A Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) license allows a person to engage in supervised practice of counseling in the state of North Carolina. LPCA license numbers start with an A (example: A0000). Please see additional information below regarding the license. The LPCA application consists of multiple sections and additional documents:
To expedite the application review process we encourage applicants to apply using the application portal. Please expect an additional 2-3 weeks processing time for paper applications. 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. If mailing the application, ALL application materials should be sent in one application packet. The LPCA application consists of multiple sections and additional documents:
In accordance with NC GS 90-336 and rules .0206 and .0701 applicants for LPCA licensure must meet the following educational requirements:
HELPING RELATIONSHIPS IN COUNSELING – Studies in this area provide an understanding of counseling and consultation processes, including the following:
COUNSELING PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP – Practicum and internship experience should be provided in a supervised graduate counseling experience in a regionally accredited program of study. This graduate counseling experience shall be completed as defined in Administrative Rule .0206. To assist applicants with the application process the Board has adopted definitions of practicum and internship coursework. Please click here for more information regarding these definitions.
PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION TO COUNSELING - Studies in this area provide an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing, including the following:
HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT THEORIES IN COUNSELING - Studies in this area provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, relevant to counseling practice, including the following:
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS IN COUNSELING - Studies in this area provide an understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society that impact professional counselors and the counseling profession, including, the following:
GROUP COUNSELING THEORIES AND PROCESSES - Studies in this area provide an understanding of group development, dynamics, and counseling theories; group counseling methods and skills; and other group work approaches, including the following:
CAREER COUNSELING AND LIFESTYLE DEVELOPMENT - Studies in this area provide an understanding of career counseling, development, and related life factors, including the following:
ASSESSMENT IN COUNSELING - Studies in this area provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in counseling practice, including the following:
RESEARCH AND PROGRAM EVALUATION - Studies in this area provide an understanding of types of research methods, basic statistics, and ethical and legal consideration in research, including the following:
In accordance with NC GS 90-336 and rules .0305, .0307, and .0701 applicants for LPCA licensure must meet the following two (2) examination requirements:
The jurisprudence exam is required for licensure application at each level and must be taken within six months prior to application to the Board.
In accordance with rule .0206 of the Administrative Code all applicants must complete graduate counseling experience in both a practicum and an internship. Supervised graduate counseling shall be verified by a university faculty member on the Verification of Graduate Counseling Experience Form(s). The requirements for each are dependent on the applicant’s enrollment in their master’s program:
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