State Requirements

Licensure Information

The 48 and 60 hour Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling degrees are designed to lead to professional licensure as outlined by individual state boards of counseling. Before enrolling in a licensure program at Liberty University, students should consult the rules and regulations regarding Professional Counseling and/or Marriage and Family Therapy for their particular state. More specifically, students should be aware of the following before enrolling in one of Liberty University’s counseling programs:

  • State regulations regarding licensure opportunities if an applicant has a previous felony conviction.
  • State regulations regarding the type and number of academic courses and practicum/internship hours.
  • The state accreditation requirements for educational institutions.
  • The state regulations and requirements for online graduate education programs.

To obtain your state’s web address, view State Licensure Boards

Disclosure Statement

Enrollment in one of the M.A. licensure programs does not guarantee a degree from Liberty or qualification for professional licensure. Students are responsible for meeting all academic and professional requirements for graduation. Further information regarding these academic and professional requirements is outlined in the M.A. handbook. Students enrolled in a M.A. counseling licensure program are responsible for knowing the material outlined in the M.A. handbook. Further, it is the sole responsibility of the student, not the program, to obtain information regarding prerequisites for licensure as outlined by their particular state board of counseling or marriage and family therapy.

The information provided below is subject to change without notice. Liberty University is not responsible for knowing when changes occur. Additionally, there might be other states with unique licensure requirements. Please reference our States with Unique Requirements page for further information.


Requirements by State 

  • Alabama

    Educational Requirements: Master's degree or higher in counseling from a CACREP or CORE accredited program, or the “content equivalent,” with a minimum of 48 graduate semester hours (or 72 graduate quarter hours) from a regionally accredited academic institution.

    Experiential Requirements: 3,000 hours of supervised experience in professional counseling with board approved supervision. 2,250 of the 3000 must be direct counseling services. An applicant may subtract 1,000 hours of the required professional experience for every 15 graduate semester hours (or 22.5 quarter hours) obtained beyond the master's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution, provided that the coursework is clearly related to the field of professional counseling. This formula may be used for up to 2,000 hours. 1500 of the 2000 must be direct counseling services.

    Exam Required: NCE


  • Alaska

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling or a related professional field from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher education approved by the
    board, with at least 60 graduate semester hours in counseling. The degree must include coursework in 8 core areas. Related professional field includes psychology, marital and family therapy, social work, and applied behavioral science.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster's supervised experience in professional
    counseling, including 1,000 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of face-to-face supervision.
    The face-to-face supervision can be by telephone or electronic means because of the remote location of the counselor, if approved by the board. Supervision must be under an LPC or other licensed mental
    health professional approved by the board. The supervisor must be approved prior to the beginning of the supervision.

    Exam Required: NCE or NCMHCE or successful completion of another nationally recognized examination for professional counselors that is equivalent to the NCE and/or NCMHCE.


  • Arizona

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling or a related field from a program that is either CACREP or CORE accredited “or equivalent” or includes a minimum of 60 semester hours
    and completion of coursework in 14 content areas. As of October 31, 2015: If a program is not accredited by CACREP or CORE, it must require 700 clinical supervision hours and a minimum of 24
    semester hours in 8 content areas.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,200 hours of full-time post-master’s supervised work experience in psychotherapy, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. 100 hours of clinical supervision and 1,600 hours of direct client contact are required. No more than 400 of the additional hours can be
    psychoeducational. Applicant must receive a minimum of 10 hours of clinical supervision obtained during direct observation or a review of audiotapes/videotapes by the clinical supervisor while applicant is providing treatment and evaluation services to a client.

    Exam Required: NCE, NCMHCE, CRCE


  • Arkansas

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling from a program that reflects the CACREP or CORE curriculum and consists of 60 semester hours from a regionally accredited
    institution.

    Experiential Requirements: 3 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s supervised counseling experience (1 year = 1,000 hours). 50% of the hours have to be Client Contact Hours. One year of experience may be gained for each 30 semester hours earned beyond master’s degree (up to 2 years) provided the hours
    are clearly counseling in nature and acceptable to the board. Supervision must be under a LPC approved by the board. Telephone supervision is allowed for less than 25% of the total amount.

    Exam Required: NCE and an oral exam.


  • California

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher that is counseling or psychotherapy in content: Enrolled before 8/1/12 and graduate before 12/31/18: Minimum of 48 graduate semester hours Enrolled after 8/1/12 or graduate after 12/31/18: Minimum of 60 graduate semester hours. Additional Educational Requirements:

    (1) 15 contact hours in alcoholism and other chemical substance abuse, dependency

    (2) 10 contact hours in human sexuality

    (3) A two semester unit or three quarter unit survey course in psychopharmacology

    (4) 15 contact hours in spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection, and intervention strategies*

    (5) 7 contact hours in child abuse assessment and reporting.

    (6) 18 contact hours in California law and professional ethics for professional clinical counselors* (possible that graduate course work will suffice)

    (7) 10 contact hours in aging and long-term care*

    (8) 15 contact hours in crisis or trauma counseling*

    Experiential Requirements: 3,000 hours of postmaster’s supervised counseling experience. 1,750 have to be Direct Client Contact hours.

    Areas with guidance on hours:

    • 500 hours max for group counseling
    • 250 hours max for phone crisis counseling
    • 150 hours minimum of clinical experience in a hospital or community mental health setting;
    • combined total of 1,250 hours combined total max:
    1. Direct supervisor contact.
    2. Client centered advocacy.
    3. 250 hours max in administering tests,
    4. 250 hours max in attending conferences

     

    Required Exams: (1) NCMHCE (as of January 1, 2014) – taken after experiential requirements have been fulfilled. (2) California Law and Ethics Examination– taken while acquiring supervision.


