New Jersey LPC Requirements

Counselor Licensing Requirements in New Jersey

Counselor Licensing Requirements New Jersey are important to consider when pursuing a role as a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. We want to provide you with timely information regarding receiving the licensing you need to properly practice counseling in New Jersey.

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Professional counselors in New Jersey have many different options when it comes to credentials. You can be a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) by finishing all the required shcooling and passing state license exams you’ll become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) after you’ve successfully completed your practice requirements. You may also be granted special credentials if you meet other requirements.

New Jersey LPC Requirements

New Jersey Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

After acceptable documentation of the satisfaction of the LPC educational and examination requirements, an individual may be granted licensure as an Associate Counselor to practice counseling under the direct supervision of an LPC or a supervisor acceptable to the committee.

New Jersey Counselor Education Requirements

Minimum of 60 graduate semester hours which includes a master’s degree in counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (45 of the 60 graduate semester hours must be distributed in 8 of the 9 defined course content areas).

As of April 20, 2006, an acceptable graduate degree means that the word “counseling” or the word “counselor” appears in the title of the graduate degree awarded and that the institution offering the degree states in the catalog or in another format acceptable to the committee that the purpose of the graduate degree is to prepare students for the professional practice of counseling.

New Jersey Counselor Experiential Requirements

LCMHC
Already holds an LPC Certification by the Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors, or any successor thereto; passage of a comprehensive qualifying examination prepared by the Academy; evidence satisfactory to the committee that the clinical mental health counselor has satisfied the continuing education requirements of the committee; and, evidence satisfactory to the committee that certification of the clinical mental health counselor has been renewed by the Academy.

2 years/3,000 of post-master’s degree supervised field experience, 100 hours of face-to-face supervision.

LPC
3 years of full-time supervised counseling experience in a professional counseling setting, 1 year of which may be obtained prior to the granting of the master’s degree.

1 year/1,500 hours of experience may be eliminated by substituting 30 graduate semester hours beyond the master’s degree. In no case may an applicant have less than 1 year of post-
master’s supervised work experience.

New Jersey Counseling Exams Required

NCE

Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed as a professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychologist, clinical social worker, physician practicing in the field of psychiatry, or any other supervisor acceptable to the Committee who has qualifications similar to these licensed professionals.

Requirements for Out of State Applicants

Licensure to practice counseling or rehabilitation counseling may be granted to any person who at the time of the application is licensed or certified by an agency located in another jurisdiction, if in the opinion of the Committee the requirements of that credential are substantially equivalent. Contact the Committee for out-of-state application requirements.

Scope of Practice

“PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING SERVICES” means the application of mental health and human development principles in order to facilitate human development and adjustment throughout the lifespan; clinically assess and evaluate mental, emotional, and associated distresses which interfere with mental health and development; conduct assessments and evaluations for the purpose of establishing goals and objectives; and plan, implement, and evaluate counseling interventions.

Salary Expectations for Counselors in New Jersey

Counselors in the state of New Jersey are rewarded well for the great service that they provide to the people that live there. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a counselor in New Jersey will earn a median salary between $48,350 and $90,520 per year.

Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in New Jersey, visit our How to Become a Counselor in New Jersey 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 about LPC Requirements in New Jersey

NJ Board of Marriage & Family Therapy Examiners Professional Counselor Examiners Committee
P.O. Box 45007
Newark, NJ 07101
973-504-6415
http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/mft/Pages/default.aspx

LPC Initial License fee:
$250 if applying during 1st year of biennial renewal
$125 if applying during 2nd year of biennial renewal

LAC Initial License fee:
$180 if applying during 1st year of biennial renewal
$90 if applying during 2nd year of biennial renewal

Sources:
http://web.oru.edu
http://njpublicsafety.com
http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/

Schooling Information for Counselors in New Jersey

  • 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
  • M.A. Forensic Psychology
  • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
  • M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Ph.D. International Psychology
  • M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis
  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Chicago School - Washington D.C.
  • 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