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State Requirements for Counseling Licensure

StateLicensing BoardLicensure
Alabamawww.abec.alabama.gov
https://www.alabamaachieves.org/
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC)
  • School Counselor [P-12]
Alaskawww.commerce.alaska.gov/web
https://education.alaska.gov/
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • School Counselor [grade levels vary]
Arizonahttp://azbbhe.us
https://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)
  • Guidance Counselor [PreK-12]
Arkansashttps://abec.statesolutions.us/
https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/learning-services/guidance-and-school-counseling
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)
  • School Counselor [P-8] [7-12] [P-12]
Californiawww.bbs.ca.gov
www.ctc.ca.gov
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI)
  • School Counselor [PreK-12]
Coloradohttps://dpo.colorado.gov/ProfessionalCounselor
www.cde.state.co.us
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • School Counselor [Birth-21]
Connecticuthttps://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing–Investigations/Professional-Counselor/Professional-Counselor-Licensing https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Certification/Bureau-of-Certification
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • School Counselor [PreK-12]
Delawarehttp://dpr.delaware.gov/
https://www.doe.k12.de.us/certification
  • Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH)
  • Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health (LACMH)
  • Elementary Counselor [1-6]
  • Middle School Counselor [5-8]*
  • Secondary Counselor [9-12]

*Must have either an Elementary or Secondary School Counselor Certificate
District of Columbiahttps://dchealth.dc.gov/
www.osse.dc.gov
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • School Counselor [K-12]
Floridahttp://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/
https://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/index.stml
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Provisional Mental Health Counselor
  • Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
  • School Counselor [PK-12]
Georgiahttps://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/43
www.gapsc.com
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Associate Licensed Professional Counselor (LAPC)
  • School Counselor [P-12]
Hawaiihttp://cca.hawaii.gov/
https://hawaiiteacherstandardsboard.org/
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • School Counselor [K-6] [7-12] [K-12]
Idahohttps://dopl.idaho.gov/
https://www.sde.idaho.gov/cert-psc/cert/
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Registered Counselor Intern
  • School Counselor [K-12]
Illinoishttps://www.idfpr.com/profs/profcounselor.asp
https://www.isbe.net/licensure
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • School Counselor [K-12]
Indianahttps://www.in.gov/pla/professions/behavioral-health-and-human-services-licensing-board/
https://www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing/
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • School Counselor [P-12]
Iowahttp://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Behavioral-Science
www.boee.iowa.gov
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Elementary School Counselor
  • [K-8] Secondary School Counselor [5-12]
Kansashttp://www.ksbsrb.org/
www.ksde.org/
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • School Counselor [PreK-12]
Kentuckyhttp://lpc.ky.gov
http://www.epsb.ky.gov/
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA)
  • Guidance Counselor [PreK-12]
Louisianawww.lpcboard.org
www.teachlouisiana.net
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC)
  • School Counselor [K-12]
Mainehttps://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/
https://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Conditional LCPC
  • Conditional LPC
  • Registered Counselor*
  • School Guidance Counselor [K-12]

