Minnesota Counseling License

Minnesota Counselor Licensing Requirements

Minnesota Counseling LicenseCounselor Licensing Requirements in Minnesota should be followed closely in order to practice safely and effectively as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Minnesota. We want to ensure that you have timely and relevant information about Counselor Licensing Requirements in Minnesota to inform your decision on gaining the proper education for working as a professional counselor in Minnesota.

The following information pertains to requirements for the different levels of licensing for Minnesota. Please follow this information closely.

Minnesota Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Licensed Professional Counselor – Independent designation*Has completed supervision experience for LPC licensure.
Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervision designation (LPC). Working on Supervision hours towards LPC.

Minnesota Counselor Education Requirements

LPCC
Meet all LPC educational requirements; and in addition to, or as part of the graduate degree in counseling or a related field – completion of 24 graduate-level semester credits in 6 clinical content areas.

LPC
Master’s degree or higher in counseling or a related field from a CACREP accredited program or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), that includes a minimum of 48 semester hours and supervised field experience not fewer than 700 hours that is counseling in nature.

The degree must include specific coursework in 10 core content areas.

Minnesota Counselor Experiential Requirements

LPCC – Already has LPC credential

4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised professional practice in the delivery of clinical services in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses and disorders in both children in adults. Supervision must comply with the board’s Supervision Contract for LPCC Applicants.

Practice must include 1,800 hours of clinical client contact. At least 50% of supervision must be individual supervision. Supervisor must have independent CLINICAL license.

LPC
2,000 hours of post-master’s supervised professional practice that is acceptable to the board OR submission of a Supervision Plan for the first 2,000 hours of professional practice. Supervision must be completed in not less than 1 year and not more than 3 yrs. Practice must include 100 hours of supervision under a board approved supervisor.

Minnesota Counseling Exams Required

LPCC – NCMHCE
Note: ECCP is no longer offered by the NBCC

LPC – NCE or other national exam that is determined by the board to be substantially similar to the NCE.

Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed as a professional clinical counselor, psychologist, or other qualified supervisor as determined by the board, with at least 4 years of post-master’s counseling experience (2 years must be post-licensure experience in the delivery of clinical services in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses and disorders) and completion of 45 clock hours (may be obtained from graduate courses, seminars, workshops, online training, etc. The supervisor must complete and submit the appropriate form(s). Please note that supervisor requirements can vary based on a number of factors, including when the supervision occurred.

Requirements for Out of State Applicants

If you are currently a clinical professional counselor or professional counselor licensed in another state or jurisdiction, you may be eligible for licensure by reciprocity pursuant to Minn. Stat. sec. 148B.56, if the board determines that the licensure requirements for your credential are substantially similar to those in Minnesota. Your license from another state or jurisdiction must be renewed and active at the time you apply for the Minnesota LPC or LPCC license. You are encouraged to contact the board office before submitting an application to determine whether the state from which you obtained your license already has been reviewed and approved for reciprocity.

Scope of Practice

LPCC
“MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL” means a person providing clinical services in the treatment of mental illness of adults or providing clinical services in the diagnosis and treatment of children’s emotional disorders. A mental health professional must have training and experience in working with children consistent with the age group to which the mental health professional is assigned. LPCCs are included in the definition of mental health professional in Minnesota law. LPCC licensure requires, among other things, clinical coursework in specified areas, a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or related field, and 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised experience in the delivery of clinical services in the treatment of mental illness.

LPC
“LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means the application of counseling, human development, and mental health research, principles, and procedures to maintain and enhance the mental health, development, personal and interpersonal effectiveness, and adjustment to work and life of individuals and families.

The scope of practice of a licensed professional clinical counselor and licensed professional counselor includes, but is not limited to:

  • The implementation of professional counseling treatment interventions including evaluation, treatment planning, assessment,and referral;
  • Direct counseling services to individuals, groups, and families;
  • Counseling strategies that effectively respond to multicultural populations;
  • Knowledge of relevant laws and ethics impacting practice;
  • Crisis intervention;
  • Consultation; and
  • Program evaluation and applied research.

 

Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Minnesota, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Minnesota 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 Counselor Licensing Requirements in Minnesota

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
2829 University Avenue SE
Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-617-2178
http://mn.gov/boards/behavioral-health/

Initial License Application fee LPC/LPCC: $150
Initial License fee LPC/LPCC: $250

Sources:
https://www.revisor.mn.gov
http://web.oru.edu

Schooling Information for Counselors in Minnesota

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Argosy University - Online
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Argosy University, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Criminal Justice Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Organizational Psychology Concentration
Argosy 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 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
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Counseling Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - General
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - General Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Health Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Organizational Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Educational Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Social Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Consulting Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Forensic Consulting
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- General Practice
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Organizational Diversity and Social Change
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Research and Evaluation
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis and Leadership Management
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - General
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Self-Designed
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Victimology
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis Response
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - General
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Administration and Leadership
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Child and Adolescent Development
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Health and Human Development
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - International Perspective in Developmental Psychology
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Research
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Teaching
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed
Walden University
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology - Forensic Psychology in the Community
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology - General
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology - Mental Health Applications
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology - Program Planning and Evaluation in Forensic Settings
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology - Psychology and Legal Systems
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Career Counseling
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture
  • MS in Psychology - Organizational Development
  • MS in Psychology - Crisis Management and Response
  • MS in Psychology - General Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Health Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Leadership Development and Coaching
  • MS in Psychology - Psychology, Public Administration and Social Change
  • MS in Psychology - Terrorism and Security
  • MS in Psychology - Psychology of Culture
  • MS in Psychology - Social Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Applied Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Educational Psychology
Walden 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
  • 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