An individual must be licensed to practice counseling in the state of North Carolina. Pursuant to NC General Statute § 90-336 there are three levels of licensure for licensed professional counselors. This is a three tiered licensure format.

All NC licensees must comply with the NC Licensed Professional Counselors Act, the NCBLPC Administrative Code, and the ACA Code of Ethics. In addition, LPCSs are also required to comply with the ACS Code of Ethics.

NCBLPC does not regulate members of other regulated professions who do counseling in the normal course of the practice of their profession. Please refer to NC General Statute Article 24 § 90-332.1 to determine if you are working in an exempt setting.


North Carolina does not have reciprocity with other states. However, certain actively licensed professional counselors in other states can apply for the LPC license by endorsement if they meet the requirements. For more information, please visit our endorsement page.