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
  • 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