Counseling Degrees & Licenses in Hawaii

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

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA)

Hawaii issues Mental Health Counselor licenses.

Requirements for licensure include:

  • A completed application
  • A social security number
  • Transcripts of a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling from an accredited institution. The program must be a minimum of 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours.
  • A practicum as part of the master’s or doctoral degree that is a minimum of 300 hours of supervised client contact
  • 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised work experience as a mental health counselor in no less than two but no more than four years
  • A passing NCE score
  • A $60 application fee
  • An initial licensing fee of $256 to $444 depending on when the application is submitted.

Hawaii requires Mental Health Counselors to renew their licenses every three years. The fee is $282 and there is no continuing education requirement.

School Counseling Licenses in Hawaii

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Hawaii Teacher Standards Board

All teachers and school counselors in Hawaii are required to be licensed through the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. Provisional teaching license candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
  • Complete a state-approved teacher or school counselor program including any required exams or hold a current provisional or equivalent teaching license from another state
  • Meet basic skills and knowledge requirements
  • Pass the professional fitness test

Once a teacher has completed three years of work experience, they may apply for a renewable standard permit.

Currently, there are no published guidelines for school counselor requirements on the Hawaii Department of Education or the Hawaʻi Teacher Standards Board websites.

However, the American School Counselor Association lists the following requirements for school counselors in Hawaii:

  • Hold a master’s degree or higher in school counseling from a regionally accredited institution which meets National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) or state standards (the program must include a practicum or internship in a K-12 school)
  • Pass the following exams by the fourth year of employment: Praxis (Reading with a score of 172, Writing with a score of 171, Mathematics with a score of 173); Praxis II Principles of Learning & Teaching (K-6 with a score of 163, or 7-12 with a score of 157); and Praxis II School Counseling and Guidance with a score of 580

Provisional teaching licenses issued in Hawaii may not be renewed.

Standard licenses must be renewed every five years. To renew, teachers must submit an application and must earn 60 continuing education points. These points can be earned through testing, education, certification, curriculum development, or participation on committees.

Substance Abuse Counseling Licenses in Hawaii

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

State of Hawaii, Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) certifications are issued by the State of Hawaii, Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.

Eligibility requirements for CSACs include:

  • Three years (6,000 hours) of supervised experience providing direct alcohol and drug treatment services,
  • 400 hours of supervised experience hours in 12 core areas function areas
  • 300 hours of substance abuse specific education
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Passing score on the IC&RC ADC exam
  • A completed application
  • $25 application fee

CSAC certifications in Hawaii expire every two years and cost $25.

Renewal requirements include completing the two-page application, providing proof of 40 hours of continuing education, of which at least 20 were face-to-face and six were in ethics.

Rehabilitation Counseling Licenses in Hawaii

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA)

Hawaii issues Mental Health Counselor licenses to aspiring rehabilitation counselors.

Requirements for licensure include:

  • A completed application
  • A social security number
  • Transcripts of a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling from an accredited institution. The program must be a minimum of 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours.
  • A practicum as part of the master’s or doctoral degree that is a minimum of 300 hours of supervised client contact
  • 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised work experience as a mental health counselor in no less than two but no more than four years
  • A passing NCE score
  • A $60 application fee
  • An initial licensing fee of $256 to $444 depending on when the application is submitted.

Hawaii requires Mental Health Counselors to renew their licenses every three years. The fee is $282 and there is no continuing education requirement.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Licenses in Hawaii

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing Division

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing Division licenses behavior analysts in Hawaii. The requirements for licensure are:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Have an active BCBA certification
  • Pay a $200 to $310 application fee
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Provide a social security number with the application

Behavior analyst licenses in Hawaii expire on December 31st of odd-numbered years.

Renewals cost $220 and there are no continuing education requirements.

Marriage and Family Therapy Licenses in Hawaii

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA)

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) licenses Marriage and Family Therapists.

Candidates must:

  • Send a completed application (with a social security number)
  • Provide transcripts of a master’s or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from an accredited institution
  • Complete a practicum as part of the master’s or doctoral degree that is a minimum of 300 hours of supervised client contact
  • Finish 1,000 hours of post-graduate supervised work experience as a marriage and family therapist in no less than two years; this must include 200 hours of clinical supervision
  • Pass the AMFTRB exam
  • Pay a $50 application fee and an initial licensing fee of $126 to $396, depending on when the application is submitted

Hawaii requires marriage and family therapists to renew their licenses every three years. The fee is $405.

MFTs are required to complete 45 hours of continuing education per renewal period. Six of those hours must be in ethics.

Child (Pediatric) Behavioral Therapy Licenses in Hawaii

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA)

Hawaii issues Mental Health Counselor licenses to aspiring child therapists.

Requirements for licensure include:

  • A completed application
  • A social security number
  • Transcripts of a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling from an accredited institution. The program must be a minimum of 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours.
  • A practicum as part of the master’s or doctoral degree that is a minimum of 300 hours of supervised client contact
  • 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised work experience as a mental health counselor in no less than two but no more than four years
  • A passing NCE score
  • A $60 application fee
  • An initial licensing fee of $256 to $444 depending on when the application is submitted.

Hawaii requires Mental Health Counselors to renew their licenses every three years. The fee is $282 and there is no continuing education requirement.

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