Counseling Degrees & Licenses in Vermont

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

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Board of Allied Mental Health

Vermont licenses Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC).

Requirements for licensure include:

  • A completed application
  • A master’s or doctorate in counseling of at least 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) from a CACREP accredited program, or a program has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the board. The program must include a 700-hour internship. Non-CACREP programs (or those without an MOU) must complete the Education and Coursework Requirements Worksheet
  • Pass the NCE and NCMHCE
  • Complete 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised work experience in a minimum of two years. Of those, 2,000 hours must be direct work with clients, 100 hours must be supervision (one hour of supervision for 30 hours of client work), and 50 hours must be individual supervision.
  • Pay the $150 application fee

Renewals for LCMHCs in Vermont are due every two years.

In addition to the $200 fee renewals must include a completed application and 40 hours of continuing education from approved providers.

School Counseling Licenses in Vermont

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
State of Vermont Agency of Education

The State of Vermont Agency of Education issues a school counselor endorsement for Initial Vermont Educator’s Licenses

The requirements for a Level 1 endorsement and license are:

  • Complete a master’s degree, with a concentration in school counseling or the equivalent
  • Complete a supervised internship experience of at least 600 hours in counseling with a minimum of 60 hours of experience in school counseling at both the elementary and the middle/secondary level
  • Submit an online application
  • Complete a Transcript Review Application
  • Pay a $50 application fee, $150 three-year license fee, and $13.25 fingerprinting fee
  • Pass a background check
  • Pass the Praxis Core exams

Once school counselors have completed three years of work experience, they may apply to transition to a Level 2 license.

Level 1 educator licenses issued in Vermont are valid for three years, cost $50 to apply for renewal and $200 for the license, and must include three professional development credits. One credit must be in school counseling.

Level 2 educator licenses issued in Vermont are valid for five years, cost $50 to apply for renewal and $300 for the license, and must include six professional development credits. Two credits must be in school counseling.

Substance Abuse Counseling Licenses in Vermont

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Secretary of State Office of Professional Regulation

Apprentice Addiction Profession (AAP), Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ADC), and Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor (LADC) are the three licenses issued by the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation for substance abuse counselors.

AAP license candidates must:

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay $225 application fee
  • Be employed by a preferred provider
  • Complete an associates degree
  • Complete 40 hours of substance abuse education
  • Pass the required exam

ADC license candidates must:

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay $225 application fee
  • Be employed by preferred provider
  • Complete 4,000 hours of supervised work experience verified on the Supervision Report form
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Complete 270 hours of substance abuse education
  • Pass the ADC from the IC&RC

LADC license candidates must:

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay $225 application fee
  • Be employed by an ADAP preferred provider
  • Complete a master’s degree or higher
  • Complete 270 hours of substance abuse education
  • Pass the AADC from the IC&RC
  • Complete 2,000 hours of supervised work experience verified on the Supervision Report form

Renewals for AAPs, ADCs, and LADCs in Vermont are required every two years. Renewals cost $240.

Counselors must complete 40 hours of continuing education per renewal cycle.

Rehabilitation Counseling Licenses in Vermont

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Board of Allied Mental Health

Rehabilitation counselors in Vermont are Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC).

Requirements for licensure include:

  • A completed application
  • A master’s or doctorate in counseling of at least 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) from a CACREP accredited program, or a program has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the board. The program must include a 700-hour internship. Non-CACREP programs (or those without an MOU) must complete the Education and Coursework Requirements Worksheet
  • Pass the NCE and NCMHCE
  • Complete 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised work experience in a minimum of two years. Of those, 2,000 hours must be direct work with clients, 100 hours must be supervision (one hour of supervision for 30 hours of client work), and 50 hours must be individual supervision.
  • Pay the $150 application fee

Renewals for LCMHCs in Vermont are due every two years.

In addition to the $200 fee renewals must include a completed application and 40 hours of continuing education from approved providers.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Licenses in Vermont

Licesing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Vermont Office of Professional Regulation

The Vermont Office of Professional Regulation licenses Applied Behavior Analysts and Applied Behavior Analysts Assistants.

Requirements for licensure are:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Hold either a BCBA or BCaBA certification
  • Pay $100 application fee

Behavior analyst licenses in Vermont must be renewed biennially. The cost to renew is $240.

Currently, there are no continuing education requirements.

Marriage and Family Therapy Licenses in Vermont

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements
Board of Allied Mental Health

The Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health licenses Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Requirements for licensure include:

  • A completed application
  • A master’s or doctorate in marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE or regionally accredited program, including a 500-hour internship
  • Pass a board approved marriage and family therapy exam
  • Complete 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised work experience in a minimum of two years (2,000 hours must be direct work with clients, 100 hours must be supervision, and 50 hours must be individual supervision; also, 50 percent of the direct client hours must be with couples or families)
  • Pay the $150 application fee

Renewals for LMFTs in Vermont are due every two years.

In addition to the $250 fee, renewals must include a completed application and 20 hours of continuing education from approved providers.

Child (Pediatric) Behavioral Therapy Licenses in Vermont

Licensing AuthorityEligibility & DetailsRenewal Requirements

Board of Allied Mental Health

Child therapists in Vermont are Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC).

Requirements for licensure include:

  • A completed application
  • A master’s or doctorate in counseling of at least 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) from a CACREP accredited program, or a program has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the board. The program must include a 700-hour internship. Non-CACREP programs (or those without an MOU) must complete the Education and Coursework Requirements Worksheet
  • Pass the NCE and NCMHCE
  • Complete 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised work experience in a minimum of two years. Of those, 2,000 hours must be direct work with clients, 100 hours must be supervision (one hour of supervision for 30 hours of client work), and 50 hours must be individual supervision.
  • Pay the $150 application fee

Renewals for LCMHCs in Vermont are due every two years.

In addition to the $200 fee renewals must include a completed application and 40 hours of continuing education from approved providers.