Counseling Degrees & Licenses in New Hampshire

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

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice

New Hampshire issues licenses for Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC).

To apply for licensure, candidates must:

  • Complete a master’s or doctorate in counseling from an accredited institution. The program must be at least 60 semester credits and be at least two years or four semesters long. If the institution is not CACREP accredited, candidates must demonstrate their program is equivalent and includes a 700-hour practicum.
  • Complete two years and 3,000 hours (at least 1,500 per year) of supervised clinical work experience—100 hours must be face to face supervision
  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit a photograph and resume
  • Pay $150 application fee
  • Provide three professional references
  • Complete the Criminal Offender Record Report for every state where the candidate has lived for the past five years
  • Pass the NCMHCE exam

Renewals of licensure for LCMHCs in New Hampshire are required every two years and cost $270.

In addition to completing the application for renewal, counselors are required to complete 40 continuing education units, six of which must be in ethics.

School Counseling Licenses in New Hampshire

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Bureau of Credentialing Division of Educator Support and Higher Education

The New Hampshire Bureau of Credentialing Division of Educator Support and Higher Education issues Certified School Counselor endorsements.

For a beginner educator license with a school counselor endorsement, candidates must:

  • Complete a state board of education approved school counseling master’s (or graduate courses related to school counseling) and complete a counseling internship in a school setting or have experience as a school counselor (or a closely related profession)
  • Qualify for a teaching license through one of the available Alternative Pathways for licensure
  • Pay $130 application fee
  • Submit a completed application

Upon completion of three years of work experience, school counselors may apply for an experienced educator license.

Both experienced and beginner educator licenses issued in New Hampshire are valid for three years. The cost to renew is $130.

School counselors must complete 45 Professional Education continuing units and 30 continuing education units in school counseling.

Substance Abuse Counseling Licenses in New Hampshire

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals

The primary licenses issued to substance abuse counselors by the New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals are Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), and Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC).

LADC license candidates must:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Submit a written case study to the Board
  • Submit a complete application
  • Complete a background check
  • Passed the ADC exam from the IC&RC
  • Complete at least an associate’s in substance abuse counseling or related field.
  • Complete 270 hours of education, including six hours in confidentiality, six hours in ethics, six hours in education about the 12 core functions, and six hours in HIV and AIDS; the remaining 246 must be in 18 categories of competence
  • Complete 300 hours of training in the 12 core functions, with at least 10 hours in each function
  • Complete 6,000 hours of supervised work experience if the applicant has an associate’s degree; 4,000 hours if the applicant has a bachelor’s
  • Pass the ADC exam from the IC&RC

MLADC license applicants must meet LADC requirements, as well as:

  • Have a master’s in clinical mental health, clinical psychology, substance use treatment, social work, or human services from an accredited institution
  • Complete 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised work experience

LADC and MLADC licenses in New Hampshire expire every two years.

In order to renew, counselors must:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Pay $110 renewal fee for LADC or $240 for MLADC
  • Complete 48 hours of continuing education (12 hours must be in specific drug and alcohol counseling categories of competence; no more than 12 hours may be online)

Rehabilitation Counseling Licenses in New Hampshire

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice

Rehabilitation counselors in New Hampshire must be Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC).

To apply for licensure, candidates must:

  • Complete a master’s or doctorate in counseling from an accredited institution. The program must be at least 60 semester credits and be at least two years or four semesters long. If the institution is not CACREP accredited, candidates must demonstrate their program is equivalent and includes a 700-hour practicum.
  • Complete two years and 3,000 hours (at least 1,500 per year) of supervised clinical work experience—100 hours must be face to face supervision
  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit a photograph and resume
  • Pay $150 application fee
  • Provide three professional references
  • Complete the Criminal Offender Record Report for every state where the candidate has lived for the past five years
  • Pass the NCMHCE exam

Renewals of licensure for LCMHCs in New Hampshire are required every two years and cost $270.

In addition to completing the application for renewal, counselors are required to complete 40 continuing education units, six of which must be in ethics.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Licenses in New Hampshire

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 New Hampshire.

However, the 2010 Autism Insurance Reform Law stipulates that in order for ABA therapy to be reimbursable by insurance, it must be provided by a BCBA-certified (or BCBA-supervised) provider.

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

Marriage and Family Therapy Licenses in New Hampshire

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice

New Hampshire issues licenses for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT). To apply for licensure, candidates must:

  • Complete a master’s or doctorate in counseling from a COAMFTE or regionally accredited institution; the program must include a year-long internship or practicum supervised by an AAMFT-approved supervisor
  • Complete two years and 3,000 hours (at least 1,500 per year) of supervised clinical work experience; there must be at least 1,000 hours of client contact and 200 hours of supervision at the rate of an hour of supervision per week (graduates of COAMFTE programs can use up to 100 hours of supervision and 500 hours of client contact from their internship or practicum)
  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit a photograph and resume
  • Pay $150 application fee and $135 initial license fee
  • Provide three professional references
  • Complete the Criminal Offender Record Report for every state where the candidate has lived for the past five years
  • Pass the AMFTRB exam

Renewals for LMFT licenses in New Hampshire are required every two years and cost $270.

In addition to completing the application for renewal, counselors are required to complete 40 continuing education units, six of which must be in ethics.

Child (Pediatric) Behavioral Therapy Licenses in New Hampshire

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice

Child therapists in New Hampshire must be Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC).

To apply for licensure, candidates must:

  • Complete a master’s or doctorate in counseling from an accredited institution. The program must be at least 60 semester credits and be at least two years or four semesters long. If the institution is not CACREP accredited, candidates must demonstrate their program is equivalent and includes a 700-hour practicum.
  • Complete two years and 3,000 hours (at least 1,500 per year) of supervised clinical work experience—100 hours must be face to face supervision
  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit a photograph and resume
  • Pay $150 application fee
  • Provide three professional references
  • Complete the Criminal Offender Record Report for every state where the candidate has lived for the past five years
  • Pass the NCMHCE exam

Renewals of licensure for LCMHCs in New Hampshire are required every two years and cost $270.

In addition to completing the application for renewal, counselors are required to complete 40 continuing education units, six of which must be in ethics.