     

  • Colorado

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling from a CACREP accredited program, or “equivalent program” from a regionally accredited college/university consisting of 48 semester hours, completion of coursework in core areas and a practicum and/or internship. *If enrolled after August 31, 2014, the program must consist of 60 graduate semester hours.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/2,000 hours of postmaster’s practice in applied psychotherapy under board approved supervision. (Doctoral degree can be 1,000 in 12 months.) 100 hours of supervision is required, 70 of which must be face to face individual supervision. The teaching of psychotherapy can count up to 600 hours and 30 hours of required supervision. *Electronic supervision is allowed – initial 2 hour meeting must be in person and every six (6) months an in person meeting must be had and the electronic supervision must be audio and visual (as of July 20, 2012).

    Exam Required: NCE and CO Jurisprudence Exam


  • Connecticut

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling or a related mental health field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education consisting of at least 60 semester hours and completion of required coursework.

    Experiential Requirements: 3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised experience in professional counseling. A minimum of 100 hours of direct supervision by an appropriately licensed individual is required.

    Exam Required: NCE or NCMHCE


  • Delaware

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in Clinical Mental Health, including a minimum of 48 semester hours. Must also be certified by NBCC as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), or certified by another national mental health specialty certifying organization approved by the board.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,200 hours of full-time clinical professional counseling experience to be completed within a 4 year period. 1,600 hours must be under professional direct supervision acceptable to the board (100 hours must be face-to-face supervision (live videoconferencing is considered face to face but cannot exceed 50% of the supervision).1,500 hours must be direct client contact hours (750 have to be individual). 30 graduate semester hours or
    more beyond master's degree may be substituted for 1 year/1,600 hours of required experience, provided that hours are clearly related to the field of counseling and acceptable to the board. *If your degree was conferred after June 30, 2012, you will receive credit only for experience that you gain as a Delaware-licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health.

    Exam Required: NCE or NCMHCE


  • Florida

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher from a CACREP accredited mental health
    counseling program that includes 60 semester hours, a course in human sexuality, and a course in substance abuse. OR Master’s degree or higher from a program related to the practice of mental health counseling from an accredited institution that includes 60 semester hours, 12 specific course
    content areas, and 1,000 hours of a supervised practicum, internship, or field experience. AND for both options: Completion of an 8 hour laws and rules course, a 2 hour prevention of medical
    errors course from a board approved provider; And within 6 months of licensure have to complete from a board approved provider: 3 hour course on human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome 2 hour domestic violence course from a board approved provider.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years of supervised post-master’s clinical experience in mental health counseling that consists of at least 1,500 hours providing psychotherapy face-to-face with clients and at least 100 face-to-face hours of supervision (50 of which can be group supervision). Supervision must be under an LMHC or equivalent.

    Exam Required: NCMHCE


  • Georgia

    Educational Requirements: Master's degree or higher in a program that is primarily counseling in content, or in applied psychology, from an institution accredited by a
    regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Completion of specific coursework and a supervised practicum or internship consisting of at least 300 hours is required.

    Experiential Requirements: 4 years/2,400 hours of supervised post-master’s directed experience in professional counseling in a work setting acceptable to the board, with a minimum of 120 hours of supervision. (can count up to one year of experience from practicum/internship). *On December 6, 2013, there was a proposal to increase the number of required hours to 3,000. A minimum of 2 years of supervision must be provided by an LPC. *Proposed change on December 6, 2013 - for supervision entered into after September 30, 2014, a supervisor who is a Licensed Professional Counselor must hold either a National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Clinical Supervisor credential or a Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCAGA) Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor credential.

    Exam Required: NCE


  • Hawaii

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling or an allied field related to the practice of mental health counseling, with a minimum of 48 semester hours (or 72 quarter hours) of coursework in core areas, from an accredited institution. Also, two academic terms of supervised mental health practicum intern experience for graduate credit of at least three semester hours (or five quarter hours) per academic term in a mental health counseling setting, with at least 300 hours of supervised client contact under a licensed supervisor.

    7/05/07: Changes in Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 453D-7(c)(1) and (2) allows individuals who obtained a graduate degree before July 1, 2007 an alternate method to verify the practicum and postgraduate experience.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised experience in the practice of mental health counseling, with 100 hours of face-to-face clinical supervision under a licensed supervisor. Experience shall be completed in no less than two years and in no more than four years.

    Exam Required: NCE. Will accept the NCMHCE or the CRCC (if taken after 1/1/2000 and before 7/1/2005).


  • Idaho

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in a counseling field from an accredited college/university, with 60 semester hours and completion of a 6 semester hour advanced counseling practicum.

    Experiential Requirements: Idaho offers LCPC and LPC. See below for requirements.

    LCPC - Hold a valid LPC license; and 2 years/2,000 hours of supervised direct client contact experience accumulated after licensure in any state. 1,000 hours must be under supervision of an LCPC. Minimum of 1 hour face-to-face, one-on-one supervision for every 30 hours of direct client contact. Successful completion of a Diagnostic Evaluation graduate course or equivalent training/experience acceptable to the board.

    LPC - 1,000 hours is defined as one thousand clock hours of experience working in a counseling setting, 400 hours of which shall be direct client contact. Supervised experience in practica and/or
    internships taken at the graduate level may be utilized. The supervised experience shall include a minimum of 1 hour of face-to-face or one-to-one or one-to-two consultation with the supervisor for every twenty hours of job/internship experience. Face-to-face may include a face-to-face setting provided by a live video connection between the supervisor and supervisee. As stated under Subsection 150.01.a.iv. Counseling practicum experience as opposed to job or internship
    experience shall be supervised at a ratio of 1 hour of supervision for every ten hours in the settings.

