State Licensure Requirements

The University’s Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MSC/CCMH) program meets the licensure requirements in the states listed below. Review the licensure requirements listed under your state. 

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Alabama has two levels of licensing: Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). For additional information review the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling Licensure page.

Clearances:

Exams:

A passing score on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) for Licensure and Certification (NCE) is a requirement for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure. If the ALC applicant has already achieved a passing score on this examination, he/she should request official verification be sent to the Board. If the ALC applicant has not taken the NCE examination, the Board will authorize registration for the exam upon verification that the academic requirement for licensure has been met.

Additional Requirements:

Download the ABEC Administrative Rules and Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (Note that the State of Alabama expects applicants to obtain a copy of these documents).

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.

Clinical placement:

Clinical placement:

An applicant for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) must complete at least 3000 hours of experience supervised by a Board-approved supervisor in the practice of professional counseling.  This experience must be completed after having received your degree. You must verify that you have had at least 1,000 hours of direct counseling with individuals, couples, families, or groups and at least 100 hours of face-to-face supervision. Your supervisor must be approved by the Board before supervision begins. This supervision must come from a licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker, licensed marital and family therapist, licensed psychologist, licensed psychological associate, licensed physician, licensed psychiatrist, or licensed advanced nurse practitioner who is certified to provide psychiatric or mental health services. 

Apply for Licensure:

After completing 3,000 supervised hours, and successfully passing the NCE, NCMHCE, or another nationally recognized examination for professional counselors approved by the board, apply for licensure as an LPC.

Contact Information:

Contact Information:

Board of Professional Counselors

State Office Building

333 Willoughby Ave. 9th Floor

PO Box 110806

Juneau, AL 99801-1770

Phone: (907) 465- 2550Fax: (907) 465-2974 
Email: ProfessionalCounselors@Alaska.Gov 
 

WEBSITE: http://professionallicense.alaska.gov/ProfessionalCounselors

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Alaska has two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) Review the Alaska Board of Examiners in Counseling Licensure page for links and resources.

Clearances:

Each applicant is to submit a complete report of criminal justice information under AS 12.62.005 – AS 12.62.200 for Alaska. The Alaska report can be obtained by contacting the Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers.

Exams:

Take and pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC).

In lieu of the NCE or NCMHCE, the board will accept passage of another nationally recognized examination for professional counselors that is equivalent to the NCE or NCMHCE. The applicant must obtain verification of passage of the examination accepted by the board, sent directly to the board by the administrator of the examination. 

Additional Requirements:

Before practicing counseling in Alaska, either remotely or within the state, professionals must become Licensed Professional Counselors. View the application for licensure by examination https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/pco4403.pdf and include the following:

  • Official transcripts mailed directly from the university
  • A completed and notarized application and $200.00 nonrefundable application fee.
  • The initial licensing fee of $250.00 may be submitted at this time or upon successful passage of the examination.
  • Verification of successfully passing the national exam sent directly from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
  • Verification of supervision

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 3,000 supervised hours, and successfully passing the NCE, NCMHCE, or another nationally recognized examination for professional counselors approved by the board, apply 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: http://professionallicense.alaska.gov/ProfessionalCounselors

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Arizona has two levels of licensing: Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Review the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Licensure page for links and resources.

Clearances:

  • Submit a full set of fingerprints and payment for a criminal history background check through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) unless they can provide verification that they hold a current, valid DPS fingerprint clearance card.
  • Evidence of legal residency and citizenship.
  • A copy of driver’s license or state-issued ID

Exams:

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

Candidates will receive their registration from the Arizona board after they have been authorized to test (Licensure Examination Registration). You must take the exam during the six-month approval window. The registration form, exam fee and copy of your eligibility letter should be sent to the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).

Additional Requirements:

  • You must include an official transcript for the education being submitted to meet requirements in a SEALED envelope from the educational institution. Transcripts submitted in open envelopes will not be accepted. If the institution provides certified electronic transcripts, please have them emailed to applications@azbbhe.us.
  • Complete Part III, Section 2 of the application: Review of course content.
  • Send Verification of Practicum form to the university for signature
  • Complete Background questionnaire and, Employment history for previous SEVEN years including an explanation of any gaps in employment of greater than one month

National Counselor Exam (NCE) scores in sealed envelope from the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE)

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:

At least 1600 hours of direct client contact, no more than 400 hours of which are in psychoeducation.

Indirect client hours no longer need to be tracked; however, 1600 direct client hours are still required in addition to at least 100 hours of clinical supervision by an Arizona licensed professional counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, clinical social worker, or marriage and family therapist in no less than 24 months. The supervisor must also attest that the supervisee was observed during supervised hours to have demonstrated satisfactory competency in clinical documentation, consultation, collaboration, and coordination of care related to clients to whom the supervisee provided direct care. All verification forms will be updated and posted to the website.

Associate level licensees may acquire hours telephonically when clinically appropriate and alternative means for meeting in-person via video is not feasible.

"Face to face" hours of clinical supervision includes virtual teleconference.

Apply for Licensure:

Submit your completed application with all required transcripts and forms to the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

Contact Information:

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
1740  WEST ADAMS STREET, #3600
PHOENIX, AZ 85007
1740 West Adams Street #3600

Phoenix, AZ 85007

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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Arkansas has two levels of licensing:  Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC).  For additional information on the licensure process visit the Arkansas Board of Examiners in counseling website.  

Clearances:

  • Official results of the Federal & State Background Check must be on file with the board office. The board office will mail a Fingerprint Packet that provides instructions for completing the Federal & State Background Checks.
  • Include a color, passport size photo, taken within last 12 months.

Exams:

All applicants for licensure must complete one of the following examinations.

  1. The National Counselor Examination (NCE) or,
  2. National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE).  
  3. All applicants must provide verification of a successful passing score on the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling Jurisprudence Exam. The licensure application, unofficial transcripts, core curriculum and fees must be received by the Board office for the applicant to receive approval to take the national exam.

Persons who are enrolled in the final semester of graduate study in counseling and have completed or are currently enrolled in the core curriculum courses may be admitted to the written examination by submitting to the Board, with their application, a letter stating their projected graduation date from one of the following college or university officials:

  1. Graduate Coordinator
  2. Department Chair
  3. Registrar
  4. Associate Dean
  5. Dean

Board Letter of Approval for NCE

  1. Wait for the board of examiners to send the approval letter for the written exams.
  2. Contact the NBCC to schedule written exams.
  3. Pay Exam fees to NBCC.
  4. NBCC sends the results to the board within 3-6 weeks.

Additional Requirements:

  • Submit LAC application to the board office. 
  • Include required fee payable to AR Board of Examiners in Counseling.
  • Complete the core curriculum summary for LAC (one 3 hour Master’s course per category, only grades B- or above are allowed). 
  • If you are in your last semester of Grad studies, you can submit an unofficial transcript and a letter from the Dean, Program Director, or Registrar describing the courses you are enrolled in to complete your master’s degree. The official transcript reflecting your conferred master’s degree will be required prior to scheduling final file review.
  • The Statement of Intent
  • (4) Letters of Recommendation |
  • Two recommendations must come from faculty or adjuncts who trained you.
  • Two other recommendations (family and close friends excluded).
  • One must come from a supervisor of the applicant’s clinical work and one from another mental health professional.  It is suggested that each of these be sent to you in a sealed envelope.
  • When you have collected all four references, they should be included in the packet mailed to the board office with all the other items for completing Step II. Please do not instruct your references to send these to the board separately.
  • Order the official university transcript of Master’s level coursework to be sent to the board office.
  • Submit a Signed Supervision Agreement

Clinical Placement:

Upon completion of 3000 post-graduate supervised hours as a LAC, you will be eligible to apply for  full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)  The ratio for the LAC will be one (1) hour of supervision for every ten (10) hours of client contact for the first five hundred (500) direct Client Contact Hour (CCH) (Level 1) and then one (1) hour of supervision for every twenty (20) CCH for the remaining twenty-five hundred (2500) hours (Level 2). A direct client contact hour is defined as face-to-face contact with a client(s) in a therapeutic interaction with individuals or groups.

The LAC is required to have a minimum of 3000 hours of client contact, 2200 hours defined as direct client contact. No more than 800 hours of indirect client contact may be counted in Level 2. Indirect Client Contact means consultation, case management, paperwork, staffing, billing and test administration when the clinician is not working face-to-face with the individuals or groups, but the services are related to the direct care of the individual or groups.

The total hours of supervised practice are 175 clock hours of supervision. (g) During the first 500 direct client hours (Level 1), no indirect hours can be counted. (h) Dyadic supervision (1 supervisor and 2 supervisees) is recorded as individual supervision. (i) Group supervision may not exceed half of the 175 hours of supervision. A supervision group consists of 3 to 6 supervisees with the contracted supervisor. Group supervision may be counted in both levels. (j) Technology assisted supervision cannot exceed 50% of supervision hours. Technology assisted supervision may be counted in both levels.

Group therapy sessions are reported in clock hours of the sessions, not the clock time multiplied by the number of clients in the group. (m) Post-master's course work necessary for application for an Arkansas license may not be applied to the required supervised work experience in accordance with the rules. (n) A licensee may reduce CCH/Supervision hours by completing any of the following: 1. One hundred (100) CCH may be gained for each three (3) graduate semester hours earned beyond themaster’s degree, provided that the hours are clearly related to the field of counseling or marriage and family therapy and are acceptable to the Board. Up to two thousand (2000) CCH may be gained for each sixty (60) graduate semester hours. 2. The LAC may petition the Board in writing to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE), with recommendation of the contracted supervisor, upon the completion of Level 1. When approved, the applicant may apply to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and take the NCMHCE. A passing score on the NCMHCE will reduce the number of CCH required by 500. The applicant will send test application and test fee directly to NBCC.

Apply for Licensure:

Send your completed application and all  required transcripts and forms to the Arkansas Board of Examiners,

Contact Information:

All Mailings and Physical Address: 

101 East Capitol, Suite 202
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Office: (501) 683-5800
Fax: (501) 683-6349

Website: https://abec.statesolutions.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 apply for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) after graduating with a Master of Science/Marriage, Family and Child Therapy (MSC/MFCT) degree at University of Phoenix. California has two levels of licensing: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) For additional information see the California Board of Behavioral Sciences Website. www.bbs.ca.gov

Clearances:

  • Fingerprint clearance must be obtained via Applicant Live Scan or Ten-Print “Hard Card Applicant Fingerprint Card. DO NOT COMPLETE FINGERPRINTS MORE THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION. Fingerprint results without an application on file will only be held for 6 months.
  • Complete the Background Clearance. Note that the application for the exam includes a Background Statement with attachments.
  • Social Security Number is required on application

Exams:

To become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) you will need to take and pass the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Exam and the California Law and Ethics Examination.

After you have earned 3,000 hours and your hours are approved, apply for the LMFT California Clinical Exam.

