Arkansas Counseling License

LPC Requirements in Arkansas

Working as an LPC in Arkansas will require that you fully satisfy all Counselor Licensing Requirements in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling offers licenses for counselors in two capacities: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and the other is Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC). An LAC works as a temporary license while you make progress on requirements to become an LPC.

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Arkansas Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC): An applicant with less than 3 years of post-master’s level supervision experience, if all other requirements have been met.

Arkansas LPC Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in counseling from a program that reflects the CACREP or CORE curriculum and consists of 60 semester hours from a regionally accredited institution.

Arkansas Counseling License

Arkansas Counselor Experiential Requirements

3 years/3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised counseling experience (1 year= 1,000 hours). 50% of the hours have to be Client Contact Hours One year of experience may be gained for each 30 semester hours earned beyond master’s degree (up to 2 years) provided the hours are clearly counseling in nature and acceptable to the board. Supervision must be under a LPC approved by the board. Telephone supervision is allowed for less than 25% of the total amount.

Arkansas Counseling Exams Required

NCE and an oral exam

Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed as a professional counselor for 3 years. Hold a doctorate in counseling that included coursework and experience in supervision OR completed an advanced 3 hour graduate course in clinical supervision specific to counseling which included 18 hours of supervised experience in supervision. Must hold the Supervision Specialization License. 1 CEU in supervision required each year (2 CEUs every licensure renewal period).

Requirements for Out of State Applicants

No reciprocity agreement exists between other states or other Arkansas agencies. If a candidate is licensed or certified to practice counseling by a similar board in another state, the Arkansas Board may, at its discretion, waive the written examination requirements of a candidate if the candidate had an equivalent written examination in the process of obtaining the license in that other state and has been continuously licensed. If the previous license has expired or lapsed the examination may not be waived. If the applicant has written the examination, but did not complete the licensure process, the written examination of record may not be more than five years old.
Persons who apply for an Arkansas license, who have been continuously licensed seven years in another state and in good standing but lack no more than nine hours of the required graduate coursework may have a one-time license issued with the provision that the graduate course requirements must be met prior to the first license renewal. Documents relevant to an application from a person licensed in another state will be accepted as official if sent directly from the state licensing board, from NBCC, or from the American Association of State Counseling Boards National Credentials Registry.
Applicants who hold a master’s degree and who are credentialed as a CRC by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) standards adopted by CRCC July 1, 2003 will be accepted as meeting the board definition of equivalent/parallel training for licensed Associate or Professional Counselor provided the core curriculum courses are included in the degree or post-master’s coursework. The Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination (CRCE) has not been determined equivalent to the NCE and will not be substituted for the NCE for the LPC license.

Scope of Practice

“LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR” means any person holding himself/herself out to the public by any title or description of services incorporating the words Licensed Professional Counselor, who meets the requirements set forth in Section 3.2 of the rules and regulations, and who offers to render counseling services to individuals, groups, organizations, corporations, institutions, government agencies, or to the general public for monetary remuneration or who otherwise implies licensure, training, experience, and/or expertise in counseling and who holds a current valid license to practice counseling/psychotherapy. “PRACTICE OF COUNSELING” means rendering or offering to render to individuals, groups, organizations, or the general public any service involving the application of principles, methods, or procedures of the counseling profession which include, but are not restricted to:

a. “Counseling”, which means assisting an individual or groups, through the counseling relationship, to develop understandings of personal problems, to define goals, and to plan action reflecting his or her interests, abilities, aptitudes, and needs as these are related to personal social concerns, educational progress, and occupations and careers;
b. “Appraisal activities”, which means selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting instruments designed to assess an individual’s aptitudes, attitudes, abilities, achievements, interests, and personal characteristics but shall not include the use of projective techniques in the assessment of personality;
c. “Consulting”, which means interpreting or reporting scientific fact or theory to provide assistance in solving current or potential problems of individuals, groups, or organizations;
d. “Referral activities”, which means the evaluating of data to identify problems and to determine the advisability of referral to other specialists; and
e. “Research activities”, which means reporting, designing, conducting, or consulting on research in counseling with human subjects.

“COUNSELING/PSYCHOTHERAPY” means assisting individuals or groups, through the counseling relationship, to develop understanding of personal problems, define goals, and plan action reflecting interests, abilities, aptitudes, and needs. Counseling/Psychotherapy is the application of mental health, psychological, or human development principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic intervention strategies that address wellness, personal growth, or career development, as well as pathology. The terms Counseling/Psychotherapy are used interchangeably in definitions of mental health activities in counseling textbooks.

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

ARKANSAS Board of Examiners in Counseling
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 989 Little Rock, AR 72201

Physical Address:
101 East Capitol, Suite 104
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 683-5800
http://abec.myarkansas.net/

Application packet (if mailed): $20
Application fee: $200

Source: http://abec.myarkansas.net/

Schooling Information for Counselors in Arkansas

  • 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
  • Law Enforcement Academy (Police) - Bachelor
Baker College Online
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology: Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Bridge (Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision)
Grand Canyon University
  • 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 - 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 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
  • Master of Arts in Worship Studies: Pastoral Counseling
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
  • Master of Arts - Marriage & 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