State Licensure Requirements

Review the licensure requirements listed under your state. 

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s in Counseling from University of Phoenix Clinical Mental Health Program. In Alabama, you must first obtain an Associate Licensed Counselor license and then complete the additional requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Review the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling Licensure page for links and resources.

Clearances:

Before practicing counseling, you must obtain an Associate Licensed Counselor license issued by the Board. After your license has been issued, you may begin to accrue the required post-graduate experience hours supervised by a supervisor licensed as a supervisor with the state of Alabama. View the Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) Application Information for information. Then, complete the LAC application and be ready to do the following:

When your application is approved, you will be admitted to take the required examination for which an additional fee will be charged. You may register to take the examination upon approval from the Board or may opt to take the examination upon completion of the experience requirement. When the Board has verified compliance with the academic requirement and the Proposed Plan of Supervision has been approved, the Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) license will be issued upon payment of the licensure fee. The State advises that processing can take a minimum of three months.

Exams:

  • Take and pass the NCE Exam for Alabama before finishing accrual of the required hours of experience.

Clinical placement:

An applicant for Licensed Professional Counselor must complete at least 3000 hours of experience supervised by a Board-approved supervisor in the practice of professional counseling. Review the Board’s Proposed Plan of Supervision for information, and ensure supervised work experience includes:

  • 3,000 hours of supervised experience in professional counseling with board approved supervision.
  • 2,250 of the 3000 must be direct counseling services.

Note: An applicant may subtract 1,000 hours of the required professional experience for every 15 graduate semester hours (or 22.5 quarter hours) obtained beyond the master's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution, provided that the coursework is clearly related to the field of professional counseling. This formula may be used for up to 2,000 hours. 1500 of the 2000 must be direct counseling services

See Alabama’s list of approved counseling supervisors for an appropriate supervisor.

Apply for Licensure:

After completing the 3,000 hours of experience, the NCE, and all of the requirements, you are eligible for licensure as an LPC.

Contact Information:

AL Board of Examiners in Counseling
950 22nd Street North Suite 765
Birmingham, AL  35203

800/822-3307
205/458-8716
205/458-8718 (fax)

Executive Officer Florence J. Hemphill

Florence.Hemphill@abec.alabama.gov  

 

WEBSITE: www.abec.alabama.gov                    

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health from University of Phoenix. Note that Alaska requires those interested in becoming Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) to complete 3000 hours of supervised work experience under a licensed supervisor and pass a nationally recognized exam. Review the Alaska Board of Examiners in Counseling Licensure page for links and resources.

Clearances:

Before practicing counseling in Alaska, either remotely or within the state, professionals must become Licensed Professional Counselors. View the Application for information and include the following:

  • A complete report of criminal justice information which can be obtained by contacting the Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers. If a state other than Alaska is your primary state of residence you must submit an equivalent report from your state of residency. Nonresident applicants will need to contact your local law enforcement office to obtain a complete report of criminal justice information.
  • Obtain two (2) letters of recommendation from someone in the practice of counseling who is familiar with your work (see pages 6-8 of the Application).
  • Obtain a certified transcript of your master’s degree.
  • Submit verification that you have successfully passed the NCE exam within three years prior to the date of your application. Have your exam scores sent directly from NBCC to the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing (see address below).

When your application is approved, you will be admitted to take the required examination for which an additional fee will be charged. You may register to take the examination upon approval from the Board or may opt to take the examination upon completion of the experience requirement. When the Board has verified compliance with the academic requirement and the Proposed Plan of Supervision has been approved, the Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) license will be issued upon payment of the licensure fee. The State advises that processing can take a minimum of three months.

Exams:

  • Applicants must take and pass the NCE Exam for Alaska, the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) administered by the NBCC, or another nationally recognized exam before finishing accrual of the required hours of experience.
  • Applicants who pass the exam, but are not issued a license within three years of taking the exam must retake the exam, although the board may extend this timeframe up to an additional two years for good cause shown.

See the Alaska Board of Professional Counselors Examination page for more information.

Clinical placement:

An applicant for Licensed Professional Counselor must complete at least 3000 hours of experience supervised by a Board-approved supervisor in the practice of professional counseling. Review the list of approved supervisors, choose a supervisor, and ensure supervised work experience includes:

  • 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.
    • At least 50 hours of the 100 hours of face-to-face supervised experience required under AS 08.29.110(a)(6) must be accumulated by an applicant in a one-on-one setting with a supervisor certified as an approved counselor supervisor under 12 AAC 62.200.
    • An applicant may accumulate the remaining 50 hours of supervised experience in a one-on-one setting or a group setting with a supervisor certified as an approved counselor supervisor under 12 AAC 62.200.
    • The supervisor must complete and sign pages 9-10 of the Application in front of a notary.

See Alaska’s list of approved counseling supervisors for an appropriate supervisor.

Apply for Licensure:

After completing the 2 years/3,000 hours of experience, the NCE, NCMHCE, or another nationally recognized examination for professional counselors that is equivalent to the NCE and/or NCMHCE, and all of the requirements, you are eligible for licensure as an LPC.

Contact Information:

AK Board of Professional Counselors
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806

907/465-2694
907/465-2974 (fax)

Licensing Examiner: Renee Hoffard

Email: renee.hoffard@alaska.gov  

WEBSITE:

www.commerce.state.ak.us/cbpl  

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s in Counseling from University of Phoenix. Review the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Counseling Licensure page for links and resources.

Clearances:

Before beginning to accrue the required post-graduate experience hours supervised by a supervisor licensed with the state of Arizona, first apply to become a Licensed Associate Counselor. View the Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) Application Resource Guide to begin the process. Then, complete the LAC application and be ready to include the following:

  • Evidence of legal residency and citizenship
  • Official transcripts (unopened) showing that your degree has been conferred.
  • Examination scores (in sealed envelope from the CCE)
  • Federal Data Bank Self-Query, unopened and dated not more than 90 days prior to submission of your application
  • A current DPS fingerprint clearance card (front and back), or a complete set of fingerprints on a card obtained from the Board (if not already on file). To request a card, call the State at 602-542-1882.
  • Have your application notarized

Exams:

You must pass the National Counselor Examination before you can be licensed in Arizona.

Arizona uses the computer based version of the exam. According to the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC’s) National Counselor Examination (NCE) Arizona supplement, candidates will receive their registration from the Arizona board after they have been authorized to test (http://www.nbcc.org/Assets/StateForms/AZ.pdf). The form should be sent to the NBCC with the original signature in ink.

Clinical placement:

An applicant for professional counselor licensure must complete at least 3200 hours of supervised work experience in the practice of professional counseling in no less than 24 months. Review the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners’ Clinical Supervision for information, and ensure supervised work experience includes:

  1. At least 1600 hours of direct client contact involving the use of psychotherapy, no more than 400 hours of which are in psychoeducation;
  2. No more than 400 of the 1600 hours of direct client contact are in psychoeducation;
  3. At least 100 hours of clinical supervision as prescribed under R4-6-212 and R4-6-504; and
  4. For the purpose of licensure, no more than 1600 hours of indirect client contact related to psychotherapy services.

You may be supervised by an Arizona licensed professional counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, clinical social worker, or marriage and family therapist. It is important to note that the Board will not accept hours of clinical supervision provided by a substance abuse counselor for professional counselor licensure.

