State Requirements for Counselors


ALABAMA
ALASKA
ARIZONA
ARKANSAS
CALIFORNIA
COLORADO
CONNECTICUT
DELAWARE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
FLORIDA
GEORGIA
HAWAII
IDAHO
ILLINOIS
INDIANA
IOWA
KANSAS
KENTUCKY
LOUISIANA
MAINE
MARYLAND
MASSACHUSETTS
MICHIGAN
MINNESOTA
MISSISSIPPI
MISSOURI
MONTANA
NEBRASKA
NEVADA
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEW JERSEY
NEW MEXICO
NEW YORK
NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH DAKOTA
OHIO
OKLAHOMA
OREGON
PENNSYLVANIA
RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH CAROLINA
SOUTH DAKOTA
TENNESSEE
TEXAS
UTAH
VERMONT
VIRGINIA
WASHINGTON
WEST VIRGINIA
WISCONSIN
WYOMING

Information from: http://www.ce-classes.com/StateCounselorRequirements.asp

ALABAMA
CE Required?  10 hours ALC, 40 hours LPC every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC 
Home study accepted?  yes – 10 CEUs for online
Submission deadline:  7/31 every 2 years
Website:  http://www.abec.state.al.us/
Notes:  - 6 CE’s in ethics required
ALASKA
CE Required?  40 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  
Home study accepted?  20 hours allowed
Submission deadline:  10/31 
Website:  http://commerce.state.ak.us/dnn/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/ProfessionalCounselors.aspx
Notes:  
ARIZONA
CE Required?  30 hours / every 3 years
Sponsor Approval:  
Home study accepted? 
Submission deadline:  
Website: http://azbbhe.us/
Notes:  3 hours in ethics, 3 hours of cultural competency and diversity
ARKANSAS
CE Required?  24 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  APA
Home study accepted?  Yes
Submission deadline:  
Website:  http://abec.myarkansas.net/
Notes:  2 hours ethics required
CALIFORNIA
CE Required?  36 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  N/A
Home study accepted?  yes
Submission deadline:  N/A
Website: http://www.bbs.ca.gov/licensees/ce_licensees.shtml
Notes:  one-time 7 hours of the assessment and treatment of people living with HIV and Aids
COLORADO
CE Required?  40 hours
Sponsor Approval:  N/a
Home study accepted?  N/A
Submission deadline:  N/A
Website:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Professional_Counselor
Notes:  -
CONNECTICUT
CE Required?  15 hours each year
Sponsor Approval:  
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  
Website:  http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=396918
Notes:  For registration periods ending after January 1, 2016, each licensee applying for renewal is required to complete at least two contact hours of training or education (and not less than once every six years thereafter) on the topic of mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans, including (A) determining whether a patient is a veteran or family member of a veteran, (B) screening for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide, depression and grief, and (C) suicide prevention training.
DELAWARE
CE Required?  40 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  APA
Home study accepted?  20 hours allowed
Submission deadline:  9/30 biennially of even years
Website:  http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/profcounselors/renewal.shtml
Notes:  
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
CE Required?  40 hours
Sponsor Approval:  APA
Home study accepted?  yes
Submission deadline:  12/31 of even numbered years
Website:  http://doh.dc.gov/service/professional-counseling-licensing
Notes:  -6 CE’s in ethics and 4 CE’s in Trauma Counseling
FLORIDA
CE Required?  25 hours + 2 hours Medical Errors and 3 hours Ethics every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  Ce-classes.com is approved by the FLORIDA Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (Board Approved Provider BAP # 852). ACA, APA
Home study accepted?  Yes, no limit
Submission deadline:  3/31 
Website:  http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/renewals/licensed-mental-health-counselor/
Notes:  2 hours of medical errors, 3 hours of ethics and boundaries, 3 hours Laws and Rules (every 3rd Biennium), 2 hours Domestic Violence (every 3rd Biennium)
GEORGIA
CE Required?  35 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  
Home study accepted?  yes, 10 hours
Submission deadline:  
Website:  http://rules.sos.ga.gov/nllxml/georgiacodesGetcv.aspx?urlRedirected=yes&data=admin&lookingfor=135
Notes:  5 hours of ethics required (you can take the GA ethics online: click here: Georgia Ethics 5 hours)
HAWAII
CE Required?  Hawaii does not have CE requirements for licensure renewal. Licenses are on a triennial renew
Sponsor Approval:  N/A
Home study accepted?  N/A
Submission deadline:  June 30 Every 3 years
Website:  http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/programs/mental/
Notes:  -
IDAHO
CE Required?  20 hours / Idaho
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, APA
Home study accepted?  yes, 10 hours
Submission deadline:  
Website:  https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/BoardAdditional.aspx?Bureau=COU&BureauLinkID=130
Notes:  -3 CE’s in Ethics
