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Alabama
$300
Minnesota
$250
Maine
$200
Tennessee
$200
Delaware
$171
Colorado
$160
Illinois
$150
Kansas
$150
District of Columbia
$145
Iowa
$120
Texas
$106
Florida
$105
Arizona
$100
Georgia
$100
Michigan
$115
North Dakota
$100
Maryland
$100
South Dakota
$100
Oklahoma
$90
Idaho
$75
Ohio
$60
Montana
$50
Nevada
$50

LPC Requirements by State 2024

LPC Requirements by State 2024

Alabama

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): Licensed to render professional counseling services in private practice for a fee.
- Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC): Licensed to render professional counseling services in private practice for a fee while under board approved supervision.
Fees:- Application packet (if mailed):$25
- Application fee: $200 LPC License fee: $300
- ALC License fee: $150
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. 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.

Alaska

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Fees:- Application fee: $50
Initial Licensure fee: $200
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.
Experiential Requirements:- 2 years or 3,000 hours of post-master'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.

Arizona

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) - LACs shall practice only under direct supervision as prescribed by the board and shall not engage in independent practice.
Fees:- Application fee: $250
- LPC License fee: $250 LAC License fee: $100
- Temporary License fee: $50 Fingerprint Background Check: $29
Educational Requirements:- Master‟s degree or higher in counseling or a related field from a program that is either CACREP or CORE accredited or includes a minimum of 60 semester hours and completion of coursework in 14 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.
- 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.

Arkansas

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) - An applicant with less than 3 years of post-master's level supervision experience, if all other requirements have been met.
Fees:- Application packet (if mailed): $20
- Application fee: $200
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 or 3,000 hours of post- Master's supervised counseling experience (1 year = 1,000 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 board approved supervisor.

California

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
- Clinical Counselor Intern - An unlicensed person who has completed the education requirements and is registered with the board to complete the supervision requirements to be licensed as an LPCC.
- Clinical Counselor Trainee - An unlicensed person who is currently enrolled in a Master's or doctoral degree counseling program, has completed no less than 12 semester units or 18 quarter units of coursework in any qualifying degree program, and is completing the practicum requirement.
Fees:- Application, license, and registration fees TBD
Educational Requirements:- Master's degree or higher from an accredited institution, which is counseling or psychotherapy in content, includes 6 semester-hours of practicum or field study, and at least 3 semester hours (or 4 ½ quarter hours) of coursework in core content areas.
- Those who begin graduate study before 2012 and complete it before 2018 must complete degrees with no fewer than 48 graduate semester hours, including 9 core content areas plus 8 continuing education courses in specific topics.
- Those who begin graduate study in 2012 and after must complete degrees with no fewer than 60 semester hours, including 13 core content areas and other specifications.
Experiential Requirements:- 2 years/3,000 hours of post- degree supervised experience by an approved supervisor, including not less than 1,750 hours of direct counseling with individuals or groups in a clinical mental health setting.

Colorado

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor - An applicant who has completed the education requirements and is working in a residential child care facility under a licensed supervisor; valid for 2 years.
Fees:- LPC License: $160
- Provisional License: $100
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.
Experiential Requirements:- 2 years/2,000 hours of post- Master's practice in applied psychotherapy under board approved supervision.
- 100 hours of supervision are required, 70 of which must be individual supervision.

Connecticut

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Fees:- Application fee: $315
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:- 1 year/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.

Delaware

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH)
- Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health (LACMH) - An individual licensed for the purpose of gaining experience required for licensure as an LPCMH; must work under direct supervision of an LPCMH or other health professional approved by the board.
Fees:- LPC License: $171
- LACMH License: $171
Educational Requirements:- Master's degree or higher, 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 professional direct supervision acceptable to the board (100 hours must be face-to-face supervision).
- 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.

District of Columbia

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Fees:- Application fee: $85
- License fee: $145
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 post- Master's supervised professional counseling experience.
- 200 hours of supervision must be under an LPC (100 hours must be immediate supervision).

