements include:

  • Education Requirements: A 60 semester (90 quarter) hour counseling-in-nature graduate degree which contains a six-semester hour advanced counseling practicum; or
  • A minimum of a 45 semester or 67.5 quarter-hour counseling-in-nature degree that contains a six-semester hour or nine-quarter hour advanced counseling practicum. Applicants shall go back to school to aquire credits to equal the totol requirement of 60 semester credits prior to full licensure. Applicants have up to 5 years to complete the additional academic credits.
  • Experience Requirements: 3,000 supervised practice hours, a minimum of 1,500 hours must be post-degree. Supervisors must hold a current valid license in any state as a professional counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist.
  • Examination Information: Montana contracts with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE). For study guide information, please go to the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Contact information:
Physical: 301 S. Park, Helena, MT. 59602.
Mailing: P.O. Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620
406-841-2391 or 2392
406-841-2305 (fax)
dlibsdswp@mt.gov

Nebraska Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Requirements include:

  • masters degree in counseling
  • supervised clinical counseling experience
  • passed the National Board for Certified Counselors National Counselor Examination (NCE) OR National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) with a minimum score set at the National Cut Score.

Contact information:
Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
(402) 471-3121

Nevada Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage & Family Therapists & Clinical Professional Counselors. Requirements include:

  • graduate education in marriage and family therapy
  • at least 3,000 hours of experience in an approved internship, including 300 hours under the direct supervision of a board-approved Supervisor.

Contact information:
P.O. Box 370130
Las Vegas, NV 89137-0130
702-486-7388
702-486-7258 (fax)
nvmftbd@mftbd.nv.gov

New Hampshire Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice website. Requirements for clinical mental health counselor include:

  • Has a 60 credit master's or doctoral degree in clinical mental health counseling from a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited institution or its equivalent which has received regional accreditation from the Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.
  • Has passed the clinical mental health counselor's proctored examination of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc.
  • Has completed a minimum of 2 years of post-masters experience including completion of a minimum of 3,000 hours of post-masters, supervised clinical experience.

Requirements for marriage and family therapists are:

  • Has a master's degree or a doctorate degree in marriage and family therapy from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, or has a master's degree or a doctorate degree with a concentration in the field of marriage and family therapy from a regionally accredited institution, or has clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Has passed the national proctored examination of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.
  • Has completed a minimum of 2 years of post-master's experience in a mental health counseling setting, including completion of a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised practice of marriage and family therapy under supervision approved by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the board, and has completed 200 hours of face-to-face supervision by a supervisor approved by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the board. Supervision standards shall be equivalent to an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy approved supervisor, or approved alternate supervision as defined by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Commission on Supervision.

Contact information:
117 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
603-271-6762
800-735-2954 TDD
603-271-3950 (fax)

New Jersey Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners website. Requirements may be found for the following:

  • Professional Counselor
    • Completion of a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours in a planned educational program, which includes a master’s degree or doctorate in counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, of which 45 graduate semester hours are distributed in at least eight of the identified areas set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:34-11.3.
    • 4500 hours of experience or 3500 hours with 30 graduate hours beyond the masters level
    • National Counselor Examination (N.C.E.)
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
    • Completion of a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, which includes course work in the identified areas set forth at N.J.A.C. 13:34-21.2(a).
    • 4500 hours of experience or 3500 hours with 30 graduate hours beyond the masters level
    • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination (C.R.C.E.)
  • Associate Counselor
    • Completion of a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours in a planned educational program, which includes a master’s degree or doctorate in counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, of which 45 graduate semester hours are distributed in at least eight of the identified areas set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:34-11.3.
    • No supervised experience requirement
    • National Counselor Examination (N.C.E.)

Contact information:
Professional Counselor Examiners Committee
P.O. Box 45007
Newark, NJ 07101
973-504-6582
973-648-3536 (fax)

New Mexico Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board. Requirements include:

  • a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or a counseling-related field from an accredited institution.

