Utah LPC Requirements

Utah Counselor Licensing Requirements

Utah LPC RequirementsCounselor licensing requirements in Utah can be stringent, but with the right dedication and focus, you can make your counseling goals a reality.

This is an overview of the rules and regulations for attaining proper counselor licensing requirements in Utah. If at any time you have questions or would like to make sure you are on the correct track, contact the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Board at 801-530-6628 or at 866-275-3675 (within Utah).

Utah Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
Licensed Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LACMHC)
Credential required before starting the supervised experience requirement; valid for 3 years.

Utah Counselor Educational Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in mental health counseling from a CACREP accredited program, including a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) in specific
coursework. A minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 ½ quarter hours of a practicum. A minimum of 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of an internship.

Utah Counselor Experiential Requirements

Must already possess the LACMHC 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised professional counseling experience. 1,000 hours must be supervised experience in mental health therapy. 100 hours of face-to-face supervision required. Supervision must be under a licensed mental health therapist on site on with a contract.

Utah Counselor Exam Required

NCE, NCMHCE, and the Utah Professional Counselor Law, Rules and Ethics Exam

Utah Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Utah LPC Licensed as a professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, or registered psychiatric mental health nurse specialist, for a minimum of 2 years. Supervisor must be on site and/or have a contract with the site.

Utah Requirements for Out of State Applicants

To qualify for licensure by endorsement, an applicant must document that he/she is currently licensed in good standing in another state and has been actively engaged in the lawful practice of professional counseling, including mental health therapy, for not less than 4,000 hours during the three (3) years immediately preceding the application for licensure in Utah. The applicant for licensure must also document a passing score on the Utah Professional Counselor Laws, Rules, and Ethics Examination.

Utah Scope of Practice

“PRACTICE OF CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING” means the practice of mental health therapy by means of
observation, description, evaluation, interpretation, intervention, and treatment to effect modification of human behavior by the
application of generally recognized clinical mental health counseling principles, methods, and procedures for the purpose of
preventing, treating, or eliminating mental or emotional illness or dysfunction, symptoms of any of these, or maladaptive behavior.Your License

You will renew your license every two years. During each licensing renewal period, you will need to complete 40 hours of continuing education. At least six of those hours must be in law or ethics.

Salary and Career Outlook

Typically, the average counselor in the state of Utah takes home between $34,100 and $64,760 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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

State Information

UT Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
801/530-6511 (fax)

Bureau Manager
Dane Ishihara



LPC Application fee: $120
CPC Intern Application fee: $85


source: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title58/Chapter60/C58-60-P4_1800010118000101.pdf

Schooling Information for Counselors in Utah

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Argosy University - Online
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
South University, Online
  • Law Enforcement Academy (Police) - Bachelor
Baker College 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 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
  • DSW - Social Work
  • 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
  • MSW - Social Work
Capella University
  • M.S. in Human Services
  • B.A. in Psychology
  • B.S. in Human Services
  • B.S. in Human Services / Counseling
  • B.S. in Human Services / Psychology - Health, Education, and Community Services
  • B.A. in Psychology / Human Development, Education and Health
  • B.S. in Human Services / Human Services Management
  • B.A. in Psychology / Organizational Psychology
  • M.S. in Human Services / Clinical Counseling
  • M.S. in Human Services / Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • M.S. in Human Services / Non-Profit Management
  • M.S. in Human Services / Forensic Mental Health Counseling
Post University Online
  • Master of Social Work
University of Southern California - Online
  • 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
  • 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
  • Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology
  • Master of Science in Health Psychology
  • Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Northcentral University
  • MSPY - Addictions
  • MSPY - General Psychology
  • MSPY - Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • MSHUS- Organizational and Social 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
  • Master of Social Work - Advanced Track
  • Master of Social Work - Standard Track
  • B.S. Human Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Pre-Social Work
  • B.S. Psychology of Human Relations
Indiana Wesleyan University - Online
  • Master of Science in Psychology (Non-Clinical)
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BS - Human Services
Colorado State University - Global