Licensing Boards

Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners


The State of South Dakota requires a specific professional examination per license type:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) requires the National Counselor Exam (NCE) provided by NBCC.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH) requires the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) provided by NBCC.
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) requires the Examination in Marital & Family Therapy provided by AAMFTRB.

LPC and LPC-MH Candidates: A South Dakota license-trainee for either the LPC or LPC-MH is eligible to take the specific examination at any time during their training process by applying directly with NBCC.

The two test centers are located in Rapid City and Sioux Falls.
Examination dates are available Monday - Saturday the first full week each month.

The Board will not be involved in the examination process. The Board will only receive score reports under certain conditions, such as, if you took your exam at an computerized exam center and indicated you wanted your scores sent to the SD office.  You can call or email the office to determine whether your scores are already on file.

LMFT Candidates: An exam candidate has a choice of taking the National Examination before or after their supervised training requirements. Taking the exam before the training requires completion of an Application for National Examination and Plan of Supervision among other requirements.

If a candidate is near completion of supervised training requirements, they must contact the Board office at 605-331-2927 or for the examination dates and registration materials.