The following Licensure Renewal procedures apply to LPC Associates, LPCs, and LPC Supervisors. Renewals may be submitted as early as January 1st of the renewal year. Licensee shall complete all requirements before renewal can be issued. Deadline for receipt of renewal is June 20th of the renewal year.
Checklist if you are not selected for audit:
Additional Checklist if you are selected for audit:
Continuing education training provided by one of the following national organizations, their affiliates or by a vendor approved by one of the following organizations shall be approved:
Continuing education training provided by one of the following national organizations, their affiliates or by a vendor approved by one of the following organizations shall be approved for no more than 15 contact hours for any given renewal period.
Continuing education is required for the renewal of licenses to ensure that LPCAs, LPCs, and LPCSs maintain their professional knowledge and competency in the field of counseling. Continuing education activities appropriate for the purpose of license renewal are those that are directed toward professionals in the mental health field and that focus on increasing knowledge and skills in the practice of counseling in one or more of the following content areas:
(See pages 4 and 5 for documentation requirements)
Continuing Education Training
Graduate or Doctoral Level Academic Credit in Counseling or a Counseling Related Subject
Doctoral Level Academic Credit for work done towards the completion of a Dissertation in a Counseling or Counseling Related Subject (maximum = 10 contact hours)
Publication Activities for articles written by the licensee and published in peer reviewed journals, editing of a chapter in a book based on counseling or counseling related material, or authoring or co-authoring a published book on counseling or counseling related material ( maximum = 10 contact hours)
Clinical Supervised Practice for actual clock hours of direct practice (maximum = 10 contact hours)
Leadership Positions (maximum = 10 contact hours)
2. Editor or Editorial Board Member of a professional counseling journal
3. Active Member of a state, regional, or national counseling committee producing a substantial written product
4. Chair of a major state, regional, or national counseling conference or convention
Presenter (licensee presented a program) (maximum = 5 contact hours)
If documentation for continuing education is not clearly identifiable as dealing with counseling, the Board shall request a written description of the continuing education and how it applies to the professional practice of counseling. If the Board determines that the training is not appropriate, the individual shall be given 45 days from the date of notification to replace the hours not approved. Those hours shall be considered replacement hours and cannot be applied to the next renewal period.
LPCAs, LPCs and LPCSs who are unable to provide documentation of sufficient continuing counselor education activities to renew their license have the following options:
If your license expires on June 30, 2016 you must cease the practice of counseling until the license has been renewed. Failure to renew by June 30, 2017 means that a license shall be issued only upon re-application and all current licensure requirements apply to the new application.
It has been brought to the Board’s attention that as of November 20, 2015, CE4Less is no longer an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) continuing education credit. CE4Less may still be used as they are approved by the American Psychological Association (APA). However, the APA is one of the 10 continuing education provider organizations that are limited to a total of no more than 15 contact hours for any given renewal period. Any continuing education received from Ce4Less on or before November 20, 2015 should list NBCC as the approved provider on your renewal form. Continuing education received after November 20, 2015 should list APA as the approved provider.
In addition, as of January 31, 2016 PESI is no longer an ACEP for NBCC continuing education credit. In some cases PESI may still be used as they are approved by the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) and the American Psychological Association (APA). However, NAADAC and APA are two of the 10 continuing education provider organizations that are limited to a total of no more than 15 contact hours for any given renewal period. Any continuing education received from PESI on or before January 31, 2016 should list NBCC as the approved provider on your renewal form. Continuing education received after January 31, 2016 should list NAADAC or APA as the approved provider based on the certificate of completion.
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