Take and pass the California Law and Ethics Exam.

Additional Requirements:

  • Provide Official Transcript verifying your master’s degree with degree title and date of conferral posted. Transcripts must be sent electronically from the educational institution or in an envelope sealed by the educational institution.  
  • Register as an Associate and begin accruing hours toward the State-required post-graduate total. Before you complete the associate registration form, be sure to have the following so you are prepared to submit all items in the same package:
  • Application form and fee
  • Degree Program Certification, Form B in the application

Applicants should review information about the 90 Day Rule which allows applicants who graduated after January 1, 2020 to count supervised experience between the degree award date and issue date of the Associate registration number under the rule if the workplace required the applicant to complete Live Scan fingerprinting.

Clinical placement:

After registering as an associate (AMFT), pre- and post-graduate clinical experience must be completed under supervision as follows:

  • Minimum of 3,000 hours completed during a period of at least 104 weeks with a minimum of 1,750 hours of direct counseling experience of which at least 500 hours must be gained diagnosing and treating couples, families, and children, and 1,250 hours of non-clinical experience which may consist of direct supervisor contact, administering and evaluating psychological tests, writing clinical reports, writing progress or process notes, client centered advocacy, and workshops, seminars, training sessions, or conferences directly related to marriage, family, and child counseling.
  • The 104 supervision weeks must contain 1 hour of individual or triadic supervision or 2 hours of group supervision during any week and 52 weeks in which the applicant received at least one hour of individual or triadic supervision.
  • Maximum of 1,300 hours gained pre-degree and maximum of 750 hours of counseling and direct supervisor contact
  • Maximum 40 hours of experience earned in any week between all settings
  • Maximum of 6 hours of individual, triadic or group supervision in any week
  • There is no limit on the number of telehealth hours.

Apply for Licensure:

You may apply for licensure after all 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. All applications have a fee that is to be sent with completed application to the Board office. Applications must be sent electronically or mailed in a sealed envelope.

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. California has two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC).   For additional information see the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) webpage. www.bbs.ca.gov

Clearances:

  • Fingerprint clearance must be obtained via Applicant Live Scan or Ten-Print “Hard Card Applicant Fingerprint Card. DO NOT COMPLETE FINGERPRINTS MORE THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION. Fingerprint results without an application on file will only be held for 6 months.
  • Complete the Background Clearance. Note that the application for the exam includes a Background Statement with attachments.
  • Social Security Number is required on application

Additional Requirements:

  • Provide Official Transcript verifying your master’s degree with degree title and date of conferral posted. TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE IN AN ENVELOPE SEALED BY THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
  • Register as an Associate (APCC) and begin accruing hours toward the State-required post-graduate total. Before you complete the associate registration form, be sure to have the following so you are prepared to submit all items in the same package:

 

Exams:

Take and pass the California Law & Ethics Examination

After you have passed the California Law & Ethics Examination and have met the other requirements to be a registered associate, begin to accrue supervised hours. BBS will notify you as to how to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE).

 

Clinical placement:

After registering as an Associate (APCC),  post-graduate clinical experience must be completed as follows:

  • All hours in California must be gained while registered, except under the 90-day rule.
  • 104 weeks of supervision (with 1 hour of individual supervision per week)
  • 3,000 hours of supervised work experience.
  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC), Supervision must be performed by a qualified supervisor.

Apply for Licensure:

Before you may apply for licensure, all 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 an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC), 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

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

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Colorado has two levels of licensure: Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). See the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) website Colorado State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners for detailed instructions.

Clearances:

  • Answer the Screening Questions: You will be asked a series of screening questions related to your criminal history or complaints filed against you in other jurisdictions (if applicable). This may require you to upload court documents or other material. Please review DPO’s information regarding the disclosure of criminal history contained within these instructions.
  • Complete the Affidavit of Eligibility: You will be asked during the online application to attest to and provide information that you are lawfully present in the United States or otherwise eligible to work here. You may be required to upload documentation of your lawful presence.
  • Provide your Social Security Number or an Affidavit: As of January 1, 2009, a Social Security Number is required for all licensees. Exceptions are made for foreign nationals not physically present in the United States and for non-immigrants in the United States on student visas who do not have a Social Security Number. These applicants must submit a signed Social Security Number Affidavit in lieu of a Social Security Number. The Social Security Number Affidavit is available on the Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) website: www.colorado.gov/dora/DPO_Update_Contact.

Exams:

Colorado requires you to take and pass

 1.) The Colorado Mental Health Jurisprudence Examination. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Professional_Counselor_Applications_Docs.  The scores are valid for one year.

2.) You must take and pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE). A student in their last semester or quarter of either a CACREP approved or non-CACREP approved graduate degree program may apply directly to the NBCC to sit for the professional counselor examination.. Once you have passed the examination, arrange for NBCC to send your scores directly to the Office of Licensing (address below).

Additional Requirements

  • Obtain an education review from the Center for Credential and Education (CCE) to determine if your education is equivalent to a CACREP-approved program: Colorado DORA/DPO has contracted with the Center for Credentialing &, Education (CCE) to do all education equivalency review/evaluations for the LPCC. Visit the CCE website at http://www.cce-global.org/.
  • Pay the Required Fee: You must pay the application processing fee with a credit card or electronic check to complete the application process. All fees are non-refundable and are subject to change.
  • Submit Post Degree Experience and Supervision Form
  • Submit a Mandatory Disclosure Statement

Clinical placement:

Post-graduate clinical experience must be completed as follows:

  • At least two years (24 months) of post-master's practice in licensed professional counseling under CLINICAL supervision; and (II) AT LEAST 2000 HOURS OF PRACTICE IN COUNSELING, INCLUDING AT LEAST 1,500 HOURS OF FACE-TO-FACE DIRECT CLIENT CONTACT UNDER CLINICAL SUPERVISION THAT IS IN-PERSON OR IS TELESUPERVISION; AND
  • The post-master's practice in psychotherapy under supervision cannot be completed in fewer than twenty-four months and may involve supervision by more than one supervisor.
  • The two years of post-master's practice in psychotherapy under supervision must include at least 2,000 hours of psychotherapy obtained in such a manner that they are reasonably uniformly distributed over a minimum of twenty-four months.
  • The teaching of the practice of psychotherapy may count up to 300 hours of postmaster's practice in psychotherapy under supervision and up to thirty hours of supervision, provided this teaching experience was supervised.

Apply for Licensure:

After completing all requirements, apply for licensure here:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Professional_Counselor_Applications

Contact Information:

State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners

1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-7800
Fax: 303-894-7764
E-mail: dora_mentalhealthboard@state.co.us

CONTACT: mentalhealth@dora.state.co.us

WEBSITE: https://dpo.colorado.gov/ProfessionalCounselor

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Connecticut has two levels of licensure: Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  For additional information see the licensure requirements on the Connecticut Department of Public Health website. 

Clearances:

  • Provide Social Security Number
  • Licensure may be denied to any individual who has committed or been found guilty of committing a felony or act which does not conform to the accepted standards of the profession.  The Department will determine the eligibility of any applicant for licensure.

Exams:

You will need to successfully complete the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).  Register online via NBCC’s website at http://www.nbcc.org/.

Additional Requirements

  • A completed application and fee. Applications are only accepted online.  You may register for an account at elicense.ct.gov
  • An official transcript and Course of Study Form sent directly from each educational institution attended and listed on your application, indicating all graduate level coursework completed and graduate degree(s) conferred;
  • Verification Form, sent directly from the appropriate authority(s), of three thousand (3000) hours of postgraduate supervised experience and one hundred hours of postgraduate-degree supervision
  • A score report for the NCE or NCMHCE sent directly from the NBCC

Clinical Placement:

3000 hours of postgraduate experience under professional supervision, including a minimum of 100 hours of direct professional supervision, in the practice of professional counseling, performed over a period of not less than one year by either (A) a licensed physician certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, (B) a licensed psychologist, (C) a licensed advanced practice registered nurse certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, (D) a licensed marital and family therapist, (E) a licensed clinical social worker, or (F) a licensed professional counselor.

Apply for Licensure:

The Connecticut Department of Public Health requires New Applicants to register on the Connecticut e-License web portal at elicense.ct.gov. Supporting documents should be submitted directly from the source to the address below.

Contact Information:

All Mailings and Physical Address:

Connecticut Department of Public Health
Professional Counselor Licensure
410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134

Phone: (860) 509-7603
Fax: (860) 707-1980 1984
Website: Connecticut Department of Public Health Professional Counselor Licensure
e-mail:  oplc.dph@ct.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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH at University of Phoenix. Delaware has two levels of licensing:  Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH) and a Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health (LACMH).   For additional information visit the Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals.

Clearances:

State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal Background Check Form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit the forms and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.

Additional Requirements:

  • Submit official transcripts and send directly to the Board office from the university (requested on the online application)
  • Create your DELPROS user online account.  You have six months to submit your application and fee once you begin.
  • A Planned Direct Supervision Form completed and signed by your approved clinical supervisor(s) under whose supervision you will complete the required hours.
  • Verification of your National Counselor Examination scores (NCE), National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), or other examination acceptable to the Board
  • Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal or notary may have to be mailed to the Board Office directly.

Exams:  

You will need to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE), National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), or other examination acceptable to the Board as follows:

If you have passed the NCE or NCMHCE, follow the instructions for requesting a score report on the National Board for-Certified Counselors (NBCC) website.

If you have passed another exam equivalent to the NCE or NCMHCE, arrange for the organization to send your score report directly to the Board office. 

Clinical Placement:

To qualify for a LPCMH license you must complete a total of 3200 hours of mental health counseling over a period of at least two but not more than four consecutive years.  Of the required 3,200 hours of total experience, 1,600 hours must have been completed under the professional direct supervision of one or more approved clinical supervisors. At least 100 of the 1,600 hours must be in the actual provision of face to face direct mental health counseling services with your supervisor. sessions and must include the actual provision of direct mental health counseling.

The full 100 hours may be fulfilled by individual supervision.  Group supervision must be face to face meetings between the supervisor and no more than six supervisees.  No more than 40 hours of group supervision is acceptable towards fulfillment of the 100 hour direct supervision requirement.

Apply for Licensure:  

Applications are submitted using a Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services (DELPROS) user account.

Contact Information:

Office Location:

Division of Professional Regulation
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Suite 203
Dover, DE 19904

Mailing Address:

Division of Professional Regulation
Cannon Building, Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, Delaware 19904

For state government mail service, use SLC Code D420A.

302-744-4500
302-739-2711 (fax)

Email: customerservice.dpr@delaware.gov

Website: http://www.dpr.delaware.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 apply for licensure as a Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Georgia has two levels if licensure: Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) For additional information see the Professional Counselor information on the Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists   website.  