Florida

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
- Provisional Mental Health Counselor - A person provisionally licensed to provide mental health counseling under supervision; valid for 24 months. Issued to licensure applicants who have completed their clinical experience requirement intending to provide services in Florida while satisfying coursework and/or exam requirements.
- Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern - A person who is completing the post-Master's supervised clinical experience requirement.
Fees:- Application fee: $100
Initial License fee: $105
- Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern Application fee: $150
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 and a 2 hour prevention of medical errors course from an 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.

Georgia

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Associate Professional Counselor (ALPC)
- Applicant who has met the educational requirements and has registered with the board an acceptable contract for obtaining post-master's experience under direct supervision; valid for 5 years.
Fees:- LPC Application fee: $100
- ALPC Application fee: $100
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.
A minimum of 2 years of supervision must be provided by an LPC.
OR
- 3 years/1,800 hours of supervised post-Master's directed experience in professional counseling in a work setting acceptable to the board, a minimum of 90 hours of supervision, and a supervised counseling practicum or internship of at least 300 hours which was part of the graduate degree program.
- A minimum of 2 years of supervision must be provided by an LPC.

Hawaii

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Fees:- Application fee: $60 License fee
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 post-graduate 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.

Idaho

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Registered Counselor Intern A counselor performing under supervision as a part of the supervised experience requirement.
Fees:- LPC/LCPC Application fee: $75
- LPC/LCPC License fee: $75
- Counselor Intern Application fee: $25
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:LPC
- 1,000 hours of supervised experience in counseling, with 400 hours of direct client contact and a minimum of 1 hour face-to-face supervision for every 20 hours of experience. Supervised practicum and/or internship taken at the graduate level may be utilized.
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.

Illinois

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) - Holds license authorizing independent practice of clinical professional counseling in private practice.
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Holds license authorizing the practice of professional counseling.
Fees:- LCPC License: $150
- LPC License: $150
Educational 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 Regulation.
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.

Indiana

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Fees:- Application fee: $50
- Temporary permit: $25 (issued upon completion of the education and experience requirements and approval by the board to take the exam; valid for 180 days).
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 month period.
- 100 hours of face-to-face supervision under an LMHC or equivalent supervisor is required.

Iowa

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Fees:- Licensure fee: $120
Educational Requirements:- Master's degree or higher in mental health counseling from a CACREP accredited program, or the content equivalent, with at least 60 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours).
For applicants who enter(ed) 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).
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 enter(ed) 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.

Kansas

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) - May diagnose and treat mental disorders independently.
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - May practice under the direction of an LCPC, licensed psychologist, a person licensed to provide mental health services as an independent practitioner and whose license allows for diagnoses and treatment of mental disorders, or a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery.
Fees:- LPC/LCPC Application fee: $100
- LPC/LCPC License: $150 LPC Temporary License: $150
Educational 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, plus 2 years/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 150 hours of clinical supervision.

Kentucky

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
- Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) - Credential holder who has met all qualifications to engage in the practice of professional counseling under an approved clinical supervisor authorized by the board.
Fees:- LPCC Application fee: $150
- LPCA Application fee: $50
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.
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.

Louisiana

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Counselor Intern - Those with a Master's degree in counseling while practicing counseling under the board approved supervision of an LPC. Interns have 3 months to apply for licensure as an LPC after completing supervised experience.
Fees:- LPC Application fee: $200
- Counselor Intern Application fee: $100
Educational Requirements:- Master's degree or higher, the substance of which is professional mental health counseling in content, from a regionally accredited institution, with 48 semester hours and coursework in 8 content areas.
OR
- Completion of a CACREP accredited counseling program.
- 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 post-Master'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.
- A minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervision. Only 50 hours may be group supervision.
- 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.

