How to Become a Licensed Counselor

Counselors, like psychologists, are very important to a given community because they help diagnose, support, and treat people with serious mental, physical, or emotional issues. Many people with a wide variety of issues rely on their counselors to help them be successful and healthy in their everyday life. States are obviously concerned with the welfare of their citizens, so they take every necessary precaution to making sure that their counselors are well-qualified for the position.

This is why the state licensure requirements for each state are lengthy, thorough, and probably complicated. They include everything from education requirements, to experience requirements, and even paperwork requirements.

We built a database with detailed counseling licensure outlines for each state that tries to arm aspiring Counselors and psychology students with the information that will help them make the best decision for their career path.

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State Summary of License Requirements Education Requirement

Alabama

  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: National Counselor Exam (NCE)
 

 Master's in Counseling


Alaska
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: Two Years
  • Examination: National Counselor Exam (NCE)
 

 Master's in Counseling


Arizona
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: Two Years
  • Examination: NCE or CORE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Arkansas
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: Three Years
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


California
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCMHCE CPLEE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Colorado
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE Colorado Jurisprudence Exam
 

 Master's in Counseling


Connecticut
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3200 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Delaware
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 1600 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Florida
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 1000 Hours
  • Examination: NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Georgia
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: At Least Two Years
  • Examination: NCMHCE or NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Hawaii
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Idaho
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 1000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Illinois
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 960 Hours
  • Examination: LCPC
 

 Master's in Counseling


Indiana
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 1000 Hours
  • Examination: NMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Iowa
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 600 Hours
  • Examination: NCE/NCMHCE/CRCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Kansas
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 4000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Kentucky
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 4000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Louisiana
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 2000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Maine
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Maryland
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3250 Hours
  • Examination: EPPP
 

 Master's in Counseling


Massachusetts
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 2 Years
  • Examination: State Exam
 

 Master's in Counseling


Michigan
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE CRCC
 

 Master's in Counseling


Minnesota
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 4000 Hours
  • Examination: EPPP NCE NCMHCE CRCE
 

 Master's in Counseling

 


Mississippi
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3500 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Missouri
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Montana
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Nebraska
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Nevada
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


New Hampshire
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


New Jersey
  • Supervised Work Hours: 4500 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


New Mexico
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


New York
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


North Carolina
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE CRCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


North Dakota
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 2 Years
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Ohio
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 2 Years
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Oklahoma
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3 Years
  • Examination: NCE Oklahoma Jurisprudence Exam
 

 Master's in Counseling


Oregon
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 2400 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Pennsylvania
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3600 Hours
  • Examination: NCE EMAC CRC
 

 Master's in Counseling


Rhode Island
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 2000 Hours
  • Examination: NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


South Carolina
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 1500 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


South Dakota
  • Supervised Work Hours: 2000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Tennessee
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 2 Years
  • Examination: NCE Tennessee Jurisprudence Examination
 

 Master's in Counseling


Texas
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE Texas Jurisprudence Examination
 

 Master's in Counseling


Utah
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 1000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Vermont
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Virginia
  • Supervised Work Hours: 4000 Hours
  • Examination: NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Washington
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, ending in a Phd or PsyD.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


West Virginia
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE
 

 Master's in Counseling


Wisconsin
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE CRCC
 

 Master's in Counseling


Wyoming
  • Education: Bachelor's, Master's, or Phd.
  • Supervised Work Hours: 3000 Hours
  • Examination: NCE NCMHCE CRCC
 

 Master's in Counseling