Clearances:

  • Notarized Affidavit of Citizenship submitted with application
  • Social Security Number
  • Professional Background Questions in the application (may require submitting consent for a Background Check)

Exams:

All applicants are required to take and pass either the National Counselor Examination (NCE) OR the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). If you have taken and passed one of these exams, please contact the National Board’s administrative offices at (336) 482-2856 or visit www.nbcc.org  to request certification of your exam score report to Georgia.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts sent directly from the university to the board office.
  • References from two (2) teachers or supervisors who are familiar with your experience in Professional Counseling.
  • Verification of Graduate Coursework
  • Verification of Practicum or Internship (600 hours)
  • Plan for Supervision/Contract Affidavit: Submit a contract for obtaining your postmaster’s experience and supervision required for full licensure on application forms provided by the board.
  • Completed application with fee and email address to allow the Board to send notifications
  • Incomplete applications are void after one year.

Clinical Placement:

The applicant must present evidence of four (4) years of post-master's directed experience (minimum of 2400 hours) under supervision in the practice of Professional Counseling in a work setting acceptable to the Board OR three (3) years of post-master's directed experience (1800 hours) under supervision in the practice of Professional Counseling in a work setting acceptable to the Board and a supervised counseling practicum or internship of at least 600 hours which was part of the graduate degree program. A minimum of two (2) years of the supervision must be provided by a supervisor who is a licensed Professional Counselor. 

Apply for Licensure:

Eligible applicants must download the following documents from the Board’s Website at https://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/plbforms.asp?board=41

Professional Licensure Application

Contact Information:

All Mailings and Physical Address:  

The Georgia State Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217

Staff Phone Number: local: 478-207-2440 toll free: (844) 753-7825
Agency Fax:  866-888-7127

Website: Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Hawaii has one level of licensing: Mental Health Counselor (MHC). 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:

  • Social Security Number

Exams:

The National Counselor Examination (NCE)

Once your application is approved you are eligible to register for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) NCE examination. A registration form will be mailed to you. The NCE registration form and exam fee must be mailed back to NBCC for you to take the NCE examination. Please allow NBCC approximately up to 4 weeks processing time. You will be notified of the scheduling process by email and postcard once your examination registration is processed. Candidates must test within 6 months of notification by NBCC.

if you have already taken and passed the NCE examination, you will not be required to re-take the exam. Applicants must contact the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to have written documentation sent directly to our office.

Additional Requirements

  • Official transcripts sent directly to the board by the University
  • Complete the coursework form and attached a catalog description and syllabus for each course listed on the “Coursework Form”.
  • Practicum Verification Form. Have your supervisor complete Section two of this form to verify your practicum experience, then attach this form to your application. Your supervisor must sign this form before a notary public.
  • Post-graduate Verification Form. Have your supervisor complete this form.  Your supervisor must sign this form before a notary public.

Clinical Placement:

3,000 hours of post-graduate experience in the practice of mental health counseling with 100 hours of face-to-face clinical supervision completed in no less than two years and in no more than four years. Your supervisor must be a person who is licensed as a mental health counselor, psychologist, clinical social worker, advanced practice registered nurse with a specialty in mental health, physician with a specialty in psychiatry, or a marriage and family therapist during the entire supervised period. 

Apply for Licensure:

Review all instructions and submit the completed application and fees: Requirements and Instructions-Mental Health Counselor License Application

 Applications may be submitted online at https://mypvl.dcca.hawaii.gov (Free eHawaii account) or mailed to the address below.

Applicants have two years to complete the licensing process, including requests for additional documentation.

Contact Information:

Mail to

Mental Health Counselor Program

DCCA-PVL Licensing Branch

P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Physical Address:

PVL Licensing Branch

355 Merchant Street, Room 301

Honolulu, HI 96813

 

Email:
pvl@dcca.hawaii.gov

Telephone
(808) 586-3000

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

Website: Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing Mental Health Counselor Program

Email: pvl@dcca.hawaii.govcounselor@dcca.hawaii.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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Idaho has three levels of professional counselor licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and registered Counselor Intern (CI). Review the Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists site, for additional information, links and resources.  

Clearances:

  • A clear and readable color copy of a government-issued photo ID such as a passport, military ID, or valid driver’s license
  • Social Security Number
  • Criminal Conviction Disclosure Form (if applicable)

Exams:

Additional Requirements:

Clinical Placement:

1,000 hours of supervised practice in no less than two years. This can be completed during your practicum if you have 1,000 hours of real time supervised experience during the practicum. One hour of face-to-face supervision per ten hours of supervised experience logged if you earn these hours during a practicum. 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. Your supervisor must be approved by the Board.

Apply for Licensure:

All applicants must review the Idaho laws and rules prior to licensure.  The Board’s Laws and Rules may be downloaded at https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title54/T54CH34/ and https://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/24/241501.pdf

Eligible applicants should  send the completed Application for Clinical Professional Counselor License with fee to:

Contact Information:

Idaho Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists

Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses

Mail to:

11351 W. Chinden Blvd
Bldg. #6
Boise, ID 83714

(208) 334-3233 (phone)
(208) 334-3945 (fax)

e-mail: cou@ibol.idaho.gov

Website: https://apps.dopl.idaho.gov/DOPLPortal/BoardPage.aspx?Bureau=COU

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Illinois has two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).  Review the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Professional Counselor page for Licensure Links and Resources.

Review the Administrative Code

Clearances:

  • Personal History Information (completed in the application)
  • Child Support and Tax Information (completed in the application)

Exams:

For LPC licensure, take and pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE), or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

The NCMHCE exam is required for LCPC licensure. https://www.nbcc.org/Assets/StateLicensure/NCMHCE.pdf).

Candidates must register and apply with Continental Testing Services (CTS) and NBCC to take either exam. CTS Testing Instructions & Information

Additional Requirements:

  • Submit Official transcripts
  • Professional Counselor Academic Criteria (AC-PC form) - This form is completed by the applicant. A course description is required for every course listed on the AC-PC form(s). An applicant must provide a photocopy or printout of the official course description as it appears in the programs course catalog or university’s website. Candidates are encouraged to provide descriptions for the entire counseling program.
  • Verification of Employment/Experience (VE-LCPC form), signed by supervisor
  • If the board has questions about your qualifications, you may be asked to submit further materials or appear in an interview.

Clinical Placement: 

  • After receiving your LPC license, to become fully licensed as an LCPC you will need to work under qualified supervision for two years, or the equivalent. A year of experience includes a maximum of 1680 hours, including 960 hours of face-to-face direct counseling with clients completed in no less than 48 weeks.
  • If you complete your supervised experience in Illinois, your supervisor must be a licensed clinical counselor, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, or licensed clinical social worker. If you complete your practice elsewhere, the supervisor must have a master’s or doctoral degree, practice professional counseling, clinical social work, clinical psychology, or psychiatry, and hold any license that was required by that state.
  • Professional experience may be gained through volunteering when the volunteer holds a licensed professional counselor license. 

Apply for Licensure:

Submit your completed Professional Counselor Academic Criteria form, fee and official transcripts to:

Contact Information:

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

Phone:  800-560-6420 for assistance.
Website: https://www.idfpr.com/profs/ProfCounselor.asp

https://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/068/06801375sections.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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Counseling Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Indiana has two levels of licensing:  Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associates (LMHCA).  For additional information see the Mental Health Counselor information on the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency website.  

Clearances:

  • Criminal Background Check – to be completed once you are notified that your application is in the system
  • One (1) passport quality photograph
  • Mandatory disclosure of U.S. Social Security number
  • Notarized affidavit explaining any “yes” answer on the application

Exams:

To become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) you will need to take and pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE). Once your application is approved, you will receive information from the Board on how to register for the examination.

An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval.  If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid, and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. All questions and requests for information about the NCMHCE licensure examination should be directed to www.nbcc.org.

All applicants for licensure must take and pass the Jurisprudence Exam: Indiana Jurisprudence Examination

Additional Requirements:

  • Completed application form with fee – maybe submitted online by registering at Access Indiana or mailed paper form
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the university
  • Verification of Graduate Coursework (Form C)
  • Verification of Practicum (100 hours) – submitted to the Board directly by the university
  • Verification of Internship (600 hours) – submitted to the Board directly by the university
  • Verification of Advanced Internship (300 hours) – submitted to the Board directly by the university, included in the 700-hour total. MS/CCMH program Internship B meets the requirement for Advanced Internship.
  • Verification of Experience (3,000 hours in no less than 2 years) for LMHC
  • Verification of Supervision (100 hours face to face supervision) for LMHC

Clinical Placement:

To qualify for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) applicants must have at least three thousand (3,000) hours of post-graduate clinical experience over a two (2) year period. The clinical experience must consist of one hundred (100) hours of face-to-face supervision under the supervision of a licensed mental health counselor or an equivalent supervisor, as determined by the board. 

The verification of clinical experience and supervision forms must come directly to our office from the individual(s) verifying the clinical experience and supervision hours.  If you completed the required post-graduate supervision under more than one (1) supervisor, each supervisor would need to complete a verification of supervision form.

Apply for Licensure:

Eligible applicants may submit applications online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to the office.

Applicants must submit all requirements within one year after the date on which the application is filed.

Contact Information:

All Mailings and Physical Address:  

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Staff Phone Number: (317) 234-2054
Agency Fax: (317) 233-4236

Staff E-mail: pla8@pla.IN.gov
Website: www.pla.IN.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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Iowa has two levels of licensing: Temporary Mental Health Counselor (TMHC) and Permanent Mental health Counselor (PMC). Please review the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science, for additional information.

Clearances:

  • None listed

Exams:

You will need to pass either the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts - sent directly from the school to the Board.
  • An equivalency evaluation of the applicant’s educational credentials completed by Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).  Expect up to six weeks for the CCE review to be completed.
  • Apply for a temporary license. You may apply for a temporary license until you fulfill the supervised clinical experience required in the State of Iowa to apply for a permanent license. The temporary license is valid for three years and may be renewed at the discretion of the board.
  • 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, Attestation of Supervision form.  This form must be submitted to the board office within 30 days of completion of the supervised clinical experience.
  • National Exam scores sent directly to the Board

Clinical Placement:

  • To earn a permanent license, you will need to work under clinical supervision by a board approved supervisor for two years. You will need to complete 3,000 hours of mental health counseling with at least 1,500 hours of direct client contact and at least 200 hours of clinical supervision.
  • Your temporary license lasts three years but may be renewed at the board’s discretion.
  • Send your verification of completion of supervised hours within thirty days of the time you finish your supervised practice. (See the Iowa Board of Behavior Science, Approval and Attestation of Supervision Form.

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.

Apply for Licensure:

Online Licensure Services – to submit your application and fee

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

Website: http://www.idph.iowa.gov/licensure

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Kansas has two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). For additional information see the Professional Counselors and Statutes and Regulations on the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board website.  

