Michigan Licensure Requirements

Credential Title(s)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC)
A limited license is issued to those who have not yet completed the 3,000 hour supervised counseling experience; valid for one year and may be renewed.


Educational Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling from a program that reflects the CACREP curriculum, including a minimum of 48 semester hours and a 600 clock hour internship.


Experiential Requirements

2 years/3,000 hours of post-degree supervised counseling experience. To include a minimum 100 hours under the immediate physical presence of the supervisor. Supervision must be under an LPC. 

For persons with 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours beyond the master's degree:
1 year/1,500 hours post-degree supervised experience. To include a minimum of 50 hours under the immediate physical presence of the supervisor. Supervision must be under an LPC.

*Supervisors of LLPCs are required to have training in supervision.


Exam Required



Continuing Education and Renewal Requirements

Clinical Supervisor Requirements

Licensed as a professional counselor with training in the function of supervision.

Effective January 1, 2013: minimum  3 years of practice; completed  supervision training - shall include both (a) Include 1 of the following as specialized training: (i) 2 semester hours of graduate credit in training in counseling supervision.  (ii) 30 contact hours of workshop training in counseling supervision. 


Licensure by Reciprocity and Portability

An applicant for a professional counselor or professional clinical counselor license by endorsement shall submit a completed application on a form provided by the Department, together with the requisite fee.  If an applicant has been licensed in another state, and has been engaged in the practice of counseling for a minimum of 5 years before the date of filing an application for Michigan licensure, the applicant may apply by endorsement.  Completed license verification forms must be sent directly to the Michigan Board from every state in which the applicant has ever been licensed.


Scope of Practice

PRACTICE OF COUNSELING or COUNSELING means the rendering to individuals, groups, families, organizations, or the general public a service involving the application of clinical counseling principles, methods, or procedures for the purpose of achieving social, personal, career, and emotional development and with the goal of promoting and enhancing healthy self-actualizing and satisfying lifestyles whether the services are rendered in an educational, business, health, private practice, or human services setting. The practice of counseling does not include the practice of psychology except for those preventive techniques, counseling techniques, or behavior modification techniques for which the licensed professional counselor or limited licensed counselor has been specifically trained. The practice of counseling does not include the practice of medicine such as prescribing drugs or administering electroconvulsive therapy. 

“COUNSELING PRINCIPLES, METHODS, OR PROCEDURES” means a developmental approach that systematically assists an individual through the application of any of the following procedures: 
Evaluation and appraisal techniques. As used in this subparagraph, “appraisal techniques” means selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting instruments and procedures designed to assess an individual's aptitudes, interests, attitudes, abilities, achievements, and personal characteristics for developmental purposes and not for psychodiagnostic purposes.

  1. Exploring alternative solutions.
  2. Developing and providing a counseling plan for mental and emotional development.
  3. Guidance.
  4. Psychoeducational consulting.
  5. Learning theory.
  6. Individual and group techniques emphasizing prevention.
  7. Counseling techniques.
  8. Behavioral modification techniques.
  9. Referrals. As used in this subparagraph, referral includes determining the need for referral to 1 or more statutorily regulated mental health professionals whose expertise, skills, and competence are appropriate to the problems of the individual, informing the individual of the referral, and communicating as appropriate with the professional to whom the individual has been referred.

“COUNSELING TECHNIQUES” means the application of basic counseling and psychotherapy skills and theories in the counseling process in order to do all of the following:

  1. Establish and maintain the counseling relationship.
  2. Diagnose and identify the problem.
  3. Formulate a preventive, treatment, or rehabilitative plan.
  4. Facilitate appropriate interventions.


MI Board of Counseling

P.O. Box 30670 Lansing, MI 48909
Phone:  517/335-0918
Fax:  517/373-2179
LPC License: $115 LLPC License: $80
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Renewal Requirements

Every 3 years
Not Required
May 31
Last Updated:  01/01/2016
Last Reviewed:  01/01/2016
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