How to become a Counselor in Maine

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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Maine. 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 Maine counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Maine Professional and Financial Regulation Office of Licensing and Registration at (207) 624-8674 to make sure you are on the right track.

I'm a High School Graduate

As a high school graduate, this is a great time for you to be doing research on Maine counseling licensure. Over the next handful of years you will need to be advancing your formal education. In the meantime, you will have ample opportunity to learn more about the counseling career while waiting for the economy to strengthen and create much more opportunity than is out there today.

The next step is to learn how you can enroll in an Associate's degree program or Bachelor's degree program.

Click on the links below to browse schools offering programs in psychology or 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. You can request information from Counseling schools in Maine to learn more about how you can acquire the necessary educational qualifications.

Step One:

Next you will need to get a conditional licensure which will require you to take and pass the National Counselor Examination administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

You can find information on the examination contents, dates, locations and registration on the following NBCC webpage.

Step Three:

After you have passed the Maine counseling licensure examination, you can download and submit your application to the Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure. In addition to the application you also need to develop a plan for supervised work experience.

You can download the application for Maine counseling licensure and find more information regarding experience requirements on the Maine Board of Counseling Professional's website.

Step Four:

Once the Maine Board of Professional Counselors has approved you for a conditional license, they will notify you and you can begin the supervised work experience. You will need 2000 hours of experience over at least 2 years.

More details on hourly requirements and supervisor qualifications is available for download off the following webpage.

Step Five:

When your work experience has been completed, you will need to submit another application for a full Maine professional counselor licensure.

You may download the application here.

Earn your Maine Clinical Professional Counseling License

Follow the steps to learn how to acquire your Clinical Professional Counseling Licensure in Maine.

Step One:

To practice as a clinical professional counselor in Maine you will need to complete a masters degree from an accredited school.

Step Two:

You will then need to receive a conditional licensure, which means you must first take and pass the National Counselor Examination provided by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).Information about the exam is found on the NBCC website.

Step Three:

After passing the National Counselor Examination, you will need to submit an application to the Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure. Included in this application is a plan for how you will obtain the necessary work experience once you have your conditional license.

You can download the Maine Clinical Professional Counseling licensure application here.

Step Four:

The Board will notify you once they have approved your conditional licensure. At this time you can begin working towards completing 3000 hours of supervised experience in no less than 2 years.

More details about the hourly requirements and qualifying supervisors can be found in the documents you may download from this website.

Step Five:

Before you can apply for a full licensure, you will need to take and pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination through the NBCC.

Information about the clinical exam is available on their website.

Step Six:

When you have passed the clinical level exam and completed all of the supervised work experience, you will need to submit another application for full licensure as a clinical professional counselor. The Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure will notify you when your application and supporting documents have been approved.

You can download the Maine Clinical Professional Counseling application here.

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