LPCC Application Instructions

Easy Steps to Ohio LPCC Licensure

Based on Chapter 4757 of the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code

LPCC License

After becoming a LPC, if you wish to begin the process to upgrade your license to the LPCC, please complete the following steps. 

  1. Complete two years of supervised experience. Your experience must meet the requirements for the LPCC with 50% of your time spent in clinical counseling services, which include the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders under a LPCC with the supervising counselor designation. If you have a doctorate in counseling, you may receive credit for up to one year of supervised practice in a doctoral internship with clinical focus.  Your supervisor will submit the Board's new online form to document your doctoral internship hours of supervised practice.
  2. Have each training supervisor complete the new online form to document your supervised hours.NOTE: You need to document at least two years, at least 1,500 hours for each year and at least 150 hours of supervision. You need a submission from each supervisor.
  3. If you did NOT pass the PCLE by 2006, submit an application for LPCC licensure (good for 2 years) which will generate a request to sit for the Ohio LPCC licensing exam (NCMHCE). Please be prepared to take the exam when a letter of eligibility is requested, as the letter is valid for only six months. Applicants who pay for and register for the exam may forfeit fees if they do not take the exam by the expiration date of the letter of eligibility.     
  4. Pass the exam. E-mail a copy of your exam results to counseling@cswb.ohio.gov  
  5. Complete and Submit a BCI & FBI Criminal Background Check, instructions may be found on our website. 
  6. Submit the LPCC license application and fees. The application can be found at https://elicense.ohio.gov/OH_HomePage
  7. Note: There is no provisional license for the LPCC.


Documents required to complete your LPCC application:

1) Online forms documenting your supervised experience from all training supervisors. 

2) NCMHCE Test results (unless you are currently licensed as a result of passing the PCLE) -  please e-mail your NCMHCE results to counseling@cswb.ohio.gov  

3) BCI & FBI Criminal Records Check 

4) To complete the LPCC online application go to:    Log in and go to your license tile and click APPLY FOR A NEW LICENSE then select the name of our Board from the drop down menu. Choose the license type you are applying for and pick the application type examination or reciprocity. (Reciprocity means that two or more states have a written agreement indicating that a licensee from one state can be licensed in the other states under that written agreement.  Ohio has a reciprocity agreement with Kentucky).

5) Watch the board’s  Laws & Rules Video