Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Idaho. Most requirements such as earning your Master's degree, completing 3000 hours of supervised experience and passing the NCE examination have been and will continue to be mandatory in the Idaho counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Idaho State Professional Counseling Licensing Board at (208) 334-3233 to make sure you are on the right track.
I'm a High School Graduate
Being an Idaho high school graduate already researching Idaho counseling licensure requirements bodes well for your future.
The next step you should be taking right now is to learn how you can enroll in a college or university and begin advancing your education. To become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho, you will need to have eventually completed a master's program in counseling or a related field. However, right now you should be learning about associate's or bachelor's degree programs.
Click on the links below to browse schools offering programs in psychology and counseling.
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.
Already Received 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. Request information from additional schools offering counseling programs in Idaho.
Make sure the schools you are considering offer the right programs for Idaho counseling certification by first examining educational requirements. You can find Idaho counseling licensure educational requirements on the following Idaho State Licensing Board of Professional Counselors webpage.
After receiving your degree, you will need 1000 hours of supervised counseling experience, 400 of which should be in direct contact with clients. The supervisor must meet Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors approved qualifications and provide a specified of amount of face to face supervision.
You will find more information regarding Idaho counseling licensure requirements for supervised experience on the following Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors webpage.
After you have met education and experience requirements, you will want to download and submit your Idaho counseling licensure application to the Idaho Licensing Board for review.
You will find a link to download an application in pdf format on the following Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors webpage.
When the Board has evaluated and approved your application, you will need to choose a date to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and submit the Notification of Intent to Sit form at least 45 days before the exam.
You will find more information about the NCE on the following NBCC webpage.
You will find a link to exam dates and to the "Notification of Intent to Sit" form as well by scrolling down on the following Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors webpage.