Steps for State of Ohio Professional Counselor Licensure
- Complete graduate degree in counseling (from an accredited program); 90 quarter or 60 semester hours of graduate work with a minimum of one course in each of the 16 content areas. Once a course is used to satisfy a requirement, it may not be reused.
- Submit a written request to take the PCLE exam and attach a student copy of your transcript showing completion of the required coursework.
- Take the exam.
- After you pass the exam, send in an application for PC license and fees.
- Have your school send official transcripts directly to the board.
- After becoming a PC, submit a letter to the board indicating that you are upgrading to the PCC. Apply to be a PC/Clinical resident by registering your post PC hours with the board. Include a letter requesting that any hours that occurred post degree, and were registered and approved by the board, be counted towards the 3000 hour requirement. Experience must meet the requirements for the PCC with 50% of your time spent diagnosing and treating mental and emotional disorders in a clinical setting under a PCC, psychiatrist, psychologist or LISW. Note: After June 30, 2000, you must be supervised by a PCC.
- Submit PCC application and fees.
- Have supervisor fill out an evaluation of supervised experience; have supervisor sign across the back of a sealed envelope and return it to you.
- Have supervisor fill out a clinical field evaluation; have supervisor sign across the back of a sealed envelope and return it to you.
- You will be licensed with a provisional license once all of the paperwork is received by the board. This letter along with your passing exam score report will allow you to work until you receive a letter from the board indicating that you may now call yourself a PC or PCC.
State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board
Study materials are available for the Professional Counselor Licensure Exam in the Curriculum Resource Center, Beeghly College of Education, for students who wish to study for the licensure exam.
- National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
- National Certified Counselor (NCC) National counselor certification from NBCC proves to the public and employers that the counselor has met the national standards set by the counseling profession
- Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBIT) Master Practitioner Credential