State Counselor Licensure Requirements for NCE and CPCE

There are three reliable sources of state counselor licensure requirements information. Two of them are websites and have no cost for access. The other is a publication of the American Counseling Association.

A. American Counseling Association.


Go to: Knowledge Center

Go to: Licensure Requirements

Go to: State Professional Counselor Licensure Boards

For each state, the licensure board website is listed. Also included are phone numbers and the board’s mailing address. The titles used in that state for professional counselors are also listed.

B. National Board for Certified Counselors.


Go to: Examinations

Go to: Register for a State Licensure Examination

Go to: State Board Directory

On the map of the US, click on the state of interest.

C. The American Counseling Association publishes: Licensure Requirements for Professional Counselors. The current edition is 2016 but available only in digital form that is free to ACA members..

This publication includes a state-by-state listing of information about licensure requirements, licensure renewal requirements, scope of practice of professional counseling and other information.

This publication may be ordered on the ACA website: