CPC Qualifications to Apply

The Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors was created for the protection of the public. The Board is empowered under the Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) Chapter 641A to set minimum standards for licensing of Clinical Professional Counselors (CPCs) and to oversee the ethical conduct of CPCs and CPC Interns in the State of Nevada. The NRS 641A.231 empowers the Board to examine candidates based on their knowledge of Clinical Professional Counseling literature. Each applicant must furnish evidence to the Board that he/she:

    • is at least 21 years of age
    • is of good moral character
    • is a citizen of the United States, or is lawfully entitled to remain and work in the United States;
    • has;
      • completed his residency training in psychiatry from a regionally accredited college, university or institution approved by the Board or
      • a graduate Mental Health degree from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a program in mental health counseling or community counseling or
      • An acceptable degree as determined by the Board which includes the completion of a practicum and internship in mental health counseling which was taken concurrently with the degree program and was supervised by a licensed mental health professional; and
    • has
      • At least 2 years of postgraduate experience practicing professional counseling and;
      • At least 3,000 hours of supervised experience in professional counseling, which includes, without limitation, 
      • at least 1,500 hours must consist of direct contact with clients and;
      • at least 100 hours of counseling under the direct supervision of an approved supervisor of which at least 1 one hour per week was completed for each work setting at which the applicant provided counseling; and
    • passed the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) which is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

      Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to submit all forms by the stated deadlines. Board members or staff is not responsible for soliciting these materials. This is the sole responsibility of the applicant. Exceptions cannot be made.


        Pursuant to NAC 641A (1)(d) each qualified applicant for a license to practice clinical professional counseling must pass the National Certified Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) examination given by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) in order to demonstrate his knowledge of clinical professional counseling. An applicant must take such examination for the first time at any time during his final semester of graduate study and before the expiration of his license as a CPC Intern. The Board shall accept receipt of an official copy of a passing grade by a qualified applicant on this examination.

          Clinical Professional Counselor Interns are eligible to sit for the written portion of the examination at any time prior to the end of the internship and must successfully pass an Academic Review and an in-person Interview with the Board before they may be licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor.

            Computerized Examinations

              Computerized examinations are administered in January, May and September of each year by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Eligible applicants and interns should make request to the Board in writing to have their name submitted for testing.

                Academic Review

                Upon receipt of all pertinent application data, an applicant’s file will be scheduled to undergo an Academic Review, where the academic and training information will be assessed in order to determine if the applicant’s academic coursework and training meet the Nevada requirements in the Academic Study Areas as outlined in regulations NAC 641A.085.

                  If the applicant does not have sufficient academic coursework, training or experience to meet Nevada requirements, the applicant will be notified in writing which study areas are deficient.

                    If an applicant has sufficient academic coursework, training or experience to meet Nevada requirements; and official transcripts are received by the Board showing the required conferred degree; and the required Background Check has been completed by the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); then the applicant will be schedule for an Interview with the Board. A delegation of the Board may form a committee to execute the interview of the applicant.

                      Board Interview

                      An interview with the Board may be required for an applicants before licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor, a Clinical Professional Counselor Intern or a Clinical Professional Counselor with an Interim Permit. An oral examination may be required in an interview with the Board before licensure. All applicants for Clinical Professional Counselor Intern or a Clinical Professional Counselor with an Interim Permit must have secured an Approved Primary Supervisor and submitted the Primary Supervision Form. The Clinical Professional Counselor Intern must have submitted the appropriate Internship Proposal form to the Board prior to the Interview.

                        Instructions, Applications & Forms

                        • Instructions for Clinical Professional Counselor License Application
                        • Clinical Professional Counselor License Application
                        • License Verification Form
                        • Experience Summarization form

                        Special Considerations

                        • Students in a Graduate Program
                        • Interim Permit