Out-of-State Counselor Applicants Who Have Been Licensed in Another State for at least 5 years:


We welcome counselors who are licensed in other states to apply for licensure in Ohio.  The term “reciprocity” is often used by licensees who wish to transfer their license from one state to another.  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 for counselors).

The term “endorsement” means that a state recognizes the licensure of another state.  If you have an active license as a counselor in another state and have been licensed for at least 5 years you may not need to go through all the counselor licensing steps.  Our rules for endorsement of a counselor license can be found in Ohio Administrative Code 4757- 13-06

The following information explains the application process for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Ohio.

Please study this material carefully as it will answer most of your questions about the licensure requirements, the examination, and the application process. 

Ohio has two levels of professional counselor licensure.  An LPC has completed a master’s degree in counseling and meets the education requirements specified in rule 4757-13-01 of the Administrative Code.  An LPCC has met the LPC requirements plus additional supervised hours as specified in rule 4757- 13-03 of the Administrative Code.

Educational Requirements:

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC):

You must hold a graduate degree in counseling from an accredited institution.  All “Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs” “CACREP” accredited clinical mental health programs, clinical rehabilitation counseling programs, or addiction counseling programs meet Ohio’s education requirements for licensure. “CACREP” accredited mental health program degrees conferred prior to January 1, 2018 are also accepted as meeting the educational standards for licensure. Applicants from other accredited counseling programs shall meet the standards of division (B)(3)(d) of section 4757.23 of the Revised Code.

“Accredited” or “Appropriately Accredited” means an institution accredited or holding pre- accredited status at the college level by an accreditation agency recognized by the U. S. secretary  of education; or an institution accredited at the college level by an accrediting agency recognized by the “Council for Higher Education Accreditation” “CHEA”.

Examination Information:

The Board has contracted with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to administer the National Counselor Examination (NCE) as the examination required for licensure as a LPC in Ohio and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) for licensure as a LPCC in Ohio.  If you have taken either of the two examinations you will not need to retest for that level of licensure. Request that NBCC forward your examination score(s) to the board.

The steps in the application/endorsement process:  

The Counselor Professional Standards Committee meets the 3rd Thursday and Friday of every other month beginning in January will review the coursework worksheets and transcripts to determine applicant’s eligibility for licensure. The more complete the information on the coursework sheet the less likely you will be delayed by a request for additional information.

If the Counselor Professional Standards Committee determines that your degree does not meet the requirements established in OAC 4757-13-01; you will be notified in writing and given the opportunity for a hearing per chapter 119. of Ohio Revised Code.

Applicants will need to provide the following information to complete the licensure process:

Licensed Professional Counselor applicants

• All applicable transcripts sent directly from the school to the board. If the degree is from a non-CACREP program, complete the Course Worksheet

• Meet all requirements for LPC licensure pay $80+ $3.50 application fee

• Have NBCC send your NCE examination results to the Board

• Have your current state board send certification of your current licensure to Ohio

• Complete BCI & FBI criminal records check

• Watch the board’s  Laws & Rules Video 

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor applicants

• Meet all requirements for LPCC licensure pay $100+ $3.50  application fee

• Have NBCC send your NCMHCE exam results to the Board

• Document two years of supervised experience that meets the following requirements or were approved in your original state of licensure and are acceptable to the committee.

• Two full calendar years of supervision

• A minimum of 1,500 hours of experience within each year

• The experience must have included within its scope of practice the diagnosis and  treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

Your supervisor will complete the Form to document supervised hours  twice during your two years of supervision.

• Watch the board’s  Laws & Rules Video 

Note: requesting a copy of your licensure file from your state’s licensure board may expedite the processing of your application.

Click here to read the Laws and Rules