Counseling Degrees & Licenses in Oklahoma

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

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
State Board of Behavioral Health

Oklahoma credentials Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). Applicants who have not completed their required supervised work experience may be licensed as Licensed Professional Counselor Candidates (LPC Candidates).

To apply for an LPC license, candidates must:

  • Complete an application
  • Complete a background check
  • Pay $145 application fee
  • Submit an Internship/Practicum Documentation Form
  • Be 21 years old
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited institution demonstrating a master’s in counseling. Programs must be 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter hours) in length and include a 300-hour practicum
  • Complete three years and 3,000 hours of supervised work experience. For every 1,000 hours completed, 350 must be direct client contact. There must be 45 minutes of supervision for every 20 hours of experience. Thirty credits of graduate semester coursework beyond the master’s degree may be substituted for one year of work experience, up to a total of two years.
  • Have a passing NCE score
  • Pass The Oklahoma Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Examination

Renewals for LPC licenses in Oklahoma are completed in three time periods: initial, interim, and annual.

For an initial renewal candidates must renew two years from when it was first issued. Fees vary based on the expiration date.

The next renewal is the interim cycle and is from the expiration date of the initial renewal till the 30th of June. Then, licenses renew annually.

Continuing education requirements for interim renewals vary based on when the length of the license. In general, a license holder must complete 20 hours of continuing education hours. Three of those hours must be in ethics.

School Counseling Licenses in Oklahoma

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Oklahoma State Department of Education

The Oklahoma State Department of Education certifies school counselors. The requirements for this certificate are:

  • Hold a master’s degree in school counseling or NCSC certification by NBCC
  • Complete an application
  • Pay the $53.94 application fee and $57.25 background check fee
  • Pass a background check
  • Pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE) for the appropriate grade level, and the Oklahoma Subject Area Tests (OSAT) in School Counseling
  • Pass one course in the education of exceptional children
  • Have two years of related work experience

Standard school counselor certificates issued in Oklahoma are valid for five years.

To renew, school counselors must submit a completed application, pay a $50 renewal fee, and complete 125 professional development units.

Substance Abuse Counseling Licenses in Oklahoma

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (OBLACD)

The Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors issues Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor (LADC) licenses and Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC) certifications.

CADC certificate candidates must:

  • Be 21 years old
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health from an accredited institution
  • Pay $175 application fee
  • Submit three professional references
  • Complete the application
  • Have 300 practicum hours, with at least 10 hours in each of the 12 core functions
  • Complete two years (4,000 hours) of supervised work experience; at least half of the hours must be direct client contact
  • Sign the code of ethics
  • Provide a 300-word written personal philosophy of counseling
  • Complete 270 hours of continuing education (at least 135 of those hours must be drug and alcohol-specific)
  • Submit an affidavit of right to work in the US
  • Provide a supervisor’s evaluation
  • Complete the supervision log demonstrating one hour of supervision per week
  • Complete 45 hours of specialized training in co-occurring disorders
  • Pass the written and oral exam administered by the Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Professional Counselor Association

LACD candidates must:

  • Be 21 years old
  • Have a master’s degree in behavioral health from an accredited institution
  • Pay $175 application fee
  • Submit three professional references
  • Complete the application
  • Have 300 practicum hours with at least ten hours in each of the 12 core functions
  • Complete one year and 2,000 hours of supervised work experience; at least half of the hours must be direct client contact
  • Sign the code of ethics
  • Provide a written personal philosophy of counseling
  • Complete 180 hours of continuing education (at least 90 of those hours must be drug and alcohol-specific)
  • Submit an affidavit of right to work in the US
  • Provide a supervisors evaluation
  • Complete the supervision log demonstrating one hour of supervision per week
  • Pass the written and oral exam administered by the Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Professional Counselor Association

Renewals for LADCs and CADCs through the OBLACD are due annually. Renewals cost $125.

In order to be eligible for renewal, counselors must complete 20 hours of continuing education, of which three hours must be in ethics.

Rehabilitation Counseling Licenses in Oklahoma

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

State Board of Behavioral Health

Rehabilitation counselors in Oklahoma are credentialed as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). Applicants who have not completed their required supervised work experience may be licensed as Licensed Professional Counselor Candidates (LPC Candidates).