    Supervised practicum and/or internship taken at a graduate level may be utilized.

    Exam Required: NCMHCE (LCPC) NCE (LPC)


  • Illinois

    Educational Requirements: Illinois offers LCPC and LPC. See below for requirements.

    LCPC - Master's degree or higher in professional counseling or a related field from a regionally accredited college/university. OR hold a current Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential issued by NBCC (Meets all requirements for licensure as an LCPC). Note: Certain other certifications meet all or part of LPC or LCPC licensure requirements; please contact board for more information.

    LPC - Master's degree or higher in professional counseling or related field of at least 48 semester hours from a regionally accredited college/ university in a program approved by the IL Dept. of Professional CACREP and CORE accredited programs in professional counseling are approved programs for both LPC and LCPC licensure.

    Experiential Requirements: (LCPC) 2 years/3,360 hours of full-time, satisfactory, supervised employment or experience working as a clinical professional counselor in a professional capacity under the direction of a qualified supervisor, subsequent to degree. 1,920 hours must be direct face-to-face service to clients. One year = maximum of 1,680 hours, including 960 hours of direct face-to-face service to clients. If applicant holds a doctoral degree, one year must be subsequent to the degree and internships may count towards professional experience.

    Exam Required:

    LCPC - NCE and NCMHCE or ECCP or CRCE.

    LPC - NCE or CRCE


  • Indiana

    Educational Requirements: Master's degree or higher in an area related to mental health counseling from a CACREP or CORE accredited program, or “equivalent program,” from a regionally accredited institution which includes a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate coursework in counseling in 12 specified content areas. Completion of a practicum (100 hours), internship (600 hours), and advanced internship (300 hours) with at least 100 hours of face-to-face supervision. An area related to mental health counseling includes counseling, clinical social work, psychology, human services, human development, family relations, or programs accredited by CACREP or CORE.

    Experiential Requirements: 3,000 hours of postgraduate supervised clinical experience over a 21-48 month period. Does not start to count until approved as an LMHCA 100 hours of face-to-face supervision under an LMHC or equivalent supervisor is required.

    Exam Required: Indiana offers LMHC and LMHCA. See below for requirements.

    LMHC - NCMHCE

    LMHCA - NCE

    Note: If passing score is achieved on the initial try, applicant can apply up to 1500 hours accrued. If
    passing score is not achieved, applicant can no longer accrue hours until passing score is achieved.


  • Iowa

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in mental health counseling from a “CACREP equivalent” program, or the content equivalent, with at least 60 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours). For applicants who entered program of study prior to July 1, 2010: 45 semester hours (or
    60 quarter hours) are required. Degree must be from a nationally accredited college or university.
    OR hold a current Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential issued by NBCC (meets educational and experience requirements). For applicants who did not graduate from CACREP accredited mental health counseling program as of July 1, 2012, they will need to submit to an education review.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of full-time supervised postgraduate work experience in mental health counseling, including 1,500 hours of direct client contact and 200 hours of clinical
    supervision concurrent with the work experience. At least 100 of the 200 hours of clinical supervision must be individual supervision. For applicants who entered program of study prior to July 1, 2010: 2 years of full-time supervised postgraduate work experience in mental health counseling, including 200 hours of clinical supervision concurrent with 1,000 hours of mental health counseling conducted in person with individuals, couples, and families.At least 100 of the 200 hours of clinical supervision must be individual supervision or hold a current Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential issued by NBCC (meets experience requirements).

    Exam Required: NCE, NCMHCE, or CRCE


  • Kansas

    Educational Requirements: Kansas offers LCPC and LPC. See below for requirements.

    LCPC - In addition to, or as part of the graduate degree - completion of 15 credit hours supporting diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders with use of the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic and statistical manual, and a graduate level supervised clinical practicum of professional experience.

    LPC - 60 graduate semester hours, including a master's degree in counseling, from a university approved by the board that consists of 45 graduate semester hours distributed among 10 core categories (this includes a supervised practicum).

    Experiential Requirements: (LCPC) Licensed as an LPC or meets all requirements to be licensed as an LPC; and 4,000 hours of supervised clinical professional counseling experience under an approved clinical training plan, which includes 1,500 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of clinical supervision (50 must be individual supervision).

    Exam Required: (LCPC) NCMHCE; (LPC) NCE


  • Kentucky

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling or a related field from a regionally accredited institution, with a minimum of 60 semester hours in 9 specified content areas and a 400 hour organized practicum/internship. Any applicants who have enrolled in a program after 1/15/15 or who receive a degree after 5/31/2020 must graduate from a CACREP accredited program.

    Experiential Requirements: (LPCC) 4,000 hours of post-master’s experience in the practice of counseling under approved supervision, which includes 1,600 hours of direct counseling and 100 hours of individual, face-to-face clinical supervision. Applicants are encouraged to include 10 hours of direct counseling with individuals in a jail or correctional setting as part of the 4,000 hours.

    Exam Required: NCE or NCMHCE


  • Louisiana

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher, the substance of which is professional mental health counseling in content, from a regionally accredited institution, with 60 semester hours and coursework in 8 content areas. Applicants must receive at least a grade of “C” on all postmaster’s counseling courses. All field experience courses must be completed with a grade of A, B, or P. Completion of a supervised practicum (100 hours) and a supervised internship (300 hours) in mental health counseling.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s supervised experience in professional mental health counseling under the clinical supervision of a board approved supervisor, to be completed in no more than 7 years. Hours to include: 1,900 - 2,900 hours of direct client contact in individual or group counseling; A maximum of 1,000 hours additional client contact, counseling related activities or education at the graduate level in the field of mental health; and A minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervision. Only 50 hours may be group supervision. Up to 25 of the hours can be synchronous videoconferencing 500 hours of supervised experience may be gained for each 30-graduate semester hours beyond master’s degree, but must have no less than 2,000 hours of supervised post-master's experience.

