Licensing Boards

Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners

Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH)

No hours can count towards the LPC-MH license without prior approval of the plan. The application should not be completed or submitted until all the licensing requiremetns ahve been met and an applicant is ready for licensure review/consideration.

The LPC-MH application requires completion and a non-refundable $100 fee paid before licensure consideration. After approval, the applicant pays $75 initial license fee. The initial license fee is not prorated.

Licenses are renewed annually for $75 by December 31. A license not renewed by January 1 carries a $50 penalty in addition to the renewal fee and should be sent along with the renewal form.

Forty hours of approved continuing education is required biennially for renewal each odd-numbered year.

The NBCC National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) is required for Licensed Professional Counselors-Mental Health.

The Examination is computer-based.  If you have not taken the NCMHCE, you must contact the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).  You must also request an official score report be sent to the SD Board office after obtaining a passing score.

The LPC-MH must abide by the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.