Colorado LPC Requirements

LPC Requirements in Colorado

If you are looking for information on LPC Requirements in Colorado, you have come to the right place. We have compiled some very helpful information for you.

You can develop into a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado through schooling, examination, and administered practice.

For those seeking a counseling license for the first time, you need to be working as a Professional Counselor Candidate while satisfying practice criteria.

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Colorado Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC)*

An applicant who has completed the education requirements and is under a licensed supervisor; valid for 4 years. (if not registered as a LPCC, must register as a Registered Psychotherapist in the Registered Psychotherapist Board Database)

Colorado LPC Requirements

Colorado Counselor Education Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling from a CACREP accredited program, or “equivalent program” from a regionally accredited college/university consisting of 48 semester hours, completion of coursework in core areas and a practicum and/or internship. *If enrolled after August 31, 2014, the program must consist of 60 graduate semester hours.

Colorado Counselor Experiential Requirements

2 years/2,000 hours of post-master’s practice in applied psychotherapy under board approved supervision. (Doctoral degree can be 1,000 in 12 months) 100 hours of supervision is required, 70 of which must be face to face individual supervision. The teaching of psychotherapy can count up to 600 hours and 30 hours of required supervision *Electronic supervision is allowed – initial 2 hour meeting must be in person and every six (6) months an in person meeting must be had and the electronic supervision must be audio and visual (as of July 20, 2012).

Colorado Counseling Exams Required

NCE and CO Jurisprudence Exam

Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed as a professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, clinical social worker, psychologist, medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy that completed a residency in psychiatry, all licensed in jurisdiction at time of supervision OR person who at time of supervision possesses the same education, experience and training as that necessary to adequately supervise an LPC.*As of July 20, 2012 electronic supervision is permitted: The initial two hour supervision meeting must be face-to-face and supervisor and supervisee must meet face-to-face every 6 months. Electronic supervision must be audio and visual in nature.

Requirements for Out of State Applicants

1.) An applicant for licensure by endorsement must show that her/his credentials and qualifications are substantially equivalent to Colorado’s requirements to be licensed as an LPC.
2.) Applicant must be at least 21 years old.
3.) Every license, certificate, or registration to practice professional counseling held by the applicant is active and in good standing.
4.) Applicant knows of no injunction or malpractice judgment entered/pending against him/her or complaint pending before, investigation being conducted by, or disciplinary proceeding pending before the licensing, grievance, or disciplinary board of any jurisdiction in which s/he is licensed, registered, or certified to practice professional counseling.
5.) Applicant must report any misdemeanor or felony convictions(s).
6.) Applicant must hold a master’s or doctoral degree in professional counseling from an accredited program or equivalent, have passed an equivalent exam, demonstrate that s/he had at least 2 years of post-master’s, or one year of postdoctoral practice in applied psychotherapy under supervision prior to licensure in Colorado OR provide evidence of active practice in professional counseling for 2 years. Applicants with a doctoral degree must demonstrate an active practice for at least one year.
7.) Applicant must take and pass the Colorado jurisprudence exam.
8.) Confirm passing score for the NCE exam.
9.) Complete the Healthcare Professions Profiling Program (HPPP).

Scope of Practice

“LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR” means a professional counselor who practices professional counseling or mental health counseling and who is licensed pursuant to this part 6.

“CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING” includes:
a. Assessment, counseling activities, consultation, and referral; and
b. Treatment, diagnosis, testing, assessment, psychotherapy, or counseling in a professional relationship to assist individuals or groups to alleviate mental and emotional disorders, understand unconscious or conscious motivation, resolve emotional, relationship, or attitudinal conflicts, or modify behaviors that interfere with effective emotional, social, or intellectual functioning.

“PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means:
a. Those activities that assist the person receiving counseling in developing an understanding of personal, emotional, social, educational, alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence, and vocational development and in planning and effecting actions to increase functioning or gain control of his or her behavior in such areas. Such activities include, but are not limited to, skillbuilding
in communications, decision-making, and problem-solving, clarifying values, promoting adaptation to loss and other life changes, developing social skills, restructuring cognitive patterns, defining educational and career goals, and facilitating adjustment to personal crises and conflicts;
b. The selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting of instruments designed to measure aptitudes, attitudes, abilities, achievements, interests, emotions, and other personal characteristics and includes the application of nonstandardized methods, such as interviews, to evaluate a person receiving counseling and to evaluate such personal and social functioning;
c. A voluntary relationship between a counselor and a client in which the counselor assists a person, couple, group, or organization to cope with matters that include relationships, conflicts, problem-solving, decision-making, and competencies by interpreting, reporting on, or applying counseling theory; and
d. Rendering of or offering to render counseling services that facilitate effective personal, emotional, social, educational, and vocational development in individuals, couples, groups, and organizations, with an emphasis on the natural aspects of human development and with an educational orientation.

Counselor Salaries in Colorado

In the state of Colorado, the Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the average annual salary of counselors range at $43,370 to $76,990.

Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Colorado, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Colorado page for a more detailed look into the steps you will need to take to make your dream of becoming a counselor a reality.

