In order to achieve licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) counselors typically need to fulfill requirements in three areas: academic, national examination, and counseling hours.
Requirements for Licensure:
Academic - Usually at least a 48-hour master's degree in counseling or a counseling-related field is required, plus additional courses. For example, in Pennsylvania counselors need at least 60 academic credits (See PA Academic Requirements). Requirements in other states vary (see below for links to surrounding states).
Exam - You will need to pass the National Counselor Exam (NCE) for licensure.
Counseling Hours - Usually 3000 or more post-graduation counseling hours are required. In Pennsylvania the requirement is 3000 post-graduation hours.
Please review the specific code requirements for the state in which you wish to obtain licensure. The information on this page is a helpful overview, but it cannot replace written state information. Go to your state's website for complete information.
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How can the Graduate School of Counseling help?
Our 52-hour Master of Arts in Counseling degree is designed for students who wish to pursue licensure in the Commonwealth of PA. In addition, many of the courses assist students and alumni in other states to also pursue licensure. But a master's degree doesn't always fulfill the academic requirements. That is why BTS also has a Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling (CAPC). The CAPC is a 10-credit/ five-course certificate with courses in the five specific areas usually required by the states and tested on the licensing exam. Acceptance into the CAPC program is by application after completion of a master's degree. Click here for more information on our CAPC program.
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