Apply for Licensure:

After completing the 3,200 hours of experience, apply for licensure as an LPC. The LPC Resource Guide contains additional information on the application and the process.

Note that documents provided to obtain the LAC, such as your transcripts, proof of residency and test scores, may already be on file and do not need to be included again with your LPC application. However, a new Data Bank Self Query will be required, along with verifications of supervised work experience and clinical supervision hours in sealed envelopes.

Contact Information:

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
3443 North Central Avenue Suite 1700
Phoenix, Arizona 85012

PHONE: 602.542.1882
FAX: 602.364.0890

Board Website: www.azbbhe.us
Email Address: information@azbbhe.us                    

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

LMFT

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as an LMFT graduating with a Master’s in Counseling from University of Phoenix. See the California Board of Behavioral Sciences’ Navigating the LMFT Licensing Process for detailed instructions.

Clearances:

  • Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained via Applicant Live Scan or Ten-Print “Hard Card Applicant Fingerprint Card.
  • Complete the Background Clearance. Note that the application for the exam includes a Background Statement with attachments.
  • Register as an intern and begin accruing hours toward the State-required post-graduate total. Before you complete the intern registration form, be sure to have the following so you are prepared to submit all items in the same package:
  1. Application form with a passport photo
  2. Official school transcripts with the degree posted
  3. Degree Program Certification
  4. Live Scan receipt (fingerprint clearance)

See the California Board of Behavioral Sciences’ Navigating the LMFT Licensing Process for details concerning each of the required items.

Exams:

Apply to take and pass the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy, California Law & Ethics Examination.

After you have earned 3,000 hours and your hours are approved, apply for the Clinical Examination. Review the BBS Examination News for up-to-date details and news regarding the examinations.

Clinical placement:

After a graduate registers as an intern (see Clearances), post-graduate clinical experience must be completed by the registered intern, as follows:

  • 104 weeks of supervision
  • 3,000 hours of supervised work experience. (Pre-degree hours in practicum may count toward the total 3,000 hours required.)

Please refer to the documents below for a breakdown of supervised experience requirements for the relevant timeframe.

New Option for Supervised Experience Categories (Effective January 1, 2016)

LMFT Breakdown of Required Experience for Hours Gained On or After January 1, 2012

LMFT Breakdown of Required Experience for Hours Gained On or After January 1, 2010, and before January 1, 2012

Apply for Licensure:

You may apply for licensure after all of the above requirements have been met. These requirements include but are not limited to obtaining 3,000 hours of experience, and after required examinations have been passed, apply for licensure here:

Contact Information:

Board of Behavioral Sciences
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite S200
Sacramento, CA 95834
Telephone: (916) 574-7830
TTY: (800) 326-2297
www.bbs.ca.gov

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

LPCC

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as an Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Phoenix. Note that this process requires 3,000 post-graduate hours as a registered intern prior to application for licensure.

In-state applicants should review the following links:

Out-of-state applicants should note that California does not have reciprocity with any other state licensing board. Any applicant, whether licensed or unlicensed, will need to meet all requirements mandated by California law prior to being issued a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license.

Educational program content requirements:

Graduates of out-of-state programs are required to send syllabi with the application. The Board may request course syllabi from applicants with California degrees as well. NOTE: If your program was CACREP accredited and you graduated in 1983 or later, the Board will only require syllabi for the course(s) that your school lists as fulfilling the "Diagnosis" core content area.

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained via Applicant Live Scan or Ten-Print “Hard Cart” Applicant Fingerprint Card.

Review BBS information on Criminal Convictions.

Complete the Background Clearance.

Register as an intern with an in-state degree or register as an intern with an out-of-state degree. Before you complete the intern registration form, be sure to have the following so you are prepared to submit all items in the same package:

In-State Application for Registration as a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern to include:

  1. In-State Degree Program Certification, Form A
  2. In-State Degree Program Certification, Form B
  3. Live Scan Service Form

Out-of-state Application for Registration as a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern to include:

  1. Out-of-State Degree Program Certification, Form A
  2. Out-of-State License or Registration Verification Form
  3. Live Scan Service Form

Also note that LPCCs must meet specific requirements in order to treat couples and families prior to assessing or treating a couple or family client as a registered intern. These details are covered in Information on LPCC Scope of Practice, and Treatment of Couples or Families.

NOTE that California does not have reciprocity with any other state, so if you completed a master’s program outside of California, additional coursework might be required depending on evaluation of your transcript.

Exams:

Apply to take the California Law & Ethics Examination

After you have passed the California Law & Ethics Examination and have met the other requirements to be a registered intern, begin to accrue supervised hours. BBS will notify you as to how to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) which must be taken annually while acquiring supervised experience and must be passed before LPCC will be granted.

In-State Exam Eligibility Application

Out-of-State Exam Eligibility Application

Review the BBS Examination News for up-to-date details and news regarding the examinations.

Clinical placement:

After a graduate registers as an intern (see Clearances), post-graduate clinical experience must be completed by the registered intern, as follows:

  • 104 weeks of supervision (with 1 hour of individual supervision per week)
  • 3,000 hours of supervised work experience.

Please refer to the documents below for a breakdown of supervised experience requirements for the relevant timeframe.

New Option for Supervised Experience Categories (Effective January 1, 2016)

Note that Professional Clinical Counselor Intern Supervision must be performed by a qualified supervisor.

Apply for Licensure:

Before you may apply for licensure, all of the above requirements must first be met. After educational requirements have been met, all clearances are obtained, 3,000 hours of post-graduate experience accrued as a registered intern, and after the required examinations have been passed, apply for licensure here:

Contact Information:

Board of Behavioral Sciences
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite S200
Sacramento, CA 95834
Telephone: (916) 574-7830
TTY: (800) 326-2297
www.bbs.ca.gov

For questions about educational requirements, contact: bbs.pcci@dca.ca.gov

For questions about supervised experience requirements, contact: bbs.lpcc@dca.ca.gov

California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors
P.O. Box 280640
Northridge, CA 91328
www.calpcc.org

Licensure requirements and additional information can be found on their website.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at the University of Phoenix. See the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) Application Checklist for detailed instructions.

Clearances:

Complete the online application as a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and begin accruing hours toward the State-required post-graduate total. Before you complete the registration form, review the following so you are prepared:

  1. Post-Degree Experience and Supervision Form
  2. Model Mandatory Disclosure Statement
  3. Professional Counselor Candidate – Certification of Master’s Education

During the licensing process, the Division may ask whether you have ever been disciplined in any state, arrested, charged, convicted, or pled guilty to a crime. Although these events may not lead to disqualification, the Division conducts audits of its licensing database against several criminal and national disciplinary databases, and failure to fully and accurately disclose requested criminal history information could constitute grounds for denial of your application.

See the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) Application Checklist for detailed instructions.

Exams:

Take the Colorado Mental Health Jurisprudence Examination.

After you have earned 2,000 hours as a LPCC and passed the Colorado Jurisprudence Exam, apply to take the NCE Examination.

Clinical placement:

Post-graduate clinical experience must be completed as follows:

  • 2,000 hours of supervised work experience over a minimum of 24 months.
  • The supervisor must be or have been licensed in the state in which the supervision took place during the time of supervision.
  • Applicants must receive a minimum of 100 clock hours of supervision, at least 70 hours of which must be face-to-face individual supervision, over a minimum of 24 months.