Clearances:

  • Social Security Number
  • Merit of the Public Trust – questions on the application which may require explanation
  • Applicant’s Attestation

Exams:

  • The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) administers the National Counselor Examination (NCE) required for licensure. You will be notified by the board in writing if you are eligible to register and sit for the examination once your educational requirements have been reviewed. Arrange for the Board's receipt of the official test scores by requesting that the National Board of Certified Counselors send the scores directly to the Board.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts of graduate course work sent directly from the Registrar’s office to the board.
  • Three (3) completed Professional Reference Forms
  • The Graduate Practicum Review Form
  • The Academic Background Form
  • Completed application with fee

If you have met all the requirements for licensure except passage of the examination, you may request a temporary license. Your official transcript must be on file before a temporary license can be issued. 

Clinical Placement: 

Applicants must complete not less than two years of postgraduate supervised professional experience in accordance with a clinical supervision plan approved by the board of not less than 3,000 hours of supervised professional experience including at least 1,500 hours of direct client contact conducting psychotherapy and assessments with individuals, couples, families or groups and not less than 100 hours of face to face clinical supervision, including not less than 50 hours of individual supervision. Clinical supervision hours may be completed over televideo, rather than in-person.

Apply for Licensure:

The Kansas Behavioral Science Regulatory Board site contains all forms needed to apply for licensure along with requirements and fee information.  

Contact Information:

All Mailings and Physical Address:  

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Eisenhower State Office Building

700 S.W. Harrison St. Ste 420
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3817

Phone: (785) 296-3240
FAX: (785) 296-3112

Website:  www.ksbsrb.ks.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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Louisiana has two levels of licensing: Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Review the Louisiana Board of Examiners in Counseling Licensure page for links and resources.

Clearances:

Exams:

  • The National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) received by the Board directly from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts sent directly to the board from the university.
  • Completed application and fee
  • References from three individuals, one of whom provided direct clinical supervision in the graduate program practicum or internship
  • Identify a board approved supervisor and written proposal outlining the counseling duties (PLPC).  The plan must be approved by the board before beginning the supervised experience.
  • Documentation of Experience Form

Clinical placement:

An applicant for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) must complete at least 3000 hours of post-masters supervised experience in professional mental health under the clinical supervision of a Board-Approved Supervisor including a minimum of 1900 direct client contact hours, a minimum of 1000 indirect client contact hours and a minimum of 100 face-to-face supervision hours.

Post-masters supervised experience must be completed in no less than two years and no more than six years. 

Apply for Licensure:

Instructions for completing the online application are found on the Licensee Info page.  Application review dates are listed on the LPC Board calendar.

Contact Information:

Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners
11410 Lake Sherwood Ave. North, Suite A

Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Office: (225)295-8444
Fax: (225) 295-8448

Email: lpcboard@lpcboard.org

Website: https://www.lpcboard.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.

 

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix.  Maine has four levels of licensing: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Conditional LCPC, and Conditional LPC. Review the Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure page for links and resources.

Clearances:

Criminal History Check with fee

Exams:

Passing score on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or request to take the exam.  Full licensure as an LCP also requires the National Counselor Mental Health Clinical Examination (NCMHCE).

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts mailed directly from the university
  • A plan for supervision by an approved supervisor
  • A proposed disclosure statement
  • Application (for conditional licensure) and fee
  • Three letters of reference on board forms completed by professionals in the counseling field and within one year of the date of the application
  • Educational Requirements Worksheet with course descriptions and syllabi
  • Degree/Internship Form

For Full Licensure submit all the above and:

  • Completed Supervisor’s Affidavit Form
  • Certification of 55 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) completed during the conditional license period
  • Application (for full licensure) and fee

Clinical placement:

After receiving a conditional license, applicants are required to complete 2000 hours of supervised counseling experience over a period of not less than 2 years following attainment of the qualifying degree. The 2000 hours shall include a minimum of 1000 hours of direct counseling with individuals, couples, families or groups, and a minimum of 67 hours of supervision with the approved supervisor designated by the licensee. Supervision shall occur with substantial regularity throughout this period at the approximate rate of one hour of supervision per 30 hours of experience. Of the minimum 67 hours of supervision, at least 34 hours shall consist of individual supervision. The approved supervisor may participate by live audio conference or live videoconference in lieu of physical presence in up to 17 hours of individual supervision.

Contact Information:

Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035

Phone: (207) 624-8674
Fax: (207) 624-8637
TTY: call Maine relay 711

Email: counsel.board@maine.gov

Website: https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/board-of-counseling-professionals-licensure

This program is not offered in Maine, but it meets the educational requirements for licensure. 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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Maryland has two levels of licensing: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC). For additional information see the licensure requirements on the Maryland Department of Health website.  

Clearances:

  • Criminal Background Check – a copy of the receipt from the CHRC must be sent with the application
  • Background Questions on the application which may require additional explanation
  • Social Security Number

Exams:

The National Counselor Exam (NCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

You will be notified by the board of approval to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE). The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) will be notified of your eligibility, and you will be sent an examination registration form from the Board.

The Maryland Law Assessment

Results are valid for one year, and the Certificate of Completion should be mailed with your application.  To take the MLA use this Link.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts: Please have your college send your official transcript(s) directly to you in a sealed envelope. Send your sealed official transcript(s), the application, and the application fee to the Board in one packet. Please do not have the college or university mail the official transcript directly to the Board.
  • Recent photo (2”x2”).
  • Examination scores from the National Counselor Examination and Maryland Law Assessment
  • Three Professional Reference Assessments completed and returned to you in sealed envelopes and then included with your application
  • Clinical Supervision Clarification
  • Contract for Supervision
  • Notarized application form with fee
  • Professional Disclosure Statement

Clinical Placement:

For the LCPC:

Three years with a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience in professional counseling under an approved supervisor.  Two years shall be post-graduate clinical supervision hours.  One year may be acquired before the awarding of the master's degree.

For the LGPC:

The LGPC may practice graduate professional counseling for 2 years under the supervision of an approved supervisor.  Three months before the expiration of the license, an application for extension of the graduate license may be sent to the Board.

Apply for Licensure:

The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists requires all documentation must be original, on the forms currently in use by the Board and submitted as a complete application packet. Information and forms for both the Licensed Professional Counselors (LCPC) and Licensed Graduate Professional Counselors (LGPC)can be found on the Boards website under Professional Counselor Applications.

Contact Information:

All Mailings and Physical Address: 

BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS

Attn: Licensing Coordinator
4201 Patterson Avenue, Suite 316
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Website: www.dhmh.maryland.gov/bopc/

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix.  Massachusetts has one level of licensing: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  Review the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions page for links and resources.

Clearances:

  • Head and Shoulders photo of yourself
  • Notarized Criminal Offender Record

Exams:

Passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).  Exam scores expire after 5 years.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts mailed directly from the university
  • Completion of the online application and fees
  • Degree Experience and Education Form
  • Clinical Experience Form
  • Verification of board-approved training in domestic and sexual violence

Clinical placement:

Eligible applicants must complete, in no less than two and no more than eight years, a minimum of two years of full-time or equivalent part-time, post-Master's degree Supervised Clinical Field Experience and Direct Client Contact Experience.  Experience requirements must include 3,360 total hours; of which 960 Contact Hours are Direct Client Contact Experience and include a minimum of 610 Direct Client Contact Experience Contact Hours in individual, couples, or family counseling; and a maximum of 350 Direct Client Contact Experience Contact Hours which may be in group counseling.

Applicants must complete the following supervision hour requirements, including at least 130 total hours of supervision of which at least 75 hours must be in individual supervision with a minimum of one Supervisory Contact Hour of supervision for every 16 Contact hours of Direct Client Contact Experience.  A minimum of 75 Supervisory Contract Hours must be supervision by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor or an equivalently licensed mental health counselor.

Apply for Licensure:

Applications are only accepted through the ePlace portal.  Have all documents ready to upload prior to beginning the application.

Contact Information:

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA  02118

Phone: (617) 701-8683

E-mail: amh.board@mass.gov

Website: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-of-allied-mental-health-and-human-services-professions

This program is not offered in Massachusetts, but it meets the educational requirements for licensure. 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:

  • A fingerprint report and criminal background check are required
  • Good Moral Character Questions
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Social Security Number

Exams:  

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), you will need to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE), the National Clinical mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) or the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) exam. Certification of your examination scores must be submitted directly to the office from the examination agency. You may request score reports for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) from the National Board for Certified Counselors at http://www.nbcc.org/Exams/. You may request score reports for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) Examination from the CRCC at https://www.crccertification.com/. Scores from only one testing organization is required.

Additional Requirements:

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 (LLPC) 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. 

Apply for Licensure:  

Applications are submitted and tracked through the Michigan Professional Licensing User System (MiPLUS).  New applications can take up to 6-8 weeks. Information is provided HERE

Contact Information:

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

Phone:
(517) 241-0205
(517) 373-2179 (fax)

Website: Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Minnesota has two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). For additional information review the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy website.

Clearances:

  • Criminal Background Check – after submitting your application, the Criminal Background Check Program (CBCP) will send you an email with instructions
  • Submit a two-by-two photograph (i.e. Passport Quality Photo). The photo should show a front view of your head and shoulders. 
  • Background information questions on the application.  Any yes answers must be explained in detail in a separate signed statement by the applicant.

Exams:  

Minnesota will accept three different licensing exams for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Two exams are offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors. They are the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). The NCMHCE is required for LPCC level licensure. Also acceptable for LPC licensure is the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination (CRCE).

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

The LPCC requires the NCMHCE exam.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts of your graduate course work and have them sent directly from the university to the board office.
  • License Application completed and notarized with fee
  • Education Waiver (in the application)
  • 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 – if required
  • LPCC Supervision Contract (LPCC application only)

Clinical Placement:

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, you must be supervised for your first 2,000 hours of practice. 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 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 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.

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 required sections. Some sections must be filled out by all applicants, regardless of status.  Applications are mailed to the Board office.

Contact Information:

Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy

335 Randolph Avenue, Suite 290, St. Paul, MN 55102. (612) 548-2177 (tel.)
(612) 617-2187 (fax)

Email: bbht.board@state.mn.us

Minnesota Statutes

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health degree (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Mississippi has two levels of licensing: Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (P-LPC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) For additional information see the licensure requirements on  the Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors site.

Clearances:

Background Check

  • Submit a request and fee for Fingerprint Card from the Mississippi Criminal Information Center (MCIC) through your Applicant Profile.  Instructions will be provided on the card.
  • Submit the Fingerprint Card directly to MCIC. 

Exams:  

To become a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (P-LPC) you will need to pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).  Applicants may register and take the NCE directly through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Mississippi Board approval is not required.

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) you will need to pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE). Once supervision experience requirements are completed, the Board will review your application and provide approval to take the exam.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts sent directly to the Board
  • Set up an Applicant Profile
  • Secure a Supervisor (LPC-S) and access the Supervisory Agreement in your profile.
  • For LPC candidates, an Application Packet is provided for reference only.  All items required are submitted through the online process including verification of coursework, verification of supervised experiences, and personal history questions.

