Counseling Degrees & Licenses in Delaware

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

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals

There are two professional counselor licenses issued in Delaware: a Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health (LACMH) and the Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH).

Associate counselors are required to submit the following:

  • Signed and notarized application
  • $236 fee
  • Completed Criminal History Record Check Authorization for the FBI and the State of Delaware including fingerprints
  • Passing NCE or NCMHCE exam scores
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution demonstrating a master’s degree in clinical mental health or the equivalency with a completed evaluation of coursework form
  • A planned direct supervision form from an approved supervisor
  • Either 30 hours of post master’s graduate counseling coursework or the planned professional counseling experience form for counseling experience (not under direct supervision)

To transition from a LACMH to an LPCMH, candidates must meet all of the above requirements, as well as submit:

  • Signed and notarized application
  • $236 fee
  • Completed Criminal History Record Check Authorization for the FBI and the State of Delaware including fingerprints
  • Proof of 1,600 hours of direct supervision verified by a Direct Supervision Reference form completed by an approved supervisor
  • Either proof of 30 hours of post master’s graduate counseling coursework or 1,600 of work experience (not under direct supervision). Hours are verified by the Counseling Experience Verification-Employment form if working for an employer or Counseling Experience Verification-Self-Employment (if self-employed)

Also, candidates must complete all hours in more than two years but less than four.

In Delaware, licenses are renewed biennially in September of even years. To renew applicants must:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay renewal fee
  • Complete 40 continuing education hours

School Counseling Licenses in Delaware

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Delaware Department of Education

The Delaware Department of Education requires school counselors to be licensed teachers and earn either the Elementary School Counselor Standard Certificate or the Secondary School Counselor Standard Certificate.

The requirements for an initial teaching license with an elementary school counselor endorsement are:

  • Have a master’s degree in elementary school counseling from a regionally accredited institution (the program must have at least 39 credits in school counseling specific coursework)
  • Complete 700 hours of supervised work experience as an elementary school counselor
  • Pass the Praxis Professional School Counselor exam with a score of 156 or higher
  • Submit a completed application
  • Pay $100 application fee

Secondary School Counselors must meet the same requirements, except the work experience must be completed in a secondary school.

The first renewal in Delaware is required four years after initial licensure and will advance the license from an initial license to a continuing one.

For this application, candidates must:

  • Complete the Comprehensive Induction Program
  • Be employed by a Delaware public or charter school
  • Have no more than one unsatisfactory performance evaluation

Continuing licenses must be renewed every five years. To renew, candidates must complete 90 hours of continuing education and submit an online application

Substance Abuse Counseling Licenses in Delaware

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Division of Professional Regulation

The Division of Professional Regulation licenses Chemical Dependency Professionals in Delaware.

To earn an NAADAC Certification in either NCAC or MAC, candidates must submit:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • A current credential or license as a Substance Use Disorders/Addiction Counselor or Professional Counselor
  • 270 hours of education and training in substance abuse disorders or addiction counseling
  • Passing score on the ADC exam from IC&RC or NCAC Level I exam through NCC AP (MACs must pass the MAC exam)
  • $235 application f

In order to earn the Delaware Certification Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification, candidates must:

  • Pass the ADC exam from the IC&RC
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution that is recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation
  • Be currently employed as a substance abuse counselor with have two years of full-time employment history as a substance abuse counselor or 4,000 hours (200 hours must be in supervision with a minimum of 10 hours in each domain)
  • Supply a current job description
  • Have 300 hours of education relevant to the field of substance use disorders
  • Pay $250 application fee

Candidates for the more advanced Chemical Dependency Professional Licensure must:

  • Complete, sign, and notarize the Application for Chemical Dependency Professional Licensure
  • Pay the $236 fee
  • Hold one of two following certifications: the Delaware Certification Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification or the NAADAC NCAC or MAC certification
  • Send official transcript verifying a master’s degree with at least 30 semester hours in counseling
  • Complete the Counseling Experience Verification, showing 3,200 hours of substance abuse counseling experience
  • Submit one or more Supervision References to verify 1,600 hours of supervised counseling

The Division of Professional Regulation requires applicants to be certified with either the Delaware Certification Board or NAADAC. All three agencies have different renewal requirements.

Licenses issued by Division of Professional Regulation expire biennially on September 30th of even-numbered. Renewals cost $236 and must be accompanied by 40 hours of continuing education.

Delaware Certification Board certification renewals expire every two years. Renewals cost $150 and must be accompanied by 40 hours of continuing education relevant to substance abuse, including three hours in ethics.

NCAC and MAC renewals are due every two years. To renew, candidates must provide evidence of current state credentials, 40 hours of continuing education hours, two years of work history, and a signed statement of having read the code of ethics. It costs $200.

