Applying for a License

The Council issues three types of licenses for the practice of professional counseling:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor – Associate (LPC-Associate)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor (LPC-S)

The application packet for each type of license may be downloaded from the Board’s Forms and Publications webpage.

Licensed Professional Counselor

The requirements for obtaining licensure as an LPC are set forth in 22 TAC 681.72.  Generally, these requirements include:

  • application form(s) and fees;
  • official examination results (NCE or NCMHCE) taken within five years of application date;
  • certificate of completion of the Jurisprudence Exam taken within six months of application date;
  • official graduate transcript(s) for a Counseling or a related degree with at least 48 semester hours for a program that began before August 1, 2017 or at least 60 semester hours for a program that began after August 1, 2017;
  • a minimum of 1,500 direct hours of supervised experience received under a Council-approved supervisor; and
  • a minimum of 3,000 total hours of supervised experience received under a Council-approved supervisor.

Documentation of supervised experience is required for all applicants. The holder of a current license in good standing issued by another jurisdiction equivalent to the Texas LPC Associate license must submit official verification of licensure, including supervised experience recognized by the issuing jurisdiction. If supervised experience cannot be verified by the issuing jurisdiction, a supervised experience documentation form with verification of the supervisor’s credentials are acceptable.

An applicant who has held a full LPC in good standing issued by a United States jurisdiction, for at least two (2) years immediately preceding the date of application, is deemed to have met all academic requirements, including the practicum.

NOTE: An applicant who has held a full LPC in good standing issued by another United States jurisdiction, for at least (2) years immediately preceding the date of application, MUST have completed the required 1,500 and 3,000 hours of supervised experience. If additional hours are required, the applicant may gain remaining hours under a Council-approved supervisor. There is no waiver for this requirement.

NOTE: Applicants who are unable to submit an official certificate from NBCC may provide staff with the date the exam was taken. Staff will attempt to locate the official exam from NBCC’s Portal. If unsuccessful, the applicant will be sent a deficiency notice to contact NBCC directly.

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

The requirements for obtaining licensure as an LPC-Associate are set forth in 22 TAC 681.72(a).  Generally, these requirements include:

  • application form(s) and fees;
  • official examination results (NCE or NCMHCE) taken within five years of application date;
  • certificate of completion of the Jurisprudence Exam taken within six months of application date;
  • official graduate transcript(s) for a Counseling or a related degree with at least 48 semester hours for a program that began before August 1, 2017 or at least 60 semester hours for a program that began after August 1, 2017;
  • Council Practicum/Graduate Documentation Form; and
  • Council Supervisory Agreement Form.

NOTE: LPC-Associates may not have a private practice.

Licensed Professional Counselor –

(as a holder of a current Texas LPC Associate license)

The requirements for obtaining licensure as an LPC are set forth in 22 TAC 681.72(b).  Generally, these requirements include:

  • certificate of completion of the Jurisprudence Exam taken within six months of upgrade form; and
  • Council Supervised Experience Documentation Form.

Licensed Professional Counselor –

(as a holder of a current license equivalent to the Texas LPC license)

The requirements for obtaining licensure as an LPC are set forth in 22 TAC 681.72(c).  Generally, these requirements include:

  • application form(s) and fees;
  • certificate of completion of the Jurisprudence Exam taken within six months of application date;
  • official graduate transcript(s) for a Counseling or a related degree with at least 48 semester hours for a program that began before August 1, 2017 or at least 60 semester hours for a program that began after August 1, 2017;
  • official verification of licensure to include any supervised experience recognized by the issuing jurisdiction; and
  • Council Supervised Experience Documentation Form.

Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor

The requirements for obtaining licensure as an LPC-S are set forth in 22 TAC 681.72(d).  Generally, these requirements include:

  • have held the LPC license in good standing for at least 60 months;
  • application form and fees; and
  • certificate of completion for an acceptable supervisor training:
    • a doctoral level course in the supervision of professional counseling or mental health services which was taken for credit at an accredited school and documented on an official transcript; the qualifying doctoral level course may have been completed no more than five (5) years before the date the application for supervisor status was received; or
    • a 40-clock-hour supervision course as set forth in §681.147 (relating to 40-Clock-Hour Supervisor Training Course); the qualifying 40-clock-hour supervision course may have been completed no more than two (2) years before the date the application for supervisor status was received.

NOTE: For applicants who hold an LPC license in another jurisdiction, the license must be active and in good standing and the jurisdiction’s licensing requirements must meet or exceed Texas’ licensure requirements before the license can be used to obtain supervisor status.