Maine LPC Requirements

Maine Counselor Licensing Requirements

We want to ensure that you have helpful information about Counselor Licensing Requirements in Maine regarding gaining your license to work as a professional counselor in Maine.

Maine LPC Requirements

The Maine Board of Counseling Professionals has created specific requirements for professional counselors. The Licensure process can go in two directions: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

Maine Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Conditional LCPC
A license granted to an applicant for licensure as an LCPC who has met all the requirements except for the supervised clinical experience; valid for 2 years.

Conditional LPC
A license granted to an applicant for licensure as an LPC who has met all the requirements except for the supervised clinical experience; valid for 2 years.

Maine Counselor Educational Requirements

LCPC / Conditional LCPC
Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution that consists of 60 semester hours and is CACREP accredited, or consists of coursework in 10 core areas, 3 additional areas, and a practicum and internship of 900 clock hours.

LPC / Conditional LPC
Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution that consists of 48 semester hours and is CACREP or CORE accredited, or consists of coursework in 10 core areas and a practicum and internship of 600 clock hours.

Maine Counselor Experiential Requirements

LCPC
2 years/3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised clinical counseling experience. (4,000 if qualifying degree did not have practicum/internship)

To include 1,500 hours of direct client contact and 1 hour of clinical supervision per 30 hours of client contact with an approved supervisor.

LPC
2 years/2,000 hours of post-master’s supervised counseling experience.

To include 1,000 hours of direct counseling and 67 hours of supervision with an approved supervisor.

Maine Counselor Examinations

LCPC
NCMHCE

LPC, Conditional LCPC, and Conditional LPC
NCE

Maine Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed as a clinical professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, pastoral counselor, master social worker conditional (clinical), clinical social worker, certified social-worker- independent practice, psychologist, or psychiatrist, not under suspension or probation, who is approved to provide supervision to the conditional licensee through meeting one of the following additional criteria: licensed practice for a minimum period of 5 years (not more than 2 years of practice as an entry-level conditional licensee), certification by a national professional organization in training and/or supervision, or 30 contact hours of training in supervision.

Maine Requirements for Out of State Applicants

Pathway 1 – An applicant who is licensed under the laws of a jurisdiction that has a reciprocal agreement with the Board of Counseling Professionals may obtain a license under the terms and conditions as agreed upon through the reciprocal agreement. Currently, Maine has not entered into any reciprocal agreements with other jurisdictions.

Pathway 2 – An applicant who is licensed in good standing at the time of application to the board under the laws of a jurisdiction that has not entered into a reciprocal agreement with the Board of Counseling Professionals may qualify for licensure by submitting evidence to the board that the applicant has actively practiced with a substantially equivalent license for at least 5 consecutive years immediately preceding application to the board at the level of licensure applied for in this state.

Pathway 3 – An applicant who does not meet these requirements may qualify for licensure by submitting evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant’s qualifications for licensure are substantially similar to Maine’s requirements for licensure.

Scope of Practice

“CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR” means a professional counselor who renders or offers to render for a fee, monetary or otherwise, to individuals, families, groups, organizations or the general public, a counseling service involving the application of the principles and procedures of counseling to assess and treat intrapersonal and interpersonal problems and other dysfunctional behaviors and to assist in the overall development and adjustment of those served.

“PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR” means a person who, for a fee, monetary or otherwise, renders or offers to render to individuals, families, groups, organizations or the general public a service involving the application of principles and procedures of counseling to assist those served in achieving more effective personal, emotional, social, educational and vocational development and adjustment.

Salary Expectations for Counselors in Maine

In the state of Maine, counselors can earn between $34,210 and $86,170 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Maine, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Maine page for a more detailed look into the steps you will need to take to make your dream of becoming a counselor a reality.

Additional Information about LPC Requirements in Maine

ME Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure
#35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-624-8674

http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/index.shtml

LCPC License: $250
LPC License: $250
Conditional LCPC License: $150
Conditional LPC License: $200
Registered Counselor biennial renewal fee: $75
Criminal Background Check: $21
Marriage and Family License: $250
Pastoral License: $250

Sources:
http://www.maine.gov/pfr/olr
http://web.oru.edu

Schooling Information for Counselors in Maine

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Argosy University - Online
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Criminal Justice Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Organizational Psychology Concentration
Argosy University - Online
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
South University, Online
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology: Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology: Performance Psychology
Grand Canyon University
  • M.A. in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Grand Canyon University
  • M.S. in Christian Counseling: Substance Use and Addictive Disorders
  • M.S. in Christian Counseling
  • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Life Coaching
Grand Canyon University
  • M.S. in Addiction Counseling
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Mental Health and Wellness Emphasis in Community Health Administration
Grand Canyon University
  • M.S. in Psychology: General Psychology
  • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Human Factors Psychology
Grand Canyon University
  • Psychology, MS
  • Organizational Psychology, MS
  • Psychology, PhD
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology, PhD
  • Counselor Education and Supervision, PhD
Keiser University Graduate School
  • PhD - Addiction Psychology
  • PhD - Advanced Studies in Human Behavior
  • PhD - Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP-accredited)
  • PhD - Educational Psychology
  • PhD - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PhD - Psychology
Capella University
  • BS - Psychology
Capella University
  • MS - Addiction Studies
  • MS - Applied Behavior Analysis
  • MS - Child and Adolescent Development
  • MS - Educational Psychology
  • MS - Evaluation, Research, and Measurement
  • MS - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • MS - Leadership Coaching Psychology
  • MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP-, COAMFTE-accredited)
  • MS - Mental Health Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
  • MS - Psychology
  • MS - School Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
  • MS - Sport Psychology
  • MS - Studies in Human Behavior
  • MS - Applied Research
  • MS - Clinical Counseling
  • MS - Forensic Psychology
  • MS - Sex Therapy
Capella University
  • DBA - Industrial/Organization Psychology
  • PhD - Therapy with Military Families
  • PhD - Medical Family Therapy
  • PhD - General Family Therapy
  • PhD - Couple Therapy
  • PhD - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • PhD - Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • PhD - Health Psychology
  • PhD - General Psychology
  • PhD - Gender Diversity Studies
  • PhD - Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • PhD - Addictions
  • PhD - Gerontology
  • PhD - Trauma and Disaster Relief
  • DMFT - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • DMFT - Couple Therapy
  • DMFT - General Family Therapy
  • DMFT - Medical Family Therapy
  • DMFT - Mental Health Administration
  • DMFT - Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship
  • DMFT - Therapy with Military Families
Northcentral University
  • MAPsy - Gender Diversity Studies
  • MAPsy - General Psychology
  • MAPsy - Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Master of Arts - Marriage & Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Couple Therapy
  • MAMFT - General Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Medical Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Military Family Therapy
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
Northcentral University
  • MPA - General MPA
  • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
Kaplan University - South Portland
  • MSPY - Addictions
  • MSPY - General Psychology
  • MSPY - Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies Leadership
  • Human Service Certificates in Child and Family Services
Kaplan University Online
  • Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Lamar University
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
Saint Leo University - Online