LPC Supervision Requirements

LPC supervision requirements

LPC Supervision Requirements

A Listing of All 50 States’ LPC Supervision Requirements

Below is a complete listing of all 50 U.S. state LPC supervision requirements. In order to become licensed in your or transfer your LPC license to another state, you first need to determine if that state will accept your supervisor.

This list includes training and other LPC supervision requirements even as their titles vary. For example LPC LMHC, LCPC, and many others. This list specifically specifically addresses what defines an approved supervisor in your state and not hours or years required since you must first select a board approved supervisor or your hours of supervision could not be accepted.

However, since many of the links in this listing lead directly to the state’s complete licensing requirements, in some instances you can also use this guide for LPC licensure requirements,  distance/telemental health supervision and license reciprocity and endorsement. Always consult your state licensing board for confirmation and clarification for license requirements.

How To Use This Guide

1) Six Essential Comparison Criteria for Approval of an LPC Supervisor 

We determined there are six essential comparison criteria which determine LPC supervisor requirements: 1) Coursework and continuing education required to be an approved clinical supervisor.2) The scope of training required:      a) Minimal – simple or no training.      b) Moderate – continuing education/coursework. Whether recertification is required.     c) Extensive – continuing education/coursework. Whether recertification is required.3)  This is mostly for informational purposes. Supervision and other licensing requirements are written into either state statute/ law or board rules. When written into law, the supervision requirements tend to be less likely to change (passing legislation can take a long time). When written into board rules the requirements may be more flexible. 

4)  and 5) Whether being an approved supervisor means a state-issued credential, a national professional association issued credential (NBCC, AMHCA, AAMFT), or no credential.

6) Whether a national clinical supervision credential can be substituted for the state’s other approval criteria. 

2) Review the Detailed LPC Supervision Requirements at the State Board Website

Visit the links below for complete supervision requirements law or rules. You can compare equivalency of state requirements to determine whether your supervision could be accepted by other states. 

For example, if you are pursuing a Georgia LPC license and currently practice in a different state you will want to determine whether Georgia will accept your supervisor’s experience or credentials.

You may want to use this information to make initial determinations about LPC supervisor eligibility.

You can also use these counselor supervisor requirements by state to target specific states in which you want to develop a telemental health LPC supervision practice.

3) Obtain Final Clarification from That State’s Counseling Board

If you believe your supervisor is or could be accepted by that state’s licensing board, click on the links below to contact that board directly and ask what should be your next steps.

Here is the listing:

Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: ExtensiveMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: No, Formal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 5National Credentials Accepted: NBCC ACS, AAMFT, AMHCA AS, AAPC Diplomate

Alaska Board of Professional Counselors

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: MinimalMandated By Statute or Rules: Statute and RulesState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 5 National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: N/A

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: ExtensiveMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: Yes, Renewal and biennial CE requirements.Formal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: NBCC ACS, AAMFT 

Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: Extensive with Oral ExamMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: YesFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 3National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not specified

California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: AdvancedMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: NoBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: yesYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not specified

Colorado State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors Examiner (LPC)

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: MinimalMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: Not specifiedNational Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not specified

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: NoScope: N/AMandated By Statute or Rules: Rules and PoliciesState Issued Credential: NoBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: NoYears Required Post Licensure: Not specified. National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: N/A

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Delaware Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals

LPC Supervision Requirements Education and Training: YesScope: MinimalMandated By Statute or Rules: Statute and Rules/RegsState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 2 if DE License, 5 if Out of StateNational Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not specified

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: Refer Directly to RulesScope: ModerateMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: N/AYears Required Post Licensure: Refer Directly to rules.National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: NBCC ACS

Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: For telemental health supervision. See below.Scope: ExtensiveMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: YesYears Required Post Licensure: 3 if Master’s Level, refer directly to board rules for additional information.National Supervisor Credentials Accepted:  *Requires LPCA GA CPCS or NBCC ACS*

Hawaii Mental Health Counselor Program

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: NoScope: MinimalMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: None requiredNational Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not specified

Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

LPC Supervision Requirements Education and Training: YesScope: AdvancedMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: Yes, Registered Counselor SupervisorFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not specified

Illinois Dept of Financial and Professional Regulation

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: NoScope: N/AMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: YesYears Required Post Licensure: NoneNational Supervisor Credentials Accepted: N/A

Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: N/AScope: N/AMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: No but must hold LMHC license.Years Required Post Licensure: N/ANational Supervisor Credentials Accepted: N/A

Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences

LPC Supervision Requirements Education and Training: *Rule change 10/1/2020 requiring education*Scope: MinimalMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 3National Supervisor Credentials Accepted:  NBCC ACS in lieu of

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: ModerateMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: YesBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: N/AYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: None Specified

Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: IntermediateMandated By Statute or Rules: YesState Issued Credential: Yes, Recert requiredBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: N/AYears Required Post Licensure: None specifiedNational Supervisor Credentials Accepted:  None Specified

Louisiana State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: AdvancedMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: Yes, LPC-S, Recert required.Board Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: N/AYears Required Post Licensure: 3National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not specified. 

Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: AdvancedMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: YesYears Required Post Licensure: 5National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: NBCC ACS in lieu of

Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists

LPC Supervision Requirements Education and Training: YesScope: AdvancedMandated By Statute or Rules:State Issued Credential:Board Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential:Years Required Post Licensure: 2 years of documented clinical supervision experienceNational Supervisor Credentials Accepted:  NBCC ACS in lieu of

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: Not specifiedScope: N/AMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: YesYears Required Post Licensure: 3National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: N/A

Michigan Board of Counseling

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: AdvancedMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: NoBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: YesYears Required Post Licensure: 3 plus supervision experienceNational Supervisor Credentials Accepted: N/A

Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: BasicMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: YesYears Required Post Licensure: 4National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not specified

Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: AdvancedMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: Yes BQS, LPC-S, recert requiredBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: N/AYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: NBCC ACS

Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: AdvancedMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: YesYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Board has discretion, too many variables, contact board directly.

Montana Board of Behavioral Health (LCPC)

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: Graduate coursework accepted in lieu of supervisor trainingMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential: N/AYears Required Post Licensure: 3National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not specified, ACS AAMFT exceed board requirements, contact board directly for clarification.

Nebraska Board of Examiners in Mental Health Practice

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: NoneScope: MinimalMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: No. All supervision can be provided by non-LPCYears Required Post Licensure: no post-licensure requirementsNational Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Board would have discretion, contact board directly.

Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: IntermediateMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: Not specifiedNational Supervisor Credentials Accepted: NBCC ACS AAMFT Approved Supervisor in lieu of board training requirements.

New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: IntermediateMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 3 National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: American Association of Pastoral Counselors; National Association of Social Workers; American Mental Health Counselors Association; or American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

New Jersey Professional Counselors Examiners Committee

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: AdvancedMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted:  NBCC ACS

New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board (LPCC)

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: Basic Mandated By Statute or Rules: LawState Issued Credential: No, but CE Requirements for RenewalFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: Not specifiedNational Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not Specified

New York Office of the Professions (LMHC)

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: MinimalScope: BasicMandated By Statute or Rules: BothState Issued Credential: NoBoard Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential:Years Required Post Licensure: Must have NY License, All supervision can be provided by non-LPC.National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Possibly but may have been repealed 12/31/2007.

North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: graduate credit or equivalentScope: Advanced, CE Renewal RequirementsMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: Yes, but equivalent acceptedFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: N/A

North Dakota Board of Counselors Examiners (LPCC/LPC)

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: AdvancedMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: Yes, Extensive CE Renewal Requirements and FeesFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 5National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not Specified

Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapists Board (LCPC) 

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: Advanced Extensive, CE Requirements for RenewalMandated By Statute or Rules: BothState Issued Credential: Yes. LCPC-SFormal Credential Required: YesYears Required Post Licensure: Not SpecifiedNational Supervisor Credentials Accepted: N/A

Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health (LPC)

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: Advanced, Extensive and Jurisprudence ExamMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: YesFormal Credential Required: YesYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: N/A

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (LPC)

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: IntermediateMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: YesFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 3National Supervisor Credentials Accepted:  NBCC ACS

Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriageand Family Therapists and Professional Counselors

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: “qualified by training and experience”Scope: N/AMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 5National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: N/A

Rhode Island Marriage Family and Mental Health Therapy

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: IntermediateMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: No:Years Required Post Licensure: 5National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: NBCC ACS

South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: Yes, graduate coursework or equivalent training.Scope: IntermediateMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: Yes, fee required,  must hold SC licenseFormal Credential Required: YesYears Required Post Licensure: 5National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: N/A

South Dakota Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: AdvancedMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: Yes, Board Approved Supervisor, CE Renewal RequirementsFormal Credential Required: YesYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted:  NBCC ACS

Tennessee Board for Professional Counselors,Marital and Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists (LPC/LPC-MHSP)

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: Yes. coursework or equivalentScope: ExtensiveMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: YesYears Required Post Licensure: 5National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: NBCC ACS, AAMFT, AAPC, other at board discretion

Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: Yes. Grad coursework or post grad supervision training course.Scope: ExtensiveMandated By Statute or Rules: RulesState Issued Credential: Yes, application fees and renewal requiredFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 5National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not Specified

Utah Dept of Occupational and Professional Licensing

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements:Scope: MinimalMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: YesFormal Credential Required: YesYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Not Specified

Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements:Scope: Mandated By Statute or Rules:State Issued Credential:Board Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential:Years Required Post Licensure:National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: 

Virginia Board of Counseling

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements:Scope: Mandated By Statute or Rules:State Issued Credential:Board Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential:Years Required Post Licensure:National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: 

Washington State Dept of Public Health, Mental Health Counselor

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements: YesScope: MinimalMandated By Statute or Rules: StatuteState Issued Credential: NoFormal Credential Required: NoYears Required Post Licensure: 2National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: Board discretion, NBCC and AAMFT Approved Supervisor exceeds board requirements, contact board directly for clarification.

West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements:Scope: Mandated By Statute or Rules:State Issued Credential:Board Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential:Years Required Post Licensure:National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: 

Wisconsin Dept of Safety and Professional Services

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements:Scope: Mandated By Statute or Rules:State Issued Credential:Board Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential:Years Required Post Licensure:National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: 

Wyoming Mental Health Professions and Licensing Board

Counselor Supervision Training and Educational Requirements:Scope: Mandated By Statute or Rules:State Issued Credential:Board Defined Approved Supervisor. No Formal Credential:Years Required Post Licensure:National Supervisor Credentials Accepted: