How to become a Counselor in Arizona
Learn how to earn your counseling licensure in AZ
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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Arizona. Most requirements such as earning your Master's degree, completing 3200 hours of supervised experience and passing the NCE examination have been and will continue to be mandatory in the Arizona counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners at (602)-542-1882 to make sure you are on the right track.
I'm a High School Graduate...
First of all, great work keeping your head down and taking care of business even when that Arizona sun continues to shine out your front door. By exploring the counseling career now, you are setting yourself up to expedite the process toward certification as well as learn quickly whether a career in counseling is right for you.
Right now you will want to get the ball rolling with regard to higher education. Begin requesting information from schools offering undergraduate programs in psychology.
Click on the links below to browse schools offering programs you are currently qualified to begin!
Secondly, you will want to gain experience that will do two things for you: 1.) you will boost your resume and increase your chances for being accepted into high quality Master's programs and 2.) experience is the best way to learn whether a career in a counseling field is the right fit for you. The following are a couple links to organizations offering volunteering opportunities in Arizona.
- Make a Difference (Phoenix)
- United Way of Yavapai County
- United Way of Yuma
- Volunteer Center of Maricopa County
- Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona
I've already received my Bachelor's degree...
Once you have your bachelor's degree, you will need to find a school offering a master's or doctoral degree program in counseling.
Click on the links below to contact schools offering Master's or PhD programs in counseling or related field.
- Capella University - Master's of Science in Human Services (HS) - Mental Health Counseling (CACREP Accredited)
- Grand Canyon University - Master's in Addiction Counseling and Master's in Professional Counseling
- Liberty University - Master's and PhD programs in Professional Counseling and Pastoral Counseling
Or request information from additional Counseling Schools in Arizona.
A Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) does not need work experience in order to apply for the examination and licensure. Once licensed you can only practice under direct supervision. You can download your application on the following Arizona Board of Health Examiners webpage.
As an Arizona Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), you can begin your mandatory work experience after completing your degree. A qualified supervisor must oversee the 3200 hours which should take at least 2 years. 1600 of those hours should be working directly with clients. There are certain hours that must be met regarding supervision, you can review this information at the following link.
Now you can download and complete an application. Each applicant needs to submit a General Licensure Application and the Counseling License Supplement. You can download both applications at the following Arizona Board of Health Examiners webpage.
Now you will need to successfully complete the required examination. The Arizona examination committee approves exams through the National Board of Certified Counselors and Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.