Maine

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Conditional LCPC - A license granted to an applicant for licensure as an LCPC who has met all the requirements except for the supervised clinical experience; valid for 2 years.
Conditional LPC - A license granted to an applicant for licensure as an LPC who has met all the requirements except for the supervised clinical experience; valid for 2 years.
- Registered Counselor - A person who engages in procedures of counseling for a fee, monetary or otherwise, and who is registered with the Dept. of Professional and Financial Regulation. No minimum education, experience, or exam required. As of August 1, 2008, the board no longer issues initial licenses in this category, however current Registered Counselors may continue to renew.
Fees:- Application fee for all licenses: $25
- LCPC License: $200
- LPC License: $200
- Conditional LCPC License: $150
- Conditional LPC License: $150
- Registered Counselor biennial renewal fee: $50
- Criminal Background Check: $21
Educational 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.
- To include 1,500 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of clinical supervision 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.

Maryland

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
- Certified Professional Counselor (CPC) - Available to professional counselors who are not expected to diagnose and treat emotional disorders. (No longer available to new applicants. Those certified before October 1, 2008 may continue but may not seek inactive status or be reinstated for failure to renew.)
- Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor - Title used while fulfilling the supervised clinical experience requirement.
Fees:- Application Processing: $75
- Credentials Evaluation fee: $25
Certification and Licensure fee: $100
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 post-masters).
- 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.
- 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 by a board-approved supervisor.

Massachusetts

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Fees:- Application fee: $117
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).
- These hours do not include the pre-Master's practicum and internship supervision requirements.

Michigan

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) - A limited license is issued to those who have not yet completed the 3,000 hour supervised counseling experience; valid for one year and may be renewed.
Fees:- LPC License: $115
- LLPC License: $80
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.

Minnesota

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Supervision must be completed prior to licensure, or during the first 3 years of licensure. An LPC license is designated as “independent” or “supervised”.
Fees:- Initial License Application fee LPC/LPCC: $150
- Initial License fee LPC/LPCC: $250
Educational Requirements:LPCC
- Meet all LPC educational requirements.
- 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 hrs that is counseling in nature.
- The degree must include specific coursework in 10 core content areas.
Experiential Requirements: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 hrs that is counseling in nature.
- The degree must include specific coursework in 10 core content areas.
LPCC
- Meet all LPC educational requirements.
- 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.

Mississippi

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Fees:- Application packet: $10
- Application fee: $100
- A background check is required of all candidates.
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 post- master'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.

Missouri

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) - Issued automatically when supervision is registered and approved and all other requirements are met.
Fees:- Application fee: $150
- Registration of Supervision fee: $100
- Background Fingerprint Check (if done electronically through L-1 Enrollment Services): $52.20
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 post- Master's continuous counseling experience (full or part-time), to be completed within 60 months. 1,200 hours must be direct client contact.
- 15 hours of supervised counseling experience per week is required, with 1 hour a week of face-to-face supervision. 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.
- 15 hours of supervised counseling experience per week is required, with 1 hour a week of face-to-face supervision.
- Supervision must be under an LPC or licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.

Montana

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Fees:- Application fee: $50
- Initial License fee: $50
- MT requires fingerprint and background checks of all applicants.
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.
- Supervision must be under a licensed professional counselor or licensed allied mental health professional.

Nebraska

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner or Licensed Professional Counselor (LIMHP-CPC / LPC)
- Licensed Mental Health Practitioner-Certified Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor (LMHP-CPC / LPC) - This additional appellation is available for LMHPs who have a graduate degree from a CACREP accredited program or a program with equivalent coursework.
- Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) - An individual who is qualified to engage in mental health practice or offers or renders mental health practice services.
- Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) - An individual completing the 3,000 hour experience requirement; valid for 5 years.
Fees:- Independent Mental Health Practitioner License: $50 (if applicant holds an LMHP), $155 if no LMHP
- Mental Health Practitioner License: $38.75 or $155 depending on date application is submitted
- Professional Counselor Certificate: $50
- Provisional Mental Health Practitioner License: $125
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:LIMHP, LIMHP-CPC / LPC
- Must already possess the PLMHP or LMHP credential (or similar credential in another state); and
-2 years/3,000 hours of post-master's experience in mental health practice accumulated in not more than 5 years under the supervision of an LIMHP, licensed psychologist or licensed physician with mental health treatment training.
- To include 1,500 hours of experience with clients diagnosed under the major mental illness or disorder category.
OR
- 10 years/7,000 hours of post- Master's experience in mental health practice under the supervision of an LIMHP, licensed psychologist or licensed physician with mental health treatment training.
- To include 3,500 hours of experience with clients diagnosed under the major mental illness or disorder category.
LMHP, LMHP-CPC / LPC
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.

