Counseling Degrees & Licenses in Connecticut

Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) Licenses in Connecticut: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Connecticut State Department of Public Health

Professionals in Connecticut earn a license as a Professional Counselor Associate first, followed by earning a Professional Counselor license.

To earn a Professional Counselor Associate license, a candidate must:

  • Earn a graduate degree from a CACREP accredited program or complete a regionally accredited 60 semester hour graduate program with relevant counseling coursework, a 100 hour practicum, and a 600 hour internship
  • Submit all official transcripts
  • Complete the application
  • Pay a $200 fee

To become a licensed Professional Counselor, candidates must meet all the requirements for the associate licensure, as well as:

  • Complete 3,000 hours of supervised work experience in a minimum of two years.
  • Pass the NCE exam
  • Send a completed online application
  • Pay the $315 fee
  • Submit official transcripts

Connecticut requires licenses to be renewed annually. Requirements include:

  • Pay $195 fee
  • Complete an online application
  • Submit 15 hours of qualifying continuing education. Approved education entities are listed on Connecticut State Department of Public Health website

School Counseling Licenses in Connecticut

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Connecticut State Department of Education

The Connecticut State Department of Education offers a Special Services Endorsement to school counselors.

The initial endorsement requirements are:

  • Complete a state-approved certification program specific to school counseling from a regionally accredited institution
  • Have a master’s degree that has at least 30 semester hours of coursework related to school counseling
  • Have a professional educator certificate or be eligible for an initial educator certificate (including paying applicable fees and passing required Praxis exams)
  • Have 30 school months of experience teaching or complete ten months of full-time supervised experience as a school counselor
  • Complete a 36-hour course on special education
  • Provide evidence of “progressing of supervised experiences,” either through laboratory or clinical practice
To progress from an initial to a provisional license, applicants must:
  • Complete ten months of work experience in public school or 30 months in a private school
  • Pay $250 application fee
  • Submit a completed application
To progress from a provisional license to a professional license, school counselors must:
  • Submit official transcripts verifying 45 semester credits of graduate coursework in counseling or a related field
  • Pay $375 application fee
  • Submit a completed application

Teaching certificates in Connecticut may be renewed or upgraded. The initial school counselor endorsement is valid for three years and may be renewed with an application and a $200 fee.

A provisional certificate is valid for eight years and may not be renewed. It must be upgraded to a professional certificate.

A professional certificate is valid for five years. There is no fee to renew and no continuing education requirements.

Substance Abuse Counseling Licenses in Connecticut

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Connecticut State Department of Public Health

The Connecticut State Department of Public Health licenses Alcohol and Drug Counselors (ADC). ADC candidates must:

  • Complete an online application including a social security number, current address, photograph, and phone numbers
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Send a verification form documenting 300 hours of supervised practice
  • Pass the ADC exam from the IC&RC
  • Submit a verification form documenting three years of supervised work
  • Send a verification form documenting completion of 360 hours of approved education
  • Submit official transcripts for a master’s degree in social work, counseling, or a related field
  • Pau $190 application fee

ADC licenses in Connecticut must be renewed annually. The renewal fee is $195.

Counselors must complete 20 hours of qualifying continuing education per renewal cycle.

Rehabilitation Counseling Licenses in Connecticut

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Connecticut State Department of Public Health

Rehabilitation counselors in Connecticut must earn a license as a Professional Counselor Associate first, followed by earning a Professional Counselor license.

To earn a Professional Counselor Associate license, a candidate must:

  • Earn a graduate degree from a CACREP accredited program or complete a regionally accredited 60 semester hour graduate program with relevant counseling coursework, a 100 hour practicum, and a 600 hour internship
  • Submit all official transcripts
  • Complete the application
  • Pay a $200 fee

To become a licensed Professional Counselor, candidates must meet all the requirements for the associate licensure, as well as:

  • Complete 3,000 hours of supervised work experience in a minimum of two years.
  • Pass the NCE exam
  • Send a completed online application
  • Pay the $315 fee
  • Submit official transcripts

Connecticut requires licenses to be renewed annually. Requirements include:

  • Pay $195 fee
  • Complete an online application
  • Submit 15 hours of qualifying continuing education. Approved education entities are listed on Connecticut State Department of Public Health website

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Licenses in Connecticut

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Connecticut State Department of Public Health

The Connecticut Department of Public Health issues behavior analyst licenses. To qualify, candidates must:

  • Hold a BCBA certification and submit verification
  • Submit a completed online application
  • Pay a $350 application fee

Behavior analyst licenses issued in Connecticut expire annually during the licensee’s birth month. Renewals cost $175.

While there are no continuing education requirements, behavior analysts are required to maintain their national BCBA certification.

Marriage and Family Therapy Licenses in Connecticut

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Connecticut State Department of Public Health

The Connecticut State Department of Public Health issues Marital and Family Therapist Associate and Marital and Family Therapist licenses.

The requirements for a Marital and Family Therapist Associate license are:

  • Earn a graduate degree from a COAMFTE-accredited program or complete a regionally accredited marriage and family therapy program comprising 45 semester hours with relevant counseling coursework and a one-year 500-hour internship
  • Submit all official transcripts
  • Complete the online application
  • Pay a $125 fee
  • Submit a Verification of Supervision form

To earn a Marital and Family Therapist license, applicants must meet the requirements for the associate license, as well as:

  • Complete one year of supervised work experience; this must include at least 1,000 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of supervision, of which 50 must be individual
  • Pass the AMFTRB examination
  • Send a completed online application
  • Pay the $315 fee
  • Submit official transcripts

Connecticut requires MFT licenses to be renewed annually.

Requirements include:

  • Pay $320 fee
  • Complete an online application
  • Submit 15 hours of qualifying continuing education

Child (Pediatric) Behavioral Therapy Licenses in Connecticut

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Connecticut State Department of Public Health

Child therapists in Connecticut must earn a license as a Professional Counselor Associate first, followed by earning a Professional Counselor license.

To earn a Professional Counselor Associate license, a candidate must:

  • Earn a graduate degree from a CACREP accredited program or complete a regionally accredited 60 semester hour graduate program with relevant counseling coursework, a 100 hour practicum, and a 600 hour internship
  • Submit all official transcripts
  • Complete the application
  • Pay a $200 fee

To become a licensed Professional Counselor, candidates must meet all the requirements for the associate licensure, as well as:

  • Complete 3,000 hours of supervised work experience in a minimum of two years.
  • Pass the NCE exam
  • Send a completed online application
  • Pay the $315 fee
  • Submit official transcripts

Connecticut requires licenses to be renewed annually. Requirements include:

  • Pay $195 fee
  • Complete an online application
  • Submit 15 hours of qualifying continuing education. Approved education entities are listed on Connecticut State Department of Public Health website