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How to become a Counselor in Massachusetts

Learn how to earn your counseling licensure in MA

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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Massachusetts. 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 Massachusetts counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health Counselors at (617)-727-3080 to make sure you are on the right track.

I'm a High School Graduate...

As a high school graduate researching Massachusetts counseling licensure requirements, you are displaying valuable motivation. However, you will need to use that motivation and your current momentum to learn how you can begin advancing you education. Massachusetts counseling certification requires candidates to have a minimum of a master's level of education.

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.

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.

Step One:

Click on the links below to contact schools offering Master's or PhD programs in counseling or related field.

Or request information from additional Counseling Schools in Massachusetts.

Step Two:

Before completing your masters degree, you will need to have 100 hours of supervised clinical experience under the watchful eye of a qualified supervisor.

These hours are broken down into individual requirements and you can check those individual requirements here.

Step Three:

After earning your masters degree, you will need at least 2 years of supervised work experience which should equal 3360 hours.

Details about the hourly breakdown of the necessary work experience and more information about qualifying supervisors can be found on the following Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure webpage.

Step Four:

The next step is to download the exam registration form and submit the form along with the required fee to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

The state of Massachusetts requires you to pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam provided by the NBCC. More information about the exam can be found on the NBCC website.

Step Five:

Once you have registered for the exam, you can download the Massachusetts counseling license application and submit the application to the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health Counselors and Human Services Professions. You will need to include the application fee when turning in your application and the official exam scores once they have been received. The Board will notify you when your application has been accepted.

You may download the Massachusetts counseling license application here.

Massachusetts Counseling Certificate Programs
Note: This list contains online and campus schools that accept students from Massachusetts.
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