Counseling Degrees & Licenses in Louisiana

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

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners

Louisiana licenses Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors (P-LPC).

To become a P-LPC, candidates must submit:

  • Official transcripts demonstrating a master’s degree in counseling of at least 60 semester hours from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher. The program must include a 100-hour practicum and a 300-hour supervised internship
  • Completed application
  • $100 application fee
  • A completed Declaration of Practices and Procedures form
  • Fingerprint background check
  • Current photograph

LPCs are required to meet the above requirements in addition to:

  • Passing the AMFTRB exam
  • Sending an updated Declaration of Practices and Procedures form
  • Paying a $200 fee
  • Completing 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work experience—1,900 to 2,900 hours can be direct client contact. A minimum of 100 hours must be in supervision. Applicants may substitute 500 hours of supervision for each 30 semester hours of graduate studies in counseling completed beyond those required for a master’s degree, up to a maximum of 1,000 hours.

Renewals for counseling licenses are required every other year in Louisiana. The renewal period is from April 1st to June 30th.

Counselors must complete their application, pay the $170 fee, and complete 40 continuing education hours three of which three must be in ethics and six in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment

School Counseling Licenses in Louisiana

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Louisiana Department of Education

The Louisiana Department of Education issues School Guidance Counselor Certifications. The requirements are:

  • Complete a CACREP-accredited master’s in school counseling
  • Complete either a 100-hour practicum or 600-hour internship in school counseling
  • Pass the Praxis School Guidance and Counseling exam
  • Submit a completed application
  • Pay $50 application fee

Certified Louisiana teachers who hold a current certification and have completed a CACRE- accredited master’s in school counseling can simply apply for a certification update in order to work as a school counselor.

School Guidance Counselor Certifications issued in Louisiana are valid for five years. The cost to renew is $25. Counselors must complete 150 hours of continuing education per renewal cycle.

Substance Abuse Counseling Licenses in Louisiana

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority

There are four certifications issued by the Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority for substance abuse counselors: Counselor in Training (CIT), Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), and Registered Addiction Counselor (RAC).

CIT certification candidates must:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED
  • Pay $146 application fee
  • Complete a background check
  • Supply three letters of recommendation
  • Complete 180 hours of substance abuse related education
  • Complete the online application
  • Submit a one-year supervisory plan for supervised work experience
  • Sign the Code of Ethics

RAC certification candidates must:

  • Be 21 years old
  • Have graduated from high school
  • Pay $246 application fee
  • Complete a background check
  • Supply three letters of recommendation and a supervisor evaluation
  • Complete 300 hours of substance abuse related education; 180 hours must be specifically in substance abuse, six hours must be in ethics, and 114 can be in related education
  • Complete the online application
  • Complete 6,000 hours of work experience, which must include 300 hours of direct supervision in 12 core functions with a minimum of 20 hours in each core function
  • Sign the Code of Ethics
  • Provide a detailed employment history for the past ten years
  • Pass the appropriate IC&RC exam

CAC certification candidates must:

  • Be 21 years old
  • Have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in humans services or behavioral science
  • Pay $246 application fee
  • Complete a background check
  • Supply three letters of recommendation and a supervisor evaluation
  • Complete 300 hours of substance abuse related education; 180 hours must be specifically in substance abuse, six hours must be in ethics, and 114 can be in related education
  • Complete the online application
  • Complete 4,000 hours of work experience, which must include 300 hours of direct supervision in 12 core functions with a minimum of 20 hours in each core function
  • Sign the Code of Ethics
  • Provide a detailed employment history for the past ten years
  • Pass the appropriate IC&RC exam

LAC certification candidates must:

  • Be 21 years old
  • Hold a a mater’s degree in humans services or behavioral science
  • Pay $246 application fee
  • Complete a background check
  • Supply three letters of recommendation and a supervisor evaluation
  • Complete 300 hours of substance abuse related education; 180 hours must be specifically in substance abuse, six hours must be in ethics, and 114 can be in related education
  • Complete the online application
  • Complete 2,000 hours of work experience, which must include 300 hours of direct supervision in 12 core functions with a minimum of 20 hours in each core function
  • Sign the Code of Ethics
  • Provide a detailed employment history for the past ten years
  • Pass the appropriate IC&RC exam

The Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority requires that CIT certifications be renewed annually while LAC, CAC, and RAC must be renewed biennially.

