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How to become a Counselor in Pennsylvania

Learn how to earn your counseling licensure in PA

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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Pennsylvania State Board of Professional Counselors at (717)-783-1389 to make sure you are on the right track.

I'm a High School Graduate...

As a high school graduate, you are in great position to expedite your journey toward earning a Pennsylvania counseling certification. You will need to take your current momentum and push yourself into advancing your current level of education. Pennsylvania counseling certification requires candidates possess a master's level of education, so you will need to start acquiring your college education as soon as possible.

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 Pennsylvania.

Step Two:

Next, you will need to complete 3 years or 3600 hours of supervised experience. More details about the hourly requirements and qualifying supervisors can be found on the Pennsylvania Code website.

Step Three:

Now, you can complete the Pennsylvania counseling license application and submit the application along with all the necessary supporting documents and required fees to the Pennsylvania State Board.

The application is available on the following Pennsylvania Board's website.

Step Four:

The Pennsylvania Board will review your application and once approved, will notify you of your eligibility to sit for the licensure examination.

Registration information for the National Counselor Examination is available on the Pennsylvania Board's website. Information about the exam can be found on the NBCC website.

Pennsylvania Counseling Certificate Programs
Note: This list also contains online schools that accept students from Pennsylvania.

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