Clinical Placement:

For full licensure an applicant must document the following supervised experience requirements prior to applying for licensure.

  • Three thousand (3,000) supervised hours in not less than eighteen (18) months of counseling in a clinical setting post master’s degree comprised of the following:
    • A maximum of forty (40) supervised hours may be obtained per workweek.
    • A maximum of twenty-five (25) hours of direct service may be obtained per work week.
    • A minimum of one thousand two hundred (1,200) supervised hours must be in Direct Services with clients and/or psychotherapy service to clients. Direct Services are only face-to-face counseling including individual counseling, couples/family counseling, group counseling, and testing and assessment.
    • One hundred (100) hours of individual face-to-face supervision are required. The Board will accept supervision hours meeting the following maximum ratios: one (1) supervision hour to forty (40) hours of services provided OR one (1) hour of supervision to twenty-five (25) hours of Direct Services. In a typical 40-hour workweek, a maximum of twenty-five (25) hours of Direct Services will be accepted. For persons working part-time, supervision should occur no less frequently than every other week.
    • Group supervision will be acceptable for not more than fifty (50) hours of the required one hundred (100) hours of individual supervision. Two (2) hours of group supervision is equivalent to one (1) hour of individual supervision. Total hours of group supervision should be reported in full and will then be divided by two (2) by the Board at review.
  • The supervisor must be a Board approved qualified supervisor (LPC-S).  

Apply for Licensure:  

The P-LPC application is active for one year.  If the application process is not completed within 365 days, the application will become void.

The Board has provided a PowerPoint with directions for the Application Process HERE

Contact Information:

Written correspondence may be addressed to:

Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors

239 North Lamar Street

Suite 402

Jackson, MS 39201

Phone: 1-601-359-1010.

Email: info@lpc.ms.gov

Website: https://www.lpc.ms.gov/wplpc/

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Missouri has two levels of licensure: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC).  For additional information see the licensure requirements on the Committee for Professional Counselors website.   

Clearances:

  • A fingerprint report and criminal background check are required.  A second background check will be needed for full LPC licensure if you apply beyond 2 years.
  • Social Security Number
  • Applicant History questions with yes answers explained and attached to the application

Exams:

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC), you will need a passing score on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

The NCE can be taken any time after the master’s degree is awarded and does not require Committee approval.

Missouri Professional Counselors Jurisprudence Exam.  Information about the exam can be found HERE.  Your score will be posted to your MyNBCE account and provided to the Board.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts of your graduate course work.
  • Qualified Supervisor(s) retained
  • Completed application with fee and applicant and supervisor signature

Clinical Placement:

An LPC applicant must have completed 3,000 hours and 24 months of supervised experience with five years to complete the hours and months. Only a licensed professional counselor, licensed psychologist, or licensed psychiatrist can provide supervision for licensure. A licensed clinical social worker cannot provide supervision for licensure.

During the period of supervised experience, the applicant must complete at least 1,200 hours of direct client contact. Direct client contact is defined as face-to-face counseling with an individual or group.

Finally, the applicant must provide counseling or perform counseling related duties at least 15 hours per week during the period of supervised counseling experience and 1 hour per week face to face supervision with at least two weeks individual supervision. The supervisor and PLPC are responsible for keeping track of the one hour per week face-to-face meetings required for the supervised experience. The applicant must remain under supervision until permanently licensed.

Apply for Licensure: 

Eligibility for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) application forms and instructions can be found on the Committee for Professional Counselors website

All sections of the application for licensure form must be completed, unless otherwise noted. Failure to complete the application or include the application fee will result in a delay in reviewing the application.

Contact Information:

Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors
3605 Missouri Boulevard
Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335

573.751.0293 Telephone 

800.735.2966 TTY 

800.735.2466 Voice Relay 

Email: profcounselor@pr.mo.gov

Website: https://pr.mo.gov/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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Montana has two levels of licensing: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Licensed Clinical Professional Candidate (LCPC-C) Review the Montana Board of Behavioral Health Licensure page for links and resources.

Clearances:

Exams:

  • Pass either the National Counselor Exam (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).  Score is sent directly to the department.

Additional Requirements:

Clinical placement:

An applicant for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) 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.
  • 1,500 hours must be in direct client contact.
  • Supervisors must hold a current valid license in any state as a professional counselor, social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist. In addition, supervisors must have 3-years post licensure experience in a clinical setting OR training in clinical supervision. Training must be board approved and a minimum 20 hour in-person training or 1 semester credit (15 hours) post degree graduate level education.

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

Apply for Licensure:

Full licensure as an LPC can be completed using the online Application in the Citizen Portal.  Submit all documentation and fee with a valid e-mail address.

Contact Information:

Montana Board of Behavioral Health

301 S. Park, 4th Floor

P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620 -0512

Phone: 406 444-6880

Email:  dlibsdswp@mt.gov

Website:  Montana Board of Behavioral 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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Nebraska has three levels of licensing: Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Counselor (PLMHP), Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) and Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP). An individual who is licensed or qualified to be licensed as an IMHP or MHP may apply for an associated certification as a certified professional counselor (CPC).  For additional information see the Mental Health and Social Work Practice website.

Clearances:

  • Proof of Citizenship – photocopy of Passport, Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, or other documents showing U.S. citizenship
  • Note: Documents other than those for U.S. Citizenship are verified by the office through the Department of Homeland Security.  The process may take up to 30 days.
  • Conviction information (if applicable)
  • Social Security Number

Exams:

To become a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP), you must pass either the National Counselor Exam (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE). administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) NBCC.org

Submit the completed examination application to the office to receive a letter of authorization with instructions to register.  Test scores are automatically forward to the office.

Additional Requirements:

Clinical Placement:

You must apply for a provisional license before starting work to complete 3,000 hours of supervised experience in mental health practice with a qualified supervisor in Nebraska required for the Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) license.  The 3,000 hours of supervised experience in mental health practice must be earned after receipt of the master's degree and during the 5 years immediately preceding the application for the LMHP license.

Apply for Licensure:

Eligible applicants must download the documents from the Board’s Website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Mental-Health-and-Social-Work-Practice.aspx

Use the License Lookup site to check on the status of your application. 

Contact Information:

Nebraska Office of Behavioral Health & Consumer Services
DHHS Licensure Unit
Attn: Mental Health
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Phone: (402) 471-2117

Email: DHHS.Licensure2117@nebraska.gov
Website: Mental Health and Social Work Practice

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling degree from the Counseling Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) program at University of Phoenix. Nevada has two levels of licensing: Clinical Professional Counselor (CPC) and Clinical Professional Counselor – Intern (CPC - Intern) 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:

  • Fingerprint Background Check and fee

Exams:

An applicant for Clinical Professional Counselor Intern (CPC-Intern) will be eligible to sit for the NBCC National Clinical Mental Health Counselors Exam (NCMHCE) Exam after passing the Academic Review and before the end of their internship. Passing scores are required before licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor (CPC).

To apply to sit for the National exam, the eligible applicant must submit the appropriate Request Form: CPC Testing Request Form

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts - these must be in sealed envelopes or electronic sent directly from the institution.
  • Submit application with fee.
  • Submit Practicum Internship Report from University Supervisor
  • Once your application is received it will be processed in 10-15 business days. Once processed you will receive written correspondence via email of what has been received and still needs to be received. You will also receive a list of Board Approved Supervisors at that time.
  • Secure a Primary Supervisor and submit the completed Internship Proposal and Primary Supervisor Contract
  • Secure a Secondary Supervisor and submit completed secondary supervisor form – if needed
  • When all items are received, the Board will conduct and Academic Review of coursework and the application.  The Board will contact you regarding your file status.
  • A CPC Six-Month Internship Report is submitted by March 15th and September 15th of each year during the internship.
  • A CPC Final Internship Report is submitted at the end of the clinical placement

Clinical placement:

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

  • At least 2 years of postgraduate experience in professional counseling.
  • At least 3,000 hours of supervised experience in professional counseling which includes, without limitation: 1.) At least 1,500 hours of direct contact with clients; and 2.) At least 300 hours of counseling under the direct supervision of an approved supervisor of which at least 1 hour per week was completed for each work setting at which the applicant provided counseling 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. Note: Up to 500 direct hours from graduate clinical work may be applied toward the 1500 required direct contact with clients.

Apply for Licensure:

After all documents and 3,000 hours of supervised post-graduate experience are completed, and after the required examinations have been passed, apply for licensure as a CPC. Create your online application account in Certemy to complete applications for the CPC-Intern and CPC.

Contact Information:

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

7324 West Cheyenne Ave Suite #10
Las Vegas NV 89129

Phone: 702/486-7388

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. New Jersey Professional Counselor Examiners Committee has two levels of licensing:  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC).  For additional information see the licensure requirements on the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs website under Professional Counselor Examiners Committee.  

Clearances:

  • Criminal History Background Check
  • Passport-style photograph of your face and shoulders. Sign your full name and print your first and last name on the reverse side of the photograph in case it becomes detached from your application.
  • Notarized application

Exams:

The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is required to become a licensed Professional Counselor. If you have not taken the NCE through your university, you will check off the box on the application that indicates that you are applying for the Committee's permission to sit for the exam.  Upon receipt of the exam approval letter, you may register for the exam.

Additional Requirements:

  • Create a MyLicense Online account to submit your application and fee
  • Official transcripts of your graduate course work sent directly from the registrar to the board
  • Course descriptions and syllabi.
  • Have your qualified supervisor submit the Proposed Plan of Supervised Counseling Experience for approval
  • To show proof of practicum/internship completion, the applicant's college/university should forward directly to the Committee a letter on its official letterhead indicating the hours the applicant has completed as part of his or her master's degree program.
  • Have your supervisor submit the Documentation of Supervised Counseling Experience

Clinical Placement:

  • Two calendar years which includes 3,000 hours of supervised clinical counseling experience and 100 hours of face-to-face supervision following licensure as an associate counselor.
  • An applicant for licensure may take up to a maximum of six years to satisfy the supervised professional counseling experience requirement.

Apply for Licensure:  

Eligible candidates can submit applications using MyLicense. If you are unable to register online, contact the Division of Consumer Affairs via telephone:

For calls from within New Jersey call 1-888-656-6225 (Option 3)
Outside of New Jersey call 1-973-424-8150 (Option 3).

Contact Information:

Mailing address:
New Jersey Professional Counselor Examiners Committee
P.O. Box 45044
Newark, New Jersey 07101

Website:  http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/pc/Pages/default.aspx

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH at University of Phoenix.  New Mexico has two levels of licensing:  Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC). For additional information see the licensure requirements on the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board website.

Clearances:

  • Notarized application including legal/disciplinary questions
  • Current Color Photo; 2x2 in. (Passport Quality, no paper copies)

Exams:

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

Additional Requirements:

Clinical Placement:

You will need to complete 3,000 hours of supervised practice over a period of at least two years. with 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.  One thousand (1,000) clinical client contact hours may be from the applicant's internship or practicum.