Additional Information for LPC Requirements in Colorado

CO Division of Professions and Occupations
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
303-894-7768
https://www.colorado.gov/dora/dpo

LPC License: $160
Provisional License: $100
LPC Candidate: $160

Source: https://www.colorado.gov/dora/dpo

Schooling Information for Counselors in Colorado

  • DSW - Social Work
  • PhD - Addiction Psychology
  • PhD - Advanced Studies in Human Behavior
  • PhD - Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP-accredited)
  • PhD - Educational Psychology
  • PhD - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PhD - Psychology
  • PhD - Behavioral Analysis
Capella University
  • BS - Psychology
  • BS - Psychology Pre-Counseling
Capella University
  • MS - Addiction Studies
  • MS - Applied Behavior Analysis
  • MS - Child and Adolescent Development
  • MS - Educational Psychology
  • MS - Evaluation, Research, and Measurement
  • MS - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • MS - Leadership Coaching Psychology
  • MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP-, COAMFTE-accredited)
  • MS - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
  • MS - Psychology
  • MS - School Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
  • MS - Sport Psychology
  • MS - Applied Research
  • MS - Clinical Counseling
  • MS - Forensic Psychology
  • MS - Sex Therapy
  • MSW - Social Work (CSWE-accredited)
  • MSW - Social Work Advanced Standing (CSWE-accredited)
Capella University
  • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (60 hours)
  • Master of Education – School Counseling (Licensure)
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Life Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma
  • Master of Arts in Religion – Pastoral Counseling
  • Doctor of Ministry – Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling - Children, Families, and the Law
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Crisis Response and Trauma
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Addictions and Recovery
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship and Church Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Life Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Marriage and Family
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Military Resilience
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Theology
  • Applied Psychology: Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Worship Studies: Pastoral Counseling
  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage and Family
  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Pastoral Counseling
  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
  • MA: Addictions Counseling
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Parenting and Child/ Adolescent
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Community Chaplaincy
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Dobson Center Parent and Child/Adolescent
  • MDV: Pastoral Counseling
Liberty University - Online
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Consulting Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- General Practice
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis and Leadership Management
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - General
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Self-Designed
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Victimology
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis Response
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Research
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Teaching
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Advanced Research
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Community & Social Service
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Community Intervention and Leadership
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Disaster, Crisis & Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Family Studies & Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - General
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Gerontology
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Global Social Services
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Higher Education
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Mental Health Facilitation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Military Family & Culture
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Advanced Research
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Community and Social Services
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Community Intervention and Leadership
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Family Studies and Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - General
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Gerontology
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Global Social Services
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Higher Education
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Human Services Nonprofit Administration
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Mental Health Facilitation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Military Families and Culture
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Social Policy Analysis and Planning
  • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology - Human Resource Management
  • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology - International Business
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Human Services Nonprofit Admin
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Social Policy & Analysis & Planning
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Administration & Leadership
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Adult Development & Gerontology
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Child & Adolescent Development
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Health & Human Development
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - International Perspectives in Developmental Psychology
  • PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology - Evidence-Based Coaching
  • PhD in Human & Social Services - Public Health (Fast Track)
  • PhD in Human and Social Services Bachelor's Entry (Fast Track) - Public Health
Walden University
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Career Counseling
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Military Social Work
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work in Healthcare
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work with Children & Families
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Cybercrimes
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Family Violence
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Military
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Police Psychology
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Self-Design
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Sex Offenders Behavior
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Terrorism
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Victimology
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Community Intervention and Leadership
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Gerontology
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Mental Health Facilitation
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Military Families and Culture
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - General
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Community and Social Services
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Global Social Services
Walden University
  • DBA - Industrial/Organization Psychology
  • PhD - Therapy with Military Families
  • PhD - Medical Family Therapy
  • PhD - General Family Therapy
  • PhD - Couple Therapy
  • PhD - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • PhD - Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • PhD - Health Psychology
  • PhD - General Psychology
  • PhD - Gender Diversity Studies
  • PhD - Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • PhD - Addictions
  • PhD - Gerontology
  • PhD - Trauma and Disaster Relief
  • DMFT - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • DMFT - Couple Therapy
  • DMFT - General Family Therapy
  • DMFT - Medical Family Therapy
  • DMFT - Mental Health Administration
  • DMFT - Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship
  • DMFT - Therapy with Military Families
Northcentral University
  • MAPsy - Gender Diversity Studies
  • MAPsy - General Psychology
  • Master of Arts - Marriage & Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Couple Therapy
  • MAMFT - General Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Medical Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Military Family Therapy
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology
  • Master of Science in Health Psychology
  • Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Northcentral University
  • Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Lamar University
  • MS Psychology
  • MS Psychology: Forensic Psychology
  • MS Psychology: Child and Developmental Psychology
  • MS Psychology: Industrial & Organizational Psychology
Southern New Hampshire University - Online
  • BA Psychology
  • BA Psychology: Addictions
  • BA Psychology: Applied Psychology
  • BA Psychology: Child & Adolescent Development
  • BA Psychology: Forensic Psychology
  • BA Psychology: Mental Health
  • BA Psychology: Social Psychology
  • BA Human Services
  • BA Human Services: Child and Family Services
  • BA Human Services: Substance Abuse
Southern New Hampshire University - Online
  • BS - Human Services
Colorado State University - Global