ILLINOIS
CE Required?  30 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC,
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  3/31 odd years
Website:  http://www.imhca.org/CEs
Notes:  -
INDIANA
CE Required?  20 hours / every year
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, APA
Home study accepted?  yes, 50% can be obtained online
Submission deadline:  yearly on date of issue
Website:  http://www.in.gov/pla/3032.htm
Notes:  
IOWA
CE Required?  40 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  9/30 even years
Website:  http://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Behavioral-Science/Continuing-Education
Notes:  
KANSAS
CE Required?  30 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  
Website:  http://ksbsrb.ks.gov/
Notes:  3 hours of professional ethics, 6 hours related to diagnosis and treatment of mentail disorders
KENTUCKY
CE Required?  10 hours / every year
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, APA
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  10/31
Website:  http://lpc.ky.gov/Pages/regulations.aspx
Notes:  3 hours on domestic violence (within 3 years of initial licensure), 6 hours in suicide assessment (wihin first year of licensure and every 6 six years thereafter), 3 hours on law (every 3 years)
LOUISIANA
CE Required?  40 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  6/30
Website: http://www.lpcboard.org/renewals.htm
Notes:  3 hours of ethics
MAINE
CE Required?  55 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval: NBCC, APA
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline: date of issue
Website:  http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/counselors/professional.html#renewal
Notes:  
MARYLAND
CE Required?  40 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC
Home study accepted?  Yes, no more than 10 hours
Submission deadline:  12/31 every 2 years
Website:  http://dhmh.maryland.gov/bopc/SitePages/Home.aspx
Notes:  - Obtain all the renewal hours you need for one low price at ce-classes.com
MASSACHUSETTS
CE Required?  30 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  APA
Home study accepted?  Yes
Submission deadline:  12/31 odd years
Website:  http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/mh/
Notes:  - Obtain all the renewal hours you need for one low price at ce-classes.com
MICHIGAN
CE Required?  None
Sponsor Approval:  N/A
Home study accepted?  N/A
Submission deadline:  every 3 years from date of issue
Website:  http://mn.gov/boards/behavioral-health/lpc-and-lpcc/continuing-ed.jsp
Notes:  -
MINNESOTA
CE Required?  40 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  
Website:  http://mn.gov/boards/behavioral-health/lpc-and-lpcc/continuing-ed.jsp
Notes:  9 hours of diversity, 3 hours of professional ethics
MISSISSIPPI
CE Required?  24 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, ACA
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  6/30
Website:  https://www.lpc.ms.gov/secure/index.asp
Notes:  6 CEs in professional ethics or legal issues
MISSOURI
CE Required?   40 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:   NBCC, ACA
Home study accepted?  yes, 20 hours
Submission deadline:  
Website:  http://pr.mo.gov/counselors.asp
Notes:  
MONTANA
CE Required?  20 hours / every year
Sponsor Approval:  
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  12/31
Website:  http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/bbh_board/board_page.asp
Notes:  
NEBRASKA
CE Required?  32 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  
Home study accepted?  yes, 20 hours allowed
Submission deadline:  9/1 even numbered years
Website:  http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crl_mhcs_mental_lmhprequire.aspx#Education
Notes:  2 hours in ethics is required
NEVADA
CE Required?  20 Hours / every year
Sponsor Approval:  
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  12/31
Website:  http://marriage.nv.gov/
Notes:  3 hours in ethics is required
NEW HAMPSHIRE
CE Required?  40 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, ACA
Home study accepted?  yes, 20 hours allowed
Submission deadline:  date of issue
Website:  http://www.nh.gov/mhpb/
Notes:  6 hours ethics required
NEW JERSEY
CE Required?  40 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, APA
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline:  
Website:  http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/pc/Pages/regulations.aspx
Notes:  
NEW MEXICO
CE Required?  40 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, NAADAC
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  10/31
Website:  http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Counseling_and_Therapy_Practice_Requirements_and_Continuing_Education.aspx
Notes:  6 hours ethics required
NEW YORK
CE Required?  36 hours / every 3 years
Sponsor Approval:  
Home study accepted?  yes, 12 hours
Submission deadline:  1/1
Website:  http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mhccehome.htm
Notes:  
NORTH CAROLINA
