Arizona Counseling License

Counselor Licensing Requirements in Arizona

Making sure that you have met the appropriate Counselor Licensing Requirements in Arizona is very important!

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When you start your practice in the state of Arizona, you will be licensed as a Licensed Associate Counselor. Once you have completed all the counseling requirements for the state, you can advance to the Licensed Professional Counselor status. Eligible individuals over twenty one years of age, once qualified, can receive both of these credentials through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. The Arizona Board of Health Examiners also approves licensing for the following:

  • mental health counselors
  • professional counselors
  • social workers
  • substance abuse counselors
  • and marriage and family therapists

The following represent requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona. For any inquiries, feel free to contact the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners at (602)-542-1882.

Arizona Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

LACs shall practice only under direct supervision as prescribed by the board and shall not engage in independent practice.

Arizona LPC

Arizona LPC Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in counseling or a related field from a program that is either CACREP or CORE accredited “or equivalent” or includes a minimum of 60 semester hours and completion of coursework in 14 content areas. As of October 31, 2015: If a program is not accredited by CACREP or CORE, it must require 700 clinical supervision hours and a minimum of 24 semester hours in 8 content areas.

Arizona Counselor Experiential Requirements

2 years/3,200 hours of full-time post-master’s supervised work experience in psychotherapy, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. 100 hours of clinical supervision and 1,600 hours of direct client contact are required. No more than 400 of the additional hours can be psychoeducational. Applicant must receive a minimum of 10 hours of clinical supervision obtained during direct observation or a review of audiotapes/videotapes by the clinical supervisor while applicant is providing treatment and evaluation services to a client.

Arizona Counseling Exams Required

NCE, NCMHCE or CRCE

Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed as a professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, clinical social worker, psychologist, or an allopathic or osteopathic medical doctor with a specialty in psychiatry, and 12 clock hours of continuing education in four defined categories. Clinical supervision training requirements can be waived if the clinical supervisor holds the NBCC recognized Approved Clinical Supervision (ACS) credential issued through the Center for Credentialing & Education, Inc. (CCE). 6 CEUs in supervision required every licensure renewal period.

Requirements for Our of State Applicants

An applicant is eligible for licensure by reciprocity if the applicant meets the following requirements, as applicable:
1.) The applicant is currently certified or licensed in another state by a state regulatory agency in professional counseling and the license or certification is in effect and in good standing;
2.) Passage of an examination was required for certification or licensure and the applicant passed the exam, or the applicant passes the exam required for licensure in Arizona;
3.) The credentialing committee determines that the applicant’s qualifications substantially meet the board’s current licensure requirements;
4.) Prior to applying for licensure, applicant has engaged in the practice of professional counseling for a minimum of 800 hours each year for at least 5 out of the last 7 years in the state issuing the license used by the applicant to qualify for licensure by reciprocity; and
5.) The applicant is not the subject of a pending complaint before the board or any other state behavioral health regulatory entity and has not had their license or certificate to practice professional counseling suspended or revoked by another state behavioral health regulatory entity.

Scope of Practice

“PRACTICE OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means the professional application of mental health, psychological and
human development theories, principles and techniques to:
a. Facilitate human development and adjustment throughout the human life span.
b. Assess and facilitate career development.
c. Treat interpersonal relationship issues and nervous, mental and emotional disorders that are cognitive, affective or behavioral.
d. Manage symptoms of mental illness.
e. Access, appraise, evaluate, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups through the use of psychotherapy.

Counselor Salaries in Arizona

A counselor in Arizona can make between $33,040 and $53,760 per year (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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

AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
3443 N. Central Avenue Suite 1700 Phoenix, AZ 85012
602-542-1864 (phone)
http://www.nbcc.org/directory/AZ

Application fee: $250
LPC License fee: $250
LAC License fee: $100
Temporary License fee: $50
Fingerprint Background Check: $29

Source: www.azbbhe.us

Schooling Information for Counselors in Arizona

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology
  • Education Specialist in School Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology Certification Program
  • Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology Non Certification program
  • Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology
Argosy University, Phoenix
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Argosy University - Online
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology
Argosy University, Phoenix
  • 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
  • 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Bridge (Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision)
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
  • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (60 hours)
  • Master of Education – School Counseling (Licensure)
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Life Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma
  • Master of Arts in Religion – Pastoral Counseling
  • Doctor of Ministry – Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling - Children, Families, and the Law
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Crisis Response and Trauma
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Addictions and Recovery
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship and Church Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Life Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Marriage and Family
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Military Resilience
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Theology
  • PhD. In Conselor Education and Supervision
  • Applied Psychology: Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology
Liberty University - Online
  • Master of Social Work
University of Southern California - Online
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Health 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 Industrial and Organizational Psychology - Human Resource Management
  • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology - International Business
  • PhD in Psychology - Clinical Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology - Developmental Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology - General Research Psychology (Research Option)
  • PhD in Psychology - General Teaching Psychology (Teaching Option)
Walden University
  • 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 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
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Military Social Work
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work in Healthcare
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work with Children & Families
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Cybercrimes
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Family Violence
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Military
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Police Psychology
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Self-Design
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Sex Offenders Behavior
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Terrorism
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Victimology
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Community Intervention and Leadership
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Gerontology
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Mental Health Facilitation
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Military Families and Culture
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
  • 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