The North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors is pleased to offer current licensees from other states the option to apply for licensure in North Carolina through an endorsement process, if they meet the following requirements, under rule 21 NCAC 53 .0304:
If a candidate is licensed to practice counseling by a Board in another state, the applicant must apply for licensure with the North Carolina Board. The Board shall consider the application for “licensed professional counselor” in accordance with the provisions of NC G.S.§§ 90-336 and 90-337.
Applicants must complete all requirements before license can be issued. (G.S. § 90-336)
(1) Has earned a master's degree in counseling or related field from an institution of higher education that is either regionally accredited or accredited by an organization both recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the applicant meets one of the following criteria:
(2) An applicant who holds a master’s degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations or from a college or university determined by the Board to have standards substantially equivalent to a regionally accredited institution, provided the applicant was enrolled in the master’s program prior to July 1, 1994.
Applicants must complete and pass the following examinations in accordance with rules adopted by the Board:
1. National Exam
2. Jurisprudence Exam
LCMHC by Endorsement applicants must have Has one of the following:
Direct Counseling Experience (Rule .0205)
Endorsement Applicants must document on forms provided by the Board:
Endorsement applicants must have an active, unrestricted license in good standing as a licensed professional counselor in another state for a minimum of two years directly prior to application.
If disciplinary action has occurred prior to application, each case will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Out-of-State License Verification Form, which is to be completed by the current state licensure board.
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