How to Become a Counselor in North Carolina

If you are looking for information on how to be an LPC  in North Carolina, we have compiled some helpful information for you.

To become a counselor In North Carolina, one will usually need a Master’s degree.

Some specialties, such as Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (or Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor), will definitely require a Master’s degree. Those choosing to work as a substance abuse counselor are often able to be certified without a Master’s degree.

Choose the area of counseling that fits you the best and make sure that you have the proper education.

For more information on Counseling PhD Programs, please click here.

NC LPC

Future LPC: For Student in North Carolina High School Student or NC High School Graduate

Your First Step:

Choose an undergraduate major that appeals to you. We recommend strong consideration of the social sciences (such as Psychology and Social Work) to prepare you well for graduate school in counseling.

Your Second Step:

Gain quality work and/or volunteer experience. This will benefit you greatly as a candidate.

Bachelor’s Degree College Graduates

(CACREP– The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs). Rehabilitation counseling programs are usually accredited by CORE (The Council on Rehabilitation Education).

First:

Start doing research on application materials and what exactly is needed. Many schools will require a written essay, so prepare in advance for this.

Second:

Choose school programs that are in line with your interests. Those pursuing a Master’s degree for school counseling should keep in mind that their credentials will come from the Board of Education.

Usually, sixty semester coursework hours will be needed.

Those with an avid interest pastoral counseling should consider completing a Master of Divinity degree, or something comparable.

Third:

Each license in North Carolina will require a specific examination. Those pursuing LCAS will usually be required to successfully pass the IC&RC exam.

The school counselor discipline will require the Praxis School Guidance and Counseling exam.

Those pursuing LPC status will usually take one of the following: NCE, NCMHCE, or CRC.

Fourth:

Before being licensed at the LPC status, one must accomplish 3,000 hours of work within the realm of the license for Licensed Professional Counselor Associate.

For more information on licensing in North Carolina, please click here.

North Carolina Counselor Licenses:

North Carolina Statutes – Pastoral Counseling (PDF Document)

North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors

North Carolina Public Schools Special Service Personnel

We wish you the best of success in your pursuit of becoming a counselor in North Carolina.