Counseling Degrees & Licenses in Georgia

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

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Georgia State Composite Board Of Professional Counselors, Social Workers And Marriage & Family Therapists

Counselors in Georgia are licensed as Associate Professional Counselors or Professional Counselors.

Associate Professional Counselors must:

  • Submit a complete application
  • Pay the $100 fee
  • Provide either NCE or NCMHCE scores
  • Submit transcripts showing a master’s in counseling from a CHEA accredited institution
  • Provide an affidavit of citizenship
  • Provide a contract affidavit from an employer or supervisor where work experience will be obtained
  • Submit two references from faculty or supervisors

Professional Counselors must meet the same requirements Associate Professional Counselors, as well as:

  • Provide proof of four years post-masters supervised work experience consisting of 2,400 hours of direct client contact
  • Submit two additional references from supervisors
  • Pay a $100 application fee

Licenses in Georgia are renewed biennially by September 30th on even-numbered years.

Professional Counselors are required to submit 35 hours of continuing education, five of which must be in ethics and a maximum of 10 completed online.

School Counseling Licenses in Georgia

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Georgia Professional Standards Commission

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission issues school counselor certificates. The requirements for a standard certificate are:

  • Complete a state-approved master’s in school counseling program or hold a National Certified School Counselors (NCSC) credential issued by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) or be a licensed (associate) counselor in Georgia
  • Submit a completed application
  • Pay $20 application fee
  • Submit official transcripts
  • Complete a Lawful Presence affidavit and provide a copy of an acceptable ID
  • Pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content assessment
  • Complete a course in identifying and educating exceptional children with a grade of B or better
  • Have (or be eligible for) a Georgia teaching certificate

Renewals of school counselor certificates in Georgia are required every five years. Renewal requirements are:

  • Pass a background check
  • Pay $20 renewal fee
  • Submit a renewal application
  • Engage in continuing professional learning
  • Have “Written Professional Learning Goals” and be actively working towards them

Substance Abuse Counseling Licenses in Georgia

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA)

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA)

The two agencies licensing substance abuse counselors in Georgia are the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA) and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA).

Certificates issued by GACA include: Counselor-In-Training Certification (CCIT), Certified Addiction Counselor, Level I (CACI), and Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (CACII).

CCIT certification candidates must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Submit a completed application
  • Complete 20 hours of education including six hours in ethics, six in tele-mental health, six in health insurance portability and accountability act CFR42, and two in certified counselor in training
  • Submit a Georgia Crime Information Center report
  • Provide a signed contract from a clinical supervisor where supervised work experience will be completed
  • Pay the $67.50 application fee

To upgrade to a CCAI, applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have two years full-time (or 4,000 hours) of work experience as a chemical dependency/abuse counselor
  • Complete 180 hours of education and training in alcoholism and drug abuse or related counseling subjects, including six hours of ethics, 18 hours of cultural diversity training, and three hours of HIV/AIDS education (at least 100 hours must be from within the past five years, and a maximum 90 hours may be accepted from a college transcript)
  • Complete 220 hours of clinical supervision by a GACA approved supervisor
  • Pass the NCC AP (NAADAC) exam
  • Pay $150 application fee

CAAII candidates must:

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree
  • Have three years full-time (or 6,000 hours) of work experience as a chemical dependency/abuse counselor
  • Complete 270 hours of education and training in alcoholism and drug abuse or related counseling subjects, including six hours of ethics, 27 hours of cultural diversity training, and three hours of HIV/AIDS education (at least 160 hours must be from within the past five years, and a maximum 135 hours may be accepted from a college transcript)
  • Complete 144 hours of clinical supervision by a GACA-approved professional
  • Pass the NCAC Level II exam
  • Pay $150 application fee

Certificates issued by ADACBGA include Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Levels I and II (CADC I and II), and Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC).

To be eligible for CADC I certification, candidates must:

  • Complete 6,000 hours of work experience
  • Have 300 hours of clinical supervision at a ratio of one hour of supervision to ten hours of work experience; there must a minimum of 10 hours in each of the 12 core function areas
  • Hold a high school diploma or the equivalent
  • Complete 300 hours of substance use disorder-specific education, including six hours of ethics education, six hours of e-counseling/telehealth education, six hours of HIV/AIDS education, and six hours of trauma-informed care
  • Submit a Clinical Supervisor’s Evaluation form for every supervisor
  • Initial and sign the Assurance and Release Ethics Statement
  • Pay $150 application fee and a $180 exam fee
  • Pass the ADC or AADC exam

CADC II applicants must meet the CADCI requirements, in addition to having:

  • A bachelor’s in human service field or a graduate degree in any field
  • 4,000 hours of work experience
  • 200 hours of clinical supervision at a ratio of one hour of supervision to ten hours of work experience; there must a minimum of 10 hours in each of the 12 core function areas

CAADC applicants must meet all the CADC II requirements, in addition to having a master’s degree in a human service field with a clinical component or application.

