How to Become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia

What Are the Requirements to Become a Counselor in Georgia?

To become a counselor in Georgia, you will need to contact the Georgia Composite Board, also known as GCP to request a Professional Licensing application. You will need to also access their website or call the Georgia Composite Board’s Phone number to download the application, following setting up your appointment to take your required examinations. To be considered, you will need to ensure you have at least your Master’s Degree in a counseling program. The college/university you graduated from must have been accredited. If not, you will need to receive acceptance into one of the Georgia approved counseling program before applying to a counselor position.

What Are the Education Requirements to Become a Professional Counselor in Georgia?

According to state law in Georgia, in order to begin practicing as a Professional Counselor, you must first apply and obtain certification or a license from the state. As is the case with all states, Georgia has very strict requirements that must be met in order to even apply for certification. For example, you must hold a Masters Degree from an accredited institution and you must prove that the graduate work you did is focused primarily on counseling. You also will need to take and pass The National Counselor Examination (NCE) which is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors.  Please keep in mind that Georgia has multiple levels and types of counselors and that there are different requirements for different types of counselors. These are the requirements only if you are interested in becoming a Professional Counselor.

Counseling Educational Track
Education Requirements Education Length Available Programs
Undergraduate Work Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling 4 Years Online or Campus
Graduate Work Earn a Master's Degree in Counseling 5-6 Years Online or Campus
PHD or Doctoral Work Earn a Doctorate in Counseling 7-8 Years Online or Campus

What Are the Supervised Experience Requirements to Become a Counselor in Georgia?

You are required to have practiced under supervision prior to applying for the licensure exam. In the state of Georgia, there are different requirements when it comes to supervision:

  • If you hold a doctoral degree with a program that is only for counseling, you will only need one year of an internship.
  • If you have a counseling Master’s degree, you will need up to four years of practice, which is supervised.
  • If you hold a specialist degree in counseling that requires an internship, you will need two years of supervised practice.
  • If your Master’s Degree is specified in Vocational Counseling, you will need 3 years of supervised practice

Your professional supervisor is expected to document and fill out any paperwork. This is so they can verify that you have had this supervision experience.

What Are the Examination Requirements to Become a Counselor in Georgia?

In the state of Georgia, you are required to take and pass the state licensure exam; this is called the national Counselor examination. To be considered for the state licensure exam, you will need to make sure that you have completed 700 combined internship and practicum hours along with 600 hours of internship.

You will be required to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam in order to become licensed in the state of Georgia. The National Board for Certified Counselors administers the exam.

Prior to applying to the board, you are required to get approval. Once you receive approval, you will then be required to send in the fee of $195 along with your registration. There may be a waiting period of 4 weeks from the NBCC for confirmation. Once received, you will be able to register at the testing center.

Schools with Degree Programs Accepting Students from Georgia

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