Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Connecticut. Most of these requirements, such as earning your Master's degree, completing 3200 hours of supervised experience and passing the NCE examination, are likely to continue to be mandatory in the Connecticut counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health Practitioner Licensing at (860) 509-7603 to make sure you are on the right track.
I'm a High School Graduate
As a high school graduate, a good next step to take to eventually earn your Connecticut counseling certification is to enroll in a college or university. Connecticut counseling licensure requires the applicant to possess a minimum of a Master's degree.
However, you are doing a fantastic job by inquiring about counseling licensure at this stage of your educational career. Enrolling in an associate or bachelor degree program can provide you with necessary education as well as resources to learn more about career options within the field of counseling and much more.
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 should consider looking for schools offering a master's or doctoral degree program in counseling. You can request information from counseling schools in Connecticut.
Make sure the school you are enrolled in for your Master's or Doctoral degree program provides courses in the required areas for Connecticut counseling certification. You can find the basic guidelines for course area requirements on the following Connecticut Department of Public Health webage.
After receiving your degree, you must complete 3000 hours of supervised work experience over a period of at least one year. Within those hours, 100 of them need to be with direct supervision by a qualified supervisor.
You can learn more about the specific Connecticut counseling licensure requirements on the Connecticut Department of Public Health webpage.
Next, you can submit evidence of completed work and degree requirements by filling out the necessary forms and completing the Connecticut counseling licensure exam registration form.
Links to all the downloadable versions of these forms can be found by scrolling down on the Connecticut Department of Public Health webpage.
Once your application has been approved, the Connecticut licensing board should notify you of when you can sit for the exam. Information about the National Counselor Certification Examination can be found on the NBCC webpage.