Please refer to the Post-Degree Experience and Supervision – Licensed Professional Counselor Instructions/Checklist for a breakdown of supervised experience requirements.

Apply for Licensure:

After all documents and 2,000 hours of post-graduate experience completed, and after the required examinations have been passed, apply for licensure as an LPC here:

Contact Information:

CO Division of Professions and Occupations
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350 Denver, CO  80202

303/894-7768
303/894-7764 (fax)

Executive Director Karin Gleichauf
Karin.gleichauf@state.co.us

CONTACT: mentalhealth@dora.state.co.us

WEBSITE:
www.dora.state.co.us/mental-health

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at the University of Phoenix. In Hawaii, counselors are credentialed as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Review the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional and Vocational Licensing, for additional information see the licensure requirements page for links and resources.

Clearances:

Exams: You will need to take the National Counselor Examination, available through the National Board for Certified Counselors. You must get approval from the board to take the exam; once approved, you’ll receive a registration form which you will need to sign in ink and send to the NBCC. 

Hawaii has one testing site, in Honolulu. You will be allowed to schedule an exam either there or at any of the other computerized testing sites around the nation. Testing sessions are generally offered during the first two weeks of each month, on weekdays. Some sites also have Saturday sessions. 

Clinical Placement:

You will need to practice counseling under supervision for a period of two to four years. You may be supervised by a mental health counselor, clinical social worker, psychiatrist, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, or an advanced practice nurse who is a mental health specialist.

You total supervised practice must equal at least 3,000 hours. During that time, you must have 100 hours or more of clinical face-to-face supervision.

You should take between two and four years to complete your supervised experience. You will need to have verification forms filled out by your clinical supervisor(s).

Apply for Licensure:

Request and application to understand the requirements & instructions to become a Mental Health Counselor in Hawaii.

Contact Information:

DCCA-PVL
Att: MHC
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Email:
counselor@dcca.hawaii.gov

Telephone
(808) 586-2697

Residents on the neighbor islands may call by dialing the following toll free numbers followed by the last 5 digits of the phone numbers above and the # sign:

Kauai 274-3141
Maui 984-2400
Hawaii 974-4000
Lanai & Molokai 1-800-468-4644

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at the University of Phoenix. Review the Idaho State Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists, for additional information see the licensure requirements page for links and resources. Idaho has three levels of licensure one of which the Registered Counselor Intern is a stepping stone requirement to log supervised experience en route to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and eventually a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

Clearances:

  • Complete a practicum as you are working on your Master’s in Counseling.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Original passport photograph twelve months immediately preceding this application.
  • Apply with the Idaho state board to become a Registered Counselor Intern.
  • Accumulate the required hours for your supervised experience element.

Supervised Experience LPC:

After completing your practicum and being awarded your Master of Counseling diploma, you can begin the supervised experience step of the process:

  • Idaho requires that you have a 1,000 hour internship period where you have supervised professional practice.
  • This can be completed during your practicum if you have 1,000 hours of real time supervised experience during the practicum.
  • You must have one hour of face-to-face supervision per ten hours of supervised experience logged if you earn these hours during a practicum.
  • You will need only one hour of face-to-face supervision per 20 hours of experience if you earn your supervised work experience in a professional paid setting.
  • 400 hours of your supervised experience must be in direct client contact
  • You must accumulate this experience in a two year period.
  • Your supervisor must be approved by the board you can find a list of approved supervisors here: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eibolpublic/LPRBrowser.aspx?Profession=cou&supervisor=Y

Exams:

  • Take and pass the National Counselor Examination through the NBCC. Idaho uses the computerized version, and you can attempt it in Boise or at any of the other testing sites around the country.  Review the candidate handbook available for details as to which exams are acceptable.
  • Before you can progress to the level of Clinical Professional Counselor, you will need 2, 000 hours of supervised practice. You will also need to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (administered by the NBCC). While the NCE is the general counseling exam, the NCMHCE focuses more on the skills needed by mental health counselors.

Clinical Placement:

Before you can be licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselors, you will need to complete 1, 000 hours of supervised practice. The board will consider your supervisor’s recommendation when making licensing decisions.

Apply for Licensure:

The requirements noted below are for general information only, please refer to the Rules of the Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists, 24.15.01. All applicants must certify under oath that they have reviewed and will abide by the laws, rules, and ethics governing the practice of counseling and marriage & family therapy.

  • Counselor for Coursework Addendum
  • Counselor Evaluation and Verification of Supervised Experience Application.
  • Evaluation and Verification of Supervised Experience

Contact Information:

ID State Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists

Physical address:

700 W. State St
Boise, ID 83720

Address:

PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0063
(208) 334-3233
(208) 334-3945 (fax)

Deborah Sexton
Deborah.Sexton@ibd.idaho.gov or cou@ibol.idaho.gov

Website: www.ibol.idaho.gov

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at University of Phoenix. Illinois has two levels of licensure, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).  Review the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, for additional information see the licensure requirements page for links and resources.

Clearances:

  • Complete a practicum as you are working on your Master’s in Counseling.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Original passport photograph twelve months immediately preceding this application.
  • Accumulate the required hours for your supervised experience element.

Supervised Practice:

  • In order to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), you’ll need to work under supervision for two years, or the equivalent. A year of experience must include no less than 960 hours of face to face direct counseling with clients. The experience must be completed in no less than 48 weeks.
  • If you hold a master’s degree, you need to have completed your degree requirements before you begin accumulating the required experience. (This is not necessarily the same date as graduation.) If you have a doctoral degree, you may count up to a year of experience that you did as an intern while meeting educational requirements.
  • Once you have attained Licensed Professional Counselor status, you may count volunteer work toward your experience requirement.
  • If you do your supervised experience in Illinois, your supervisor must be a licensed clinical counselor, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, or licensed clinical social worker. If you did your practice elsewhere, the experience can still count toward the Illinois requirement if the supervisor held a master’s or doctoral degree, practiced professional counseling, clinical social work, clinical psychology, or psychiatry, and held any license that was required.
  • Your supervisor must meet with you to review your counseling and case management for at least one hour each week. You must be evaluated as at least satisfactory. Both individual and group supervision may be counted toward the requirement.
  • Administrative supervision is not the same as clinical supervision. In some cases, you may not find a supervisor who meets the Illinois requirement at your own workplace. It is acceptable for you to hire a supervisor

Exams:

  • Take and pass the National Counselor Examination through the NBCC. Before registering for the exam, please contact the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation to learn how to become approved to test.
  • In order to obtain status as an LCPC, you will go through a very similar process as you did for the LPC exam. The exam you will take is the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination, but it is also administered by the NBCC (See http://www.nbcc.org/Assets/StateForms/Reg/IL.pdf ).

Out of State Applicants:

If you already hold a license in another state, you may have a simplified process. You will need to show that you have a graduate degree in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, or psychology, and that it meets board standards.

You will also need to submit verification of your license(s). The verification must show the period of licensure and whether or not there have been any disciplinary issues. It will also show what exam is used in that state.

Generally you need two years of supervised experience. In some cases, you may get credit for four years of independent practice.

Apply for Licensure:

You must demonstrate that you’ve had the required education. You do this by sending an education certification to your school, and then forwarding it to the board, with an official seal, in the same envelope as your application. If your program wasn’t accredited by one of the approved accrediting agencies, you’ll also send a Professional Counselor Academic Criteria form and official transcripts.