Apply for Licensure:  

Based on the requirements listed above you can submit an application for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (transition license prior to completing post-graduate supervision) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

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

Phone: (505) 476-4622

Fax: 505 475-4645

Website: New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board

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 apply for  licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. New York has one level of licensing: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)    For additional information see the Licensure Requirements on the New York Office of Professions website.  

Clearances:

  • Social Security Number
  • Information about any criminal or professional disciplinary action

Exams:

The National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) is required for licensure.  After submitting your application, transcripts and Certificate of Professional Education, your will receive notification from the department that you have satisfied the exam eligibility requirements.  Register directly with NBCC once you have been notified of eligibility.

Additional Requirements:

Clinical Placement:

To meet the experience requirement for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor, you must submit documentation of completion of a supervised experience of at least 3,000 clock hours providing Mental Health Counseling in a setting acceptable to the Department. The supervised experience must be obtained after completion of the master’s degree program required for licensure.

Not less than 1,500 clock hours of such required experience must consist of direct contact with clients. The remaining experience may consist of other activities that do not involve direct client contact, including but not limited to, recordkeeping, case management, research, supervision, and professional development.

When an applicant completes less than 3,000 hours in a setting, at least one-half of the hours must be direct; the remainder may be indirect. It is not acceptable to complete direct and indirect activities in different settings under different supervisors and attempt to combine these hours to meet the experience requirement.

Experience for licensure must be completed in a legal manner, under a qualified supervisor in a setting that is authorized to provide professional services. Your supervisor must be licensed and registered in New York State to practice Mental Health Counseling, medicine, as a physician assistant, psychology, licensed clinical social work, or as a registered professional nurse or nurse practitioner and competent in the practice of Mental Health Counseling or must have the equivalent qualifications as determined by the Department for experience completed in another jurisdiction. In New York State, the experience must be under a limited permit issued by the Department for a specific setting under a qualified supervisor (see below). Experience in other jurisdictions will be evaluated to determine if the equivalent requirements have been satisfied in a legal manner.

Apply for Licensure:

Links and instructions to all application forms and requirements, including the  Applicant Checklist  can be found HERE.

Contact Information:

Electronic submissions should be sent to:

DPLSEduc@nysed.gov

Detailed Contact Information, including license application status,  is available HERE

Phone: 518/474-3817, 1 then ext. 570

Website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mhclic.htm

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. North Dakota has three levels of licensing: Licensed Associated Professional Counselor (LAPC),  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). For additional information see the licensure requirements at North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners.

Clearances:

  • Complete a Notarized Affidavit within the application
  • Social Security Number
  • Criminal History Record Check – information sent once application is received

Exams:  

The National Counselor Exam (NCE) administered by the NBCC. Once the application and original transcript are received, the board will review for approval to test.  LPCC licensure requires the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) administered by NBCC.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts  sent directly to the board
  • LAPC Application with fee – initial licensure prior to post-graduated supervision
  • LPC Application with fee – once supervision is complete
  • Verification of Practicum/Internship – the application requires letter from program director or clinical supervisor indicating actual hours
  • Plan of Supervision Formattached to application
  • Three professional recommendations mailed directly to the Board (Practicum/Internship Supervisor, Degree Program Advisor, Additional Counselor Educator)
  • Statement of Intent to Practice (LAPC)
  • Supervision Report Form and logs (for advancement to LPC)
  • LPCC Application with fee – requires passing score on NCMHCE

Apply for Licensure: 

Applicants applying for LAPC or LPC in the state of North Dakota must download the LAPC application. The requirements for each license are listed in categories specific to the license. Send completed application to the mailing address listed in Contact Information.

Contact Information:

Mailing address:

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

Phone: 701 667-5969

e-mail: ndbce@btinet.net

website: www.ndbce.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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) degree at University of Phoenix. Ohio has two levels of licensing:  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).  For additional information see the licensure information and requirements on the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board website.  Note:  Students enrolled in a practicum or internship in Ohio prior to receiving their degree may be eligible to apply for Counselor Trainee (CT) status. Visit CT License Instructions for information.

Clearances:

Exams:

  • The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is required for LPC Licensure.  The exam eligibility letter will be mailed to you once your application is received and coursework is approved.  Eligibility is valid for six months.  Passing results may be e-mailed to counseling@cswb.ohio.gov.
  • The Ohio Laws and Rules Exam has been replaced by the Laws & Rules Video.  Attestation is required after viewing.
  • The National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) is required for LPCC licensure.  Submitting your application will generate an eligibility letter valid for six months. Passing results may be e-mailed to counseling@cswb.ohio.gov.

Additional Requirements:

Clinical Placement:

After becoming an LPC, you may begin the process to upgrade your license to the LPCC.  You will need to complete a minimum of 24 months and 3000 hours of post-LPC supervised experience including 150 hours of training supervision with an LPCC-S. 50% of your time must be spent in clinical counseling services under the supervision of a LPCC-S.  A Counselor Trainee may begin accruing hours at certain agencies and placement sites as a condition of acceptance for a practicum or internship once all required documentation has been approved and you have CT status.

Apply for Licensure:  

Eligible candidates submit applications and fees at the eLicense Portal

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) program at University of Phoenix.  Oklahoma has one level of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oklahoma, see the licensure requirements on the State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure (BBHL) website.

Clearances:

Exams:

The National Counselor Examination (NCE), administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Request the passing score be uploaded to the Oklahoma NCE portal.

In addition, you will need to take and pass the Oklahoma Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Exam (OLERE).

Additional Requirements:

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 client contact hours. Face-to-face supervision must be 45 minutes for every 20 hours of experience.
  • 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:

Applications are submitted through the Applicant Portal.  Some forms will need to be mailed or e-mailed until the online process is fully operating.  Check directions for each form.

Contact Information:

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

Email: Info.BehavioralHealth@bbhl.ok.gov

Website: https://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) program at University of Phoenix. Oregon has two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Associate.  For additional information see the licensure requirements on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.  

Clearances:

  • A criminal background check and fingerprinting.  See Instructions

Exams:

You will need to pass two tests: a licensing exam and the Oregon Law and Rules exam. Click Here to see the laws and rules in full detail.

A licensed professional counselor (LPC) applicant must pass one of the following exams to qualify for licensure:

  1. National Counselor Examination (NCE);
  2. National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE); or
  3. Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination (CRC).

You are eligible to request to take the exam once you have been notified by the Board that your application has been approved using the. Request Form.

  • Oregon Law & Rules Examination – taken after your application is approved.  When you are eligible, you will receive instructions and a link to take the online exam.  You must take the exam within 30 days of receiving the instructions and link.

Additional Requirements:

Clinical Placement:

  • A minimum of 36 months of supervised experience, including at least 2,400 hours of supervised direct client contact.
  • Up to 400 direct client contact hours accrued in your degree program may be counted toward the supervised experience.
  • You will need at least two hours of supervision each month; 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. Both in-person and live, synchronous, confidential electronic supervision are acceptable.
  • Report clinical hours and supervision hours to the board every six months. 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:

Follow the instructions for applying at  Apply for a License .  New applicants will use the Applicant Portal.  Certain documents are emailed to lpct.board@mhra.oregon.gov or mailed to the Board Office.  When you have successfully completed and documented the experience requirements as a registered associate, you will receive an email with instructions for submitting the LPC application.

Contact Information:


Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists
3218 Pringle Road SE, Suite 120
Salem, OR 97302-6312

Phone: 503-378-5499

e-mail: lpct.board@oregon.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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Pennsylvania has one license: Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC).  For additional information see the  State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors website.  

Clearances:

  • Criminal History Record Check (from every state in which you have resided for the past 10 years
  • Databank Report: Provide a Self-Query from the National Practitioner Data Bank which is valid for 6 months from the date of issuance

Exams:

  • The National Counselor Examination (NCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC).  Request your passing score be sent directly to the Board.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts sent directly from the registrar’s office to the board by mail.
  • Create an account in PALS - https://www.pals.pa.gov/#/page/register
  • Submit application fee with PALS
  • Verification of supervised clinical experience.
  • Resume/CV
  • All persons applying for issuance of an initial license shall be required to complete 3 hours of DHS-approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of licensure. A list of DHS approved providers can be found HERE
  • A Checklist of requirements with instructions is HERE

Clinical Placement:

Applicants must have complete 3000 hours of post-master’s supervised clinical experience in no less than 2 years and no more than 6 years. 1500 hours shall be supervised by a board approved supervisor.  Supervised work activity may take place in a single setting for at least 30 hours per week, but no more than 40 hours per week during a 3-month period OR at least 15 hours per week for a period of at least 6 months.  Supervisees must meet with their supervisors for a minimum of 2 hours for every 40 hours of supervised clinical experience.  At total of 150 hours of supervision is required (at least 75 individual and the other 75 may be group)

Contact Information:

Mailing address:
STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS
AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS

P.O. BOX 2649
HARRISBURG, PA 17105-2649

Phone: (717) 783-1389
Fax: (717) 787-7769

Email: st-socialwork@pa.govreserved for receipt of documentation

General Questions: Create a Ticket

Website: www.dos.pa.gov/social

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Rhode Island has one level of licensing: Licensed Clinical Mental Health (LCMHC)C Counselor has.  For additional information see the Professional Licensing Requirements on the State of Rhode Island Department of Health website.  

Clearances:

  • Social Security Number
  • Affidavit including disciplinary and criminal conviction questions (within the application)

Exams:

The National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) is required for licensure. Upon receipt of you completed license application, HEALTH will register you with NBCC for the next scheduled exam.  You will receive notification of exam admittance, location, and directions from NBCC approximately ten days prior to the exam date.  Results are sent to HEALTH in approximately six weeks, and then released to you by HEALTH.

Additional Requirements:

  • Completed Application with Cover Page and Fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement(s) of Supervised Practice (including supervisor’s resume).  This form is in the application
  • Core Curriculum Coursework Requirement Form.  This form is in the application

Clinical Placement:

A minimum of two (2) years of relevant post-graduate experience, including at least two thousand (2,000) hours of direct client contact offering clinical or counseling or therapy services with emphasis in mental health counseling subsequent to being awarded a Master's degree, A minimum of one hundred (100) hours of post-degree supervised case work spread over a two (2) year period; provided, that the supervision was provided by a person who at the time of rendering the supervision was recognized by the board as an approved supervisor.

Apply for Licensure:

Submit a completed Application for license to practice as a Mental Health Counselor to: the address in the Contact Information.

