Counselor Licensing


Becoming a licensed professional counselor can seem and be complex at times. State licensure boards have provided the necessary information regarding their requirements to practice as a counselor in their state, however, this material can often times be tricky to find. As a student or recent graduate, it is common to feel overwhelmed with the required steps toward licensure and in what order to approach these steps.

Each state has their own requirements for counselors to obtain licensure or certification. Some states have similar requirements while others may be entirely different. Finding those requirements via government websites, sorting through the pages of requirements and deciphering those requirements once found is a tedious task. Your time is valuable. has simplified the search process to save you time and point you to the resources you need to help secure a counseling license in your state.

Licensing counselors in a state assures that only individuals with the appropriate academic preparation and experience are treating patients. This maintains a level of safety and confidence for both patient and counselor.

Counselor Certification

Certification by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) or the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) is not a license to practice, but it does demonstrate a counselor's competence in a specific field of counseling based upon his or her completion of academics, experience, and passing an examination.

Capella University offers three online CACREP - accredited Master's programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling. Click here to contact Capella University and request information about their programs.

The Family Institute at Northwestern University offers an online Master of Arts in Counseling Program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation ensures that the curriculum meets professional standards and makes graduates eligible for licensure as clinical mental health counselors in most states. The program is offered full time and part time and can be completed in as few as 18 months. GRE scores are not required. Request information here.

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