How to become a Counselor in Florida
Learn how to earn your counseling licensure in FL
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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Florida. Most requirements such as earning your Master's degree, completing 3000 hours of supervised experience and passing the Clinical Mental Health Counseling examination have been and will continue to be mandatory in the Florida counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Florida Board of Mental Health Counseling at (850) 245-4474 to make sure you are on the right track.
I'm a High School Graduate...
As a high school graduate researching Florida Counseling certification, you are putting yourself in a fantastic position. By doing career research at this point in your formal education, you will be able to take advantage of all the career resources available to college students that many disregard.
However, the first and most important step toward your future career in counseling is advancing your level of education. In order to become a mental health counselor in Florida, you will need to have, at the least, completed a Master's program. But in order to be qualified to enter into a Master's program, you will need to have completed your undergraduate education.
You can either begin with enrolling in an associate's degree program or enroll immediately in a four year bachelor's degree program.
Click on the links below to browse schools offering psychology and counseling degree programs!
Once you have enrolled in a program, take advantage of your school's career services department and learn how you can find employment or volunteer opportunities that are related to the counseling career path.
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 schools offering counseling programs in Florida.
Make sure the schools you contact provide the appropriate experience requirements for Florida counseling licensure. Information regarding supervision requirements can be found on the following Florida Department of Health webpage.
In addition to completing the required master's coursework, you will need at least 1000 hours of university-sponsored supervised clinical internship or field experience.
You can find more information on supervision requirements for Florida counseling certification on the Florida Department of Health website.
On completion of educational and supervision requirements, you will now want to download the application for Florida counseling certification. You can download the licensure application from the following Florida Department of Health webpage (click on the "Application for Licensure by Exam" link).
Once completed, you will then need to submit the application along with all necessary forms and fees back to the Florida Department of Health. You will find instructions, forms and fees information and the appropriate address on the application.
Once your application has been evaluated and approved, you will then need to sit for the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).
You will find information regarding Florida counseling licensure examination content, dates, locations and more on the NBCC website.
You will also need to complete a class on Florida laws and rules and a class on prevention of medical errors. Information on these required classes can be found on this webpage.