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 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.”
NCE Examination Preapproval
Exam preapproval is processed once a complete application is received. If you attend a CACREP accredited school and are enrolled in your final term, complete an online LPC application. Include in the attachments a letter from school stating you will graduate during the term in which you are applying. Applicants enrolled in Non-CACREP programs must submit with their application a transcript showing the conferred degree and a completed course worksheet. Please be prepared to take the exam when a letter of eligibility is requested. Exam approval is valid for twelve 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. When registering and paying for the exam, be sure you are on the NBCC/CCE State Licensure ProCounselor page to ensure you pay for the correct exam (NCE).
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 LPC licensure application:
1.) Internship Supervisor Evaluation Rating Form (Non-CACREP program graduates only)
2.) NCE test results – please e-mail your exam results to email@example.com
3.) Official transcript, showing your conferred graduate degree in counseling, provided to the Board by the applicant or the applicant's college or university. The Board prefers electronic delivery (firstname.lastname@example.org), but mail and fax are also accepted.
4.) BCI & FBI Criminal Records Check (Watch the Video)
5.) Completed online LPC application - https://elicense.ohio.gov/OH_CommunitiesLogin
6.) Watch the board’s online Laws and Rules video
After You Have Submitted Your Application
- Be sure to submit any required documents.
- Complete the background checks.
- Track the status of your application by clicking on Review Status under Options on your license application tile in eLicense. The review checklist indicates whether the Board has received your background checks, submissions such as your transcript or hours of supervision, and your exam score.