A State by State Counselor Guide

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. Counselor-License.com 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.

CACREP Accredited Online Master's in Counseling Programs:

Capella University offers four online CACREP - Accredited Graduate Programs in Counseling: MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy, MS in School Counseling, and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. The MS in Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy program is also COAMFTE-accredited. In addition, Capella has program options in Addiction Studies, Studies in Human Behavior, General Psychology, Clinical Counseling, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport Psychology, and more. Click here to contact Capella University and request information about their programs.

CACREP Accredited Online Master's in Counseling Program:
Counseling@Northwestern, Northwestern University's CACREP-accredited online Master of Arts in Counseling Program, prepares the next generation of clinical mental health counselors through a comprehensive curriculum and extensive hands-on clinical training. Counseling@Northwestern is the only master's in counseling program to offer program tracks to suit students at any level of experience; the Standard program and the Bridge to Counseling program. Northwestern works with its students to ensure that they are able to meet licensure requirements in their state. Click here to contact Northwestern University for information about the program. (*This program is NOT available to students in WA, NV, MN, WI, AR, LA, AL, KY, NC, DE, MD, NH)