Contact Information:

All materials should be sent to this address:

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
ATTN: Division of Professional Regulation
P.O. Box 7007, HSS-4
Springfield, Illinois 62791

You can call the Illinois board at 217-782-855 for assistance.

If the board has questions about your qualifications, you may be asked to submit further materials or appear in an interview.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at University of Phoenix in Counseling from University of Phoenix. In Iowa, Mental Health Counselors are licensed by the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. Review the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science, for additional information see the licensure requirements page for links and resources.

Clearances:

Supervised Practice:

  • In order to earn a permanent license, you will need to work under supervision full-time for two years, or for the equivalent if you choose part-time employment. You will need to put in 3,000 hours of work with at least 1,500 hours of direct patient care. During your period of supervised work, you must have at least 200 hours of supervision. (If you entered a program before July 1, 2010, however, the requirement is 1,000 hours of in-person counseling with 200 hours of supervision.)
  • You will need to have your supervisor(s) approved beforehand. You will submit a “Supervised Clinical Experience: See more information regarding the rules to verify this requirement (Supervised Approval and Attestation).
  • Your supervisor will meet with you at least four times per month. At 100 hours of the supervision must be in person, and at least 100 hours must be individual. (It does count as individual supervision if your supervisor meets with one other person at the same time.)
  • You can’t begin accruing experience until you have completed your practicum and internship; you must be finished with all coursework except your thesis.
  • Your temporary license lasts three years, but may be renewed at the board’s discretion.
  • You should send your verification within thirty days of the time you finish your supervised practice. (See the Iowa Board of Behavior Science, Approval and Attestation of Supervision Form.

Exams:

  • You will need to pass a licensing exam before you apply for permanent licensure as a mental health counselor. You have a choice of licensing exams. You may take either the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Clinical Placement:

Full licensure as a mental health counselor requires 3,000 hours of supervised practice. This will take place over a period of at least two years. You will have a clinical supervisor who consults with you and documents your hours.

  • Supervision must be board approved. At the onset, you will submit a form that gives the name and qualifications of your supervisor; it will also describe your work setting and duties. (See the Iowa Board of Behavior Science, Approval and Attestation of Supervision Form.

Apply for Licensure:

Online Licensure Services

Contact Information:

Bureau of Professional Licensure
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Bldg., 5th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone (515) 281-0254
FAX (515) 281-3121

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) after graduating with a Master’s in Counseling from University of Phoenix. Review the Louisiana Board of Examiners in Counseling Licensure page for links and resources.

Clearances:

  • To be eligible for licensure as a LPC, all applicants must pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE), or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) developed by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).  Your NCE or NCMHCE score must be received by the Board directly from NBCC.
  • Applicants must submit a Declaration of Practices and Procedures with application.  Rules on writing a Declaration and sample statement are located on the Board website under Application/Forms.
  • Order official transcripts of your graduate course work and have them sent directly to: Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners: 8631 Summa Avenue Baton Rouge, LA 70809.
  • Applicant must submit a recent 2”x2” frontal showing head and shoulders photograph with application. Photograph must be signed on the back.
  • Board must receive documentation of at least 3000 hours of supervised clinical services with a LPC Board approved supervisor. The Documentation of Experience form is found on Board website under Applications/Forms.
  • All forms, fees and transcripts may be mailed to the Board at the following address: Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, 8631 Summa Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Exams:

Clinical placement:

An applicant for Licensed Professional Counselor must complete at least 3000 hours of experience supervised by a Board-approved supervisor for at least 24 months, and pass the NCE or NCMHCE exam in order to apply for LPC licensure.

  • A minimum of 2 years and maximum of 6 years Supervised Post-Graduate Supervised Experience with your LPC Board Approved Supervisor (BS LPC-S). A Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) must remain under active Board-approved supervision until licensed.
  • 3,000 hours of clinical service in professional mental health counseling. Supervised experience in professional counseling with board approved supervision.
    • 1900 Direct Client Contact Hours
    • 1000 Indirect Client Contact Hours
    • 100 Face-to-Face Supervision hours with your BS LPC-S

Note: An applicant may subtract 500 indirect hours of the required professional experience for every 30 graduate semester hours obtained beyond the master's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution. You may earn up to 1,000 indirect client contact hours through additional coursework to be counted toward your supervised experience hours.  

See Louisiana list of approved counseling supervisors for an appropriate supervisor.

Apply for Licensure:

After completing the 3,000 hours of experience, the NCE, and all of the requirements, you are eligible for licensure as an LPC.

Contact Information:

Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners
8631 Summa Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Office: (225)765-2515
Fax: (225) 765-2514
Email: lpcboard@eatel.net  

All questions and requests for information about the Louisiana licensure examination program should be directed to:

CCE Assessment Dept.
3 Terrace Way Greensboro, NC 27403.
Telephone: 336-482-2856
Web site: www.nbcc.org/directory

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at University of Phoenix. Michigan has two levels of licensing:  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC).  For additional information see the licensure requirements on the Bureau of Professional Licensing with the MI Board of Counseling (Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) website.   

Clearances:

  • Order official transcripts of your graduate course work and have them sent directly to:
    Bureau of Professional Licensing, PO Box 30670 ● Lansing, MI 48909, Telephone: (517) 335-0918
  • Complete a Certification of Counseling Education form, which should be submitted to the MI Board of Counseling from the University of Phoenix confirming the completion of your program. 
  • A Professional Disclosure Statement must be submitted with your application.
  • A completed Counseling Work Experience form must be submitted directly to the Bureau of Professional Licensing from your supervisor.
  • A fingerprint report and criminal background check are required.

Exams:  

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor, you will need to take the National Counselor Examination you may email: examinations@nbcc.org  or the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Examination.

Clinical Placement:

An applicant must have completed counseling experience under the supervision of a licensed professional counselor. All supervised experience obtained in Michigan must be completed after the limited counselor license has been issued. Supervised experience gained prior to obtaining the limited license cannot be counted toward licensure. Individuals with a Master's degree must accrue 3,000 hours of post-degree counseling experience in not less than a two-year period with at least 100 hours accrued in the immediate physical presence of the supervisor. Individuals who have completed 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of graduate study in counseling beyond a Master's degree must accrue 1,500 hours of post degree counseling experience in not less than a one-year period with at least 50 hours accrued in the immediate physical presence of the supervisor.

Apply for Licensure:  

  • Eligibility for Professional Counselor License by Examination (initial license):
    Submit an application for a professional counselor license by examination to Bureau of Professional Licensing, PO Box 30670 ● Lansing, MI 48909, Telephone: (517) 335-0918
  • Eligibility for Limited Professional Counselor License: complete the above stated steps and submit an application for a limited professional counselor license to the Bureau of Professional Licensing.

Contact Information:

Bureau of Professional Licensing
MI Board of Counseling
PO Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909

Phone:
(517) 335-0918
(517) 373-2179 (fax)

Email: bhphelp@michigan.gov

Website: www.michigan.gov/healthlicense

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at University of Phoenix. Minnesota has two levels for mental health counselors:

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). The two differ in experience, education, and examination requirements. LPCC’s are recognized by law as “mental health professionals” within the state. For additional information review the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy website.

