How to become a Counselor in Nevada

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Nevada. 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 Nevada counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Nevada State Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors at (702) 486-7388 to make sure you are on the right track.

I’m a High School Graduate

Nevada counseling licensure requires candidates to have earned a minimum of a master’s level of education. Therefore, a sensible next step is to learn how you can enroll in an Associate’s degree program or Bachelor’s degree program in psychology, counseling or a related subject.

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 to 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, the search can begin for a school offering a master’s or doctoral degree program in counseling. Get in touch with Nevada counseling schools to explore how you can earn the required educational qualifications.

Step One:

Nevada counseling certification requires candidates to complete a graduate degree program in mental health counseling or community counseling accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

OR, an acceptable degree program as determined by the Board which includeds a practicum and internship in mental health counseling with supervision by a licensed mental health professional.

Step Two:

Complete 3000 hours of experience in an approved internship. 1500 hours of the total 3000 should need to be in direct contact with clients, and 300 of the required hours should be supervised clinical professional counseling. (This information, in particular, is subject to change. Make sure you contact the Board to learn of the most up to date requirements: (702) 486-7388)

More information about supervised experience requirements and necessary qualifications of supervisors for Nevada counseling licensure can be found on the following Nevada Board of Examiner’s website or by calling the Board of Examiners directly at (702) 486-7388.

Step Three:

Download the Nevada counseling license application and submit the application along with any necessary additional documentation and fees to the Nevada Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical PRofessional Counselors.

You may download the CPC application at the bottom of the following Nevada Board’s webpage.

Step Four:

Upon evaluation and approval of your application, the board should contact you and inform you of your eligibility to sit for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination.

You can find information about the Nevada counseling certification examinations on the NBCC website.

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