Counseling Degrees & Licenses in North Carolina

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

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NCBLCMHC)

Mental health counselors in North Carolina are either Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Licensed Professional Counselor Associates (LPCA).

To earn an LPCA license, candidates must:

  • Pay a $200 application fee and $38 background check fee
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Have three references submit the Applicant Reference Form
  • Submit a completed and notarized application
  • Complete a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution; the program must be at least 60 semester hours in nine areas of study
  • Pass the NCE, NCMHCE, or CRC exam
  • Pass the North Carolina jurisprudence exam
  • Complete a practicum and internship of a total of 300 hours, including 17 hours of direct supervision, 180 hours of direct counseling, and a rate of one hour of supervision for every 40 hours of counseling provided
  • Complete a Professional Disclosure Statement (PDS) including disclosure of supervision arrangements

To earn the LPC licensure, candidates must complete the above requirements in addition to:

  • Completing 3,000 hours of supervised work experience, of which 2,000 hours must be direct counseling

No more than 40 hours may be earned per week. Also, 100 hours must direct supervision and 75 of those must be individual. There must be one hour of supervision for every 40 hours of direct counseling.

Renewals for LPCs and LPCAs happen every two years in North Carolina and may be completed online.

Renewals cost $200 and must be accompanied by a Continuing Counselor Education Attestation form that verifies 40 contact hours of continuing counselor education. Three of those hours must be in ethics.

School Counseling Licenses in North Carolina

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction issues the Professional Educator’s License School Counselor.

The requirements for an initial license are:

  • Complete an approved program in school counseling at the master’s level or above
  • Pass the Praxis Professional School Counselor exam
  • Submit a completed application
  • Pay $100 application fee
  • Pass a background check

School counselors are required to hold a valid state professional educator’s license.

An initial license may be converted to a Continuing Professional License after three years of full-time work experience.

Continuing Professional Licenses issued to school counselors in North Carolina are valid for five years. Renewals are completed online and cost $35.

School counselors are also required to complete eight renewal credits per cycle. One credit is equivalent to 10 hours.

Substance Abuse Counseling Licenses in North Carolina

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB)

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) are the certification and license issued by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB).

CADCs can initially apply to be CADC Interns. Intern certification candidates must:

  • Graduate from high school
  • Complete a supervision agreement
  • Sign the ethical principles of conduct form
  • Complete three hours of ethics training
  • Submit a complete resume and job description
  • Complete a background check
  • Complete a two-month 300-hour practicum with one hour of supervision for every 10 hours of work
  • Pay the $25 application fee, $200 certification fee, and $150 testing fee

To be certified as a full CADC, applicants must meet the intern requirements, as well as:

  • Complete 270 hours of education and training in substance abuse disorders. There must be six hours in ethics and HIV/AIDS as well as other course requirements
  • Complete three years and 6,000 hours of supervised work experience in substance abuse counseling; only 4,000 hours are required if the applicant has a bachelor’s degree
  • Pass the ADC exam from IC&RC

Most LCAS applicants must first earn an Associate LCAS license. Applicants who already have a CADC or have graduated from a pre-approved master’s program are exempt.

Associate LCAS license candidates must:

  • Complete a qualifying master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a completed supervision agreement
  • Sign the ethical principles of conduct form
  • Complete three hours of ethics training
  • Submit a complete resume and job description
  • Complete a background check
  • Complete a two-month 300-hour practicum with one hour of supervision for every 10 hours of work
  • Pay the $25 application fee, $200 certification fee, and $150 testing fee

For a full LCAS license, candidates must:

  • Complete 180 hours of education and training in substance abuse disorders (six hours in ethics and HIV/AIDS); this requirement is waived for CADC certificate holders and pre-approved master’s program graduates
  • Complete two years and 4,000 hours of supervised work experience in substance abuse counseling; only 2,000 hours are required if the applicant completed a pre-approved master’s program and this requirement is waived for CADC certificate holders
  • Pass the AADC exam from IC&RC

The NCSAPPB requires counselors to renew their certificate or license every two years. The fee to renew is $150. CADCs must complete 60 hours of continuing education and LCASs must complete 40 hours. These hours must include three hours in HIV/AIDS, three hours in ethics, and three hours in special topics.

Rehabilitation Counseling Licenses in North Carolina

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NCBLCMHC)

Rehabilitation counselors in North Carolina are either Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Licensed Professional Counselor Associates (LPCA).

