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Counseling Licensing Requirements by State

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State licensing requirements for counselors vary. If a counselor opts to recieve licensing from the state instead of a religious institution, then they must abide by the regulations held by that state regarding psychology and counseling. Most states mandate that a counselor should not promote his or her religious beliefs unless specifically asked for help in this area. If state licensing is still the best choice despite government regulations, here is a helpful list of licensing requirements for counselors in all 50 states. 

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License types: CC (certified counselor), ALC (associate licensed counselor), LPC (licensed professional counselor), LPC-MHSP (mental health service provider), LAC (licensed associate counselor), LPCC (licensed professional clinical counselor), LPCMH (licensed professional counselor of mental health), LACMH (licensed associate counselor of mental health), LMHC (licensed mental health counselor), LAPC (Associate Licensed Professional Counselor), LCPC (licensed clinical professional counselor), LPCA (Licensed Professional Counselor Associate), LIMHP-CPC/LPC (Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner-Certified Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor), Licensed Mental Health Practitioner-Certified Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor (LMHP-CPC/LPC), LMHP (Licensed Mental Health Practitioner), PLMHP (Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner), LCMHC (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Couselor)

Accreditation agencies: CACREP (Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), Core (Counsel on Rehabilitation Education), APA (American Psychology Association)

NBCC- National Board of Certified Counselors

Official NBCC exams: NCE (National Counselor Examination) and NCMHCE (National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination) 

Cost estimate includes cost of education, examination and application fees. 

1. Alabama

Licenses offered: ALC (associate licensed counselor) and LPC (licensed professional counselor).

Accredited schools: Auburn University, Auburn University Montgomery, Jacksonville State University, Troy University, University of Alabama- Birmingham,The University of Alabama University of Montevallo, University of North Alabama

Application notes: Applicants receiving credentials from non-accredited institutions must submit documentation of coursework. Master's degree minimum requirement. 

2. Alaska

Licenses offered: LPC.

Accredited Schools: None in-state

Application notes: $325 application cost. Applicants must have completed a counseling degree from an accredited program. Applicants with practicing licenses from states with less rigorous requirements must also complete a further sixty semester hours in graduate study.

3. Arizona

Licenses offered: LAC, LPC

Accredited schools: Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Phoenix- Phoenix

Application notes: $250 application cost, $100 non-independant license issuance fee, $250 independant license issuance fee.

4. Arkansas

Licenses offered: LAC, LPC

Accredited schools: Arkansas State University, Henderson State University, University of Arkansas, Arkansas Tech University

Application notes: LAC biennial fee $200, LPC biennial fee $300 for first-time issue. Complete fee schedule and application process listed here.

5. California

Licenses offered: LPCC

Accredited schools: California State- Fresno, Fullerton, Los Angeles, Northridge, Sacramento, San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, University of San Diego

Application notes: Applicants must complete exam before being eligible to complete the application. Total fees for examination, application and renewal listed here.

6. Colorado

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools:Adams State College, Colorado Christian University, Colorado State University, Denver Seminary, Regis University, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, University of Colorado at Denver, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, University of Denver

7. Conneticut

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: Central Conneticut State University, Fairfield State University, Southern Conneticut State Univerisity, University of Conneticut, Western Conneticut State University

Application notes: Applicants required to earn masters or doctoral degree in counseling or a related field, and complete 60 graduate semester hours along with 3000 hours of postgraduate field experience with a minimum of 100 hours of supervised practice. Applicants must pass board examinations. Initial application fee is $315, renewal fee $190, reinstatement fee $315. 

8. Delaware

Licenses offered:LPCMH, LACMH

Accredited schools: Wilimington University

Application notes:Application fee $170. Applicants must have completed 30 post-masters credit hours, or send Counselor Experience Verifaction forms to the Board Office. Minimun number of 1600 supervised hours required. 

9. District of Columbia

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: Gallaudet University, George Washington University, University of the District of Columbia

Application notes: Application fee $230. Applicants must pass exam of National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and complete a criminal background check.

10. Florida

Licenses offered: LMHC

Accredited schools: Argosy University Sarasota, Barry University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International Univerisity, Florida State University, University of Miami

Application notes: Application fee $100, initial licensure fee $150. Applicants must have completed a master's degree in social work and 1500 hours of supervised practice. 