Rehabilitation Counseling Licenses in Delaware

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals

Rehabilitation counselors in Delaware must earn one of two professional counselor licenses: a Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health (LACMH) and the Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH).

Associate counselors are required to submit the following:

  • Signed and notarized application
  • $236 fee
  • Completed Criminal History Record Check Authorization for the FBI and the State of Delaware including fingerprints
  • Passing NCE or NCMHCE exam scores
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution demonstrating a master’s degree in clinical mental health or the equivalency with a completed evaluation of coursework form
  • A planned direct supervision form from an approved supervisor
  • Either 30 hours of post master’s graduate counseling coursework or the planned professional counseling experience form for counseling experience (not under direct supervision)

To transition from a LACMH to an LPCMH, candidates must meet all of the above requirements, as well as submit:

  • Signed and notarized application
  • $236 fee
  • Completed Criminal History Record Check Authorization for the FBI and the State of Delaware including fingerprints
  • Proof of 1,600 hours of direct supervision verified by a Direct Supervision Reference form completed by an approved supervisor
  • Either proof of 30 hours of post master’s graduate counseling coursework or 1,600 of work experience (not under direct supervision). Hours are verified by the Counseling Experience Verification-Employment form if working for an employer or Counseling Experience Verification-Self-Employment (if self-employed)

Also, candidates must complete all hours in more than two years but less than four.

In Delaware, licenses are renewed biennially in September of even years. To renew applicants must:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay renewal fee
  • Complete 40 continuing education hours

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Licenses in Delaware

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) for national certification

Currently, there are no state certification or licensing requirements for applied behavior analysts in Delaware.

However, the 2102 Autism Service Providers’ law stipulates that in order for ABA therapy to be reimbursable by insurance, it must be provided by a BCBA-certified provider.

Those providing ABA therapy in Delaware and want to bill insurance will need to maintain a national BCBA certification and meet those continuing education standards.

Marriage and Family Therapy Licenses in Delaware

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Delaware Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals

The Delaware Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals issues Marital and Family Therapist Associate and Marital and Family Therapist licenses.

Candidates for a Marital and Family Therapist Associate license must:

  • Sign and notarize an application
  • Pay $236 fee
  • Complete a Criminal History Record Check Authorization for the FBI and the State of Delaware, including fingerprints
  • Send official transcripts from a COAMFTE (or regionally) accredited institution demonstrating a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, with a completed evaluation of coursework form
  • Have an approved supervisor complete the planned direct supervision form

Marital and Family Therapist license applicants must meet all the requirements for an associate license, as well as:

  • Sign and notarize an application
  • Pay a $236 fee
  • Pass the AMFTRB exam
  • Complete Criminal History Record Check Authorization for the FBI and the State of Delaware including fingerprints
  • Complete 1,600 hours of direct supervision verified by a Direct Supervision Reference form completed by an approved supervisor; 100 hours must be direct supervision
  • Complete 1,600 hours of work experience not under direct supervision.
  • Complete all hours in more than two years (but less than four)

In Delaware, MFT licenses are renewed biennially in September of even-numbered years.

To renew, applicants must:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay renewal fee
  • Complete 40 continuing education hours.

Associate license holders are not required to complete continuing education hours.

Child (Pediatric) Behavioral Therapy Licenses in Delaware

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals

Child therapists in Delaware must earn one of two professional counselor licenses: a Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health (LACMH) and the Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH).

Associate counselors are required to submit the following:

  • Signed and notarized application
  • $236 fee
  • Completed Criminal History Record Check Authorization for the FBI and the State of Delaware including fingerprints
  • Passing NCE or NCMHCE exam scores
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution demonstrating a master’s degree in clinical mental health or the equivalency with a completed evaluation of coursework form
  • A planned direct supervision form from an approved supervisor
  • Either 30 hours of post master’s graduate counseling coursework or the planned professional counseling experience form for counseling experience (not under direct supervision)

To transition from a LACMH to an LPCMH, candidates must meet all of the above requirements, as well as submit:

  • Signed and notarized application
  • $236 fee
  • Completed Criminal History Record Check Authorization for the FBI and the State of Delaware including fingerprints
  • Proof of 1,600 hours of direct supervision verified by a Direct Supervision Reference form completed by an approved supervisor
  • Either proof of 30 hours of post master’s graduate counseling coursework or 1,600 of work experience (not under direct supervision). Hours are verified by the Counseling Experience Verification-Employment form if working for an employer or Counseling Experience Verification-Self-Employment (if self-employed)

Also, candidates must complete all hours in more than two years but less than four.

In Delaware, licenses are renewed biennially in September of even years. To renew applicants must:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay renewal fee
  • Complete 40 continuing education hours