Counseling Degrees & Licenses in Utah

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

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

There are two primary licenses issued in Utah: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Licensed Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LACMHC).

If a LACMHC is lacking required coursework, they may be issued a LACHMC Extern license which allows the licensee to complete the required classes within three years while completing supervised work experience.

Requirements for LACMHC licensure include:

  • Completing a master’s or doctorate in clinical mental health counseling of at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours from a CACREP accredited institution. If a degree is earned at a non-CACREP institution, then it must meet programmatic requirements, including a 1,000-hour internship with at least 400 hours of direct client interaction.
  • Submitting an application
  • Paying $85 application fee

To become a LCMHC, applicants must meet the LACMHC requirements as well as:

  • Pass the NCMHCE exam
  • Pay $120 application fee
  • Complete a two-hour suicide prevention course
  • Complete 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised work experience. Of those hours, 1,000 must be in mental health therapy and 100 must be in face-to-face supervision.

LCMHC and LACMHC licenses in Utah expire every two years on the 30th of September of even-numbered years.

Counselors are required to submit 40 hours of continuing education hours, of which six must be in ethics and two in suicide prevention. Renewals cost $93.

School Counseling Licenses in Utah

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Utah State Board of Education (USBE)

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is responsible for School Counselor licensing.

The requirements to earn a school counselor license are:

  • Have a master’s degree in school counseling from a state-approved program or a CACREP accredited school
  • Pass the Praxis Professional School Counselor exam
  • Have a recommendation for licensure from the university in which the program was completed
  • Pass a background check
  • Submit a completed application

If applying with an out-of-state degree, then the applicant must provide proof of a valid school counselor license from the state where the degree was completed

School counselors in Utah may be licensed at three levels. Level 1 licenses are valid for three years, Level 2 are valid for five, and Level 3 are valid for seven.

Continuing education requirements for Level 1 are 100 Professional Learning Points (PLPs), while Levels 2 and 3 must earn 200 PLPs. All levels must complete two hours of Youth Suicide Prevention Training, a new background check, and a Utah State Board of Education Ethics Review online. They must also get a licensed administrator’s signature of approval for renewal.

Substance Abuse Counseling Licenses in Utah

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Utah Department of Commerce’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL)

Utah’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) issues six licenses to substance use disorder counselors (SUDC).

They are: Certified SUDC Intern (CSUDC Intern), Certified SUDC (CSUDC), Licensed SUDC (LSUDC), Certified Advanced SUDC Intern (CASUDC Intern), Certified Advanced SUDC (CASUDC), and Licensed Advanced SUDC (LASUDC).

CSUDC Intern licensure candidates must:

  • Hold an associate’s degree
  • Pay $70 application fee
  • Submit a completed application
  • Complete 200 hours of substance abuse-related education
  • Complete a 200-hour supervised practicum

CSUDC applicants must meet the requirements for the intern license, as well as:

  • Pass a national exam (NEC Level I, NEC Level II, or MAC from NAADAC or the ADC or AADC from the IC&RC)

LSUDC candidates must:

  • Have a CSUDC license OR verification of a license from another state and a passing national exam score
  • Complete 2,000 hours of supervised work experience as a CSUDC (if the applicant is not currently a CSUDC, then 4,000 hours are required)
  • Complete the Verification of Experience form
  • Pay $85 application fee
  • Submit a completed application
  • Complete a two-hour suicide prevention training course
  • Have an associate’s degree

CASUDC Intern license candidates must:

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree with required coursework in human growth and development across the lifespan and general psychology
  • Pay $70 application fee
  • Submit a completed application
  • Complete 300 hours of substance abuse-related education
  • Complete a 350-hour supervised practicum

To be a CASUDC, applicants must meet the requirements for the intern certification, as well as:

  • Pass a national exam (NEC Level II, or MAC from NAADAC or the AADC from the IC&RC)

LASUDC candidates must:

  • Have a CASUDC license or verification of a license from another state and a passing national exam score, such as the NEC Level 2, MAC, or AADC
  • Complete 4,000 hour of supervised work experience as a CASUDC (if 2,000 hours have already been submitted for another Utah SUDC license, then only 4,000 hours are required)
  • Complete the Verification of Experience form
  • Pay $85 application fee
  • Submit a completed application
  • Complete a two-hour suicide prevention training course
  • Have a bachelor’s degree

All substance abuse counselor licenses in Utah expire on May 31st of odd-numbered years. Renewals cost $78.

