Licensing Boards

Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners

Licensing Professional Counselor (LPC)

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

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

Licenses are renewed annually for $100 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 Counselor Examination (NCE) is required for Licensed Professional Counselors.

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

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