To apply for an LPC license, candidates must:

  • Complete an application
  • Complete a background check
  • Pay $145 application fee
  • Submit an Internship/Practicum Documentation Form
  • Be 21 years old
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited institution demonstrating a master’s in counseling. Programs must be 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter hours) in length and include a 300-hour practicum
  • Complete three years and 3,000 hours of supervised work experience. For every 1,000 hours completed, 350 must be direct client contact. There must be 45 minutes of supervision for every 20 hours of experience. Thirty credits of graduate semester coursework beyond the master’s degree may be substituted for one year of work experience, up to a total of two years.
  • Have a passing NCE score
  • Pass The Oklahoma Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Examination

Renewals for LPC licenses in Oklahoma are completed in three time periods: initial, interim, and annual.

For an initial renewal candidates must renew two years from when it was first issued. Fees vary based on the expiration date.

The next renewal is the interim cycle and is from the expiration date of the initial renewal till the 30th of June. Then, licenses renew annually.

Continuing education requirements for interim renewals vary based on when the length of the license. In general, a license holder must complete 20 hours of continuing education hours. Three of those hours must be in ethics.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Licenses in Oklahoma

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Oklahoma Licensed Behavior Analyst Board (OLBAB)

The Oklahoma Licensed Behavior Analyst Board (OLBAB) licenses Behavior Analysts and Assistant Behavior Analysts.

Requirements for certification or licensure are:

  • Complete an application
  • Hold a BCBA or BCaBA certification
  • Pay a prorated application fee
  • Supply professional references
  • Provide proof of supervision (BCaBAs only)
  • Complete the Statement of Professional Disclosure form
  • Submit a photocopy of a valid photo ID and of current Board Certification

Licenses and certifications issued by the OLBAB must be renewed by April 30 of odd-numbered years.

To renew, applicants must pay a $100 fee for behavior analysts (or $50 for assistants), as well as supply proof if current BABC certification.

Marriage and Family Therapy Licenses in Oklahoma

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
State Board of Behavioral Health

Oklahoma crdentials Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT). Applicants who have not completed their required supervised work experience may be licensed as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists Candidates (LMFT Candidates).

To apply for an LMFT license, candidates must:

  • Complete an application
  • Complete a background check
  • Pay $200 application fee, $295 test fee, and $100 license fee
  • Submit a Internship/Practicum Documentation Form
  • Be 21 years old
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited institution demonstrating a master’s in marriage and family therapy, including a 300-hour practicum
  • Complete two years of supervised work experience with at least 1,000 hours of direct client contact; there must also be at least 150 hours of face-to-face supervision
  • Have a passing AMFTRB score
  • Pass the Oklahoma LMFT Examination

Renewals for LMFT licenses in Oklahoma are completed in three time periods: initial, interim, and annual.

For an initial renewal, candidates must renew two years from when the license was first issued. Fees vary based on the expiration date.

The next renewal is the interim cycle and is from the expiration date of the initial renewal till the 30th of June. This renewal costs $100.

Then, licenses renew annually and the fee is $100.

Continuing education requirements for interim renewals varies based on when the length of the license. In general, a license holder must complete 20 hours of continuing education hours. Three of those hours must be in ethics.

Child (Pediatric) Behavioral Therapy Licenses in Oklahoma

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

State Board of Behavioral Health

Child therapists in Oklahoma are credentialed as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). Applicants who have not completed their required supervised work experience may be licensed as Licensed Professional Counselor Candidates (LPC Candidates).

To apply for an LPC license, candidates must:

  • Complete an application
  • Complete a background check
  • Pay $145 application fee
  • Submit an Internship/Practicum Documentation Form
  • Be 21 years old
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited institution demonstrating a master’s in counseling. Programs must be 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter hours) in length and include a 300-hour practicum
  • Complete three years and 3,000 hours of supervised work experience. For every 1,000 hours completed, 350 must be direct client contact. There must be 45 minutes of supervision for every 20 hours of experience. Thirty credits of graduate semester coursework beyond the master’s degree may be substituted for one year of work experience, up to a total of two years.
  • Have a passing NCE score
  • Pass The Oklahoma Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Examination

Renewals for LPC licenses in Oklahoma are completed in three time periods: initial, interim, and annual.

For an initial renewal candidates must renew two years from when it was first issued. Fees vary based on the expiration date.

The next renewal is the interim cycle and is from the expiration date of the initial renewal till the 30th of June. Then, licenses renew annually.

Continuing education requirements for interim renewals vary based on when the length of the license. In general, a license holder must complete 20 hours of continuing education hours. Three of those hours must be in ethics.