Contact Information:

Rhode Island Board of Mental Health Counselors and
Marriage & Family Therapists, Room 104
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097

Phone: (401) 222-2828
Email: doh.elicense@health.ri.gov
Website: http://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=228

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) program at University of Phoenix. South Carolina has two levels of licensing Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and  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:

  • Affidavit of Eligibility – Verification of Lawful Presence in the U.S. (notarized)
  • Personal History Information – Questions on Application

Exams:

All licensure candidates must take and pass either the National Counselor Examination (NCE) for Licensure and Certification or National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). Once your educational experience has been approved, you will be sent a letter with examination registration information . Allow four to six weeks for NBCC to send CCE the official exam score reports.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official Transcripts from all graduate institutions must be provided to verify the coursework/practicum/internship information that is entered on the application. South Carolina will accept a sealed official transcript included with the application packet. Transcripts mailed from the registrar’s office should be sent to:

    CCE-SC Review 3 Terrace Way
    Greensboro, NC 27403
     
  • Coursework Requirements Verification and coursework descriptions photocopied from the catalogue for the year in which the courses were taken must be submitted with the application or sent to CCE by the university. Course descriptions must be submitted for all 10 core courses in addition to the descriptions for the practicum/internship. A syllabus is also acceptable.
  • Application for LPCA with fee
  • Practicum Internship Verification
  • Plan and arrangements for clinical supervision of post-master’s clinical experience in counseling.
  • Professional Disclosure Statement - LPC
  • Confirmation of Clinical Supervision - LPC

Clinical Placement:

A minimum of one thousand five hundred (1500) hours of post-master’s clinical experience and post master’s clinical supervision in the practice of professional counseling performed over a period of not fewer than two (2) years. Of the one thousand five hundred (1500) hours, there must be a minimum of one thousand three hundred eighty (1,380) hours of documented direct client contact and a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) hours of documented immediate supervision by a licensed professional counselor supervisor or other qualified licensed mental health practitioner approved by the Board.

At least one hundred (100) hours of the supervision hours must be individual, and the remaining twenty (20) hours may be individual/triadic or group. Distance supervision via HIPAA-compliant software for up to 30 hours (group or individual) is allowed. The board must have a supervision contract on file with the supervisor that signs off on your hours or they will not count.

Apply for Licensure: 

Send your initial application with all documentation to the CCE. 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.

You are allowed three years from the date CCE receives your initial application to complete all requirements and obtain licensure.

Contact Information:

All Mailings and Physical Address: 

 
SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists

Synergy Business Park
Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, S.C. 29210

Board Email:    Contact.Counselor@llr.sc.gov

Board Phone:  (803) 896-4658

Website: https://llr.sc.gov/cou/

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at 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:

  • Quality color photograph (i.e. passport photo)
  • Legal Questionnaire – on the application

Exams:  

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), you will need to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE). To become a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH), you will need to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).

Registration for the NCE is through the Center for Credentialing & Education.  The passing score is required prior to approval your Plan of Supervision.

Request that your scores for the NCE or NCMHCE be sent to the Board.

Additional Requirements:

Clinical Placement:

 At least 2,000 hours of post-graduate counseling experience completed within five years of the first plan of supervision approval date, of which at least 1000 hours are direct client contact and the remainder is counseling-related activities such as case notes, research, consulting, or counseling continuing education.  A minimum of one hour of supervision per week for each week worked for a total of at least 100 hours.   No more than 400 hours of direct client contact may be provided by electronic means.

Apply for Licensure:  

When you are eligible, mail your application and fee to the South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists.

Contact Information:

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

 P.O. Box 340

11351 N. Harrison Ave.
 Pierre, SD 57501-0340

 Phone:(605) 224-1721

Website: https://dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/counselors/counselors.aspx

Email:  SDBCE@midwestsolutionssd.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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Tennessee has two levels of licensing:  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP). For additional information visit:  Tennessee Department of Health -Board for Licensed Professional Counselors.

Clearances:

  • Passport-style photograph taken within the last twelve months.
  • Notarized Declaration of Citizenship form
  • Criminal Background Check (CBC), including fingerprinting
  • Certified copy of birth certificate.
  • Social Security Number
  • Competency Information Questions and signed affidavit

Exams:

  • The National Counselor Examination (NCE)
  • Tennessee Jurisprudence examination administered by the NBCC.
  • National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) is required for licensure as a Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP). 

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts sent directly from the registrar to the to the Board.
  • Course Work Summary worksheet.
  • Notarized Application and State Regulatory Fees payable to the Board for LPC/MFT/CPT.
  • Two letters of recommendation from Licensed Mental Health Professionals.
  • Verification of supervised post-masters experience

Clinical Placement:

Applicants for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) complete at least 2 years of professional experience that consists of 1000 hours of face-to-face professional counseling work with at least 50 hours of consultation with an approved supervisor each year.

Applicants for Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Services Provider (LPC-MHSP) designation complete three thousand (3000) hours of supervised post-masters professional experience, including one hundred and fifty (150) contact hours of supervision. One thousand and five hundred (1500) of the three thousand (3000) hours of supervised post-masters professional experience shall be face-to-face client contact hours. One thousand and five hundred (1500) of the three thousand (3000) hours of supervised post-masters professional experience shall be clinically related activities.

Apply for Licensure:

Submit all documents and fees required to the mailing address below:

Contact Information:

Mailings Address:  

Tennessee Board for Professional Counselors, Marital & Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243

(615)741-5735 or  (800) 778-4123

Email: unit1hrb.health@tn.gov
Website: https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/pcmft-board.html

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Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Texas has two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  For additional information visit the  Texas Behavioral Health Council - State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

Clearances:

  • Self-query report from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) in a sealed envelope
  • Fingerprinting – instructions sent once application is received

Exams:  

  • The National Counselor Exam (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor’s Exam (NCMHCE)
  • Texas Jurisprudence Exam for Professional Counselors

Additional Requirements:

  • Completed Online Application with fees – you will set up your account HERE
  • Supervisory agreement form signed by you and your supervisor
  • Official transcripts mailed to the council directly from the university or electronically emailed to transcripts@bhec.texas.gov
  • Practicum/graduate intern documentation form
  • Verification of postgraduate supervision

Clinical Placement:

3,000 hours under a board-approved supervisor with at least 1,500 hours direct client contact in no less than 18 months.

Experience hours earned via counseling by technological means of communication may count for no more than 10% of the total supervised experience hours. Only actual time spent counseling may be counted.

The LPC Associate must receive direct supervision consisting of a minimum of four (4) hours per month of supervision in individual (up to two Associates) or group (three or more) settings while the Associate is engaged in counseling unless an extended leave of one month or more is approved in writing by the board approved supervisor. No more than 50% of the total hours of supervision may be received in group supervision.

Apply for Licensure: 

Online application submission is required for Licensed Professional Counselor – Associate, and to upgrade to Licensed Professional Counselor.  Have all required forms completed and scanned to be attached to your electronic application.

Contact Information:

Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council

333 Guadalupe St. Tower 3, Room 900

Austin, TX 78701

e-mail: lpc@hhsc.state.tx.us

Website: https://www.bhec.texas.gov/texas-state-board-of-examiners-of-professional-counselors/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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling, Counseling Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Utah has two levels of licensing: Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) and Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (ACMHC) For additional information visit the Clinical Mental Health Counselor page on the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing site.

Clearances:

  • Driver License Number or State ID Card or valid government issued documentation of lawful presence in the United States
  • Complete a Qualifying Questionnaire  which includes questions about your legal and professional background. “Yes” answers will require additional documentation or explanation. The application requires a signed affidavit.

Exams:

To become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC), you will need to take and pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCHMCE) and the National Counselor Examination (NCE).

Additional Requirements:

  • Submit the completed application and fees.  Utah now has an online application system for license registration and renewal.  Set up your account HERE.  You may also submit a paper application with fee to the address in the contact information.

Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (ACMHC):

  • 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
  • Submit Course descriptions or syllabus for each course in the program. 
  • Submit  Educational Course Requirements Form

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC):

  • 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 hours.)
  • Evidence of at least 2 hours of Suicide Prevention Training/Coursework

Clinical placement:

To qualify for an LCMHC license, an applicant must have completed 4,000 hours of supervised practice as an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor within two years. At least 1,000 of the 4000 hours must be in mental health therapy, at least 100 hours under the direct supervision of a licensed mental health therapist. 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  You will need to have your supervision verified before you can get your professional license.

Apply for Licensure:

Eligible applicants may apply for initial licensure using the online registration system or by using the paper forms provided on the website.

Contact Information:

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

Phone: 801/530-7632

CONTACT: doplweb@utah.gov

WEBSITE:  https://dopl.utah.gov/cmhc/

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Vermont has one level of licensing: Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) For additional information visit  Vermont Office of Professional Regulation - Allied Mental Health.

Clearances:

Exams:

Vermont requires applicants to pass both the National Counselors Exam (NCE), and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE)

Once your application has been approved by the Board you will be sent information on how to apply for the exams. 

Additional Requirements:

  • Submit the completed application and fee. Register and create an online account HERE. Paper applications are no longer accepted.
  • Official transcripts  sent directly from the registrar to the board
  • Complete the Education and Coursework Requirements worksheet and include course descriptions and/or syllabi for all course work appearing on the transcript
  • Register on the roster of non-licensed non-certified psychotherapists before beginning supervised practice – supervision hours will not be accepted if you are not on the roster
  • Supervision Report completed by your supervisor
  • Verification of Supervisor Licensure (not required if supervisor in licensed in Vermont)

Clinical Placement:

3000 hours of post Master’s supervised clinical experience (a minimum of 2 years), including:

  • At least 2000 hours of direct service work; the remainder may be indirect service
  • 100 hours of supervision from someone licensed at least 3 years (1 hour of supervision for every 30 hours of practice)
  • A minimum of 50 hours of individual supervision and no more than 50 hours of group supervision (with no more than 6 supervisees in the group); and face-to-face supervision.
  • Your supervisor must be licensed and in good standing as a psychiatrist, psychologist, independent clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, psychiatric nurse practitioners or a clinical mental health counselor and must have been licensed for at least 3 years when the supervision commenced.

Apply for Licensure:

Apply online through the State of Vermont’s eLicense system.  Follow directions for uploading and/or attaching documents.

Contact Information:

Physical Address:  

Vermont Secretary of State
Office of Professional Regulation
89 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Montpelier VT 05620-3402

Phone: 802/828-2390

Contact Form: https://sos.vermont.gov/opr/about-opr/contact-us/

Website: https://sos.vermont.gov/allied-mental-health/

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Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Virginia has two levels of licensing: Licensed Resident in Counseling and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  For more information visit Virginia Department of Health Professions - Board of Counseling

Clearances:

  • Ethics and criminal conviction questions in the application
  • National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-query

Exams:

To become licensed as an LPC, you must pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counselors Examination (NCMHCE).  A licensed resident can take the exam at any point during the residency without Board pre-approval.  Score must be received directly from the NBCC. You must pass the exam within 6 years from the date of the initial issuance of the resident license.

