State Licensure Requirements

The University’s Master of Science in Counseling/ Marriage, Family and Child Therapy (MSC/MFCT) program meets the licensure requirements in the states listed below. Review the licensure requirements listed under your state as you prepare for your counseling career.

LMFT

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

Clearances:

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

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

Exams:

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

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

Clinical placement:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apply for Licensure:

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

Contact Information:

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

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

LPCC

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

In-state applicants should review the following links:

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

Educational program content requirements:

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

Clearances:

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

Review BBS information on Criminal Convictions.

Complete the Background Clearance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exams:

Apply to take the California Law & Ethics Examination

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

In-State Exam Eligibility Application

Out-of-State Exam Eligibility Application

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

Clinical placement:

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

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

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

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

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

Apply for Licensure:

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

Contact Information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information:

Commission on Teacher Credentialing
1900 Capitol Avenue

Sacramento, CA 95811-4213

http://www.ctc.ca.gov/

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your designated support staff for testing information.

**Contact your designated support staff for placement information.

***Contact the College of Education’s California Credential Analyst for more information on the Early Completion Option pathway.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. 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, teacher candidates are strongly encouraged to regularly check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

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

Clearances:

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

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

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

Exams:

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

Clinical placement:

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

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

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

Apply for Licensure:

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

Contact Information:

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

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

Phone: 702/486-7388

Fax: 702/486-7258

Interim Executive Director: Miss Quinn Kennedy

nvmftbd@mftbd.nv.gov  

WEBSITE:

http://marriage.nv.gov/  

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

The University has determined that its Master of Science in Counseling program does NOT meet the education requirements for professional counseling licensure in the following states: None at this time

The University has made no determination in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Connecticut, Delaware, Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Marshall Islands, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, US Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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