Utah Counselor Licensing RequirementsCounselor licensing requirements in Utah can be stringent, but with the right dedication and focus, you can make your counseling goals a reality.
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Utah Counselor Credential TitlesLicensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) Licensed Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LACMHC) Credential required before starting the supervised experience requirement; valid for 3 years.
Utah Counselor Educational Requirements
Master’s degree or higher in mental health counseling from a CACREP accredited program, including a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) in specific coursework. A minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 ½ quarter hours of a practicum. A minimum of 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of an internship.
Utah Counselor Experiential RequirementsMust already possess the LACMHC 4,000 hours of post-master’s supervised professional counseling experience. 1,000 hours must be supervised experience in mental health therapy. 100 hours of face-to-face supervision required. Supervision must be under a licensed mental health therapist on site on with a contract.
Utah Counselor Exam RequiredNCE, NCMHCE, and the Utah Professional Counselor Law, Rules and Ethics Exam
Utah Requirements for Clinical SupervisorsUtah LPC Licensed as a professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, or registered psychiatric mental health nurse specialist, for a minimum of 2 years. Supervisor must be on site and/or have a contract with the site.
Utah Requirements for Out of State ApplicantsTo qualify for licensure by endorsement, an applicant must document that he/she is currently licensed in good standing in another state and has been actively engaged in the lawful practice of professional counseling, including mental health therapy, for not less than 4,000 hours during the three (3) years immediately preceding the application for licensure in Utah. The applicant for licensure must also document a passing score on the Utah Professional Counselor Laws, Rules, and Ethics Examination.
Utah Scope of Practice“PRACTICE OF CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING” means the practice of mental health therapy by means of observation, description, evaluation, interpretation, intervention, and treatment to effect modification of human behavior by the application of generally recognized clinical mental health counseling principles, methods, and procedures for the purpose of preventing, treating, or eliminating mental or emotional illness or dysfunction, symptoms of any of these, or maladaptive behavior.Your License You will renew your license every two years. During each licensing renewal period, you will need to complete 40 hours of continuing education. At least six of those hours must be in law or ethics.
Salary and Career OutlookTypically, the average counselor in the state of Utah takes home between $34,100 and $64,760 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Utah, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Utah page for a more detailed look into the steps you will need to take to make your dream of becoming a counselor a reality. State Information UT Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing P.O. Box 146741 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741 801/530-7632 801/530-6511 (fax) Bureau Manager Dane Ishihara CONTACT: [email protected] WEBSITE: http://dopl.utah.gov/index.html LPC Application fee: $120 CPC Intern Application fee: $85