Nevada

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Intern - Required before beginning supervised experience after obtaining Master's degree; valid for 3 years.
Fees:- Initial Application fee: $75
- Issuance of Initial License: $50
Educational Requirements:- Master's degree or higher in mental health counseling or community counseling from a program approved by CACREP, or equivalent program of 48 semester hours and completion of required coursework, including a practicum and internship in mental health counseling under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional.
- Completion of residency training in psychiatry from an accredited institution approved by the board.
Experiential Requirements:- 2 years/3,000 hours of post- Master's supervised counseling experience.
- To include 1,500 hours of direct client contact 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.

New Hampshire

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
Fees:- License Application Review fee: $150
Educational Requirements:- Master's degree or higher in counseling or psychology from a regionally accredited college/university, which consists of a minimum of 2 academic years of full-time graduate study related to mental health counseling, 60 graduate semester hours, and coursework in 9 content areas (program must meet the board‟s approval).
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.

New Jersey

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) - After acceptable documentation of the satisfaction of the LPC educational and examination requirements, an individual may be granted licensure as an Associate Counselor to practice counseling under the direct supervision of an LPC or a supervisor acceptable to the committee.
Fees:- Application fee: $75
- LPC Initial License fee: $250 if applying during 1st year of biennial renewal, $125 if applying during 2nd year of biennial renewal.
- LAC Initial License fee: $180 if applying during 1st year of biennial renewal, $90 if applying during 2nd year of biennial renewal.
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:LPC
- 3 years/4,500 hours 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 post-master's supervised work experience.

New Mexico

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC)
- Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPC) - The board no longer issues initial licenses to LPCs, but current LPCs may continue to renew.
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) - Individuals who are pursuing the LPCC license but still need to complete the supervised experience requirements.
Fees:- Application fee: $75
- Board Administrative fee: $25 LPCC License: $220
- LPC Renewal fee: $150 LMHC License: $75
Educational Requirements:LPCC
- 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.
LMHC
- 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 and the 9 practicum hours.
Experiential Requirements:LPCC
- 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.

New York

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
- Limited Permit - Applicants who have met all requirements except experience and/or exam must apply for a 2 year permit to practice under supervision; may be renewed for one year, upon new application and permit fee.
Fees:- Application fee: $175
- Registration fee: $196
- Limited Permit fee: $70
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.

North Carolina

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA)
- Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS)
Fees:- Application fee (if mailed): $5
- Application processing fee: $100
Educational Requirements:- Master's degree or higher in counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education that includes coursework in 9 areas of study and meets the following additional requirements:
- 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) are required.
- A practicum and internship must be completed as part of the graduate course of study.
- Must cover at least a combined total of 17 hrs of graduate counseling supervision.
- Must consist of a combined minimum of 300 hrs of supervised graduate counseling experience at a rate of not less than 1 hr of clinical supervision per 40 hrs of graduate counseling experience.
- At least 60% of this counseling experience shall be direct graduate counseling experience.
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.
- Not less than 8 hours per week but 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 clinical supervision for every 40 hours of professional practice. Supervision shall be based on direct (live) observation, co-therapy, audio and video recordings, and live supervision.