Clearances:

  • Order official transcripts of your graduate course work and have them sent directly to:
  • Submit a two by two photograph (i.e. Passport Quality Photo). The photo should show a front view of your head and shoulders. 
  • Notarized Affidavit
  • Education Waiver
  • Academic Summary Sheet: include a detailed description of courses involved in your program.
  • Supervised Field Experience
  • Resume of Professional Counseling Experience
  • Supervision Plan
  • Supervisor Application Form
  • LPCC Supervision Contract (LPCC application only)

Exams:  

Minnesota will accept four different licensing exams for Licensed Professional Counselor. Two exams are offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors. They are the National Counselor Exam and the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination. The NCMHCE is the one that will later be required for LPCC licensure. Also acceptable are the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination and the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology.

The same registration form is used for both the NCE and NCMHCE -- just make sure you indicate which one you want to take.

 Clinical Placement:

 Supervised Practice

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, you must be supervised for your first 2,000 hours of practice. In order to eventually move up to LPCC status, you will need to do 4,000 hours of supervised practice. Your 4,000 hours must include at least 1,800 hours of direct client contact.

When you turn in your LPC application, you will include a supervision plan. You may begin before your application is approved provided you are indeed working under the supervisor noted in your application and that person is an approved supervisor.

If your supervisor is not already board-approved, s/he will need to fill out an application. 45 hours of training in supervision is required. You may request a list of approved supervisors from the board. The board specifies that in order to meet your supervision requirements as an LPC, you must have two hours of supervision for every 40 hours of experience. This equals 100 hours over the course of the required 2,000 hours. At least 75% of your supervision must be in-person (as opposed to over the phone or via electronic devices). 50% must be individual.

In order to qualify for LPCC status, you must also have two hours of supervision for every forty hours of professional practice.

Apply for Licensure:  

Complete an application and the applicable sections. Some sections must be filled out by all applicants, regardless of status. Others may not apply to you--

 

Contact Information:

Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

Ms. Kari Rechtzigel, Executive Director

2829 University Ave SE Ste 210
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414-3293

(612) 548-2177 (tel.)
(612) 617-2187 (fax)

kari.rechtzigel@state.mn.us

bbht.board@state.mn.us

www.bbht.state.mn.us

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Prgram at University of Phoenix. Mississippi has only one level of licensing counselors as LPCs, or Licensed Professional Counselors within the state, but the process may be a little different if you already have some counseling experience. For additional information see the licensure requirements on the Mississippi State Board for Licensed Professional Counselors website.

 Clearances:

  • Order official transcripts of your graduate course work and verifying educational qualifications are to be included with application materials. The official transcript(s) should be sealed in an envelope and signed or stamped across the envelope’s seal by the transcript clerk issuing the document to the applicant.
  • Course Verification Form (Part II, p. 6)
  • All forms and documents submitted in support of the application must be filled out completely and submitted together in one packet to complete the online application.
  • All forms/documents submitted in support of the application must bear original signatures
  • A copy of a color passport style photo
  • Complete Notarized Supervision Verification Forms (Form A, B, and/or C):
    Form A-Practicum/Internship Supervision Verification
    Form B-Post-Master’s Supervision Verification (this form has two pages)
    Form C-Post-Master’s Supervision Verification0Missing or Deceased Supervisor Affidavit (if applicable)
  • Affidavit and Release
  • Submit a background check from the Department of Public Safety (Form E)

Exams:  

You will need to take and pass the National Counselor Examination to become a Licensed Professional Counselor you need to submit your application to the Mississippi State Board to receive approval for the test.   

Clinical Placement:

  • You will need to have 3,500 hours of supervised practice before you can get your license. You cannot claim more than 40 hours in a single week.
  • All hours must be completed post-baccalaureate, but you may earn up to 1,750 while enrolled in your graduate program. Internships and practicums may be counted toward the total. (The board notes that it’s preferable if you were supervised by an LPC while completing graduate fieldwork.)
  • 1,167 of your hours must be in psychotherapy service or direct counseling. Activities like case consultation and client assessment are included in this total.
  • Your supervisor must be board-qualified. (If you did supervised experience before July 1, 2008, however, it's not expected that they met this requirement).
  • You will need 100 hours of supervision that is face to face and individual. Group supervision may be counted, but is worth less – two hours will count as one hour of individual. No more than half of your requirement may be met through group supervision.

Apply for Licensure:  

Before you start the online application you should print and review the paper application to ensure that you have available all the documentation that is required. The application has 6 parts. Each part must be completed before you can move on to the next part. Once you have completed Part I, your profile is created and you can then login to your profile and complete the other parts at your leisure. Please see the attached application for LPC: https://www.lpc.ms.gov/secure/pdf/2017_Application_for_website_04.03.17.pdf

Contact Information:

Written correspondence may be addressed to: Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors
P.O. Box 1497, 129 E. Jefferson Street
Yazoo City, MS 39194.

You may call the board at 1-888-860-7001.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s in Counseling from University of Phoenix. Review the Montana Board of Examiners in Counseling Licensure page for links and resources.

Clearances:

Before practicing counseling, you must obtain a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor license issued by the Board. After your license has been issued, you may begin to accrue the required post-graduate experience hours supervised by a supervisor licensed as a supervisor with the state of Montana. View the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Application Information for information. Make check or money order payable to the Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors. Do not send cash. Then, complete the LPC application and be ready to do the following:

  • Application Form: completed and signed.
  • Evaluation of Supervisory Experience Form: Section 1 completed and signed by applicant and Section 2 completed and signed by the supervisor.
  • Academic Summary Sheet: All categories need to be completed with credit hour totals, signed by the academic advisor. Applicant must indicate quarter or semester credits. Official transcripts do not take the place of this form.
  • Official graduate transcripts: sent directly from the school to the board office.
    • Montana Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors (Marriage and Family Therapists are also regulated by this Board), 301 South Park, 4th Floor, PO Box 200513 Helena, Montana 59620-0513
  • Three reference letters: Letters should be from individuals in the mental health profession and sent directly to the board office.
  • Verification of Licensure: Verification should be sent directly to the board office from other state.
  • Fingerprint and background check: obtain a federal fingerprint check from the Montana Department of Justice.

As a licensure applicant your application will not be considered complete until the information is received from the Department of Justice and processed by the board office. Results of the background check will be sent directly to the board office by the State of Montana Department of Justice. You will only be contacted by this office if a disqualifying event is identified on the report. When the application is complete, it will be processed and considered by board staff for permanent licensure. This may take up to 30 days.

Exams:

Clinical placement:

An applicant for Licensed Professional Counselor must complete at least 3000 hours of experience supervised by a Board-approved supervisor in the practice of professional counseling. A minimum of 1,500 hours may be done pre-degree. A minimum of 1,500 hours must be done post-degree.

  • 3,000 hours of supervised experience in professional counseling with board approved supervision.
  • 1,000 of the 1,500 post-degree hours must be in direct client contact.
  • Practice hours are engaging in the practice of counseling as defined in 37-23-102(3), MCA.
  • Supervisors must hold a current valid license in any state as a professional counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist.

An applicant must have 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 acquire credits to equal the total requirement of 60 semester credits prior to full licensure. Applicants have up to 5 years to complete the additional academic credits.

See Montana’s list of approved counseling supervisors for an appropriate supervisor.

Apply for Licensure:

After completing the 3,000 hours of experience, the NCE, and all of the requirements, you are eligible for licensure as an LPC.

