How to become a Counselor in Kansas

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Kansas. 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 Kansas counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board at (785) 296-3240 to make sure you are on the right track.

I’m a High School Graduate

As a high school graduate looking in to the process of Kansas counseling licensure, chances are good that you are ahead of the pack.

The first step you should be taking right now is to learn how you can enroll in an Associate degree program or Bachelor degree program. In the meantime, there’s ample opportunity to learn more about career opportunities in counseling and psychology fields across the state of Kansas.

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 probably want to find a school offering a master’s or doctoral degree program in counseling. To know more about earning the required educational qualifications you can get in touch with schools offering counseling programs in Kansas.

Step One:

Once your educational requirements are fulfilled, you can begin your professional experience. This should include at least two years equaling 4000 hours, 1500 of these hours should be direct client counseling. The required work experience needs to be under the supervision of a Kansas Board approved supervisor.

Find more information about the hourly requirements and supervisor qualifications on the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board website.

Step Two:

Now you can download and submit the Kansas Clinical Professional Counselor license application along with any other needed forms and fees to the Kansas Regulatory Board.

You may download the appropriate Kansas counseling licensure application here.

Step Three:

If the Board approves your application, you should then be eligible to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor’s Exam (NCMHCE). Find more information about this exam here.

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