North Dakota

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Full professional license after LAPC criteria are met and supervised experience has been completed.
- Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) - A two year license which allows for completion of the supervised experience. A two-year plan of supervision and passage of the NCE required.
Fees:- LPCC License: $150
- LPC License: $100
- LAPC License: $150
Educational Requirements: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.
- The board has proposed increasing the 48 semester hour requirement to 60 hours.
Experiential Requirements:LPCC
- Must already possess the 1st- level LPC credential; and
- 2 years/3,000 hours of post-Master'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 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.

Ohio

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Professional Counselor/ Clinical Resident (CR) - Title used while completing the 3,000 hours of supervised experience required for the LPCC license.
- Registered Counselor Trainee (RCT) - Title used while enrolled in a practicum or internship in a counselor education program.
Fees:- LPCC License: $75
- LPC License: $60
- Registered Counselor Trainee: no fee
Educational Requirements:- Master's degree or higher in counseling from an accredited program, with 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) from an accredited institution. 20 hours (or 30 quarter hours) must be in clinical content areas.
- 100 hour practicum
- 600 hour internship
Experiential Requirements:LPCC
- Must already possess the 1st-level LPC credential.
- 2 years/3,000 hours of post-Master's clinical counseling experience under the supervision of an LPCC holding the supervision credential.
- The supervision must include the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, and 50% of the time must be face-to-face contact delivering clinical counseling services.

Oklahoma

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Fees:- Application fee: $145
- Initial License fee: $90
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 full-time post-application professional counseling experience supervised by an approved LPC Supervisor.
- For each 1,000 hours, 350 hours must be direct face-to-face contact.
- Face-to-face supervision must be 45 minutes for every 20 hours of experience.
- Up to 2 years of required experience may be gained at a rate of 1 year for each 30 graduate semester hours beyond the Master's degree, provided that such hours are clearly related to the field of counseling and acceptable to the board.
- The applicant shall have no less than 1 year of supervised full-time experience in counseling.

Oregon

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Registered Intern - An applicant registered to obtain post-degree supervised work experience toward licensure.
Fees:- Application fee: $125
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.
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.
- An approved supervisor must provide supervision.
- 800 client contact hours may be obtained during the clinical portion of the qualifying degree program.

Pennsylvania

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Fees:- Application and Initial License fee: $45
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.
Experiential Requirements:- 3 years/3,600 hours of supervised clinical experience after completing 48 graduate-level credits (or 72 quarter hours).
- 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.

Rhode Island

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
Fees:- Application fee: $460
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) 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 hrs per week in counseling.
Experiential Requirements:- 2 years/2,000 hours of post-master's direct client contact offering clinical or counseling or therapy services with emphasis in mental health counseling.
- To include 100 hours of post- master's supervised case work spread over a 2-year period.

South Carolina

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Professional Counselor Intern (LPC/I) - An applicant who has met the education and exam requirements, but not the 2 years supervised experience requirement.
Fees:- Application fee: $170
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 1st- level LPC/I credential.
- 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).

South Dakota

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Fees:- LPC-MH Application fee: $100
- LCP-MH Initial Licensure fee: $75
- LPC Application fee: $100
- LPC Initial Licensure fee: $100
Educational Requirements:- LPC licensure: 48 semester hours
- LPC-MH licensure: 60 semester hours or completion of all required coursework
Experiential Requirements: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.

Tennessee

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (LPC/MHSP)
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Fees:- LPC with/without MHSP designation: $200
- MHSP Upgrade fee: $85
- Temporary License: $150
- State Registration fee: $10
- Background Fingerprint Check: $56
Educational Requirements: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:- 2 years of post-Master's professional experience consisting of 3,000 hours of direct clinical experience (not less than 10 hours per week) and 50 hours of supervision per year.

Texas

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-I) An applicant practicing under supervision; valid for 5 years.
Fees:- Application Processing fee: $98
- License Issue fee: $106
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.
Experiential Requirements:- 3 years/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.

