North Dakota LPC Requirements

Counselor Licensing Requirements in North Dakota involve a particular set of guidelines. We want to ensure that you have timely and relevant information. Counselor licensing requirements in North Dakota are specific, but with diligence and commitment, you can make it happen.

North Dakota Counselor Licensing Requirements

North Dakota licenses its counselors at 3 levels.
  • At the beginning of your career, you’re credentialed will be of a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC).
  • Next you can become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
  • After that, you may decide to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor or LPCC. An LPCC is a specialty designation. You will need to first become an LPC.
The following information is organized to assist you in understanding counselor licensure in North Dakota. If you have questions, contact the North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners (NDBCE) at: [email protected].

North Dakota Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor(LPCC) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Full professional license after LAPC criteria are met and supervised experience has been completed.

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North Dakota LPC Requirements Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) A two-year license allows for the completion of the supervised experience. A two-year plan of supervision and passage of the NCE is required.

North Dakota Counselor Educational Requirements

LPCC – Master’s degree in counseling from an accredited college or university, including 60 semester hours, core clinical coursework (a minimum of 15 contact hours in each of 3 categories determined by the board), and 800 hours of clinical training in a supervised practicum and internship. LPC/LAPC – Master’s degree in counseling or closely related field from an accredited college or university, including 48 semester hours and specific core counseling coursework within the master’s degree.

*60 semester hours will be required beginning in 2017.

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North Dakota Counselor Experiential Requirements

LPCC – Must already possess the 1st-level LPC credential; and 2 years/3,000 hours of post-masters supervised clinical counseling experience in a clinical setting. Experience to include 100 hours of direct supervision (60 hours must be individual, face-to-face supervision) by a board-approved supervisor. LPC – 400 hours of direct client counseling contact during the 2-year LAPC supervisory period. Experience to include 100 hours of direct supervision (60 hours must be individual, face-to-face supervision) by a board-approved supervisor.

North Dakota Counseling Exams Required

LPCC NCMHCE and a videotaped clinical counseling session of at least 30 minutes LPC/LAPC NCE

North Dakota Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed as a professional clinical counselor, psychiatrist, clinical or counseling psychologist, or other master’s level clinical counseling professional with credentials equal to or greater than the LPCC. *The board is currently establishing additional criteria for supervisors; please check their website for updated information.

North Dakota Requirements for Out of State Applicants

An applicant may be granted LPC reciprocity upon satisfactory proof to the board that the applicant is currently licensed as a licensed professional counselor under the laws of a state or territory of the United States that imposes requirements equal to or more stringent than this chapter. Currently, there is no reciprocity for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credential. Please contact the board for more information.

North Dakota Scope of Practice

“CLINICAL COUNSELING” means providing clinical mental health counseling services involving the application of principles of human development, learning theory, psychotherapy, group dynamics, and the etiology of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior to individuals, couples, families, and groups for the purpose of promoting optimal mental health, dealing with normal problems of living, and treating psychopathic disorders. Clinical counseling includes diagnosis and treatment of emotional and mental disorders; psycho-educational techniques aimed at the prevention of emotional and mental disorders; consultations to individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations, and communities; and clinical research into more effective psycho-therapeutic modalities. “COUNSELING” means the application of human development and mental health principles in a therapeutic process and professional relationship to assist individuals, couples, families, and groups in achieving more effective emotional, mental, marital, family, and social or educational development and adjustment. The goals of professional counseling are to: a. Facilitate human development and adjustment throughout the life span; b. Prevent, assess, and treat emotional, mental, or behavioral disorder and distress which interferes with mental health; c. Conduct assessments for the purpose of establishing treatment goals and objectives; and d. Plan, implement, and evaluate treatment plans using professional counseling strategies and interventions.

North Dakota Counselor Salary Outlook

North Dakota is a great place to pursue a counseling career, with the average counselor in the state earning between $43,060 and $55,250 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in North Dakota, visit our How to Become a Counselor in North Dakota 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 North Dakota

ND Board of Counselor Examiners 2112 10th Avenue SE Mandan, ND 58554 701-667-5969 LPCC License: $150 LPC License: $100 LAPC License: $150 It is also a great idea to join professional organizations such as the North Dakota Counseling Association and the North Dakota School Counselor Association.