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LPC Requirements and Applications

***Fingerprint based background checks will begin August 1, 2017. If you submit this application after July 31, 2017, you will be required to include the $32 non-refundable criminal background check fee in addition to the $400 application and initial license fees.
 
Three application methods are currently available to persons seeking LPC licensure. The three options are:

By Examination (Minn. Stat. sec. 148B.53, subd. 1)
  • Masters 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
 
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.
 
LPP or LP (Minn. Stat. sec. 148B.53, subd. 1[c] and 1[d])
  • Current Minnesota LP licensure.
  • Supervision: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 to the BBHT.
Please note that your LPC license will be based upon the degree that your LP license is based upon

Reciprocity (Minn. Stat. sec. 148B.56)
  • Current licensure in another state that is determined by the Board to have substantially similar licensure requirements and scope of practice as Minnesota LPCs. Please visit the Board's LPC Reciprocity page to review states that have already been reviewed for reciprocity. 
  • 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.
Please note that your Minnesota LPC license will be based upon the degree that your license or credential utilized for reciprocity is based upon. 
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