11. Georgia

Licenses offered: LPC, LAPC

Accredited Schools: Argosy University Atlanta, Augusta State University, Clark Atlanta University, Columbus State University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Mercer University, North Georgia College & State University, University of Georgia, University of West Georgia, Valdosta State University

Application notes: Application by examination only. Masters of Social Work required. Applicants must NBCC exam. 

12. Hawaii

Licenses offered:LMHC

Accredited schools: none in-state

Application notes: Applicants may call (808) 586-3000 to inquire about licensing requirements and application forms. 

13. Idaho

Licenses offered:LPC, LCPC

Accredited schools:Boise State University, Idaho State University, Northwest Nazarene University

Application notes: Application $75. License issuance $75. 60 hours of postgraduate study required in an accredited program or in a program approved by the Idaho board of licensing. Masters degree minimum requirement. 1,000 hours of supervised practice required for LPC, 2,000 hours for LCPC. Requirements listed here. Application here

14. Illinois

Licenses offered:LPC, LCPC

Accredited schools: Argosy Chicago, Argosy Schaumburg, Bradley University, Chicago State University, Concordia University Chicago, Eastern Illinois University, Governers State University, National Louis University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois Springfield, Western Illinois University, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign

License notes: Masters or doctorate required. Applicants must first apply for examination to obtain permanent licensure. 1,680 hours of clockwork experience required to apply for LCPC. Applicants must apply for application & exam by submitting documents of education & experience. 

15. Indiana

Licenses offered: LMHC

Accredited schools: Ball State University, Butler University, Grace College, Indiana State University, Indiana University- South Bend, Indiana Weslayan University, Purdue University, Valparaiso University

Application notes:Application $50. Master's degree and 60 semester hour requirement. 1,000 hours supervised clinical experience required. Applicants must pass NBCC exam. Instructions here

16. Iowa

Licenses offered:LMHC

Accredited Schools: The University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa

Application notes: 45 hour master's degree or docorate in mental health counseling from accredited university required. Two years of supervised experience required. Must pass NBCC exam. Application fee $100. Two-year renewal fee $120. Exam fee $200. Applicants must apply for examination. 

17. Kansas

Licenses offered: LPC, LCPC

Accredited schools: Emporia State University, Kansas State University, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas

Application notes: Masters or doctorate required with minimum 60 hours postgraduate study. Applicants must complete academic background form. Application fee $100. Click here for LPC application or LCPC application. Applicants must pass NBCC exam. 

18. Kentucky

Licenses offered: LPCC, LPCA

Accredited schools: Eastern Kentucky University, Lindsey Wilson College, Western Kentucky University, University of Louisville

Application notes: Application fee $150. Masters degree minimum requirement. 4,000 hours of supervised practice required. Applicants must pass NCE.

19. Louisiana

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: Southern University, Louisiana State University, Loyola University- New Orleans, Our Lady of Holy Cross, Southeastern Louisiana University, Souther University & A&M College, University of Louisiana at Monroe, University of New Orleans, Louisiana Tech University

Application notes: Application $200. Applicants must provide NCE score. Graduate degree required from a CACREP accredited program. Instructions here

20. Maine

Licenses offered: LPC, LCPC

Accredited schools: University of Southern Maine, University of Maine- Farmington

Application notes: Application $25. License issuance $250. Criminal background check $21. LPC minimum requirements master's or doctorate with 2,000 hours postgraduate supervised experience. LCPC minimum requirements 3,000 hours postgraduate supervised experience. Licensed Pastoral Counselor option with Masters of divinity degree requirement and 1,000 hours postgraduate supervision. Full list of requirements here

21. Maryland

Licenses offered: LCPC

Accredited schools: Loyola University- Columbia, Loyola University- Timonium, University of Maryland, University of Maryland- College Park, University of Maryland- Eastern Shore, Coppin State University

Application notes: Application $75.Minimum master's level requirements with 60 graduate semester hours, 3,000 hours of supervision. Minimum doctoral level requirements with 90 graduate semester hours, 2,000 hours of supervision. Must pass NCE. 

