Clinical Professional Counselors


The information below applies to all individuals who are submitting Applications for a Clinical Professional Counselor's License.

    General Licensing Information

    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 Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and to oversee the ethical conduct of MFTs and MFT-Interns in the State of Nevada.

    Clinical Professional Counselors (CPC) Licensing

    NRS 641A.231 empowers the Board to examine candidates based on their knowledge of Clinical Professional Counseling literature

    Each applicant must furnish evidence satisfactory 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
    • 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).

    Applicant Submittal Responsibilities

    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.

    Exam

    Pursuant to NRS 641A.231 (5) each qualified applicant for a license to practice clinical professional counseling must furnish evidence to the Board that they have passed the National Certified Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) examination given by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) in order to demonstrate his or her knowledge of clinical professional counseling.

    An applicant for CPC licensure or Interim Permit holders must take such examination for the first time at any time after receipt of their eligible application and before the expiration of his license as a CPC-Intern or Interim Permit. The Board shall accept receipt of an official copy of a qualified applicant’s passing score from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), who creates and administers the examination, to meet testing requirements.

    Pursuant to  NAC 641A.156 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 the examination, before they may be licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor.

    Deadlines for Application to Take Any Given Exam

    Computerized examinations are administered in the first full two weeks of each month by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Eligible Interim Permit holders and licensed interns may submit an Exam Request Form to request to have their name submitted to sit for the exam.

    Licensing Procedure

    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.

    Interview

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

    Applications & Forms


    Provisions

    License Applications

    Background Check

    Download the Background Check Procedure with your application and follow the instructions in the links given in the letter.

      Other MFT & CPC Forms

      Special Considerations