Contact Information:

Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors

301 S. Park, 4th Floor

P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620

406/841-2391 or 2392
406/841-2305 (fax)
dlibsdswp@mt.gov

Board Management:

Cyndi Reichenbach, Executive Officer
Board Management Bureau
Phone: (406) 841-2392
Email: dlibsdbbh@mt.gov

WEBSITE: http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/swp_board/board_page.asp

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at the University of Phoenix. See the State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists & Clinical Professional Counselors Clinical Professional Counselors General Licensing Information for a summary of requirements.

Clearances:

Before beginning to accrue the required post-graduate experience hours supervised by a supervisor licensed with the state of Nevada, apply to become a Licensed Clinical

Professional Counselor Intern by filling out the application and choosing “Internship” under #1. The internship is valid for 3 years and complete the following prior to full licensure:

  • An applicant must demonstrate sufficient academic coursework, training or experience to meet Nevada requirements within the internship application.
  • Official transcripts must be received by the Board showing the required conferred degree
  • A Background Check must be completed by the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Complete the form to demonstrate intent to engage an approved internship.
  • After these requirements are met, the applicant will be scheduled for an Interview with the Board.
  • Review the Internship Forms & Reports to properly track post-graduate supervised hours.

Exams:

When notified of eligibility by the Board, take the National Certified Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) given by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) in order to demonstrate knowledge of clinical professional counseling. This must be done before the end of the 2-year internship period, and before applying for licensure. Note Nevada-specific instructions here.

Clinical placement:

Before an applicant is eligible for licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor, at least 3,000 hours of experience must be completed in an approved internship supervised by an approved primary and/or secondary supervisor. The requirements, found in NAC 641A.146, include:

  • At least 1,500 hours of direct face-to-face contact with clients in the practice of Clinical Professional Counseling.
  • At least 100 hours of clinical professional counseling supervision by the approved primary or secondary supervisor of the intern.
  • At least 1,200 hours of work related to the practice of clinical professional counseling.

Use the state’s Summary Letter to document pre and post-graduate experience that may be counted toward the total required for licensure.

Apply for Licensure:

After all documents and 3,000 hours of supervised post-graduate experience completed, and after the required examinations have been passed, apply for licensure as an LPC here:

Contact Information:

NV Board of Examiners for Marriage & Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors

P.O. Box 370130
Las Vegas NV 89137-0130

Phone: 702/486-7388

Fax: 702/486-7258

Interim Executive Director: Miss Quinn Kennedy

nvmftbd@mftbd.nv.gov  

WEBSITE:

http://marriage.nv.gov/  

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at University of Phoenix.  New Mexico licenses counselors at multiple levels. You can become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LPC or LMHC) by fulfilling the education and examination requirements. In addition, you can become a Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC), after you have met the supervised experience requirements and passed an additional exam. For additional information see the licensure requirements on the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board website.

 Clearances:

  • Order official transcripts of your graduate course work and verifying educational qualifications are to be included with application materials. The official transcript(s) should be sealed in an envelope and signed or stamped across the envelope’s seal by the transcript clerk issuing the document to the applicant.
  • You must have an assigned appropriate licensed New Mexico supervisor. The supervisor must complete attachment C, place it in a sealed envelope. This attachment must be submitted with your application.
  • Complete a Curriculum Worksheet: Course syllabus and actual course catalogue description are required for all listed courses.
  • Your application must be signed, dated and notarized.
  • Current Color Photo; 2x2 in. (Passport Quality, no paper copies)
  • Statement of Verification of Postgraduate Supervised Hours (LPCC)
  • Experience Plan (LPCC)

Exams:  

  • The required exam for LMHC is the National Counselor Examination, or NCE.
  • The required exam for the LPCC is the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination, or NCMHCE.

Both the NCE and the NMHCE are administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors, and the registration process is very similar. You will need to get approval from the New Mexico board to sit for exams.

Clinical Placement:

Working Under Supervision as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor

You will need to complete 3,000 hours of supervised practice over a period of at least two years. During this time, you will need at least 100 hours of face to face supervision. Your supervisor may be a clinical mental health counselor, art therapist, marriage and family therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or independent social worker. You will work under a supervision plan. Appropriate supervision is key to having your experience accepted and moving up to the higher level of licensing.

During your period of supervised work experience, you will have status as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Apply for Licensure:  

If you have all the licensing requirements except the examination, you may practice under a temporary license, issued by the New Mexico board. Based on the requirements listed above you can submit an application for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Initial Application) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Initial Application)

Contact Information:

New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board
Practice Board PO Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87505

You can call the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board at (505) 476-4622

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s in Counseling from University of Phoenix. North Dakota licenses counselors at three levels. If you have just completed your degree and have not satisfied the requirement for supervised practice, you will be credentialed as a Licensed Associated Professional Counselor (LAPC). Later you will eligible to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

You may eventually become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor or LPCC. LPCC is a specialty designation. For additional information see the licensure requirements on the North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners (NDBCE) website.

Clearances:

Applying for Associate Status

  • Order official transcripts of your graduate course work and have them sent directly to: North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiner, 2112 10th Ave., SE, Mandan, ND 58554
  • Education Verification Letter from the University of Phoenix indicating actual hours taken in the MSC/CCMH Program.
  • Plan of Supervision Form
  • Complete a Notarized Affidavit
  • All new applications require a background check.
  • You will need three recommendations as a supplement to your LAPC application.
    • One must be from a contact person at the agency where you did your practicum.
    • One must be from the program advisor at the University of Phoenix.
    • Another one must be a counseling professor or teacher.

Applying for LPC Status

  • You will summarize your supervised experience and make a self-assessment.
  • Write a State of Professional Intent
    • You will identify your intended client population and work setting.
    • You will describe your counseling approaches and what you have based them on.
  • Complete the Supervision Requirement, Contact Hours, Client Settings Form

Your supervisor will document your experience and mail the form separately to: North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiner, 2112 10th Ave., SE, Mandan, ND 58554

Exams:  

All LAPC’s and LPC’s must take and pass the National Counselor Exam (NCE). Once the application and original transcript are received, the board will review for approval to test.

Clinical Placement:

Supervised Practice (For Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Applicants Only).

You will need to work under supervision for two years. You will need to have at least 400 client contact hours a year and see at least ten different clients. You will need to have a supervisory plan on file with the board. The board notes that social service agencies, hospitals, and mental health centers are better than private practice settings for developing the needed skills.

Your supervisor will be a professional counselor. The board recommends that your supervisor be someone who is on site where you work.

You will need to have at least 100 hours of direct supervision during your two years as an associate. Meetings should be held at regular intervals. At least 60 of the supervision hours will need to be individual.

In cases of hardship, you may ask the board to allow you to do a nontraditional form of supervision. Electronic supervision is permissible if it meets requirements for security and HIPAA compliance.

Although your associate licensure is good for only two years, you may ask for an extension under certain circumstances. You will need to have your supervisor, a counseling professor, and two other professional counselors join with you in making the request.

If you do plan on becoming an LPCC later, you will want to look ahead and be aware of the supervision requirements.

