Wisconsin Counselor Licensing Requirements
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Licensed Professional Counselor and Professional Counselor Trainee are the two levels that you need to look at for licensing requirements in Wisconsin.
Credentialing as a Licensed Professional Counselor entails a suitable education, the successful completion of two examinations, and a residency, or period of administered practice.
Wisconsin Counselor Credential Titles
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor Trainee
An applicant who has completed the degree requirements but not the supervised experience; valid for 48 months.
Wisconsin Counselor Educational Requirements
Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling, or equivalent program approved by the board, from a regionally accredited institution that includes a minimum of 42 semester hours (or 63 quarter hours).
3 semester hours of Counseling Theories and 3 semester hours of a supervised counseling practicum are required.
Wisconsin Counselor Experiential Requirements
2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s supervised professional counseling practice, including 1,000 hours of face-to-face client contact.
Supervision must include one hour per week of face-to-face supervision and must be provided by a board approved mental health professional.
Wisconsin Counselor Exam Required
NCE, CRCE, or equivalent exam approved by the board
Wisconsin Jurisprudence Exam
Wisconsin Requirements for Clinical Supervisors
Wisconsin LPC Doctoral degree in professional counseling or an LPC who has practiced for at least 5 years, or a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, or a supervisor who is approved in advance by the board.
Wisconsin Requirements for Out of State Applicants
Licensure by reciprocity: Upon application and payment of the fee, the board may grant a professional counselor license to any individual who holds a similar certificate or license in another state or territory of the United States and who passes an examination approved by the board that tests knowledge of state law relating to professional counseling, if the board determines that the requirements for obtaining the certificate or license in the other state or territory are substantially equivalent to Wisconsin’s requirements.
Wisconsin Scope of Practice
“PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means applying a combination of human development, rehabilitation and either psychosocial or psychotherapeutic principles, procedures or services that integrate a wellness, pathology and multicultural model of human behavior in order to assist an individual, couple, family, group of individuals, organization, institution or community to achieve
mental, emotional, physical, social, moral, educational, spiritual, vocational or career development and adjustment through the life span of the individual, couple, family, group of individuals, organization, institution or community.
Salary Expectations in Wisconsin
Wisconsin counselors find fulfillment in their jobs in multiple ways. Counseling in the state of Wisconsin allows those who practice it to better those around them, while bringing home a good living for their own families. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a general counselor in Wisconsin earns between $35,740 and $62,360 per year.
Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Wisconsin, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Wisconsin page for a more detailed look into the steps you will need to take to make your dream of becoming a counselor a reality.
WI Examining Board of Marriage & Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, and Social Workers
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708
Application and Initial Licensure fee: $147 (includes $57 state law exam fee)
Professional Counselor Training License: $75