*As of August 1, 2008, the Board is no longer issuing initial licenses in this category, however current Registered Counselors may continue to renew.
Marylandhttps://health.maryland.gov/bopc/Pages/index.aspx
http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DEE/Certification/index.aspx
  • Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
  • Certified Professional Counselor (CPC) – renewals only
  • Guidance Counselor [PreK-12]
Massachusettshttps://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-of-allied-mental-health-and-human-services-professions
https://www.doe.mass.edu/edeffectiveness/
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • School Guidance Counselor [PreK-8] [5-12]
Michiganhttps://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72603—,00.html
www.michigan.gov/mde
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC)
  • School Counselor [K-8] [6-12] [K-12]
Minnesotahttps://mn.gov/boards/behavioral-health/
https://education.mn.gov/mde/index.html
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • School Counselor [K-12]
Mississippihttps://www.lpc.ms.gov/wplpc/
https://www.mdek12.org/OEL
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Guidance Counselor [K-12]
Missourihttp://pr.mo.gov/counselors.asp
http://dese.mo.gov
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC)
  • School Counselor [K-8] [7-12]
  • School Counselor [K-12]
Montanahttps://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/behavioral-health/
https://opi.mt.gov/
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
  • School Counselor [K-12]
Nebraskahttp://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/pages/mental-health-and-social-work-practice.aspx
www.education.ne.gov/tcert
  • Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner-Certified Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor (LIMHP-CPC/LPC)
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP)
    Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP)
  • School Guidance Counselor [K-6] [4-9] [7-12] [K-12]
Nevadahttp://marriage.nv.gov/
http://www.doe.nv.gov/Educator_Licensure/
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
  • Licensed Clinical Counselor Intern
  • School Counselor [K-12]
New Hampshirehttps://www.oplc.nh.gov/board-mental-health-practice
www.education.nh.gov
  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
  • School Guidance Counselor [K-12]
New Jerseyhttp://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/pc/Pages/default.aspx
https://www.nj.gov/education/license/
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)
  • School Counselor [P-12]
New Mexicohttps://www.rld.nm.gov/boards-and-commissions/individual-boards-and-commissions/counseling-and-therapy-practice-overview/
https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/licensure/
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) – renewal only
  • Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPC) – renewal only
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • School Counselor [PreK-12]
New Yorkhttp://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mhclic.htm
www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • School Counselor [PreK-12]
North Carolinahttp://www.ncblpc.org
https://www.dpi.nc.gov/educators/educators-licensure
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS)
  • School Counselor [K-12]
North Dakotawww.ndbce.org
https://www.nd.gov/dpi/
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC)
  • School Counselor [PreK-12]
Ohiohttps://cswmft.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/cswmft/
http://education.ohio.gov
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Professional Counselor/Clinical Resident
  • School Counselor [K-12]
Oklahomahttps://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/
https://sde.ok.gov/teacher-certification
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Elementary Counselor [K-8]
  • Secondary Counselor [9-12]
  • School Counselor [PK-12]
Oregonhttps://www.oregon.gov/oblpct/Pages/index.aspx
https://www.oregon.gov/tspc/Pages/index.aspx
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Registered Intern
  • School Counselor [grade levels vary]
Pennsylvaniahttps://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Pages/default.aspx
https://www.education.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Elementary School Counselor [K-6]
  • Secondary School Counselor [7-12]
Rhode Islandhttps://health.ri.gov/licenses/
www.ride.ri.gov
  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
  • School Counselor [PK-12]
South Carolinahttps://llr.sc.gov/cou
https://ed.sc.gov/educators/certification/
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Professional Counselor Intern (LPC/I)
  • Guidance Counselor [grade levels vary]
South Dakotahttps://dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/counselors/counselors.aspx
https://dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/counselors/lpc.aspx
  • Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health (LPC-MH)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • School Counselor [P-12]
Tennesseehttps://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/pcmft-board.html
https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing/educator-licensure.html
  • Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (LPC/MHSP)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • School Counselor [PreK-12]
Texashttps://www.dshs.texas.gov/consumerprotection/transition.aspx
https://tea.texas.gov/
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-I)
  • School Counselor [EC-12]
Utahhttps://dopl.utah.gov/cmhc
https://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/main
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Associate Professional Counselor
  • Associate Professional Counselor Extern
  • School Counselor [K-12]
Vermonthttps://sos.vermont.gov/allied-mental-health
www.education.vermont.gov
  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
  • School Counselor [PreK-12]
Virginiawww.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling
www.doe.virginia.gov
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • School Counselor [PreK-12]
Washingtonhttps://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate
www.k12.wa.us/certification
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA)
  • Certified Counselor (CC)
  • Certified Adviser (CA)
  • Agency Affiliated Counselor (AAC)
  • School Counselor [P-12]
West Virginiawww.wvbec.org
https://wvde.us/certification/certification-info/
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • School Counselor [PreK-Adult]
Wisconsinhttps://dsps.wi.gov/pages/Home.aspx
https://dpi.wi.gov/licensing
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Professional Counselor Trainee
  • School Guidance Counselor [K-12]
Wyominghttps://mentalhealth.wyo.gov/
http://wyomingptsb.com/
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Provisional Professional Counselor (PPC)
  • School Counselor [K-6] [7-12] [K-12]