Apply for Licensure:  

Applicants applying for LAPC or LPC in the state of North Dakota must download the LAPC application. Found on the website under LICENSING or FORMS & APPLICATIONS, it is indicated by a note saying it is the form for all initial applications for licensure. There is a place in the middle of the first page of the application that requires the applicant to check which license the application is for. Throughout the application, the requirements for each license are listed in categories specific to the particular license

All LPCC applicants must submit a videotape recording of clinical counseling session of at least 30 minutes duration. In addition, the applicant will provide a written self-critique of the session using the attached form: http://ndbce.org/PDFs/LPCC_application.pdf .

Contact Information:

North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners
2112 10th Avenue SE
Mandan, ND 58554

ndbce@btinet.net

www.ndbce.org

This summary of http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Licensure/Documents/MHPProvisionalApp.pdfstate licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at University of Phoenix. In Oklahoma to become a Licensed Professional Counselor, for additional information see the licensure requirements on the State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure (BBHL) website.

Clearances:

Exams: You will need to take the National Counselor Examination, available through the National Board for Certified Counselors. In addition, you will need to take and pass the Oklahoma Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Exam (OLERE).

Clinical Placement:

3 years/ 3,000 hours of full-time post-application professional counseling experience supervised by an approved LPC Supervisor.

For each 1,000 hours, 350 hours must be direct face-to-face contact. Face-to-face supervision must be 45 minutes for every 20 hours of experience.

Up to 2 years of required experience may be gained at a rate of 1 year for each 30-graduate semester hours beyond the master’s degree, provided that such hours are clearly related to the field of counseling and acceptable to the board. The applicant shall have no less than 1 year of supervised full-time experience in counseling.

Documentation of supervised hours, evaluation of competence, date of observations, and dates of consultation between approved supervisor and on-site supervisor must be submitted on the LPC Evaluation of Supervised Experience Form. The evaluation form must be submitted on a semi-annual basis.

Apply for Licensure:

Complete an application for licensure, please be aware the application review process takes no less than 6 weeks to complete.

In addition to the above mentioned requirements you must also submit a completed LPC Supervision Agreement, a completed On-Site Supervisor Verification Form and a completed Candidate Statement of Professional Disclosure.

Once the Department has received all of the above mentioned requirements/forms supervision may commence as of the approved date on the LPC Supervision Agreement. Any hours accrued prior to the approval date on the LPC Supervision Agreement will not be credited towards your supervised experience requirements and may result in the initiation of formal complaint procedures and/or loss of approved supervisor status

Contact Information:

Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure (BBHL)
3815 N. Santa Fe, Suite 110
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 522-3696
Fax: (405) 522-3691

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at University of Phoenix. Oregon has two levels of credentialing. Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Intern.  For additional information see the licensure requirements on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.  

Clearances:

  • Order official transcripts of your graduate course work and have them sent directly to: directly to the Oregon Board of Counselors & Therapists, 3218 Pringle Road SE, Suite 250, Salem, OR 97302-6312
  • You will need to have a criminal background check and fingerprints including (1) a Fingerprint Card (completed and signed); (2) Fingerprint Identity Verification Form; (3) Applications Fee.
  • You may have your fingerprints made through LiveScan or through the traditional method. (The exception is if you've already had your fingerprints done in the past year by an agency the board approves. In that case, you can instead submit verification.)
  • You will also need a professional disclosure statement (Form 5). This includes information important for your clients: for example, your background, education, counseling philosophy, and fees. The statement must also include board contact information. You can see a sample at the board site
  • Application for Registered Internship (Form 1-Application)
  • Degree Program Direct Client Contact Hours (Form 2A)
  • Graduate Degree Information (Form 6A completed by the University of Phoenix)
  • Intern Supervised Clinical Experience Plan (Form 7)
  • Post-Degree Supervised Work Experience

Other Forms

Exams: You will need to pass two tests: a licensing exam and a test of Oregon’s laws and rules: Click Here to see the laws and rules in full detail.

The licensing exam is the National Counselor Examination or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination. You will need to get approval from the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists before you can sit for the exam. In addition, you must take a pass the Laws and Rules Examination. Complete a Verification of Examination form.

Clinical Placement:

  • You will need to work under supervision as an intern before you can become licensed as a professional counselor (http://www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT/experience.shtml). You will need to accrue 2,400 hours of client contact hours. 2,000 will need to be post-degree; you can count up to 400 earned in your degree program. Hours will need to be verified by your school when you apply.
  • You should be aware that not all work activities count as clinical experience. You may not, for example, count hours you spend in case management, training, or program administration.
  • As an intern, you will have a clinical supervisor who reviews records such as case notes and audiotapes and meets with you individually (and possibly also in a small group setting).
  • Your supervisor will not necessarily need to be someone who is on site at your workplace. You are permitted to contract with a supervisor from outside.
  • The board maintains a list of professional counselors who have been approved as supervisors. However, you do not have to select one from the list. Your supervisor can be another mental health professional, for example, a psychologist. Whatever the professional designation, the person will need to have training in supervision.
  • You will need at least two hours of supervision each month; this will suffice for up to 45 client contact hours. You will need three hours if you have 46 or more client contact hours.
  • Group supervision is acceptable in some circumstances. It may not count for more than 50% of the total supervision hours, however. Electronic communication is permissible for up to 75% of your supervision hours.
  • You will report clinical hours and supervision earned each month. You must have appropriate supervision every month for your experience to be counted.
  • An internship experience plan will be required as part of your initial application.
  • You will renew your intern status each year. You are expected to complete supervision requirements within five years. You may petition for a sixth year provided you can show good cause.

Apply for Licensure:

Some materials will be required at first application, whether you apply as an intern or a professional counselor. You may email the board at lpct.board@state.or.us or call: 503-378-5499. You will find additional contact information athttp://www.oregon.gov/oblpct/Pages/contact_us.aspx.

Contact Information:

You should mail your application materials to the following address:
Board of Counselors & Therapists
3218 Pringle Road SE, Suite 250
Salem, OR 97302-6312

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s of Science in Counseling from the Clinical Mental Health Program at University of Phoenix. South Carolina has two levels of licensing. By completing the educational and examination requirement you can become a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC/I) after you fulfill a supervised practice application, you will be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). For additional information see the licensure requirements on the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-educational Specialist website.

Clearances:

  • Order official transcripts of your graduate course work and have them sent directly to: CCE-SC Review, 3 Terrace Way, Greensboro, NC 27403.
  • You need to submit course descriptions.
  • If you are applying as an intern you need to complete the attached application, http://www.cce-global.org/Assets/StateLicensure/SC-LPCapp.pdf
  • As an intern you will need to submit a clinical supervision plan. You will fill out the top portion and your supervisor will complete it.
  • You will need a notarized affidavit attesting to the veracity of your application.
  • A log for Clinical Supervision of Post-Master’s Clinical Experience.
  • Confirmation of Clinical Supervision of Post-Master’s Client Contact in Counseling
  • Practicum/Internship Verification

Exams: You will need to take and pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical mental Health Counseling Examination. Both are administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

South Carolina contracts with the Center for Credentialing & Education (an affiliate of the NBCC) for educational review. You will submit your application materials to the CCE and, once they have approved your education, you will receive a registration form in the mail.  

Clinical Placement:

You will need to attain at least 1,500 hours of clinical experience while working under supervision. At least 1,350 of your hours must involve direct client contact.

Additionally, you will need to have 150 hours of direct supervision by a professional counselor that meets South Carolina’s supervision standards. You can find a list of approved supervisors at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/counselors/

At least 100 of your supervision hours must be individual, as opposed to small group. During your supervision sessions, you will share information about your individual clients and the treatment you are providing. Your supervisor may also make observations and conduct co-therapy sessions.