22. Massachusetts

Licenses offered: LCPC

Accredited schools: Bridgewater State University, Springfield College, Boston College

Application notes: Application $117. Master's degree minimum requirement. Applicants must pass NCE. NCE fee $185. Application here

23. Michigan

Licenses offered:LPC

Accredited schools: Andrews University, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Oakland University, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University

Application notes: Application $115. Master's degree required. 600 hours of supervised postgraduate study minimum requirement. Applicants must pass NCE. Instructions here.

24. Minnesota

Licenses offered: LPC, LPCC

Accredited schools: Capella University, Minnesota State University Mankato, Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, Walden University, Winona State University, University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas

Application notes: Application $425 (covers application, initial license, OET license surcharge fee.) Master's or Doctorate from a CACREP accredited program required. 2,000 hours postgraduate supervised practice required. Instructions here

25. Mississipi

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississpi College, Mississipi State University, University of Mississipi, University of Southern Mississipi

Application notes: Application $100. Must send in NCE score report. Exam fee $100. Criminal background check required. Master's degree minimum requirement.

26. Missouri

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: Southern Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri, University of Missouri- St Louis, Maryville University of St. Louis

Application notes: Application $150. Applicants must pass NCE. Master's degree and 3,000 hours of supervised practice required. Full requirements here

27. Montana

Licenses offered: LCPC

Accredited schools: Montana State University, University of Montana

Application notes: Application $50. License issuance $50. NCE issued upon acceptance of application. Master's degree in counseling required. Minimum 60 semester hour graduate degree. 3,000 hours of supervised counseling practice required. Twenty annual clock hours continuing education required. Criminal background check part of application. $100 annual license renewal fee. Application here

28. Nebraska

Licenses offered: LIMHP-CPC/LPC (Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner-Certified Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor), Licensed Mental Health Practitioner-Certified Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor (LMHP-CPC/LPC), LMHP (Licensed Mental Health Practitioner), PLMHP (Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner)

Accredited schools: University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Application notes: Application $155. Master's or doctoral degree with mental health focus from an accredited program required. 3,000 hours supervised practice required for full license. Applicants must pass NCE. Full list of requirements here

29. Nevada

Licenses offered:LCPC

Accredited schools: University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Nevada Reno

Application notes: Application $75. Examination $200. License issuance $50. Annual renewal fee $150. Applicants must pass NCE. Internship of 3,000 supervised hours with provisional license required before full licensed is issued.  Graduate degree in counseling required.

30. New Hampshire

Licenses offered: LCMHC

Accredited schools: Antioch University New England, Plymouth State University

Application notes: Application $150. License issuance $135. Two-year renewal fee $270. Must have a 60 credit master's or doctoral degree from a CACREP accredited program. Applicants must pass NCE. 3,000 hours post-graduate degree supervised clinical experience required. 

31. New Jersey 

Licenses offered: LAC, LPC

Accredited schools: Caldwell College, College of New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kean Univerisity, Monmouth University, Montclair State University, Rider University, Rowan, Rutgers, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, William Paterson University 

Application notes: Application $75. Master's or doctorate required with 60 semester hours. Applicants must either complete 4,500 hours supervised experience or 3,000 hours and 30 additional graduate credits. Application here

32. New Mexico

Licensed offered: LPCC, LMHC

Accredited schools: New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico

Application notes: Application $75. NCE $195. LMHC issuance $75. LPCC issuance $220. Annual renewal fees same.

33. New York

Licenses offered:LMHC

Accredited schools: Brooklyn CUNY, Canisius College, Hunter CUNY, Lehman CUNY, Long Island University, St. Bonaventure University, St. John Fisher College, St. John's University, State University of New York College at Pittsburg, Syracuse University, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, University of Rochester

Application notes: First licensure and registration fee $371. Master's or doctorate in counseling required from CACREP accredited or state department approved program. 3,000 hours of supervised experience required after completing education. Applicants must pass NCMHE. Full list of requirements here. Application here

34. North Carolina

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: Appalachian State University, Gardner-Webb University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Wake Forest University, Western Carolina University 

Application notes: Application $100. Annual license renewal $100. Master's degree required. Applicants must pass NCE and take Jurisprudence exam. 3,000 hours supervised practice required. Application here

35. North Dakota

Licenses offered: LPCC, LPC, LAPC

Accredited schools: North Dakota State University

Application notes: LPC Application $100. LPCC Application $150. LPC renewal fee $100. LPCC renewal fee $150. Masters in counseling required from an accredited school. 30 continuing education hours required for LPC and 30 hours plus 10 hours of clinical practice required for LPCC for continuing education during two-year renewal period. 3,000 hours supervised experience required. LPCC application here. LPC application here

36. Ohio

Licenses offered:LPCC, LPC

Accredited schools: Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Heidelberg University, John Carrol University, Kent State University, Malone University, Ohio University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Toledo, Walsh University, Wright State University, Xavier University, Youngstown State University

Application notes: Application $75. Two-year renewal fee $75. Masters in counseling minimum requirement. Applicants must pass NCMHCE. 3,000 hours post-graduate supervised clinical experience required. Criminal background check part of application. Application here

37. Oklahoma

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: Oklahoma State University

Application notes: Application $145. 3,000 hours supervised experience required. 60 semester hour graduate degree required from an accredited program. Applicants must pass NCE.

38. Oregon

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: Lewis & Clark College, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University

Application notes: Application $172.25. Annual renewal fee $125. Applicants must submit fingerprint-based criminal background check. Masters or doctoral in counseling required from a nationally accredited university. 2,000 total hours clinical supervision required. Applicants must pass NCE. Application here.

39. Pennsylvania

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: California University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Gannon University, Geneva College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Marywood University, Neumann University, Pennsylvania State University, Shippensburg University, Slippery Rock University, University of Scranton, West Chester University

Application notes: Application $45. Biennial Renewal fee $75. Masters with 3,600 hours of supervision minimum requirement. Full list of fees here. Application available here

40. Rhode Island

Licenses offered: LCMHC

Accredited schools: none in-state

Application notes: Application and state exam $460. Master's in counseling obtained from minimum requirement. 2,000 hours of clinical supervision required. Application here

41. South Dakota

Licenses offered: LPC, LPC-MH

Accredited schools: South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota

Application notes: Application $100. License issuance $100. Annual renewal $100. Fee schedule here. Masters from a CACREP accredited program required. NCE required for LPC. NCMHCE required for LPC-MH. Application here

42. Tennessee

Licenses offered: LPC, LPC-MHSP

Accredited schools: East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Vanderbilt University

Application notes: Application $210. Criminal background check required. LPC applicants must pass NCE. LPC-MHSP applicants must pass NCMHCE. Application here

43. Texas

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: Sam Houston State University, St. Mary's University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M- Commerce, Corpus Christi, San Marcos, Texas Tech University, University of Houston- Victoria, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, North Texas University, University of Texas- Austin, San Antonio, Brownsville

Application notes: Fee information available upon completing first part of application. Masters or doctorate in counseling from an accredited univerisity minimum requirement. 3,000 hours supervised counselinge experience required. Applicants must pass NCE and Texas Jurisprudence exam. 

44. Utah

Licenses offered: APC LPC

Accredited schools: University of Phoenix- Utah

Application notes: APC application $85. LPC application $120. Annual renewal $93. Masters or doctorate from a CACREP accredited program required. 4,000 hours supervised experience required for LPC. Applicants must pass NCE.

45. Vermont

Licenses offered: LCMHC

Accredited schools: University of Vermont

Application notes: Application $125. Two-year renewal $150. Master's degree in counseling from an accredited school required. 3,000 hours post-Masters supervised clinical experience requied.

46. Virginia

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: Argosy University Washington DC, College of William and Mary, Eastern Mennonite University, James Madison University, Lynchburg College, Marymount University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, Regent University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University

Application notes: Application $140. Applicants must pass NCMHCE. Graduate degree in counseling required. 2,000 hours supervised experience. Application available here

47. Washington

Licenses offered: LMHC, CC

Accredited schools: Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Seattle University, Western Washington University

48. West Virginia

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: West Virginia University

Application notes: Application $200. Full list of fees here. Applicants must pass NCE. Application here

49. Wisconsin

Licenses offered: LPC

Accredited schools: University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, Whitewater

Application notes: Application & fee information here. Applicants must pass NCE. Two-year renewal $91. Masters in counseling & 3,000 hours postgraduate supervised experience required. Full list of requirements here. Application here

50. Wyoming

License offered: LPC

Accredited schools: University of Wyoming

Application notes: Application $200. Graduate degree from a CACREP or CORE accredited program minimum requiremen, or equivalent. Applicants must pass one NBCC exam. Application here .

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