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Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Information

This is a brief overview of the law concerning  Professional Counselor licensure . It is your responsibility to read the Laws and Rules for a full understanding of the requirements for  Professional Counselor licensure. 

Ohio’s Education Requirements for Counselor Licensure: 


Master’s degree from a clinical mental health counseling program, clinical rehabilitation counseling program, or addiction counseling program accredited by the council for accreditation of counseling and related educational programs “CACREP.” A master’s degree from a CACREP-accredited mental health counseling program meets the education requirements if it is conferred on or before January 1, 2018. 

All Applicants, please note that any courses with a grade of less than a B- will have to be repeated in order to meet the course requirements for LPC & LPCC licensure. 


NCE Examination


If you attend a CACREP accredited school and are enrolled in your final term,  submit a letter from school stating you will graduate this term with this request to take the PC licensure examination. Non pre-approved programs submit transcript showing conferred degree with this form. Please remember to send school letter or transcript if you email the information below to rena.elliott@cswb.ohio.gov  

Failure to Meet Examination Requirements

If the Counselor Professional Standards Committee determines that your degree or license from another state does not meet the requirements of Rule 4757-13-01 or 4757-13-06, you will not be allowed to sit for the exam.

Documents required to complete your PC licensure file:

1.) Internship Supervisor Evaluation Rating Form

2.) NCE Test Results – please fax your exam results to 614-728-7790 (for Board approved examinees). Allow 4-6 weeks to schedule exam.

3.) Official Transcript, showing your graduate degree in counseling, conferred & mailed directly from your school.

4.) BCI & FBI Criminal Records Check  (Watch the Video)

5.) PC licensure application, notarized, with fee.

6.) Complete the board’s online Laws and Rules Exam

Contact the Counselor Licensure Coordinator