    Exam Required: NCE or NCMHCE


  • Maine

    Educational Requirements: Maine offers LCPCE and LPC. See below for requirements.

    LCPC/Conditional LCPC - Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution that consists of 60 semester hours and is CACREP accredited, or consists of coursework in 10 core areas, 3 additional areas, and a practicum and internship of 900 clock hours.

    LPC/Conditional LPC - Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution that consists of 48 semester hours and is CACREP or CORE accredited, or consists of coursework in 10 core areas and a practicum and internship of 600 clock hours.

    Experiential Requirements:

    LCPC - 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s supervised clinical counseling experience. (4,000 if qualifying degree did not have practicum/internship). To include 1,500 hours of direct client contact and 1 hour of clinical supervision per 30 hours of client contact with an approved supervisor.

    LPC - 2 years/2,000 hours of postmaster’s supervised counseling experience. To include 1,000 hours of direct counseling and 67 hours of supervision with an approved supervisor.

    Exam Required:

    LCPC - NCMHCE

    LPC - NCE


  • Maryland

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling or related field from an accredited educational institution, with a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours in specific coursework, including completion of an alcohol and drug counseling course and supervised field experience. OR doctoral degree with a minimum of 90 graduate semester hours in counseling training approved by the board.

    Experiential Requirements: 3 years/3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience in professional counseling (2 years/2,000 hours must be postmasters). 1,500 hours must be face-to-face client contact and 100 hours minimum of face-to-face clinical supervision. Supervision must be under a board approved supervisor. At least half of hours need to be accumulated under the supervision of an LCPC approved by the board. If obtained a doctoral degree: 2 years/2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience in professional counseling (1 year/1,000 hours must be post-doctorate). 1,000 hours must be face-to-face client contact and 50 hours minimum of face-to-face clinical supervision. Supervision must be under a board approved supervisor.

    Exam Required: NCE and Maryland Professional Counselors and Therapists Act Exam.


  • Massachusetts

    Educational Requirements: Minimum of 60 graduate semester hours in counseling or a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. This includes a minimum 48 semester credit master’s degree in mental health counseling or a related field, including a practicum (100 hours), an internship (600 hours), and coursework in each of the 10 content areas as defined by the board. OR
    hold a current Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential issued by NBCC.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,360 hours of full-time post-master’s supervised clinical experience in mental health counseling after obtaining 60 graduate semester hours. To include 960 hours of direct client contact (250 hours may be group client contact) and 130 hours of supervision (75 hours must be individual supervision and 25 hours must be under a LMHC). These hours do not include the pre-master’s practicum and internship supervision requirements.

    Exam Required: NCMHC


  • Michigan

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling from a program that reflects the CACREP curriculum, including a minimum of 48 semester hours and a 600 clock hour internship.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of post-degree supervised counseling experience. To include a minimum 100 hours under the immediate physical presence of the supervisor. Supervision must be under an LPC. For persons with 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours beyond the master's degree: 1 year/1,500 hours post-degree supervised experience. To include a minimum of 50 hours under the immediate physical presence of the supervisor. Supervision must be under an LPC. *Supervisors of LLPCs are required to have training in supervision.

    Exam Required: NCE or CRCE


  • Minnesota

    Educational Requirements: Minnesota offers LPCC and LPC. Please see requirements below.

    LPCC - Meet all LPC educational requirements; and in addition to, or as part of the graduate degree in counseling or a related field – completion of 24 graduate-level semester credits in 6 clinical content
    areas.

    LPC - Master’s degree or higher in counseling or a related field from a CACREP accredited program or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), that includes a minimum of 48 semester hours and supervised field experience not fewer than 700 hours that is counseling in nature. The degree must include specific coursework in 10 core content areas.

    Experiential Requirements:

    LPCC - (already has LPC Credential) 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised professional practice in the delivery of clinical services in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses and disorders in both children in adults. Supervision must comply with the board's Supervision Contract for LPCC Applicants. Practice must include 1,800 hours of clinical client contact. At least 50% of supervision must be individual supervision. Supervisor must have independent CLINICAL license.

    LPC - 2,000 hours of post-master's supervised professional practice that is acceptable to the board OR submission of a Supervision Plan for the first 2,000 hours of professional practice. Supervision must be completed in not less than 1 year and not more than 3 yrs. Practice must include 100 hours of supervision under a board approved supervisor.

    Exam Required:

    LPCC - NCMHCE

    LPC - NCE or other national exam that is determined by the board to be substantially similar to the NCE.


  • Mississippi

    Educational Requirements: Master's degree or educational specialist’s degree in counselor education or a related program from a regionally or nationally accredited college/university program, subject to board approval, with 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) and completion of coursework in 10 content areas.

    OR, Doctoral degree primarily in counseling, guidance, or related counseling field from a regionally or nationally accredited college/university program, subject to board approval, with 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) and completion of coursework in 10 content areas.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,500 hours of supervised counseling experience in a clinical setting (1,750 hours must be postmaster's experience). 1,167 hours must be direct counseling service to clients to include counseling related activities. Minimum of 100 hours of supervision required (50 hours may be group supervision). Supervision must be under an LPC that has met the requirements to be a MS Board Qualified Supervisor.

