Counselor Licensure and Certification
All graduate students should plan to become licensed as professional counselors in Georgia or another jurisdiction in which they plan to live and work. In addition, all students should plan to apply to become National Certified Counselors (NCC) upon graduation from the Clark Atlanta University master's degree program. Students who plan to work as school counselors should plan to become certified as school counselors by the state of Georgia or by the jurisdiction in which they plan to live and work.
The master's degree programs in Community Counseling and School Counseling include all the course requirements for credentialing as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Students may become licensed upon graduation from the program if they complete the required number of supervised hours post-Master’s work, register for and pass the NCC exam.
During the internship experience, students are encouraged to obtain application information and to develop a plan for becoming licensed as a professional counselor and for becoming a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
A brief summary of the issues and steps involved in pursuing one or both of these licenses is provided here.
Licensed Professional Counselor
A Georgia counseling license requires 3000 hours of supervised clinical work after completion of the Master’s degree.
The licensure requirements of the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) are contained within the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists at the following link: www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/counselors.
Brief Overview of Steps to LPC Licensure:
- Complete counseling master’s courses and receive master’s degree in counseling.
- Secure postmaster’s professional placement – you must be employed “full-time” (32 hours/week or more) in order to complete the training certificate application and before beginning to accrue the 3000 supervised hours (including 1000 direct client clinical hours) required by the state of Georgia.
- While accruing the 3000 clinical practice hours the counselor must be supervised by an appropriately credentialed supervisor.
- It is required by the state of Georgia that the applicant complete the 3000 hours of supervised practice in no fewer than 2 years.
- Your eligibility for a professional counselor’s license is determined by the Professional Counselor’s section upon receipt of the completed application, fees, and supporting documents.
Students are advised to contact Georgia Composite Board for detailed procedures to becoming a licensed professional counselor.
School Counselor Certification
Students are advised to contact Departments of Regulation & Licensing in states other than Georgia for licensing stipulations. Georgia stipulates that school counselors must complete a Master’s degree in Counseling with a school emphasis.
Steps to Georgia School Certification:
- Complete school counseling master’s courses and receive a master’s degree in counseling.
- Apply to Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). Applications and other information can be found at the following link: www.gapsc.com