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 LPC License Requirements 

The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license is a master's degree level license. The Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) has three license application methods for this license. Below you will find a brief description of the requirements you need to meet in order to apply. License requirements under Minnesota Statutes section 148B.53, Minnesota Statues section 148B.56, and Minnesota Statutes section 148B.53, subdivision 1[c] and 1[d] are as follows: 
IMPORTANT: If you have completed, or are close to (i.e., about 6 months or so) completing your 4000 post-masters supervised work hours and 200 supervision hours, you may want to apply for the LPCC General Method instead. Please email the LPC/LPCC Licensing Coordinator for additional details/questions before submitting an LPC application. 
Apply by Examination 
  • A master's or doctoral degree program in counseling or a related field from a program that is CACREP accredited or a CHEA accredited educational institution.
    • The degree upon which license application is based must include:
      • At least 48 semesters or 72 quarter credits; 
      • Graduate program supervised field experience of at least 700 hours; 
      • Specific academic coursework content in ten subject areas. 
  • Completion of 2,000 hours of supervised post-degree professional practice. These hours may be completed prior to licensure if the Board finds the past supervision acceptable; or completed after licensure, based on a supervision plan that is accepted by the board. 
    • Supervision must be obtained at a rate of 2 hours per 40 hours of professional practice, for a total of 100 hours of supervision. At least 50 percent of the required hours must be individual, 1:1, supervision. 
  • Successful completion of the National Counselor Examination (NCE), the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE), or an alternate examination, determined by the Board to be equivalent to the NCE.
Ten core academic content areas: 
  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; 
  8. Family counseling and therapy; 
  9. Research and evaluation; and
  10. Professional counseling orientation and ethics. 
Apply with a current LP license
  • Current Minnesota LP License 
  • 2,000 hours of supervised professional practice. 
    • 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 directly to BBHT. 
Please note that your LPC license will be based on the degree your LP license is based upon. 
Apply by Reciprocity
  • Current licensure in another state which has been determined by BBHT to be substantially similar to LPC licensure requirements and scope of practice in Minnesota. 
    • Please visit the Board's Reciprocity Page to review states that have already been reviewed for reciprocity licensure.
  • Before submitting a reciprocity application, please review the LPC/LPCC continuing education requirements. If your graduate degree was less than 60 semester credits, you will need to complete additional graduate credits within your first four years of licensure
Please note that your Minnesota LPC license will be based on the degree that your reciprocal license or credential is based upon. 

Application process 

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