    Exam Required: NCE. Will accept the NCMHCE but not required.


  • Missouri

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or school psychology from a regionally accredited college/university, with at least 48 semester hours reflecting the CACREP or CORE curriculum and a practicum, internship, or field experience consisting of 6 semester hours in the practice of counseling.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s continuous counseling experience (full or part-time), to be completed within 60 months. 1,200 hours must be direct client contact. 30 hours of post-master’s study may be substituted for 1,500 of the 3,000 hours. If obtained a doctorate or specialist’s degree: 1 year/1,500 hours of counseling experience (full or part-time), to be completed within 36 months. 600 hours must be direct client contact. For both degree paths: 15 hours of supervised counseling experience per week is required, with 1 hour a week of face-to-face supervision. If electronic supervision is continuously interactive, it can count towards required hours. Supervision must be under an LPC or licensed psychologist or psychiatrist approved and registered with the board.

    Exam Required: NCE


  • Montana

    Educational Requirements: A 60 semester hour (or 90 quarter hour) counseling-in-nature graduate degree from an accredited institution which includes specific coursework and a 6 semester hour
    advanced counseling practicum.

    OR Applicants may apply for licensure with a minimum of 45 semester hours (67.5 quarter hours) master’s degree in counseling which includes specific coursework and a 6 semester hour advanced
    counseling practicum. Applicants must complete the remaining hours within 5 years of the original application approval date. Applicants are not eligible for full licensure nor are they eligible to test until the hours are completed.

    Experiential Requirements: 3,000 hours of supervised counseling experience, 1,500 hours of which must be post-degree. 1,000 of the 1,500 hours must be direct client contact (250 can be group). Must have 1 hour of supervision for every 20 hours. Supervision must be under a licensed professional
    counselor or licensed allied mental health professional who has had 20 clock hours of supervision training and the agreement has been approved by the board.

    Exam Required: NCE


  • Nebraska

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher from an approved educational program that is primarily therapeutic mental health in content, in a CACREP accredited program “or complete equivalent coursework,” from a regionally accredited institution. Completion of a practicum or internship with a minimum of 300 clock hours of direct client contact under the supervision of a qualified supervisor.

    Experiential Requirements: LMHP-CPC / LPC, LMHP 3,000 hours of post-master's supervised experience in mental health practice accumulated during the 5 years immediately preceding application for licensure. To include 1,500 hours of direct client contact (not more than 1,500 hours of non-direct service). Supervision must be under an LMHP, LIMHP, licensed psychologist, or licensed physician with mental health treatment training.

    Exam Required: LIMHP and LMHP with CPC credential NCE or NCMHCE


  • Nevada

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in mental health counseling or community counseling from a program approved by CACREP, “or equivalent program” of at least 48 semester hours and completion of the minimum required coursework, including three semester hour courses or four quarter hour courses in Supervised Clinical Practice by way of either practicum or internship in mental health counseling; accomplished over a period of one academic year.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s supervised counseling experience. To include 1,500 hours of direct client contact, 1,200 hours in the practice of clinical professional counseling and 100 hours of direct supervision under an approved supervisor of which at least 1 hour per week was completed for each work setting at which the applicant provided counseling.

    Exam Required: NCMHCE


  • New Hampshire

    Educational Requirements: All applicants shall have a master’s degree or doctoral degree in clinical mental health counseling from a CACREP accredited institution OR have a 60-credit degree in clinical
    mental health counseling or its equivalent from a program which has received regional accreditation from the Association Secondary Schools and Colleges. A minimum of one academic year of full-time graduate study in mental health counseling must be completed in residence at the institution granting the degree. There are 11 content areas. *A degree from a CACREP accredited program will be required beginning in 2022.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of paid post-master's supervised clinical work experience in a mental health setting, to be completed in no more than 5 years. Each year shall not be less than 1,500 clock hours. 100 hours of face-to-face supervision provided by a state-licensed, board approved, mental health professional is required.

    Exam Required: NCMHCE and an essay exam provided by the board.


  • New Jersey

    Educational Requirements: Minimum of 60 graduate semester hours which includes a master's degree in counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (45 of the 60 graduate semester hours must be distributed in 8 of the 9 defined course content areas). As of April 20, 2006, an acceptable graduate degree means that the word “counseling” or the word “counselor” appears in the title of the graduate degree awarded and that the institution offering the degree states in the catalog or in another format acceptable to the committee that the purpose of the graduate degree is to prepare students for the professional practice of counseling.

    Experiential Requirements: New Jersey offers LCMHC and LPC. See requirements below.

    LCMHC - Already holds an LPC Certification by the Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors, or any successor thereto; passage of a comprehensive qualifying examination prepared by the Academy; evidence satisfactory to the committee that the clinical mental health counselor has satisfied the continuing education requirements of the committee; and, evidence satisfactory to the committee that certification of the clinical mental health counselor has been renewed by the Academy 2 years/3,000 of post-master's degree supervised field experience, 100 hours of face-to-face supervision.

    LPC - 3 years of full-time supervised counseling experience in a professional counseling setting, 1 year of which may be obtained prior to the granting of the master's degree. 1 year/1,500 hours of experience may be eliminated by substituting 30 graduate semester hours beyond the master's degree. In no case may an applicant have less than 1 year of postmaster's supervised work experience.