Counselors must complete 40 hours of continuing education in order to renew. Six hours must be in ethics and two must be in suicide prevention.

Rehabilitation Counseling Licenses in Utah

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

There are two primary licenses issued to rehabilitation counselors in Utah: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Licensed Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LACMHC).

If a LACMHC is lacking required coursework, they may be issued a LACHMC Extern license which allows the licensee to complete the required classes within three years while completing supervised work experience.

Requirements for LACMHC licensure include:

  • Completing a master’s or doctorate in clinical mental health counseling of at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours from a CACREP accredited institution. If a degree is earned at a non-CACREP institution, then it must meet programmatic requirements, including a 1,000-hour internship with at least 400 hours of direct client interaction.
  • Submitting an application
  • Paying $85 application fee

To become a LCMHC, applicants must meet the LACMHC requirements as well as:

  • Pass the NCMHCE exam
  • Pay $120 application fee
  • Complete a two-hour suicide prevention course
  • Complete 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised work experience. Of those hours, 1,000 must be in mental health therapy and 100 must be in face-to-face supervision.

LCMHC and LACMHC licenses in Utah expire every two years on the 30th of September of even-numbered years.

Counselors are required to submit 40 hours of continuing education hours, of which six must be in ethics and two in suicide prevention. Renewals cost $93.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Licenses in Utah

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Utah Psychologist Licensing Board

The Utah Psychologist Licensing Board credentials Behavior Analysts and Assistant Behavior Analysts.

Requirements for licensure are:

  • Complete 1,500 hours of supervised work experience for Behavior Analysts or 1,000 for Assistant Behavior Analysts
  • Submit a completed application
  • Pass either the BCBA or BCaBA examination
  • Pay a $120 application fee
  • Submit official transcripts

Behavior analyst licenses issued in Utah expire on September 30th of even-numbered years. Renewals cost $93.

Marriage and Family Therapy Licenses in Utah

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

There are two primary licenses issued in Utah: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT).

If an LAMFT is lacking required coursework, they may be issued an LAMFT Extern license, which allows the licensee to complete the required classes within three years while completing supervised work experience.

Requirements for LAMFT licensure include:

  • A master’s or doctorate in marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE-accredited program or one accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or a program that meets coursework requirements
  • A completed application
  • An $85 application fee

To become an LMFT, applicants must meet the LAMFT requirements, as well as:

  • Pass the AMFTRB exam
  • Pay $120 application fee
  • Complete a two-hour suicide prevention course
  • Complete 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised work experience (1,000 hours must be in mental health therapy and 100 hours must be in face-to-face supervision)

LMFT and LAMFT licenses in Utah expire every two years on the 30th of September of even-numbered years.

Counselors are required to submit 40 hours of continuing education hours, of which 15 must be related to marriage and family therapy, six must be in ethics and two in suicide prevention. Renewals cost $93.

Child (Pediatric) Behavioral Therapy Licenses in Utah

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

There are two primary licenses issued to child therapists in Utah: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Licensed Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LACMHC).

If a LACMHC is lacking required coursework, they may be issued a LACHMC Extern license which allows the licensee to complete the required classes within three years while completing supervised work experience.

Requirements for LACMHC licensure include:

  • Completing a master’s or doctorate in clinical mental health counseling of at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours from a CACREP accredited institution. If a degree is earned at a non-CACREP institution, then it must meet programmatic requirements, including a 1,000-hour internship with at least 400 hours of direct client interaction.
  • Submitting an application
  • Paying $85 application fee

To become a LCMHC, applicants must meet the LACMHC requirements as well as:

  • Pass the NCMHCE exam
  • Pay $120 application fee
  • Complete a two-hour suicide prevention course
  • Complete 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised work experience. Of those hours, 1,000 must be in mental health therapy and 100 must be in face-to-face supervision.

LCMHC and LACMHC licenses in Utah expire every two years on the 30th of September of even-numbered years.

Counselors are required to submit 40 hours of continuing education hours, of which six must be in ethics and two in suicide prevention. Renewals cost $93.

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