Additional Requirements:

  • Completed application and fee
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the university
  • Verification of Required Coursework and Internship – subject to Board review and approval
  • Verification of Degree and Internship
  • Apply for Temporary License as a Resident in Counseling (Registration of Supervision) prior to beginning supervised experience
  • Locate an approved supervisor in the Supervisor Registry
  • Submit quarterly evaluation forms (completed and submitted by the supervisor)
  • Supervision Summary Form
  • Verification of Supervision (completed by supervisor and notarized)

Clinical Placement:

A 3,400-hour supervised residency in counseling practice with various populations, clinical problems, and theoretical approaches, including 2,000 hours of in-person, face-to-face client contact documented within this 3,400-hour residency.

A minimum of 200 hours of supervisory sessions, occurring at a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 4 hours of supervision per 40 hours of work experience, during the period of the residency

Group supervision hours are equivalent to individual supervision hours, however, only half of the 200 required hours may be obtained in group supervision. 100 hours of the 200 required hours must be obtained under board-approved supervision with a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Applicants must complete residency in no less than 21 months and no more than four years.

Apply for Licensure:

You may apply as a Resident in Counseling using the online system by following the directions in the Online Application Handbook and when eligible referring to the information in the LPC Licensure Process Handbook.

Contact Information:

Mailings and Physical Address: 

Virginia Board of Counseling
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463

Phone:(804) 367-4610

Email: coun@dhp.virginia.gov
Website: www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Washington has two levels of licensing:   Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHC-A).  For additional information visit Washington State Department of Health - Mental Health Counselor.

Clearances:

  • Fingerprint Background check
  • Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number provided on application
  • Personal Data Questions on the application to be assessed by the Board

Exams:

The National Counselor Exam (NCE) or The National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) administered by the NBCC. Register to take the exam directly through the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).  Arrange to have exam scores sent directly from the NBCC.

Additional Requirements:

  • Completed application and fee – either paper or online
  • Official transcripts  sent directly from the registrar to the board.
  • Course Content Identification for Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Approved Supervisor Verification – MHCA and MHC
  • Supervision and Experience Verification Form – MHCA
  • Continuing Education Attestation (36 hours of CE with 6 in professional ethics - MHC
  • Verification of Mental Health Counselor Supervised Postgraduate Experience

Clinical Placement:

A minimum of thirty-six months of full-time counseling accruing 3000 hours of postgraduate mental health counseling under the supervision of a qualified licensed mental health counselor or equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner who meets the qualifications of an approved supervisor in an approved setting.

1200 of the 3000 hours must be direct client contact and 100 hours spent in immediate supervision with a qualified licensed mental health counselor or equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner.

Apply for Licensure:

Completed application with fee can be mailed or submitted through the online application portal where you can register with Secure Access Washington (SAW).  Review instructions HERE.

Contact Information:

Mail your application with initial documentation to:

Department of Health

P.O. Box 1099

Olympia, WA 98507-1099

Send other documents not sent with initial application to:

Mental Health Counselor Associate Credentialing

P.O. Box 47877

Olympia, WA 98504-7877

Phone:
(360) 236-4700

Fax:
(360) 236-4818

Email: hpqa.csc@doh.wa.gov
Website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MentalHealthCounselor

https://app.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-809

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. of the District of Columbia has two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC).  For additional information visit  DC Health.

Clearances:

  • Submission of two (2) identical, recent passport-size photographs (2x2 inches in size)
  • Social Security Number or Sworn Affidavit
  • Submission of one (1) photocopy of a government issued photo ID, such as your valid driver’s license, as proof of identity
  • Criminal Background Check

Exams:

The National Counselor Exam (NCE), or if successfully passed prior to application, the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) or the Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor exam (CRCE) administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Applicants may contact the NBCC for registration and to arrange to forward scores directly to the Board.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts mailed directly from the Registrar’s office to the board.
  • A complete and signed application with fee
  • Coursework Completion Form - LGPC
  • Completed Internship/Practicum Form - LGPC
  • Completed Supervision Experience Form (LPC)
  • Post-Graduate Supervision Packet – one per supervisor (LPC)

Clinical Placement:

The LGPC is issued once for a five-year period and must be renewed every two years.  You must have this license to begin your post-graduate supervision hours.

3,500 post-graduate supervision hours including 100 postgraduate immediate supervision hours  with a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  Applicants have up to 5 years to complete the 3,500 hours. 200 hours of the required hours must be under immediate supervision:

  1. 100 hours supervision with a Licensed Professional Counselor.
  2. 100 hours supervision can be with other qualified supervision
  3. For every 35 hours worked, the applicant shall have had one hour of immediate supervision.

Apply for Licensure:

When the application package is complete send to the mailing address or set up an online account and follow the Instructions for Health Professional License Application.

Contact Information:

All Mailings:

DC Board of Professional Counseling

P.O. Box 37802

Washington, D.C. 20013

Toll-Free: 1-877-672-2174
Phone: 202-442-5955

Email: doh@dc.gov
Website: DC Board of Professional Counseling

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix West Virginia two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Provisional license.  For additional information visit  West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling

Clearances:

  • Two (2) completed professional recommendation forms from Master or Doctoral level individuals licensed as professional counselors, psychologists, social workers, or psychiatrists
  • Three personal references
  • Notarized application affidavit
  • Photo taken within the last 12 months and attached to the application prior to notary signature
  • Social Security Number

Exams:

Applicants may submit scores from the National Counselor Exam (NCE), the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam (CRC).  Request official copy of exam scores be sent directly to the Board.

Initial applicants should file the “Licensure Packet” for review.  Once approved, you will receive approval to take the exam and the registration form.  Exam approval is valid for one year.

Additional Requirements:

  • Notarized application affidavit with fee
  • Official transcripts of your graduate course work sent directly from the registrar to the board, or included in the packet in a sealed envelope
  • Transcript Review Sheet (TRS) with course descriptions
  • Instructional sheet with items marked complete and signed by the applicant
  • Supervision Contract
  • Quarterly Log Sheets
  • Supervisor Verification and Assessment Form (SVA) – submitted to the Board by your ALPS

Clinical Placement:

Once you become a Provisionally Licensed Counselor (PLC), you will fulfill the supervision requirement by documenting:

3000 counseling activity hours including 1500 hours in direct provision of client(s) and 150 hours of individual supervision with your Approved Licensed Professional Counselor (ALPS) over a minimum of 19 continuous months.

For every 20 hours of total counseling activity, you must meet with your ALPS for one hour of individual supervision.  Individual supervision must be continuous and occur at a minimum, every 2 weeks.

Apply for Licensure:

Submit your completed application packet and fee in one envelope and mail to the Board.

Contact Information:

All Mailings and Physical Address: 

West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling
815 Quarrier Street, Suite 212
Charleston, West Virginia 25301

Toll-Free:(800) 520-3852        

Charleston Area:(304) 558-5494

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.

 

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Wisconsin has two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and/ Professional Counselor Training License.  For additional information visit professional counselor information on the Department of Safety and Professional Services - Professional Counselor  

Clearances:

  • Application for Predetermination - submit this application if you have been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor, or other violations of federal, state, or local law, including municipal ordinances, in this state or any other and seek a determination whether your conviction record would disqualify you from obtaining a license.
  • Social Security Number on application

Exams:

Successful completion of the Wisconsin Statutes and Rules Examination – You will receive your password and applicant ID after you submit your application.

Passing scores on the National Counselor Exam (NCE), the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam (CRCE).  Contact the NBCC or CRCC directly to register for one of the exams.

Additional Requirements:

  • Submit Official transcripts for review
  • Submit the completed application for Professional Counselor Training and fee
  • Submit the Professional Counselor Certificate of Professional Education
  • Submit the Professional Curriculum Requirements Form
  • Verification of a position, or an offer for a position, as a professional counselor in a supervised clinical professional counseling practice in which the applicant will receive training and supervision equivalent to the training and supervision received in a supervised clinical professional counseling practice.
  • Professional Counselor Supervisor Approval Form
  • Verification of supervised practice experience – Supervisor’s Affidavit

Clinical Placement:

3000 hours of supervised professional counseling practice, including at least 1000 hours of face-to-face direct client contact.

One hour of face-to face- individual or group (no more than 6 supervisees) supervision to meet an average of one-hour per week duration during the supervised practice period.

Apply for Licensure:

An Online Licensure Application System (OLAS) is available for health profession applicants on the DSPS website. Fees must be paid through OLAS for the application to be submitted to the Department for review.

A Paper Application may also be submitted and mailed to the Board office.

Note:  The Professional Counselor Trainee License is valid for 48 months and may be renewed at the discretion of the Board.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address: 

Examining Board of Marriage & Family Therapists, Professional Counselors and Social Workers
PO Box 8366
Madison, WI 53708

Phone: 608-266-2112

Email: dsps@eisconsin.gov
Website: https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/BoardsCouncils/MPSW/PC/Default.aspx

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 apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) at University of Phoenix. Wyoming has two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)and a Provisional Professional Counselor (PPC).  For additional information visit the Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board

Clearances:

  • Criminal Background Check – Fingerprint cards
  • Signed verification of lawful presence in the United States
  • Social Security Number

Exams:  

Passing scores on The National Counselor examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Examination (NCMHE). The Board will also accept the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam (CRCE) administered by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

Request for scores to be sent directly to the Board.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official Transcripts  sent directly from the Registrar to the Board office. The university may e-mail the transcript to WyoMHPLB@wyo.gov fax it to (307) 777-3508 or mail it to the Board Office
  • Transcript Evaluation Form – PPC, for programs NOT CACREP accredited
  • Completed application with original signature and fee
  • Professional Disclosure Statement
  • Supervision Agreement
  • Verification and Evaluation of Supervised Experience - VESE

Clinical Placement:

Three thousand (3000) hours of supervised clinical experience in professional counseling under the direct supervision of a qualified clinical supervisor. All 3000 hours of supervised clinical experience required shall be completed after the award of the master’s degree. Of the 3000 hours, at least one thousand two hundred (1200) hours shall be direct client contact hours.

A minimum of one hundred (100) post master’s hours of direct, verifiable individual and/or triadic face-to-face clinical supervision with a designated qualified clinical supervisor is required. Group supervision is not acceptable towards completion of the face-to-face clinical supervision requirement.

Apply for Licensure: 

Submit your completed application (Completing Provisional), required documentation and fee to the Board Office.

Application files will be presented to the Application Review Committee for consideration when all required documentation has been received.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board

2001 Capitol Ave, Room 127

Cheyenne WY 82002

(307) 777-3628.

Email: wyomhplb@wyo.gov

Website: https://mentalhealth.wyo.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.

The University has determined that its Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Counseling Mental Health (MSC/CCMH) program does NOT meet the requirements for licensure in the following states: Florida, Kentucky, New Hampshire (North Carolina - effective June 2022).

 

The University, after all reasonable efforts, has been unable to determine whether its Master of Science in Counseling/ Clinical Counseling Mental Health (MSC/CCHM) program meets the requirements for licensure in the following states. Please click on the links below for contact information for the applicable state licensing board. American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands