Licensing Boards

Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners

Frequently Asked Questions

Can people be counselors without a license?
No.  No one is allowed by law to do professional counseling for a fee without a mental health license or if they fall into these categories as outlined in this statute.

Is the information I hear in my agency or from my peers accurate information about licensing?
Only the licensing board office has the most current and accurate information.

How do I get the LPC?
Basically, you must have at least a 48 Master’s degree in counseling from an accredited institution, have an approved Plan of Supervision on file, complete 2000 hours post-graduate supervised experience, 100 hours supervision with a board approved supervisor, and pass the National Counselor Examination. Click here to view more information.

How do I get the LPC-MH?
Basically, you must have at least a 48 Master’s degree in counseling from an accredited institution, have an approved Plan of Supervision on file, complete 2000 hours post-graduate supervised experience, 100 hours supervision with a board approved supervisor, and pass the National Counselor Examination. Click here to view more information.

How do I get the LMFT?
Basically, you must have at least a 48 Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from an accredited institution, have an approved Plan of Supervision on file, complete 1700 hours post-graduate supervised experience, 200 hours supervision with a board approved supervisor, and pass the Marital and Family Therapy Examination. Click here to view more information.

How do I get the QMHP?
It is not in this Board’s jurisdiction. Contact Community Behavioral Health Services in Pierre at 605-773-3123.

How do I reach the South Dakota Social Work or Psychology board?
Contact their board in Spearfish at 605-642-1600.

How do I file a complaint against a counselor?
First, either go the List of Licensees on our website  to see if the counselor is licensed or call the board office to determine whether they hold our license.  If the counselor is one of our licensees, go to this link to file a complaint.
 
How do I know whether the continuing education program I want to attend is approved to meet my renewal requirements?
Look in the promotional material for the mention of approval entities like NBCC, APA, NASW, CRCC, AAMFT, AMA PRA, JCAHO, or BCE. If still in question, call the  program sponsor and ask whether they have the required approval. Click here for more information.

Can I attend a seminar and ask the Board for approval afterwards?
Yes. If you submit the form, required information and fee within 30 days after the continuing education program, the Board will consider approval of the individual counselor's request for continuing education hours. Click here for more information.

What if I don't renew my license on time?
There's an automatic $50 late penalty for each license type held.