Vermont Counseling License

Vermont Counselor Licensing Requirements

Vermont Counseling LicenseThis page provides a Counselor Licensing Requirements Vermont outline for the rules and regulations of pursuing the proper counselor licensing requirements in Vermont. Licensure can be a detailed process, so we have attempted to simplify and streamline things for you.

Vermont Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

Vermont Counselor Educational Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in counseling from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 60 semester hours and 700 hours of a supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in a clinical mental health setting. (Master’s degree must be 48 semester hours and “CACREP equivalent”.)

Vermont Counselor Experiential Requirements

2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s experience in clinical mental health counseling, including 2,000 hours of direct client contact. 100 hours of face-to-face supervision required. Supervision should be 1 hour per 30 client hours and 50 must be individual supervision Supervision must be under a board approved licensed mental health professional.

Vermont Counselor Exam Required

NCE and NCMHCE And VT Jurisprudence exam

Vermont Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Vermont LCMHC Licensed as a clinical mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, clinical social worker, psychologist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, physician, or osteopathic physician who has been certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Medical Specialties, with at least 3 years of clinical experience.

Vermont Requirements for Out of State Applicants

Licensure by endorsement: The board may license without requiring the applicant to take both the NCMHCE and NCE.
a. Applicants from a jurisdiction with substantially equivalent standards: if the applicant is licensed/certified in good standing as a clinical mental health counselor in another jurisdiction which currently has, in the opinion of the board, regulatory standards and qualifications for licensure/certification as a clinical mental counselor substantially equivalent to those in Vermont, the board may issue a license. The board, in this case, reviews only the current licensure statutes and rules of the jurisdiction in which the applicant
is licensed/certified; or
b. Applicants from a jurisdiction with substantially equivalent standards except for national competency examinations: if the applicant is licensed/certified as a clinical mental health counselor in good standing in an American or Canadian jurisdiction whose regulatory standards are, in the opinion of the board, substantially equivalent except for requiring only one exam, the NCMHCE or NCE, the applicant may be licensed upon successful completion of the examination the applicant was not required to take for licensing in the
other jurisdiction; or
c. Applicants in active practice in a U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction regardless of licensing standards: if the applicant has been licensed/ certified as a clinical mental health counselor and is in good standing in another U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction, notwithstanding the jurisdiction’s current licensing requirements, and has been in “active practice” no fewer than 5 years, the board may issue a license. “Active practice” as used in this section means practicing clinical mental health counseling more than an average of 20 hours per week for 48 weeks per year over the 5 years before application for licensure in Vermont; or
d. National Registry: If the applicant is registered in a national registry of clinical mental health counselors approved by the board under the auspices of the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB) or similar organization approved by the board, the board may issue a license.

Vermont Scope of Practice

“THE PRACTICE OF CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING” means providing, for a consideration, professional
counseling services that are primarily drawn from the theory and practice of psychotherapy and the discipline of clinical mental health
counseling, involving the application of principles of psychotherapy, human development, learning theory, group dynamics, and the
etiology of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior to individuals, couples, families, and groups, for the purposes of treating
psychopathology and promoting optimal mental health. The practice of clinical mental health counseling includes diagnosis and
treatment of mental and emotional disorders, psychoeducational techniques aimed at the prevention of such disorders, consultations to
individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities and clinical research into more effective psychotherapeutic
treatment modalities.
“PSYCHOTHERAPY” means the provision of treatment, diagnosis, evaluation or counseling services to individuals or groups, for a
consideration, for the purpose of alleviating mental disorders. “Psychotherapy” involves the application of therapeutic techniques to
understand unconscious or conscious motivation, resolve emotional, relationship or attitudinal conflicts, or modify behavior which
interferes with effective emotional, social or mental functioning. “Psychotherapy” follows a systematic procedure of
psychotherapeutic intervention which takes place on a regular basis over a period of time, or, in the case of evaluation and brief
psychotherapies, in a single or limited number of interventions. If a person is employed by or under contract with the agency of human
services, this definition does not apply to persons with less than a master’s degree, to persons providing life skills training or
instruction, such as learning to make friends, to handle social situations, to do laundry and to develop community awareness, or
interactions of employees or contracted individuals with clients whose job description or contract specifications do not specifically
mention “psychotherapy” as a job responsibility or duty.

Vermont Salary Expectations

In Vermont, there are various career paths for counselors to choose from and each can be as satisfying and rewarding as the other. In the state of Vermont, a counselor can earn anywhere from $42,510 to $53,340 per year (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) depending on your field.


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

VT Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners
89 Main Street
3rd Floor
Montpellier, VT 05620-3402
802/828-2465 (fax)

Executive Director
Colin Benjamin



Application fee: $125


Schooling Information for Counselors in Vermont

  • 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 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
  • B.A. in Psychology
  • 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.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 / Forensic Mental Health Counseling
Post University 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
  • Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Lamar University
  • Master of Science in Psychology
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BS - Human Services
Colorado State University - Global