CE Required?  40 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, ACA
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  6/30
Website:  http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/renewal#ContinuingEducationRequirements
Notes:   3 hours of ethics
NORTH DAKOTA
CE Required?  30 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval: 
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  Date of Issue
Website:  http://www.ndbce.org/education.shtml
Notes:  3 hours of ethics (LPCC’s must have an additional 10 hours of clinical education)
OHIO
CE Required?  30 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  We are an Ohio provider - The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider #
RCST031201
Home study accepted?  yes, up to 15 hours
Submission deadline:  date of issue
Website:  http://cswmft.ohio.gov/Counselors.aspx
Notes:  -  3 hours of ethics
OKLAHOMA
CE Required?  20 hours / every year
Sponsor Approval:  ACA
Home study accepted?  Yes, 10 hours
Submission deadline:  6/30
Website:  http://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/
Notes:  3 hours ethics required
OREGON
CE Required?  40 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, ACA
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  last day of birth month
Website: http://www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT/pages/index.aspx
Notes:  - 6 hours of ethics
PENNSYLVANIA
CE Required?  30 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  
Home study accepted?  yes, 20 hours
Submission deadline:  
Website:  http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/SocialWorkersMarriageanFamilyTherapistsandProfessionalCounselors/Pages/Board-Laws-and-Regulations.aspx#.VG-alVZOk5s
Notes:  3 hours of ethics
RHODE ISLAND
CE Required?  40 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, ACA
Home study accepted?  yes, 20 hours allowed
Submission deadline:  7/1
Website:  http://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=228#three
Notes:  -
SOUTH CAROLINA
CE Required?  40 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC
Home study accepted? 
Submission deadline:  8/31 odd years
Website:  http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Counselors/
Notes:  -
SOUTH DAKOTA
CE Required?  40 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, APA
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  12/31 odd years
Website:  https://dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/examiners_conteducation.aspx
Notes:  4 hours of ethics
TENNESSEE
CE Required?  10 hours / every year
Sponsor Approval:  ACA, NBCC
Home study accepted?  yes, 10 hours
Submission deadline:  
Website:  https://www.tn.gov/health/article/pcmft-coedu
Notes:  2 hours ethics
TEXAS
CE Required?  24 hours every 2 years, plus Texas Jurisprudence Exam required
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC, APA
Home study accepted?  Yes
Submission deadline:  last day of birth month every other year
Website:  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/default.shtm
Notes:  4 CE’s in Ethics, 1 CE in Texas Jurispridence exam
UTAH
CE Required?  40 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC
Home study accepted? 
Submission deadline:  9/30
Website:  http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/cmhc.html
Notes:  6 hours in ethics/law, 2 hours in suicide prevention
VERMONT
CE Required?  40 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  NBCC  APA
Home study accepted?  28 hours of Distance learning acceptable each renewal period
Submission deadline:  date of issue
Website: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/26/065/03269
Notes:  
VIRGINIA
CE Required?  20 hours / every year
Sponsor Approval: YES – APA, NBCC
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  6/30
Website: https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/counseling_laws_regs.htm
Notes:  
WASHINGTON
CE Required?  36 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  Yes
Home study accepted?  Yes, 26 hours
Submission deadline:  
Website:  http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MentalHealthCounselor
Notes:  6 hours professional ethics and the law
WEST VIRGINIA
CE Required?  35 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  Yes - NBCC - Online Courses & Webinars are approved for Professional Counselors in West Virginia
Home study accepted?  20 hours
Submission deadline:  6/30
Website:  http://www.wvbec.org/approvedceofferings.html
Notes:  3 hours of ethics   Review the course description page for NBCC Approval
WISCONSIN
CE Required?  30 hours every 2 years
Sponsor Approval: Yes – APA
Home study accepted?  Yes
Submission deadline:  6/30 odd years
Website:  http://dsps.wi.gov/Home
Notes:  4 hours in ethics is required
WYOMING
CE Required?  45 hours / every 2 years
Sponsor Approval:  Ce-Classes.com can provide continuing education to Professional Counselors in Wyoming 
Home study accepted?  
Submission deadline:  date of birth
Website:  http://mentalhealth.wyo.gov/
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