Utah

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Certified Professional Counselor Intern Credential required before starting the supervised experience requirement; valid for 3 years.
- Certified Professional Counselor Extern
- For applicants who have a Master's degree but haven‟t completed all of the required coursework; valid for 3 years.
Fees:- LPC Application fee: $120
- CPC Intern Application fee: $85
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:- The 1st- level Certified Professional Counselor Intern credential.
- 2 years/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.

Vermont

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
Fees:- Application fee: $125
Educational Requirements:- Master's degree or higher in counseling from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 60 semester hours and 1,000 hours of a supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in a clinical mental health setting.
Experiential Requirements:- 2 years/3,000 hours of post- master's experience in clinical mental health counseling, including 2,000 hours of direct client contact.
- 100 hours of face-to-face supervision required.
- Supervision must be under a board approved licensed mental health professional.

Virginia

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Fees:- Initial Registration of Supervision: $50
- Application and Initial Licensure fee: $140
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:- 4,000 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).
- Graduate level internship hours may count toward the 4,000 hours.

Washington

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) - A prelicensure candidate who has a graduate degree in mental health counseling or related field and is working toward meeting the supervised experience requirements; valid for 1 year.
- Certified Counselor (CC) - Certified health professional authorized to engage in private practice counseling.
- Certified Adviser (CA) - Certified health professional authorized to engage in private practice counseling.
- Agency Affiliated Counselor (AAC) - A registered health professional that engages in counseling and is employed by an agency or facility that operates under state regulations. Applicant must provide satisfactory.
Fees:- LMHC Application fee: $150
- LMHC Initial License fee: $125
- LMHCA Application fee: $50
- Certified Counselor application and certification fee: $110 examination or $85 re-examination
- Certified Adviser application and certification fee: $80 examination or $85 re-examination
- Agency Affiliated Counselor application and registration fee: $50
Educational Requirements:LMHC/LMHCA
- 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.
Certified Counselor
- Have a written supervisory agreement with an approved supervisor.
- Have a BS degree in a counseling-related field.
- Pass the Washington State Certified Adviser Examination in risk assessment, ethics and appropriate screening using the global assessment of functioning scale, client referral and Washington State law.
Certified Adviser
- Associate's degree which included a supervised internship in a counseling-related field.
Agency Affiliated Counselor
- May only provide counseling services as part of their employment. Must be employed with an agency or facility identified in WAC 246-810-016.
All professionals
- Must complete 4 hours of HIV/AIDS education and training.
Experiential Requirements:LMHC
- 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.
CC/CA/AAC
- None required for certification or registration.
- Required to have a written supervisory/consultation agreement while practicing with credential.

West Virginia

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Fees:- Application fee: $200
- Initial License fee: depends on date applicant is licensed
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:2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster‟s supervised professional counseling experience.
- If obtained a doctoral degree: 1 year/1,500 hours of postdegree 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.

Wisconsin

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Licensed Professional Counselor Trainee - An applicant who has completed the degree requirements but not the supervised experience; valid for 48 months.
Fees:- Application and Initial Licensure fee: $147 (includes $57 state law exam fee)
- Professional Counselor Training License: $75
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 post- master'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.

Wyoming

Title(s) of Credential:- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Provisional Professional Counselor (PPC) - An applicant who has received a Master's degree, but has not passed the NCE exam or completed the supervised experience requirement; valid for 36 months.
Fees:- LPC Application fee: $200
- PPC Application fee: $100
Educational Requirements:- Master's degree or higher in counseling, with a minimum of 48 semester hours (or 72 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 clinical experience (1,500 must be post-masters), including 100 hours of face-to-face supervision.
- Supervision must be provided by a licensed mental health professional.

LPC Requirements by State 2024

  • LPC is an acronym for Licensed Professional Counselor.
  • Fees listed in Additional Fees may change at any time and may or may not apply to a given LPC candidate. As such, candidates should confirm any possible fees with officials in their state of residence.
  • Some states give LPCs a different title or give the role multiple levels. For example, Kentucky uses the terms Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and the lower-level Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA).