The following licenses are available:

  • LADAC - Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
  • LMHC - Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • LPAT - Licensed Professional Art Therapist
  • LPAT - Licensed Professional Art Therapist
  • LPCC - Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • LSAA - Licensed Substance Abuse Associate

Contact information:
New Counseling and Therapy Practice Board
Toney Anaya Building
2550 Cerrillos Road, Second Floor
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(505)-476-4610
(505) 476-4633 Fax

New York Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners. Requirements include:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements - master's or doctoral degree in counseling
  • meet experience requirements - completion of a supervised experience of at least 3,000 clock hours
  • meet examination requirements - National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE)
  • complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse offered by a New York State approved provider;

Contact information:
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
PO Box 22063
Albany, NY 12201

Write: Office of the Professions, State Education Building - 2nd Floor, Albany, NY 12234

518-474-3817
Fax 518-402-2323
TDD/TTY: 518-473-1426
email: op4info@mail.nysed.gov

North Carolina Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors website. Licensure options include:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) – restricted license
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS) – supervision credential

Contact information:
P.O. Box 1369
Garner, NC 27529
919-661-0820
919-779-5642 (fax)

North Dakota Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Board of Counselor Examiners website. Licensure options include:

  • LAPC - Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
  • LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
  • LPCC - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Contact information:
NORTH DAKOTA BOARD OF COUNSELOR EXAMINERS
2112 10TH AVENUE SE · MANDAN, ND 58554
701-667-5969

Ohio Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board website. Licensure options include:

  • Professional Counselor
  • Counselor Trainee (CT)
  • Professional Counselor - Clinical Resident (CR)
  • Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC)
  • PCC Supervision Designation (PCC-S)

Contact information:
CSWMFT Board - 50 West Broad Street, Suite 1075
Columbus, Ohio 43215-5919
Phone: 614-466-0912
FAX: 614-728-7790
Board email: cswmft.info@cswb.state.oh.us

Oklahoma Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the State Department of Health Division of Professional Counselor Licensing website. License options include:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Marital and Family Therapists
  • Licensed Behavioral Practitioners
  • Genetic Counseling

Contact information:
1000 N.E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299
(405) 271-6030
FAX (405) 271-1918

Oregon Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. Requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor include:

  • graduate degree in counseling received from a program approved by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
  • three years of full-time supervised clinical counseling experience that consisted of no less than 2,400 supervised direct client contact hours of counseling.
  • pass an examination consisting of two separate sections: a competency section and an Oregon law and rules section
  • pass one of the following competency examinations within 10 years from the date of application for licensure:
    • National Counselor Examination;
    • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination;
    • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination;

Contact information:
3218 Pringle Rd. SE, Suite 250
Salem, OR
97302-6312
Phone: 503-378-5499
Fax: 503-373-1427
lpct.board@state.or.us

Pennsylvania Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors. Licensure options include:

  • Professional Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Social Worker

Contact information:
State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone - (717) 783-1389
ST-SOCIALWORK@pa.gov
Fax - (717) 787-7769

Rhode Island Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Rhode Island Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Licensure options include:

  • Chemical Dependency Professionals
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers

Contact information:
State House, Room 38
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-3983
Fax: (401) 222-1404
TTY: 711

RHODE ISLAND Board of Mental Health Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists
3 Capitol Hill, Room 104
Providence, RI 02908

South Carolina Licensure Requirements for Counselors

South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists.
Contact information:
Synergy Business Park; Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, S.C. 29210
(803) 896-430

South Dakota Licensure Requirements for Counselors

Find information on counselor requirements at the Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists. Licenses include:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH)
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)

Contact information:
P.O. Box 2164
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
605-331-2927
605-331-2043 (fax)

Tennessee Licensure Requirements for Counselors

Find counselor requirements Board for Professional Counselors, Marital & Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists.
contact information:
(615) 532-3202 local
1-800-778-4123 nationwide
227 French Landing, Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37243

Texas Licensure Requirements for Counselors

Find Texas counselors requirements at the State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
Contact information:
Texas Department of State Health Services
PO Box 149347, Austin, Texas
78714-9347
(512) 776-7111 or 1-888-963-7111
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) Relay Texas: 1-800-735-2989

Utah Licensure Requirements for Counselors

Find requirements for Utah Counselors at Professional Counselor Licensing Board. License types include:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • NCE & NCHMCE Candidate Handbook for State Credentialing
  • Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor Extern
  • Retired Volunteer Health Care Practitioner

Contact information:
doplweb@utah.gov
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: (801) 530-6628
Toll-Free in Utah: (866) 275-3675
Fax: (801) 530-6511

Vermont Licensure Requirements for Counselors

Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners
Mailing Address: National Life Bldg, North FL2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402
For Nursing Tel: (802) 828-2396
For All Other Professions Tel: (802) 828-1505
Physical Location:
Vermont College of Fine Arts campus
32 College Street
Schulmaier Hall
Montpelier, VT 05602

