Professional Counselor Licensing Requirements
Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.
An applicant for licensure must meet the following requirements:
- Earned, from a regionally accredited institution of higher education a master's or doctoral degree in:
- Social work
- Marriage and family therapy
- Counseling, psychology or a related mental health field determined to be in the discipline of professional counseling by the Department.
- Completed sixty graduate semester hours in or related to the discipline of counseling at a regionally accredited institution of higher education, which included coursework in each of the following areas:
- Human growth and development
- Social and cultural foundations
- Counseling theories and techniques or helping relationships
- Group dynamics
- Processing and counseling
- Career and lifestyle development
- Appraisals or tests and measurements for individuals and groups
- Research and evaluation
- Professional orientation to counseling
- Acquired three thousand (3000) hours of postgraduate supervised experience in professional counseling performed over a period of not less than one year, that included a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of direct supervision by either…
- A licensed physician certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- A licensed psychologist
- A licensed advanced practice registered nurse certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing with the American Nurses Credentialing Center
- A licensed marital and family therapist
- A licensed clinical social worker
- A licensed professional counselor or for supervision prior to October 1, 1998, by a counselor otherwise eligible for licensure
- Successfully completed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors.
*If the applicant has not passed the NCE or NCMHCE and wishes to retake the exam for purposes of obtaining a Connecticut license should complete the examination registration form and forward it and the required fee directly to the NBCC. All registration forms received without the examination fee will be returned.
An applicant for licensure shall arrange for the submission of following documentation directly from the source:
- A completed, notarized application with photograph and fee of $315.00. The fee must be in the form of a bank check or money order made payable to, "Treasurer, State of Connecticut"
- An official transcript and Course of Study Form sent directly from each educational institution attended and listed on your application, indicating all graduate level coursework completed and graduate degree(s) conferred
- Verification, sent directly from each state licensing authority where a license, certificate or registration as a professional counselor is, or has ever been. Most jurisdictions charge a fee for this service. Please contact the jurisdiction prior to submission of the form
- Verification form, sent directly from the appropriate authority(s), of three thousand (3000) hours of postgraduate supervised experience and one hundred hours of postgraduate-degree supervision
- A score report for the NCE or NCMHCE sent directly to this Department from the NBCC.
All supporting documents should be submitted directly from the source to:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Professional Counselor Licensure
410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134
Phone: (860) 509-7603
Fax: (860) 707-1980
Licensure requirements are subject to change as a result of new legislation, new rules and regulations or from new policies and procedures adopted by the Department, where appropriate, in cooperation with various boards and commissions. Applicants must meet current licensure requirements.
Practitioner Licensure General Policies and Procedures
- The fee for initial licensure covers the cost of eligibility determination and related administrative functions. At such time as an applicant is determined eligible for licensure, the process of licensure issuance will proceed immediately.
- The licensure renewal fee is separate and distinct from the application fee.
- Licenses are renewed annually during the licensee’s month of birth. Renewal will be required in the first birth month that immediately follows the issuance of licensure.
- *The full renewal fee will be required regardless of the date of initial licensure.
- *All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee that accompanies an application covers the cost of reviewing and processing that specific application, it cannot be refunded, even if the applicant is found ineligible for licensure.
**Any incomplete application that has remained inactive for one year will be destroyed in accordance with the agency’s record retention schedule. To reactivate the application process, a completely new application and fee will be required.
Checking the Status of Your Application
It is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange for the submission of all required documentation for timely completion of the application. All documentation is required to be submitted directly to the Department from the source. No documentation will be accepted if submitted from the applicant.
The Department does not routinely notify applicants of incomplete documentation. It is recommended that applicants who are interested in expediting licensure contact the Department via email periodically to monitor the status of their file with regard to the receipt of supporting documents.
At such time as an application is complete, professional staff of the Department review the application and make an eligibility determination. This review will be conducted within 10 business days and the applicant will be notified in writing with regard to the determination.
Upon approval of an application, the licensee will receive written verification of the license number and the effective date. Three-part licensing documents will be forwarded to the licensee's address of record during the third week of the following month in which the license was issued. For example, licenses issued in September will be received during the third week of October.
Applicants with Pending Investigations in Other States
The Department is prohibited by state law from issuing a license to any applicant who is the subject of an unresolved complaint in any state. At such time as an investigation is completed in the applicant's favor, and the Department is notified of same, the process of licensure issuance will occur. Should the applicant be subject of formal disciplinary action in such other state, the Department will review the action and determine how best to proceed with the application.
Licensing examination questions are not included in the Freedom of Information Act as documents available for review. Whenever possible, however, the PLIS will provide whatever feedback possible with regard to examination performance.
Social Security Numbers
The Privacy Act of 1974 requires any federal, state or local government agency that requires individuals to disclose their social security numbers to inform those individuals whether the disclosure is mandatory or voluntary, by what statutory or other authority the number is requested and how it will be used. Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes, Section 17b-137a(a)(1), disclosure of the social security number is mandatory. The social security number is used in the administration and collection of taxes and is also used for child support collection.
Please note that the Department will only disclose social security numbers to government entities. Your social security number will not be released to the general public.
Prime Source Verification
As part of application process, the applicant is required to arrange for all supporting documents to be submitted directly to this office from the source. This requirement is considered prime source verification of the applicant's education and training and all other requirements for licensure.