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State
LPC License Fee
Application Free
Additional Fees
Alabama$300200Application packet (if mailed): $25. ALC license fee: $150.
Alaska50Initial licensure fee: $200
Arizona$100250Temporary license fee: $50. Fingerprint background check: $29
Arkansas200Application packet (if mailed): $20
CaliforniaTBDApplication fee and ALC license fee, amounts unspecified
Colorado$160Provisional license: $100
Connecticut315
Delaware$171LACMH license: $171
District of Columbia$14585
Florida$105100Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern Application fee: $150
Georgia$100ALPC application fee: $100
Hawaii$60Licenses are renewed triannually. Fees vary in relation to time left in the triennium. - July 2022-June 2023: $256. - July 2023-June 2024: $444 (new triennium start). - July 2024-June 2025: $350. - July 2025-June 2026: $256.
Idaho$7575LCPC application fee: $75. LCPC license fee: $75. Counselor intern application fee: $25.
Illinois$150LCPC license: $150
Indiana50Temporary permit: $25 (issued upon completion of the education and experience requirements and approval by the board to take the exam; valid for 180 days).
Iowa$120
Kansas$150100LCPC application fee: $100, LCPC license: $150, LPC temporary license: $150
KentuckyLPCC application fee: $150, LPCA application fee: $50
Louisiana200Counselor intern application fee: $100
Maine$20025LCPC License: $200, Conditional LCPC License: $150, Conditional LPC License: $150, Registered Counselor biennial renewal fee: $50, Criminal Background Check: $21
Maryland$10075Credentials Evaluation fee: $25, License fee is known as Certification and Licensure fee
Massachusetts117
Michigan$115LLPC license: $80
Minnesota$250150LPCC initial license application fee: $150, LPCC initial license fee: $250
Mississippi100Application packet: $10. A background check is required of all candidates.
Missouri150Registration of Supervision fee: $100, Background Fingerprint Check (if done electronically through L-1 Enrollment Services): $52.20
Montana$5050Montana requires fingerprint and background checks of all applicants.
NebraskaIndependent Mental Health Practitioner license: $50 (w/ LMHP), $155 (no LMHP). Mental Health Practitioner license: $38.75 or $155 depending on date of submission. Professional Counselor certificate: $50. Provisional Mental Health Practitioner license: $125.
Nevada$5075Fee for issuance of initial license only
New Hampshire150
New Jersey$75Licenses renew biannually. LPC Initial License fee: - $250 during 1st year of biennial renewal. - $125 during 2nd year of biennial renewal. LAC Initial License fee: - $180 during 1st year of biennial renewal. - $90 during 2nd year of biennial renewal.
New Mexico75Board administrative fee: $25. LPCC license: $220. LPC renewal fee: $150. LMHC license: $75
New York175Registration fee: $196. Limited Permit fee: $70.
North Carolina105Application fee (if mailed): $5. Application processing fee: $100.
North Dakota$100LPCC license: $150. LAPC license: $150.
Ohio$60LPCC license: $75. Registered Counselor Trainee: no fee
Oklahoma$90145
Oregon125
Pennsylvania45Application fee includes initial license fee
Rhode Island460
South Carolina170
South Dakota$100100LPC-MH application fee: $100. LPC-MH initial licensure fee: $75.
Tennessee$200MHSP upgrade fee: $85. Temporary license: $150. State registration fee: $10. Background fingerprint check: $56
Texas$10698
Utah120CPC intern application fee: $85
Vermont125
Virginia140Initial Registration of Supervision: $50. Application fee includes initial license fee
WashingtonLMHC application fee: $150. LMHC initial license fee: $125. LMHCA application fee: $50. Certified Counselor application and certification fee: $110. Examination or re-examination fee: $85. Certified Adviser application and certification fee: $80. Examination or re-examination fee: $85. Agency Affiliated Counselor application and registration fee: $50
Wisconsin147Application fee includes initial license fee and $57 state law exam fee. Professional Counselor Training License: $75
Wyoming200PPC Application fee: $100
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