- Requirements for Out-of-State: Applies to counselors who have earned a degree while living in another state.
- Requirements before 2012: Applies to those who began graduate study before August 1, 2012 and will complete that study on or before December 31, 2018.
- Requirements after 2012: Applies to those who begin graduate study on or after August 1, 2012, or who began graduate study before 2012, but do not complete that study before 2018.
View the descriptions of the core content areas, required for licensure.
View providers of required continuing education, graduate courses, and exam study programs.
- Counselors will complete a graduate degree that includes the LPCC requirements. See links above for requirements.
- Next, counselors will apply to the BBS to register as a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI) to earn their 3,000 supervised hours over a minimum of two years and a maximum of six years. Applicants will have one year, from the date of their letter of deficiencies, to complete any education deficiencies outlined by the BBS. All education requirements must be completed before the intern number can be assigned.
- The LPCC Law & Ethics Exam is taken in the first year of internship and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam is taken when all supervised hours are complete. An exam must be attempted at least once a year until all have been passed.
This process can take several years, since applicants will have one year to complete the application, one year to complete deficiencies after Board notification, one year to complete each exam and up to six years to complete the 3,000 supervised hours.
Counselors licensed in other states, who are applying for the LPCC in California, may have already met these requirements, so their path to licensure will be expedited.