How to become a Counselor in Nevada
Learn how to earn your counseling licensure in NV
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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Nevada. 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 Nevada counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Nevada State Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors at (702) 486-7388 to make sure you are on the right track.
I'm a High School Graduate...
Nevada counseling licensure requires candidates to have earned a minimum of a master's level of education. Therefore, right now you will want to learn how you can begin earning college credit toward a college degree. Regardless of whether you end up becoming a counselor in Nevada or entering an entirely different profession, all high paying professional careers require a college 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.
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 Nevada Counseling Schools.
Nevada counseling certification requires candidates to complete a graduate degree program in mental health counseling or community counseling accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
OR, an acceptable degree program as determined by the Board which includeds a practicum and internship in mental health counseling with supervision by a licensed mental health professional.
Next, you will need to complete 3000 hours of experience in an approved internship. 1500 hours of the total 3000 will need to be in direct contact with clients. Finally, 300 of the required hours will need to be supervised clinical professional counseling. (this information is subject to change - make sure you contact the Board to learn of the most up to date requirements - (702) 486-7388)
More information about supervised experience requirements and necessary qualifications of supervisors for Nevada counseling licensure can be found on the following Nevada Board of Examiner's website or by calling the Board of Examiners directly at (702) 486-7388.
You will next need to download the Nevada counseling license application and submit the application along with any necessary additional documentation and fees to the Nevada Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical PRofessional Counselors.
You may download the CPC application at the bottom of the following Nevada Board's webpage.
Upon evaluation and approval of your application, the board will contact and inform you of your eligibility to sit for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination.
You will find information about the Nevada counseling certification examinations on the NBCC website.