GACA requires its certification holders to renew every two years. The fee for renewal is $145.

CCTI certifications are only valid for one year and can be renewed a maximum of three times. The cost for renewals for CAC Level I or II are $145 and CCTIs are $124.

Renewals for CAC Level I or II must include 40 hours of continuing education. They must include 20 hours in a classroom, six hours in ethics training, and six hours in tele-mental health.

ADACBGA requires renewals every two years. Applications to renew must be accompanied by a $150 fee and 40 hours of continuing education, five of which must be ethics and three must be in e-counseling/telehealth.

Rehabilitation Counseling Licenses in Georgia

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Georgia State Composite Board Of Professional Counselors, Social Workers And Marriage & Family Therapists

Rehabilitation counselors in Georgia are licensed as Associate Professional Counselors or Professional Counselors.

Associate Professional Counselors must:

  • Submit a complete application
  • Pay the $100 fee
  • Provide either NCE or NCMHCE scores
  • Submit transcripts showing a master’s in counseling from a CHEA accredited institution
  • Provide an affidavit of citizenship
  • Provide a contract affidavit from an employer or supervisor where work experience will be obtained
  • Submit two references from faculty or supervisors

Professional Counselors must meet the same requirements Associate Professional Counselors, as well as:

  • Provide proof of four years post-masters supervised work experience consisting of 2,400 hours of direct client contact
  • Submit two additional references from supervisors
  • Pay a $100 application fee

Licenses in Georgia are renewed biennially by September 30th on even-numbered years.

Professional Counselors are required to submit 35 hours of continuing education, five of which must be in ethics and a maximum of 10 completed online.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Licenses in Georgia

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 Georgia.

However, House Bill 429 passed in 2015 stipulates that in order for ABA therapy to be reimbursable by insurance, it must be provided by a certified behavior analyst (i.e., one who holds the BCBA certification from the BACB).

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

Marriage and Family Therapy Licenses in Georgia

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Georgia State Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists

The Georgia State Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists licenses Associate Marriage and Family Therapists and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Candidates for an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist license must:

  • Submit a completed and notarized application
  • Pay the $100 fee
  • Pass the Marriage and Family Therapy exam
  • Submit transcripts showing a master’s in marriage and family counseling from an accredited institution (with proof of a 12-month internship with 500 hours of direct client contact)
  • Provide an affidavit of citizenship
  • Provide a contract affidavit from an employer or supervisor where work experience will be obtained
  • Submit two references from faculty or supervisors

Professional MFTs must meet the same requirements associates, as well as:

  • Provide proof of three years post-master’s supervised work experience, with at least 180 hours of supervision
  • Send two additional references from supervisors
  • Pay $100 application fee

Licenses in Georgia are renewed biennially by September 30th on even-numbered years.

Marriage and family therapists are required to submit 35 hours of continuing education, five of which must be in ethics and a maximum of 10 completed online.

Child (Pediatric) Behavioral Therapy Licenses in Georgia

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Georgia State Composite Board Of Professional Counselors, Social Workers And Marriage & Family Therapists

Child therapists in Georgia are licensed as Associate Professional Counselors or Professional Counselors.

Associate Professional Counselors must:

  • Submit a complete application
  • Pay the $100 fee
  • Provide either NCE or NCMHCE scores
  • Submit transcripts showing a master’s in counseling from a CHEA accredited institution
  • Provide an affidavit of citizenship
  • Provide a contract affidavit from an employer or supervisor where work experience will be obtained
  • Submit two references from faculty or supervisors

Professional Counselors must meet the same requirements Associate Professional Counselors, as well as:

  • Provide proof of four years post-masters supervised work experience consisting of 2,400 hours of direct client contact
  • Submit two additional references from supervisors
  • Pay a $100 application fee

Licenses in Georgia are renewed biennially by September 30th on even-numbered years.

Professional Counselors are required to submit 35 hours of continuing education, five of which must be in ethics and a maximum of 10 completed online.