Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Louisiana. 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 Louisiana counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners at (225) 765-2515 to make sure you are on the right track.
I'm a High School Graduate
As a high school graduate looking for information about Louisiana counseling certification, you are probably way ahead of the curve. This means you should have ample opportunity to learn more about career opportunities available to you in the counseling and psychology fields as you advance your education.
Louisiana counseling licensure requires the applicant to have completed a master's degree at the very minimum. This can be a long process, but a great place to start it off is earning an associate's degree or bachelor's degree from an accredited college. Check out 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 can start looking for a school that offers a master's or doctoral degree program in counseling. Request information from additional schools offering counseling programs in Louisiana.
Once your masters degree is completed, three thousand hours of supervised experience needs to be met within at least two years. Some of these hours can be earned through graduate courses in counseling beyond the masters degree. A written proposal for all post-graduate supervised hours needs to be approved by the Louisiana Professional Counselors Board of Examiners before you can begin. This process also allows the Board to make sure your designated supervisor is qualified before you begin earning hours.
Find more information about the hourly requirements on the following Louisiana Professional Counselors Board webpage.
Take and pass the National Counselors Examination. This exam is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The results should be sent directly from the NBCC to the Louisiana Professional Counselors Board of Examiners.
Registration information for the NCA exam can be found on the following Louisiana Professional Counselors Board website. More information about the National Counselors exam can be found on the NBCC website.
Next, you can download your Louisiana counseling license application and submit it to the Louisiana Professional Counselors Board of Examiners along with any other necessary forms and fees. If your application is approved, the Board can notify you about your licensure.
You can download the Louisiana counseling licensure application on the following Louisiana Counseling Board webpage.