While your board-approved clinical supervisor will need to be a professional counselor, your on-site supervisor does not have to be.

Normally the supervision requirement is completed in two years, but you may apply for an extension.

Apply for Licensure: Send your initial application to the CCE whether you are a candidate or intern status. To obtain an application for licensure, please contact the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), an affiliate of NBCC at: 888-817-8283, cce@cce-global.org, www.cce-global.org. Once the CCE has tentatively approved your qualifications, your file will be sent to the South Carolina board for final review.

It will take CCE approximately six weeks to review your materials. If you have not already taken the licensing exam, this will add to the timeline.

Contact Information:

All Mailings and Physical Address: 
SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists

P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 2921-1329

Phone:

803-896-4662 / 803-896-4719 (fax)

www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/counselors

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health from University of Phoenix. South Dakota has two levels of licensing:  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH).  For additional information see the licensure requirements on the South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists website.   

Clearances:

  • Order official transcripts of your graduate course work and have them sent directly to: SD Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists, P.O. Box 2164, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2164.
  • Identify which course meet specific curriculum requirements on a supplemental worksheet.
  • Submit an attestation statement regarding the veracity of your application and have the affidavit notarized.
  • Include a copy of your driver’s license (as an ID)
  • Quality color photograph (i.e. passport photo)
  • Propose a board approved supervisor to oversee the required supervision and direct client contact hours for full licensure, LPC Plan of Supervision

Exams:  

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor, you will need to take the National Counselor Examination. To become a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health, you will need to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination as well.

You will take your licensing examination(s) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (https://dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/examiners_examinations.aspx).

You will apply directly to the NBCC for authorization. The process is the same for both exams.

Clinical Placement:

Supervised Practice for LPC Licensing

You will need to work under clinical supervision until you have accrued 2,000 hours of work experience. At least 800 hours must be direct patient care. During this time, you must have 100 hours of direct supervision. At least 50 of these must be face-to-face.

Your clinical supervisor must be board approved. If you will be doing supervised training within South Dakota, you must have a supervisory plan in place before you begin accruing your hours. Moreover, you will need to notify the board if you change supervisors.

Supervised Practice for LPC-MH Certification

In order to be licensed at the LPC-MH level, you will need to obtain 2,000 direct client service hours within a clinical setting.

Your supervisor must hold the highest level of licensing within his or her discipline. In other words, if s/he is a South Dakota Counselor, s/he will need to be an LPC-MH.

You may simultaneously apply up to 1,000 hours of work experience and up to 50 hours of supervision toward both LPC and LPC-MH requirements – as long as the experience meets all requirements for the higher license.

Apply for Licensure:  

You will make your application to the board after you have completed the above stated requirements. Please see the attached application for Licensed Professional Counselor (ARSD 20:68).

Contact Information:

South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists

PO Box 2164
Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2164

You may contact the Board of Examiners for Counselors & Marriage and Family Therapists by calling (605) 331-2927 or emailing sdbce.msp@midconetwork.com  

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor after graduating with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix. There are two levels of licensing in Utah. Applicants to first become licensed as an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor, while you are completing your supervised practice requirements. You may visit the DOPL website to obtain an application. When you have completed all the state requirements, you may apply to become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor or LCMHC. Review the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Clinical Mental Health Counselor web page for information, links and resources.  

Clearances:

Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor:

  • Order official transcripts of your graduate course work and have them sent directly to: Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing, P.O. Box 146741, Salt Lake City UT 84114-6741
  • Complete a Qualifying Questionnaire and application which includes questions about your legal and professional background. “Yes” answers will require additional documentation or explanation.
  • Your application packet will describe the supplemental materials required for each type of licensing.
  • Education Course Requirements Form, which indicates the course and course descriptions or syllabus for each course.

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor:

  • Verification of Post-Graduate Supervised Experience. (You must have each supervisor complete a separate form and the hours from all forms must total 4,000 ).

Exam:

  • Take and pass your licensing exam before you can achieve professional licensing: The National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCHMCE) Exam. Review the Candidate Handbook for State Credentialing to prepare

Clinical placement:

Supervised Practice

You will complete 4,000 hours of supervised practice as an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor. At least 1,000 must be in mental health therapy. The Utah board defines mental health therapy as carrying out professional evaluations, making diagnoses, prescribing a treatment plan, and conducting psychotherapy and appropriate interventions.

Your supervisor may be a mental health counselor or a psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, psychiatric mental health nurse specialist, or marriage and family therapist Learn More Here.

You will need to have your supervision verified before you can get your professional license.

Apply for Licensure:

Applicants can first become licensed as an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor  while you are completing your supervised practice requirements. When you have completed all the state requirements, you will become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor or LCMHC.

Contact Information:

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741

Phone: 801/530-7632
Fax: 801/530-6511

Bureau Manager: Dane Ishihara

CONTACT: roborn@utah.gov

WEBSITE:

http://dopl.utah.gov/index.html  

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master’s in Counseling from University of Phoenix. West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling regulates licensure of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC).  For additional information see the licensure requirements on the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling website.  

Clearances:

Exams: You will need to take and pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE), offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors. If you do not pass your licensing exam on your first attempt, you will be allowed one retake without applying to the board again or taking further education. Anyone who fails three times must document additional education and experience.

Clinical Placement:

You will need to work under supervision for a specified period of time before you can attain full licensure. If your highest degree is a master’s, you will need 3,000 hours. At least half of your experience must be direct client counseling care.

If you have a doctoral degree, only 1,500 hours of post-degree supervised experience will be required. You will need to apply for a provisional license before you begin accruing hours. Your clinical supervisor must be pre-approved by the board. You are expected to receive an hour of individual supervision for every twenty hours that you practice. If your clinical supervisor is not employed full-time by the same agency that you are, s/he should set up at least two supervision sessions per month.

As a provisionally licensed counselor, you will display a professional disclosure statement at your place of work. Your provisional license is good for 36 months. If you don't complete all your requirements during that period, you may apply for a renewal, which is good for another 24 months. You must continue to work under supervision until you have attained full licensure.

If you must interrupt/ discontinue your supervised practice for a period of six weeks or more, you will need to notify the board within the first month. You must also notify the board if you change supervisors or otherwise deviate from your supervision plan

Apply for Licensure:

The West Virginia Board has information/application CD that contains all the forms needed to apply for licensure.  There is an 'Instructions/Checklist' included on the CD that will guide you in filing your "LPC Licensure Packet".  Please forward your check or m/o payment, made payable to WVBEC, along with your request to include your full name, mailing address, email address and phone number to the board mailing address listed below.

Contact Information:

For questions related to application, licensure, continuing education and inquiries from other state agencies (i.e.billing, etc.) please email: Roxanne Clay, Executive Director at rclay27@msn.com 

  • For questions related to the Application CD, locating payments, or license verifications, please email Amber Shawver, Administrative Assistant at ashawver.wvbec@outlook.com

All Mailings and Physical Address: 

WVBEC
815 Quarrier Street, Suite 212
Charleston, West Virginia 25301

Toll-Free:(800) 520-3852        

Charleston Area:(304) 558-5494

Fax:(304) 558-5496 

www.wvbec.org

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our counseling students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

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