    Exam Required: NCE


  • New Mexico

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling or a counseling related field with no less than 48 graduate hours from an accredited institution. Related field degree must meet the clinical core curriculum. Counseling related field is mental health, community counseling, agency counseling, psychology, clinical psychology, family studies, art therapy, or education.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years of postgraduate professional clinical counseling experience, with 3,000 hours of clinical client contact and a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervision. 1,000 hours of clinical client contact may come from the applicant’s internship/ practicum. Supervision must come from an LPCC or licensed MFT, professional art therapist, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, or independent social worker.

    Exam Required: New Mexico offers LPCC and LMHC. See requirements below.

    LPCC - NCE and NCMHCE

    LMHC - NCE


  • New York

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling that includes 60* semester hours and completion of specific coursework. *If counseling degree was completed prior to Jan. 1, 2010, 48 semester hours are required. Completion of a one-year supervised internship or practicum in mental health counseling (600 clock hours). Completion of coursework or training, approved by the Education Department, in the identification and reporting of child abuse.

    Experiential Requirements: 3,000 hours of post-master's supervised experience providing mental health counseling in a setting acceptable to the department. 1,500 of the hours must be direct client contact.

    Exam Required: NCMHCE without ESL arrangements


  • North Carolina

    Educational Requirements: For applicants after 03/01/16, a master's degree in counseling or related field from an institution of higher education that is either regionally accredited or accredited by an organization both recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and accredited by CACREP. Applicant must meet one of the following criteria: a. If the applicant enrolled in the master's program before July 1, 2009, a minimum of 48 semester hours or a minimum of 72 quarter credit hours. b. If the applicant enrolled in the master's program before July 1, 2013, but after June 30, 2009, a minimum of 54 semester hours or 81 quarter credit hours. c. If the applicant enrolled in the master's program after June 30, 2013, a minimum of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter credit hours. *Applicants after 7/1/2022 must hold a master’s degree from a CACREP-accredited program.

    Experiential Requirements: 3,000 hours of supervised professional practice; 2,000 hours must be direct counseling. No hours can be applied from the practicum/internship. Experience shall be gained at a rate of no more than 40 hours per week. 100 hours of clinical supervision required. 75 hours must be individual supervision. Must have a minimum of 1 hour of individual or 2 hours of group clinical supervision for every 40 hours of professional practice. Supervision shall be based on live observation, co-therapy, audio and video recordings, and live supervision. Supervisor must be approved by the board.

    Exam Required: NCE, NCMHCE, or CRCE and NC jurisprudence exam


  • North Dakota

    Educational Requirements: North Dakota offers LPCC and LPC. See requirements below.

    LPCC - Master's degree in counseling from an accredited college or university, including 60 semester hours, core clinical coursework (a minimum of 15 contact hours in each of 3 categories determined by the board), and 800 hours of clinical training in a supervised practicum and internship.

    LPC/LAPC - Master’s degree in counseling or closely related field from an accredited college or university, including 48 semester hours and specific core counseling coursework within the master’s degree. *60 semester hours will be required beginning in 2017.

    Experiential Requirements:

    LPCC - Must already possess the 1st level LPC credential; and 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s supervised clinical counseling experience in a clinical setting. Experience to include 100 hours of direct supervision (60 hours must be individual, face-to-face supervision) by a board approved supervisor.

    LPC - 400 hours of direct client counseling contact during the 2-year LAPC supervisory period. Experience to include 100 hours of direct supervision (60 hours must be individual, face-to-face supervision) by a board approved supervisor.

    Exam Required:

    LPCC – NCMHCE and a videotaped clinical counseling session of at least 30 minutes

    LPC – NCE


  • Ohio

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling from a CACREP accredited program, Graduates of a Non-CACREP program must submit their transcripts for evaluation and approval by the Counselor Professional Standards Committee. Beginning 1/1/18, all in-state applicants must hold a degree from a CACREP-accredited program; out-of-state applicants with Non-CACREP degrees may continue to submit transcripts for evaluation and approval. 100 hour practicum and 600 hour internship required.

    Experiential Requirements: LPCC Must already possess the 1stlevel LPC credential; and 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s clinical counseling experience under the supervision of an LPCC holding the supervision credential. 50% must be clinical experience. The supervision must include the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders; 50% of the time must be face-to-face contact delivering clinical counseling services. Supervisor will fill out an evaluation to evaluate competence to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders.

    Exam Required: Ohio offers LPCC and LPC. See requirements below.

    LPCC – NCMHCE

    LPC – NCE and Ohio jurisprudence exam


  • Oklahoma

    Educational Requirements: Master's degree or higher in counseling or a related mental health field, with 60 graduate semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) from a regionally accredited college/university. Completion of coursework in 10 areas and a counseling practicum/internship of 300 clock hours. The board will define what qualifies as counseling related.

    Experiential Requirements: 3 years/3,000 hours of fulltime post-application professional counseling experience supervised by an approved LPC Supervisor. For each 1,000 hours, 350 hours must be direct face-to-face contact. Face-to-face supervision must be 45 minutes for every 20 hours of experience. Up to 2 years of required experience may be gained at a rate of 1 year for each 30-graduate semester hours beyond the master’s degree, provided that such hours are clearly related to the field of counseling and acceptable to the board. The applicant shall have no less than 1 year of supervised full-time experience in counseling.

    Exam Required: NCE and Oklahoma Legal & Ethical Responsibilities Exam (as pertains to LPCs)


  • Oregon

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling, with 48 semester hours (or 72 quarter hours) in a CACREP or CORE accredited program, “or the content equivalent,” from a regionally accredited institution. Completion of an internship/ practicum consisting of 600 clock hours. If Graduating after October 1, 2014: Master’s degree or higher in counseling, with 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) in a CACREP or CORE accredited program, or the content equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution.

