Applying for Licensure

Below is general information about NC professional counseling licenses and the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) application processes.

You must have an active license in order to practice counseling in the state of North Carolina.

Licensure Overview

Three tiered licensure format:

  1. Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA)
  2. Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  3. Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS)

All applications have a fee of $238 (includes $38 Criminal Background Check)

North Carolina does not have reciprocity with other states. Actively licensed professional counselors in other states can apply for the LPC license by endorsement.

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


Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) restricted license
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS) supervision credential

Application Review Process Overview

This information is being provided to answer frequently asked questions about what happens to the application once it reaches the Board office. Please review the following before calling the Board office.

NCBLPC is pleased to offer both an electronic and paper application process. Although, applicants can still mail a paper application, we encourage applicants to utilize the online application process to save money on postage, ensure your application is received, and to decrease the initial application processing time. If you would like to apply by paper, you are welcome to print and mail the paper application. All printable applications are made available in portable document format (PDF) and available only by request to the Board office.

1) Submitting your application

  • The first step in the application process is the initial application. All areas of the application that pertain to the license you are applying for must be completed. This completed application, is to be sent to the Board office with payment for $238.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials have reached the Board office by deadlines established by the Board.
  • Make sure any other names (married name(s), maiden names, nickname, etc.) are listed on the application.
  • For applicants using the online application portal, we encourage applicants to include any additional application items by uploading them through the portal. However, we will still need the following documents submitted directly from the university or verifier:
  • Official transcripts - can be issued directly to the student as long as they arrive at NCBLPC still sealed from the registrar, mailed from the university, or emailed from the school to transcripts@ncblpc.org
  • Verification of Graduate Counseling Experience
  • Final Supervision Reports (LPC applicants)
  • Verification of Professional Counseling Experience (LPC by Endorsement or LPCS applicants)
  • Official Verification of Active License in another state issued by the licensing agency. (LPC by Endorsement applicants)
  • Official copies of NCE/NCMHCE scores or CRC scores from the examining organization.
  • For applicants submitting paper applications, we encourage applicants to send official documents sealed with their application so that all are received at the same time. This includes:
  • Official transcript(s) can be issued directly to the student as long as they arrive at NCBLPC still sealed from the registrar.
  • Official Verification of Active License in another state issued by the licensing agency.
  • Official copies of NCE/NCMHCE scores or CRC scores from the examining organization.
  • Applications not meeting the standard of completion could be delayed in Board approval for licensure.

2) Submitting your application

  • When the completed application packet (application, fees, transcripts, test scores, criminal background check, professional disclosure statement, counseling verification forms, etc.) is received in the Board office, it undergoes an initial review.
  • If the applicant answers Yes to any item listed in Legal and Ethics section of the application and/or if the criminal background check reveals a finding this becomes part of the Board’s consideration process.
  • If the applicant does not meet the educational requirements as set by the Board, the applicant may be asked to submit additional information such as course descriptions and syllabi. Once the supporting documentation is received, it will be reviewed by the Board’s Educational Reviewer for the next scheduled Board meeting. Once the Board reaches a decision regarding the applicant’s education, he/she will be notified in writing.
  • After the initial review, a letter will be sent to the applicant confirming receipt of the application and describing any remaining requirements needed to qualify for the licensure for which the applicant is applying. This can take from 4-6 weeks.
  • Applicants can log onto the online portal to check on their applications status at any time.
  • Applications are valid for 2 years from the date of receipt by the Board Office.

3) After Initial Review

  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to review their online status and provide any required materials in a timely manner.
  • From this point forward, the Board office compiles and verifies all information received for applicants.
  • Once applicant has provided all required documents, the applicant is presented to the Board for review at the next scheduled Board meeting. Please note, going before the Board does not guarantee licensure.

4) After Initial Review

  • At the next scheduled Board meeting, Board members review the candidates, determine if the candidates have met all requirements, and make a decision on licensure. If the candidate has met all requirements, the Board will license the candidate as appropriate.
  • All Board decisions are sent via US Postal Service 10-15 business days after the meeting. Do not call the Board office to request information regarding a Board decision immediately following a Board meeting. During this time Candidates for Licensure may check online portal to learn if a license has been issued

5) Once licensed, applicants will need to update their professional disclosure statement and submit an updated version to the Board office either by fax ((336) 217-9450) or email (PDSupdate@ncblpc.org).

6) Applicants may not use the term LPCA, LPC, LPCS or any variation of the term until they have received notice from the Board stating that they may do so.