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Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

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Part A: Education Requirements To Apply For LPCC Licensure

per 201 KAR 36:070 and KRS 335:525

Applicants for licensure shall have received a bachelor degree. One option is the online Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning from University of Louisville is a 120 credit hour program, with the following curriculum components:

  1. Cardinal Core requirements– transferred credits or completed at U of L (31 credit hours)

  2. OLL Program Core Courses (24-29 credit hours)

  3. Work Specialization/Prior Learning Award (PLA) - up to 48 credit hours

  4. Track Courses (12-15 credit hours)

  5. Elective Courses (5-44 credit hours)

How Much Will I Pay?

Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

$508 per credit hour

$250 per credit hour active-duty rate

  • Applicants for licensure shall have received a master's, specialist, or doctoral degree in counseling or a related field from a regionally-accredited institution; and

  • Shall have sixty (60) graduate semester hours in specified areas; and

  • Include three (3) semester hours or four and one-half (4.5) quarter hours, at the minimum, on professional orientation and ethics with the concentration on the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics; and

  • Include practicum or internship experience of at least 600 hours in a counseling program which includes the following:

    • At least 240 clock hours of direct service, including experience leading groups;

    • Weekly interaction that averages one (1) hour per week of individual or triadic supervision throughout the internship, usually performed by the onsite supervisor;

    • An average of one and one-half (1 1/2) hours per week of group supervision provided on a regular schedule throughout the internship and performed by a licensed program faculty member;

    • The opportunity for the student to become familiar with a variety of professional activities and resources in addition to direct service (e.g., record keeping, assessment instruments, supervision, information and referral, in-service and staff meetings);

    • The opportunity for the student to develop program-appropriate audio or video recordings for use in supervision or to receive live supervision of his or her interactions with clients; and

    • Evaluation of the student's counseling performance throughout the internship, including documentation of a formal evaluation after the student completes the internship by a program faculty member in consultation with the site supervisor;


  • Has completed a minimum of sixty (60) graduate semester hours in the following:

    1. The helping relationship, including counseling theory and practice;

    2. Human growth and development;

    3. Lifestyle and career development;

    4. Group dynamics, process, counseling, and consulting;

    5. Assessment, appraisal, and testing of individuals;

    6. Social and cultural foundations, including multicultural issues;

    7. Principles of etiology, diagnosis, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior;

    8. Research and evaluation; and

    9. Professional orientation and ethics;

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Part B: Experience Requirements

Per KRS 335.525

  • Has completed a minimum of four thousand (4,000) hours of experience in the practice of counseling, all of which must have been obtained since obtaining the master's degree and must be under approved supervision; and

  • Shall include but not be limited to a minimum of one thousand six hundred (1,600) hours of direct counseling with individuals, couples, families, or groups; and

  • A minimum of one hundred (100) hours of individual, face-to-face clinical supervision with an approved supervisor; and

  • Each applicant is encouraged to include as part of the total hours of experience a minimum of ten (10) hours of direct counseling with individuals in a jail or corrections setting; and

  • All applicants shall complete an organized practicum or internship consisting of at least four hundred (400) hours; and

  • Has achieved passing scores on all portions of the examinations required by the board.

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Part C: Exam Requirements

Has achieved passing scores on all portions of the examinations required by the board.

  • Send the Licensure Examination Registration Form LINK

  • Examination fee ($275)

  • Academic transcript identifying the conferral date of a master’s degree in counseling or a related field to CCE. (Fees are subject to change.)


Candidate Handbook for State Credentialing for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE)   Link to Handbook

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Part D: Application Requirements

Fees per 201 KAR 036:020

  • LPCC fee $150

  • Background Check

Submit the results of a background check performed within the last ninety (90) days by the Kentucky State Police and a criminal background check performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). If an applicant submits an application for a nationwide criminal background check performed by the FBI and the FBI cannot complete the background check within thirty (30) days of the request, an applicant may submit an Optional Affidavit for Licensure and shall submit the performed nationwide criminal background check within fourteen (14) days of its receipt. If an applicant has a felony conviction during the applicant's lifetime, a misdemeanor conviction within the past five (5) years, or a pending charge, the applicant shall not use the Optional Affidavit for Licensure. Any cases officially expunged do not have to be disclosed by the applicant and shall not be considered by the board as a conviction for the purposes of this subparagraph. If an applicant does not receive the criminal background check within 180 days of the issuance of a license, the applicant shall notify the board immediately in writing; per 201 KAR 36:070


per 201 KAR 36:072

Reciprocity requirements for applicants licensed or certified in another state.

  • An applicant seeking licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor shall:

  1. Submit an Application for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor by Reciprocity to the board;

  2. Pay the application fee as established in 201 KAR 36:020, Section 1(1);

  3. Submit a letter of good standing from each jurisdiction where the person holds a license or certificate; and

  4. Submit the results of a background check performed within the last ninety (90) days

  • No person shall be licensed as a licensed professional associate through reciprocity.

  • The Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors has an alternative route to licensure for counselors who have already obtained their licenses in other states. This process is known as “licensing reciprocity.” For Ohio  and Tennessee, Kentucky has reciprocity agreements that allow professional licensed counselors from these states to allow practice in Kentucky with reciprocal application.

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All questions and requests for information about Kentucky licensure should be directed to one of the addresses below:

(Regular mail) Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors P.O. Box 1360 Frankfort, KY 40602-1360.

(Overnight mail) 911 Leawood Drive Frankfort, KY 40601.

Office: 502-782-8803
Fax: 502-564-4818

Licensure Board website


All questions and requests for information about the Kentucky licensure examination program should be directed to:

CCE Assessment Dept. 3 Terrace Way Greensboro, NC 27403. Telephone: 336-482-2856 website:


Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors

For your convenience, you can access the steps below via a PDF

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