To earn an LPCA license, candidates must:

  • Pay a $200 application fee and $38 background check fee
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Have three references submit the Applicant Reference Form
  • Submit a completed and notarized application
  • Complete a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution; the program must be at least 60 semester hours in nine areas of study
  • Pass the NCE, NCMHCE, or CRC exam
  • Pass the North Carolina jurisprudence exam
  • Complete a practicum and internship of a total of 300 hours, including 17 hours of direct supervision, 180 hours of direct counseling, and a rate of one hour of supervision for every 40 hours of counseling provided
  • Complete a Professional Disclosure Statement (PDS) including disclosure of supervision arrangements

To earn the LPC licensure, candidates must complete the above requirements in addition to:

  • Completing 3,000 hours of supervised work experience, of which 2,000 hours must be direct counseling

No more than 40 hours may be earned per week. Also, 100 hours must direct supervision and 75 of those must be individual. There must be one hour of supervision for every 40 hours of direct counseling.

Renewals for LPCs and LPCAs happen every two years in North Carolina and may be completed online.

Renewals cost $200 and must be accompanied by a Continuing Counselor Education Attestation form that verifies 40 contact hours of continuing counselor education. Three of those hours must be in ethics.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Licenses in North Carolina

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
North Carolina Psychology Board

The 2013 North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 9 states that behavior analysis therapy falls under the scope of practicing psychology; therefore, behavior analysts must be licensed psychologists. There is also a provision that allows behavior analysts to practice under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist.

The North Carolina Psychology Board licenses psychologists. The requirements to earn this license are:

  • Submit a complete and notarized application
  • Hold a PhD in psychology or a PsyD.
  • Pay $100 application fee and $38 fingerprinting fee
  • Have two years of supervised work experience (at least one year must be post-doctoral)
  • Pass the North Carolina State Examination and the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)
  • File a supervision contract form, which verifies supervision (or verifies that it’s not required)
  • Submit three personal references
  • Send a Health Services Provider (HSP) Application Form
  • Submit all official transcripts

Psychologist licenses in North Carolina expire on September 30th of even-numbered years.

Renewals cost $250 and must be accompanied by 18 hours of continuing education. At least three hours must be in ethics.

Marriage and Family Therapy Licenses in North Carolina

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
North Carolina Marriage & Family Therapy Licensure Board

The North Carolina Marriage & Family Therapy Licensure Board issues Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) credentials.

Requirements for a LMFTA license are:

  • Complete a master’s degree or higher in marriage and family therapy from a regionally accredited institution that meets curriculum requirements
  • Pay $200 application fee
  • Submit a completed application
  • Provide three professional endorsements
  • Submit a Supervision Agreement

LMFT license applicants must meet LMFTA license requirements, as well as:

  • Complete 1,500 hours of supervised clinical work experience (up to to 500 hours may be counted from a master’s program internship or practicum, and there must be an additional 200 hours of supervision)
  • Pass the AMFTRB exam

LMFT licenses in North Carolina must be renewed annually. The fee to renew is $100.

Applicants for renewal must complete 20 hours of continuing education, of which three hours must be in ethics.

Child (Pediatric) Behavioral Therapy Licenses in North Carolina

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NCBLCMHC)

Child therapists in North Carolina are either Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Licensed Professional Counselor Associates (LPCA).

To earn an LPCA license, candidates must:

  • Pay a $200 application fee and $38 background check fee
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Have three references submit the Applicant Reference Form
  • Submit a completed and notarized application
  • Complete a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution; the program must be at least 60 semester hours in nine areas of study
  • Pass the NCE, NCMHCE, or CRC exam
  • Pass the North Carolina jurisprudence exam
  • Complete a practicum and internship of a total of 300 hours, including 17 hours of direct supervision, 180 hours of direct counseling, and a rate of one hour of supervision for every 40 hours of counseling provided
  • Complete a Professional Disclosure Statement (PDS) including disclosure of supervision arrangements

To earn the LPC licensure, candidates must complete the above requirements in addition to:

  • Completing 3,000 hours of supervised work experience, of which 2,000 hours must be direct counseling

No more than 40 hours may be earned per week. Also, 100 hours must direct supervision and 75 of those must be individual. There must be one hour of supervision for every 40 hours of direct counseling.

Renewals for LPCs and LPCAs happen every two years in North Carolina and may be completed online.

Renewals cost $200 and must be accompanied by a Continuing Counselor Education Attestation form that verifies 40 contact hours of continuing counselor education. Three of those hours must be in ethics.