Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Nebraska. Most of these requirements, such as earning your Master’s degree, completing 3000 hours of supervised experience and passing the NCE examination, are likely to continue to be mandatory in the Nebraska counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at (402) 471-2117 to make sure you are on the right track.
I’m a High School Graduate
As a Nebraska high school graduate, you are showing great promise by already researching how to become a counselor in Nebraska. Since Nebraska counseling licensure requires candidates to have a minimum of a master’s level of education, it’s wise to get started on the process early.
Your 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.
Already Received Bachelor’s Degree
Once you have your bachelor’s degree, you should look for a school that offers a master’s or doctoral degree program in counseling. Request information from schools offering counseling programs in Nebraska.
Complete 3,000 hours of supervised experience in professional counseling after you have earned your master’s degree.
For more information about supervised experience requirments and provisional licensure options, download the rules and statutes link shown as “172 NAC 94-005.03” just to the side of “Initial Certification” on the following Nebraska Board’s webpage.
Next, complete the Nebraska counseling licensure application and send the application, along with all other necessary documents and fees, to the Nebraska Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
You may download the application off the following Nebraska website.
The Board should inform you of your eligibility to sit for the National Board of Certified Counselor’s National Counselor Examination or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination.
You can find more information on the Nebraska counseling license examinations on the NBCC website.