LPC

Fully licensed professional counselors in Colorado are known as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs).  The Colorado State Board of Professional Counselor Examiners regulates LPCs in the state. LPCs generally utilize the LPCC credential while working towards their LPC post-graduation.

Applying for your LPC

The process of applying for your LPC is completed online. To begin this process once the requirements are met, or to find our more information, click here.

Post-Degree Requirements

  • Pay the Required Fee: You must pay the $70 application processing fee with a credit card or electronic check to complete the application process. All fees are non-refundable and are subject to change.
  • Verify successful completion of the Jurisprudence Exam: You must take and pass the Colorado Mental Health
    Profession’s Jurisprudence Examination, which is available online. For information and instructions on completing this examination, click here

After completing the exam, follow the instructions on your Passing Results Report (you must affix your handwritten signature and date on this Results Report). You must upload a copy of your signed and dated Passing Results Report at the time of application. If you are unable to provide this, you will not be able to complete and submit your application online.

If you do not pass the Jurisprudence Exam, follow the instruction on your Failing Results Report. There is a 10 day wait period between the date of your last testing attempt and enrollment to re-test. You must remit a new test fee to the test vendor for each re-test attempt.

  • If you were educated outside the United States, you must obtain an education review from ONE of the below entities before applying:

  • Complete the Affidavit of Eligibility: You will be asked during the online application to attest to and provide information that you are lawfully present in the United States or otherwise eligible to work here. You may be
    required to upload documentation of your lawful presence.

  • Provide your Social Security Number or an Affidavit: As of January 1, 2009, a Social Security Number is required for all licensees. Exceptions are made for foreign nationals not physically present in the United States and for non-immigrants in the United States on student visas who do not have a Social Security Number. These applicants must submit a signed Social Security Number Affidavit in lieu of a Social Security Number. The Social Security Number Affidavit is available on the Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) website:
    www.colorado.gov/dora/DPO_Update_Contact.

  • Provide Name Change Documentation (if applicable): If you already have another type of license in Colorado and your name has since changed, you are presenting documentation for licensure with a previous name, or if any required documentation has a different name on it, you will be required to upload proof of your name change.

  • List and verify other Licenses: You will be asked to list ALL licenses you hold or have held to practice professional counseling or a related profession. It is preferred that you provide scanned copy verification from the other state or jurisdiction website at the time of application. Otherwise, arrange for verification to be sent to the Office of Licensing –- LPC Licensure (1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202). The verification must indicate whether or not you have ever had disciplinary action taken against that license/registration.

  • Answer the Screening Questions: You will be asked a series of screening questions related to your criminal history or complaints filed against you in other jurisdictions (if applicable). This may require you to upload court documents or other material. Please review DPO’s information regarding the disclosure of criminal history contained within these instructions.

  • Complete a Healthcare Professions Profiling Program (HPPP): You will be asked a series of questions concerning your practice during your online application. This profile is required for healthcare professionals in Colorado. Your Healthcare Professions Profile is an ongoing responsibility; you must update your profile online within 30 days of changes and/or reportable events. As you complete your profile, please read the instructions carefully. For more information visit: www.colorado.gov/dora/HPPP or call 303-894-5942.

Licensure By Examination

Generally used by LPCC's applying for their LPC after completing the post-degree requirements list above.

Application Requirements

  • Provide your official transcript(s): You must provide *official transcript(s) demonstrating your master’s degree
    from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
    (CACREP) to the Office of Licensing – LPC Licensure (dora_dpo_mentalhealthlicensing@state.co.us OR 1560
    Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202). You will not be authorized to take the National Board for Certified
    Counselors (NBCC) examination until your transcript(s) is received. For further information on CACREP or to see if your program is CACREP-approved, visit: www.cacrep.org.

If your degree was not CACREP-approved at the time of graduation, you must obtain an *education review from the Center for Credential and Education (CCE) to determine if your education is equivalent to a CACREP-approved program: Provide your CCE education review: If your education is found to be equivalent to a CACREP-approved program, you must arrange for CCE to submit your Education Approval Letter. If your education is not found to be equivalent to a CACREP-approved program then you do not qualify for licensure. For further information or to request an education review, visit: www.cce-global.org.

*You will not be authorized to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) until your transcript(s) from a CACREP accredited program –OR- an approval letter from CCE is received.

*You may access the Post-Degree Experience and Supervision Form on Applications and Forms webpage:
www.colorado.gov/dora/Professional_Counselor_Applications_Docs.

  • Pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE): You must have taken and passed the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) examination. Please contact NBCC to have official verification of your scores sent directly to the Office of Licensing – LPC Licensure (1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202). For further information or to request official verification of your scores, visit NBCC’s website: www.nbcc.org/Exam

Licensure By Endorsement

Generally used by those currently licensed in another state and are seeking portability.

Application Requirements

  • Hold a Current License: You must hold a current and unrestricted license, in good standing, to practice professional counseling in another state, territory or foreign country. You will need to provide verification of licensure from all states you are/were licensed. It is preferred that you provide scanned copy verification from the other state or jurisdiction website at the time of application. Otherwise, arrange for verification to be sent to the Office of Licensing – LPC Licensure (1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202). The verification must indicate whether or not you have ever had disciplinary action taken against that license/registration.
  • Provide your official transcript(s): You must provide official transcript(s) demonstrating your master’s degree and conferral date to the Office of Licensing – LPC Licensure (dora_dpo_mentalhealthlicensing@state.co.us OR 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202). Your application will not be processed until your transcript(s) is received. Attest to an Examination: You must have passed an examination, the content of which tested your competence to practice professional counseling, including special knowledge and skills in psychotherapy.
  • Additionally, you must attest to ONE of the following:
    • Attest to Post-Degree Supervised Experience: You must attest that you have at least two years of post-master’s experience or one year of post-doctoral practice in psychotherapy or professional counseling under supervision prior to licensure in the jurisdiction through which you were originally license; -OR-
    • Attest to Active Practice: You must attest that you have practiced professional counseling for at least two years immediately preceding submission of your application. Active practice means you were engaged in the practice of professional counseling for at least 20 hours per week for the entire time you were engaged in the practice, with no more than a six month absence from practice). If hours spent in the practice were spent teaching professional counseling, refer to Rule 12(6)(A) on the Laws, Rules and Policies webpage for further information: www.colorado.gov/dora/Professional_Counselor_Laws.