Virginia Licensure Requirements for Counselors

Virginia requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor can be found at the Board of Counseling.
Contact information:
Virginia Department of Health Professions
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463
Main Phone: (804) 367-4400
Main Fax: (804) 527-4475
Email: Coun@dhp.virginia.gov

Washington Licensure Requirements for Counselors

Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers Advisory Committee. Counselor requirements include:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in a counseling related field
  • Pass the Washington State Certified Counselor Examination in risk assessment, ethics, appropriate screening using the global assessment of functioning scale, client referral, and Washington State law
  • Have a written supervisory agreement

Mental Health Counselor requirements include:

  • A master’s or doctoral degree in mental health counseling or a behavioral science master’s or doctoral degree in a field relating to mental health counseling.
  • Either a counseling practicum, or a counseling internship
  • Minimum of 36 months of fulltime counseling or 3000 hours of postgraduate mental health counseling under the supervision of an approved licensed mental health counselor or equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner in an approved setting. At least 100 hours must be in immediate supervision with an approved licensed mental health counselor or equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner. At least 1200 hours must be direct counseling with individuals, couples, groups, or families.
  • Either of the following National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) exams are accepted.
    • National Counselor Exam (NCE)
    • National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE)

Contact information:
Washington State Department of Health
P.O. Box 47830
Olympia, Washington 98504-7830
360-236-4700
360/236-4818 (fax)
hpqa.csc@doh.wa.gov Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) Certified Counselor (CC) Certified Adviser (CA) Agency Affiliated Counselor (AAC)

West Virginia Licensure Requirements for Counselors

West Virginia Licensure Requirements for Counselors can be found on the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling website. Requirements include:

  • A master's or doctoral degree from an institution with a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the National Council on Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE), the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) or a comparable accrediting body.
  • a minimum of 3000 hours of supervised counseling experience, after earning a master’s degree in counseling or its equivalent
  • attain a successful score on a certification examination in counseling approved by the Board

Contact information:
Mailing and Physical Address: 815 Quarrier Street, Suite 212, Charleston, West Virginia 25301
Toll-Free:(800) 520-3852
Charleston Area:(304) 558-5494
Fax:(304) 558-5496
Email: Roxanne Clay, Program Coordinator at rclay27@msn.com for general questions and those related to application and continuing education.
Email: Jean Ann Johnson, Executive Director at counselingboard@msn.com for questions regarding complaints, accounts payable and those relating to other state agencies.

Nebraska Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the Certified Marriage and Family Therapist (CMFT) Requirements on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website. Requirements include:

  • Have a master's or doctorate degree of which the course work and training leading to the degree was primarily therapeutic mental health in content as defined in 172 NAC 94-002, and included a practicum or internship. A practicum or internship which is completed after September 1, 1995, must include a minimum of 300 clock hours of direct client contact under supervision;
  • Have 3,000 hours of supervised experience in mental health practice as defined in 172 NAC 94-002. The hours must have been earned after receipt of the master's degree and during the 5 years immediately preceding the application of license;
  • Have passed the mental health practice examination as defined in 172 NAC94-002 and as determined by the Board, with a minimum score as specified below;
    • Social Work: An individual who holds a master’s or doctorate degree in social work from an approved education program must take the Clinical Category of the ASWB examination and pass with a minimum scaled score of 75.
    • Professional Counseling: An individual who by reason of educational background is qualified to be certified as a certified professional counselor must take the National Board of Certified Counselor's National Counselor Examination (NBCC/NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NBCC/NCMHCE) and pass with a minimum score set at the National Cut Score.
    • Marriage and Family Therapy: An individual who by reason of educational background is qualified to be certified as a marriage and family therapist must take the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) examination and pass with a minimum score set at the National Pass Point.
    • Any other examination determined by the Board to be equivalent with a minimum score determined by the Board.
  • Have attained at least the age of majority and have good moral character.

Contact information:
Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
608/266-2112
608/261-7083 (fax)

Wyoming Licensure Requirements for Counselors

You can find the counselor licensure requirements on the Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board website. Contents include requirements for certified addiction practitioner and assistant, certified mental health worker, certified social worker, licensed addiction therapist, licensed clinical social worker, licensed marriage and family counselor, and licensed professional counselor.
Contact info:
Veronica Skoranski
Executive Director
2800 Central Ave
Cheyenne WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7788
Fax: (307) 777-3508
email: WyoMHPLB@wyo.gov
Emily Cronbaugh
Licensing Specialist
2800 Central Ave
Cheyenne WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-3628
Fax: (307) 777-3508
email: WyoMHPLB@wyo.gov
 


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