CITs are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education while LACs, CACs, and RACs must complete 48 hours. All certification holders must complete six hours in ethics per renewal cycle. CIT renewals are $50, while LACs, CACs, and RACs are $200.

Rehabilitation Counseling Licenses in Louisiana

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners

Louisiana rehabilitation counselors must be either Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors (P-LPC).

To become a P-LPC, candidates must submit:

  • Official transcripts demonstrating a master’s degree in counseling of at least 60 semester hours from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher. The program must include a 100-hour practicum and a 300-hour supervised internship
  • Completed application
  • $100 application fee
  • A completed Declaration of Practices and Procedures form
  • Fingerprint background check
  • Current photograph

LPCs are required to meet the above requirements in addition to:

  • Passing the AMFTRB exam
  • Sending an updated Declaration of Practices and Procedures form
  • Paying a $200 fee
  • Completing 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work experience—1,900 to 2,900 hours can be direct client contact. A minimum of 100 hours must be in supervision. Applicants may substitute 500 hours of supervision for each 30 semester hours of graduate studies in counseling completed beyond those required for a master’s degree, up to a maximum of 1,000 hours.

Renewals for counseling licenses are required every other year in Louisiana. The renewal period is from April 1st to June 30th.

Counselors must complete their application, pay the $170 fee, and complete 40 continuing education hours three of which three must be in ethics and six in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Licenses in Louisiana

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board

The Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board issues Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) and State Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (SCABA) licenses.

To qualify, candidates must:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Pay $400 application fee for LBAs and $250 for SCABA
  • Hold either BCBA or BCaBA certification
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Provide three personal references
  • Pass the Louisiana Jurisprudence Exam
  • Provide proof of supervision (SCABA candidates only)

LBA and SCABA licenses issued in Louisiana expire annually. LBA licenses cost $400 to renew, while SCABA licenses cost $250.

LBA license holders must complete 32 hours of continuing education hours every two years and SBABAs must complete 20 hours.

Marriage and Family Therapy Licenses in Louisiana

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners

The Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners credentials Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (PLMFT) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT).

The requirements for a PLMFT license are:

  • Submit official transcripts demonstrating a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE-accredited program (or a program that is regionally accredited, with at least 60 semester hours and a 500-hour practicum)
  • Submit a Practice Setting & Supervisor Data Application for supervised work experience
  • Submit a completed application
  • Pay $100 application fee
  • Provide a completed Declaration of Practices and Procedures form
  • Complete a fingerprint background check
  • Submit a current photograph

LMFTs are required to meet the above requirements in addition to:

  • Pass the AMFTRB exam
  • Submit an updated Declaration of Practices and Procedures form
  • Pay the $200 application fee
  • Complete 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work experience (at least 1,000 hours must be direct client contact and a minimum of 200 hours must be in supervision)

Renewals for marriage and family therapy licenses are required every other year in Louisiana. The renewal period is from April 1st to June 30th.

Counselors must complete their application, pay the $170 fee, and complete 40 continuing education hours (three of which three must be in ethics and six in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment).

Child (Pediatric) Behavioral Therapy Licenses in Louisiana

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners

Louisiana child therapists must be either Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors (P-LPC).

To become a P-LPC, candidates must submit:

  • Official transcripts demonstrating a master’s degree in counseling of at least 60 semester hours from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher. The program must include a 100-hour practicum and a 300-hour supervised internship
  • Completed application
  • $100 application fee
  • A completed Declaration of Practices and Procedures form
  • Fingerprint background check
  • Current photograph

LPCs are required to meet the above requirements in addition to:

  • Passing the AMFTRB exam
  • Sending an updated Declaration of Practices and Procedures form
  • Paying a $200 fee
  • Completing 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work experience—1,900 to 2,900 hours can be direct client contact. A minimum of 100 hours must be in supervision. Applicants may substitute 500 hours of supervision for each 30 semester hours of graduate studies in counseling completed beyond those required for a master’s degree, up to a maximum of 1,000 hours.

Renewals for counseling licenses are required every other year in Louisiana. The renewal period is from April 1st to June 30th.

Counselors must complete their application, pay the $170 fee, and complete 40 continuing education hours three of which three must be in ethics and six in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment