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LPC Requirements & Applications


Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

Licensure Methods for Professional Counselors (LPCs)

July 1, 2008

Three application methods are currently available to persons seeking LPC licensure.  The three options are:

  • Licensure by Examination; 
  • Licensure for psychological practitioners (LPPs) and psychologists (LPs) currently licensed in Minnesota; and 
  • Licensure by Reciprocity
By Examination (Minn. Stat. sec. 148B.53, subd. 1)
 
  1. Master’s or Doctoral degree program in counseling or a related field, from a program that is CACREP accredited (www.cacrep.org) or by an accrediting agency recognized by CHEA (www.chea.org).
  2.  Degree upon which license application is based must include 
  • at least 48 semester or 72 quarter credits; 
  • a minimum 700 hour supervised field experience; and 
  • specific academic course content in ten subject areas.  
However, Minn. Stat. sec. 148B.531 allows up to 20 semester or 30 quarter credits and any of the field experience hours to be completed post-degree for licensure purposes.  If more than 20 semester or 30 quarter credits are earned post-degree, they must be earned in an organized sequence of study.

The ten core content areas are:

1. The helping relationship, including counseling theory and practice;

2. Human growth and development;

3. Lifestyle and career development;

4. Group dynamics, processes, counseling, and consulting;

5. Assessment and appraisal;

6. Social and cultural foundations, including multicultural issues;

7. Principles of etiology, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and 

    emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior;

8. Family counseling and therapy;

9. Research and evaluation; and

10. Professional counseling orientation and ethics.

 3. 2,000 hours of supervised professional practice; these hours may be (1) hours that were completed prior to licensure, if the Board finds the past supervision acceptable, or (2) they may be completed after licensure, based on a supervision plan that is accepted by the Board.
 

4. Successful completion of the National Counseling Examination (NCE) administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) or an alternate examination, determined by the Board to be equivalent to the NCE.
 

5. $425.00 check or money order to cover the application fee, the initial license fee, and the OET license surcharge fee.  All fees are non-refundable.
 

LPP or LP (Minn. Stat. sec. 148B.53, subd. 1[c] and 1[d])
 
a. Current Minnesota LPP or LP licensure.
 
b. Supervision:2,000 hours of supervised professional practice.
  • LPP:    These hours may be completed prior to or after LPC licensure if based on supervision that is accepted by the Minnesota Board of Psychology.
  • LP:      Supervision completed for the LP license is accepted as meeting the 2,000 hours.  True and correct copies of supervision verification submitted to the Minnesota Board of Psychology should be submitted to the BBHT.
c. Please note that your LPC license will be based upon the degree that your LPP or LP license is based upon
 
d. $425.00 check or money order to cover the application fee, the initial license fee, and the OET license surcharge fee.  All fees are non-refundable.
 

Reciprocity (Minn. Stat. sec. 148B.56)*
 
a. Current licensure of a credential in another state that is determined by the Board to have substantially similar licensure requirements and scope of practice as Minnesota LPCs.
 
b. 2,000 hours of supervised professional practice; these hours may be (1) hours that were completed prior to licensure, if the Board finds the past supervision acceptable or the license upon which reciprocity is based required at least 2,000 hours of supervision prior to licensure, or (2) they may be completed after licensure, based on a supervision plan that is accepted by the Board.
 
c. $425.00 check or money order to cover the application fee, the initial license fee, and the OET license surcharge fee.  All fees are non-refundable.
 

    *Please note that your Minnesota LPC license will be based upon the degree that your license or credential utilized for reciprocity is based upon.  You may wish to visit the Board's webpage regarding LPC Licensure by Reciprocity for more information regarding the reciprocity process.      

LPC Application for Licensure