Counseling Degrees & Licenses in Michigan

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

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Michigan Board Of Counseling

Professional counselors in Michigan can earn a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) license.

To earn an LLPC, candidates must:

  • Complete a CACREP accredited master’s degree program of at least 48 semester hours and include a 600-hour internship
  • Submit a Professional Disclosure Statement
  • Pay the $91.85 application fee

To become an LPC, candidates must meet LLPC requirements in addition to:

  • Providing a passing NCE or CRCC score
  • Completing 3,000 hours of post-degree counseling experience to be completed no less than two years. 100 hours must be completed under direct physical supervision. Thirty semester credits or 45 quarter credits of graduate coursework in counseling beyond those required for a master’s may substitute for 1,500 hours of work experience.

Michigan requires counselors to renew their licenses every three years. Those holding a limited license must renew annually. Renewals may be completed online and must be accompanied by a $118.90 fee for full therapist and $59.45 for limited licenses.

There are no continuing education requirements, although professionals are expected to maintain their competency in their field.

School Counseling Licenses in Michigan

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Michigan Department of Education

The Michigan Department of Education issues School Counselor Licenses (SCL). The requirements for this license are:

  • Complete 30 graduate-level semester hours in an approved school counselor education program or a program
  • Pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) School Counselor examination
  • Complete a 600-hour school counselor internship, with at least half of the hours in a school setting
  • Submit a completed application
  • Pay $160 application fee
  • Pass a background check

Teachers who hold a current Michigan Teaching Certificate can apply for a School Counselor (NT) endorsement when they meet the above requirements.

The SCL license and NT endorsement are valid for five years and cost $160 to renew.

Also, 150 hours of Education-Related Professional Learning are required for renewal. Of those 150, 50 hours must be specific to college and career preparation.

Substance Abuse Counseling Licenses in Michigan

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP)

The Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) issues Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certifications.

CADC certificate candidates must:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Pass the IC&RC ADC exam
  • Sign the MCBAP Counselor Code of Ethical Standards
  • Pay $150 application fee
  • Complete 300 hours of training and education; 180 must be in substance use disorders and the remaining 120 may be related to the alcohol and drug counselor domains from the IC&RC (at least six hours must be in ethics and be face-to-face)
  • Complete 300 hours of direct supervision in substance use disorder services
  • Complete 6,000 hours of work experience in counseling substance use disorder clients

An associate degree in social science or human service field will waive 1,000 hours, and a bachelor’s will waive 2,000 hours.

CADC certificate candidates must:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Pass the IC&RC AADC exam
  • Sign the MCBAP Counselor Code of Ethical Standards
  • Pay $150 application fee
  • Complete 186 hours of training and education in substance use disorders; six hours must be in ethics and be face-to-face
  • Have a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing, counseling, addiction science, psychology, social work, or marriage and family therapy, with a clinical application from an accredited institution
  • Complete 100 hours of direct supervision in substance use disorder services (25 hours in each of the four domains from the IC&RC)
  • Complete 2,000 hours of post-graduate work experience counseling substance use disorder clients.

MCBAP requires CAADC and CADC certificate holders to renew every two years. Renewals cost $145.

At the time of renewal, counselors must submit proof of 40 hours of continuing education, with 20 of those hours being substance use disorder-specific.

Rehabilitation Counseling Licenses in Michigan

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Michigan Board Of Counseling

Rehabilitation counselors in Michigan can earn a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) license.

To earn an LLPC, candidates must:

  • Complete a CACREP accredited master’s degree program of at least 48 semester hours and include a 600-hour internship
  • Submit a Professional Disclosure Statement
  • Pay the $91.85 application fee

To become an LPC, candidates must meet LLPC requirements in addition to:

  • Providing a passing NCE or CRCC score
  • Completing 3,000 hours of post-degree counseling experience to be completed no less than two years. 100 hours must be completed under direct physical supervision. Thirty semester credits or 45 quarter credits of graduate coursework in counseling beyond those required for a master’s may substitute for 1,500 hours of work experience.

Michigan requires counselors to renew their licenses every three years. Those holding a limited license must renew annually. Renewals may be completed online and must be accompanied by a $118.90 fee for full therapist and $59.45 for limited licenses.

There are no continuing education requirements, although professionals are expected to maintain their competency in their field.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Licenses in Michigan

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Board of Behavior Analysts

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Board of Behavior issues Assistant Behavior Analyst and Behavior Analyst license.

Requirements for an Assistant Behavior Analyst license are:

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay the $443.70 application and four-year license fee
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Complete human trafficking continuing education that meets Board requirements
  • Answer the good moral character and sex offender questions on the application
  • Provide verification of a BCaBA certification
  • Supply verification of supervision

Requirements for a Behavior Analyst license are:

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay the $443.70 application and four-year license fee
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Complete human trafficking continuing education that meets Board requirements
  • Answer the good moral character and sex offender questions
  • Provide verification of a BCBA certificate

All behavior analyst licenses in Michigan must be renewed every four years. Renewals cost $367.20.

While there are no continuing education requirements, applicants for renewal must maintain BACB certification which has continuing education requirements.

Marriage and Family Therapy Licenses in Michigan

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Michigan Board Of Marriage And Family Therapy

The Michigan Board Of Marriage And Family Therapy credentials Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT).

To earn an LMFT credential, candidates must:

  • Complete a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE-accredited program (or a regionally accredited program, which meets coursework requirements; the program must include an eight-month practicum with at least 300 hours of direct client contact)
  • Submit a Professional Disclosure Statement
  • Pay an $86.45 application fee
  • Pass the AMFTRB exam
  • Complete 1,000 hours of post-degree counseling experience
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete human trafficking training

Limited licenses (LLMFT) are issued to candidates who have met all the LMFT requirements but have not completed their supervised work experience.

Michigan requires marriage and family therapists to renew their licenses every two years. Those holding a limited license must renew annually. Renewals may be completed online and must be accompanied by a $194.55 fee.

There are no continuing education requirements, although professionals are expected to maintain their competency in their field.

Child (Pediatric) Behavioral Therapy Licenses in Michigan

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Michigan Board Of Counseling

Child therapists in Michigan can earn a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) license.

To earn an LLPC, candidates must:

  • Complete a CACREP accredited master’s degree program of at least 48 semester hours and include a 600-hour internship
  • Submit a Professional Disclosure Statement
  • Pay the $91.85 application fee
To become an LPC, candidates must meet LLPC requirements in addition to:
  • Providing a passing NCE or CRCC score
  • Completing 3,000 hours of post-degree counseling experience to be completed no less than two years. 100 hours must be completed under direct physical supervision. Thirty semester credits or 45 quarter credits of graduate coursework in counseling beyond those required for a master’s may substitute for 1,500 hours of work experience.

Michigan requires counselors to renew their licenses every three years. Those holding a limited license must renew annually. Renewals may be completed online and must be accompanied by a $118.90 fee for full therapist and $59.45 for limited licenses.

There are no continuing education requirements, although professionals are expected to maintain their competency in their field.

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