    Experiential Requirements: 3 years of full-time supervised experience in counseling, to include 2,400 hours of direct client contact. The supervision must take place concurrently with the direct client contact hours and must total no less than 2 hours of supervision for months where 45 or less direct client contact hours are completed; or total no less than 3 hours of supervision for months where 46 or more direct client contact hours are completed. Up to 75% of the individual supervision can be electronic and 50% of total supervision can be group. An approved supervisor must provide supervision. 600 (from 48 credit hours) or 700 (from 60 credit hours) client contact hours may be obtained during the clinical portion of the qualifying degree program.

    Exam Required: NCE, NCMHCE, CRCE, or other exam, as approved by the board and Oregon Law and Rules Exam


  • Pennsylvania

    Educational Requirements: Successful completion of a planned program of 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of graduate coursework in counseling or a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling, including a 48 semester hour (or 72 quarter hour) master’s degree in professional counseling or in a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling.

    OR Doctoral degree in counseling or in a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling.

    AND for both: Completion of coursework in 9 core areas including a supervised practicum (100 hours) and internship (600 hours). The supervised internship experience shall begin after completion of the supervised practicum experience.

    Experiential Requirements: 3 years/3,600 hours of supervised clinical experience after completing 48 graduate level credits (or 72 quarter hours). (Have to complete at least 600 hours a year and no more than 1,800 a year) If obtained a doctoral degree in counseling: 2 years/2,400 hours of supervised clinical experience. 1 year/ 1,200 hours must be obtained post-degree. Supervision must be provided by a qualified supervisor. At least 1,800 hours must be completed under an LPC that has 5 years of experience within the last 10 years as a professional counselor. There should be 2 hours of supervision for every 40 hours of client hours. The remaining hours may be completed under an individual that holds a license and has at least a master’s degree in a related field and 5 years of experience within the last 10 years in that field.

    Exam Required: Any ONE of the following: NCE, CRCE, ATCB, CBMT, PEPK, AAODA, EMAC


  • Puerto Rico

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling from an institution accredited by the Council of Higher Education of Puerto Rico—45 credit hours required. Specific coursework required in 8 out of 10 areas.

    Experiential Requirements: Completion of a minimum of 500 hours post-master’s practice supervised by a Certified Mentor. Upon approval of the exam required, the board shall issue a provisional license.

    Exam Required: NCE


  • Rhode Island

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher specializing in counseling/therapy from a college/university accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges or an equivalent regional accrediting agency.

    OR Master’s degree, certificate in advanced graduate studies, or doctoral degree in mental health counseling or allied field from a recognized educational institution.

    AND for both: Completion of 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours). (Master’s must be 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours) within the graduate counseling/therapy program, coursework in 8 core areas, a supervised practicum (12 semester hours), and one calendar year of a supervised internship consisting of 20 hours per week in counseling.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/2,000 hours of postmaster's direct client contact offering clinical or counseling or therapy services with emphasis in mental health counseling. To include 100 hours of postmaster's supervised case work spread over a 2 year period. Supervision must be under a board approved supervisor.

    Exam Required: NCMHCE


  • South Carolina

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution that includes at least 48 graduate hours, coursework in 10 content areas, and a 150 hour supervised counseling practicum.

    Experiential Requirements: Must already possess the 1stlevel LPC/I credential; and 2 years/1,500 hours of full-time post-master’s supervised clinical experience in the practice of professional counseling. The 1,500 hours must be direct counseling with individuals, couples, families, or groups. A minimum of 150 hours of the 1,500 hours must be clinical supervision provided by a board approved LPC supervisor (100 hours must be individual supervision).

    Exam Required: NCE or NCMHCE


  • South Dakota

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher with an emphasis in mental health counseling from a CACREP accredited program, “or equivalent program” from an accredited institution that includes specific coursework and a supervised practicum (100 hours) and internship
    (600 hours). 48 semester hours required for LPC licensure; 60 semester hours or completion of all required coursework for LPC-MH licensure.

    Experiential Requirements: South Dakota offers LPC-MH and LPC. See requirements below.

    LPC-MH - Must already possess the 1st level LPC credential; and 2 years/2,000 hours of postmaster’s direct client contact in a clinical setting and 100 hours of direct supervision, at least 50 hours of which shall be face-to-face. 1,000 hours of post-master’s direct client contact hours and 50 hours of face-to-face supervision earned under the LPC credential may be counted toward these requirements if LPC-MH supervision conditions were met.

    LPC - 2,000 hours of post-master’s counseling experience, with 800 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of direct supervision, at least 50 hours of which shall be face-to-face.

    Exam Required:

    LPC-MH - NCMHCE

    LPC - NCE


  • Tennessee

    Educational Requirements: Tennessee offers LPC/MHSP and LPC. See requirements below.

    LPC/MHSP - In addition to, or as part of the graduate degree – completion of 9 graduate semester hours of coursework related to diagnosis, treatment, appraisal, and assessment of mental disorders.

    LPC - 60 graduate semester hours in professional counseling or a related field from an institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools, CACREP, or a comparable accrediting body, which includes a master's degree in professional counseling and a supervised 500 hour practicum or internship (300 hours of which must be completed in a clinical setting).

    Experiential Requirements:

    LPC/MHSP - 2 years of post-master’s professional experience consisting of 3,000 hours of direct clinical experience (not less than 10 hours per week) 1,500 hours have to be direct client contact and 1,500 hours need to be clinically based. Must have 150 hours of supervision.

    LPC - 2 years of post-master’s professional experience consisting of 3,000 hours of direct clinical experience (not less than 10 hours per week). *As of January 31, 2013, Supervisors had to be licensed for 5 years, conform to section F of the ACA Code of Ethics, and have at least 12 clock hours of supervision training

    Exam Required:

    LPC/MHSP - NCE, NCMHCE, and TN Jurisprudence Exam

    LPC - NCE and TN Jurisprudence Exam


  • Texas

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling or related field from an accredited college/university consisting of 48 graduate semester hours. Completion of specific coursework and a 300 clock hour supervised practicum with at least 100 hours of direct client contact. Counseling related field: a mental health discipline utilizing human development, psychotherapeutic, and mental health principles including, but not limited to, psychology, psychiatry, social work, marriage and family therapy, and guidance and counseling. Non-counseling related fields include, but are not limited to, sociology, education, administration, dance therapy and theology. *60 semester hours will be required beginning in 2017.

    Experiential Requirements: 3,000 hours of post-master's supervised experience, including 1,500 hours of direct client contact. Supervision must be under a board approved LPC.

    Exam Required: NCE and Texas Jurisprudence Exam.


  • Utah

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in mental health counseling from a CACREP accredited program, including a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) in specific coursework. A minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 ½ quarter hours of a practicum. A minimum of 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of an internship.

    Experiential Requirements: Must already possess the LACMHC 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised professional counseling experience. 1,000 hours must be supervised experience in mental health therapy. 100 hours of face-to-face supervision required. Supervision must be under a licensed mental health therapist on site on with a contract.

    Exam Required: NCE, NCMHCE, and the Utah Professional Counselor Law, Rules and Ethics Exam


  • Vermont

    Educational Requirements: Master's degree or higher in counseling from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 60 semester hours and 700 hours of a supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in a clinical mental health setting. (Master’s degree must be 48 semester hours and “CACREP equivalent”.)

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster's experience in clinical mental health counseling, including 2,000 hours of direct client contact. 100 hours of face-to-face supervision required. Supervision should be 1 hour per 30 client hours and 50 must be individual supervision. Supervision must be under a board approved licensed mental health professional.

    Exam Required: NCE and NCMHCE and VT Jurisprudence exam


  • Virginia

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling that includes 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of graduate study in counseling. Completion of a supervised internship consisting of at least 600 hours. Programs that are approved by CACREP or CORE are recognized as meeting the definition of graduate degree programs that prepare individuals to practice counseling and counseling treatment intervention.

    Experiential Requirements: 3400 hours of postgraduate supervised counseling experience, including 2,000 hours of direct client contact. 200 hours of supervision required (100 hours must be under the supervision of an LPC approved by the board). Graduate level internship hours may count toward the 4,000 hours.

    Exam Required: NCMHCE


  • Washington

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in mental health counseling or related field from a regionally accredited college or university that includes a supervised counseling practicum or internship. Individuals who are certified as NCC or CCMHC are considered to meet educational requirements.ALL professionals must complete 4 hours of HIV/AIDS education and training.

    Experiential Experience: 3 years of full-time counseling or 3,000 hours of postgraduate supervised mental health counseling in an approved setting.To include 1,200 hours of direct counseling with individuals, couples, groups, or families and 100 hours of immediate supervision by a board approved supervisor. Graduates from CACREP accredited programs can count up to 50 hours of supervision and 500 hours of experience from their practicum/internship.

    Exam Required: NCE or NCMHCE.


  • Washington, D.C.

    Educational Requirements: 60 graduate semester hours, including a master’s degree in counseling or a related field from an accredited institution. Master’s degree to include coursework in 10 core areas, including a counseling practicum or internship.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,500 hours of postmaster’s supervised professional counseling experience. 200 hours of supervision (100 hours must be immediate supervision under an LPC).

    Exam Required: NCE. Will accept NCMHCE or CRCE if already taken in another jurisdiction.


  • West Virginia

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher from a program accredited by CACREP or CORE, or a comparable accrediting body, that includes 60 graduate semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) and a practicum and internship.Acceptable graduate degrees include a specialization in community agency counseling, mental health counseling, pastoral counseling, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, and substance abuse or addictions counseling. Similar degrees that include the word “counseling” and include specific coursework, and are determined by the board to be a closely related field, are also acceptable.

    Experiential Requirements: Must already possess provisional license. 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s supervised professional counseling experience. If obtained a doctoral degree: 1 year/1,500 hours of post-degree supervised professional counseling experience. At least 50% of the supervised counseling experience must be in the direct provision of counseling services to clients. A minimum of 1 hour of direct individual supervision is required for every 20 hours of practice. Supervision must be under a board approved professional.

    Exams Required: NCE, CRCE, or NCMHCE

  • Wisconsin

    Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling, or equivalent program approved by the board, from a regionally accredited institution that includes a minimum of 42 semester hours (or 63 quarter hours). 3 semester hours of Counseling Theories and 3 semester hours of a supervised counseling practicum are required.

    Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster's supervised professional counseling practice, including 1,000 hours of face-to-face client contact. Supervision must include one hour per week of face-to-face supervision and must be provided by a board approved mental health professional.

    Exams Required: NCE, CRCE, or equivalent exam approved by the board and Wisconsin Jurisprudence Exam.


  • Wyoming

    Educational Requirements: Master's degree or higher in counseling, with a minimum of 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) from a CACREP or CORE accredited program, or a regionally accredited college or university which meets the “CACREP criteria” for coursework, instructor qualification and supervision

    Experiential Requirements: 3,000 hours of supervised post-master’s clinical experience. (1,200 must be direct client contact and 100 hours must be face-to-face supervision. Supervision must be provided by a licensed mental health professional.

    Exams Required: NCE, NCMHCE, or CRCE