Puerto Rico Licensure Requirements

Credential Title(s)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Professional Counselor with Provisional License (PCPL)

Person who is granted a temporary/provisional authorization by the board to offer counseling services under supervision to meet the experience requirement; valid for 3 years.


Educational Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in counseling from an institution accredited by the Council of Higher Education of Puerto Rico—45 credit hours required.

Specific coursework required in 8 out of 10 areas.


Experiential Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 500 hours post-master’s practice supervised by a Certified Mentor.

Upon approval of the exam required, the board shall issue a provisional license.



Exam Required




Continuing Education and Renewal Requirements

Clinical Supervisor Requirements

Licensed as a professional counselor and certified by the board as a Certified Mentor to supervise those who wish to obtain licensure.


Licensure by Reciprocity and Portability

The board will offer a license to a person that possesses a professional counselor license in another jurisdiction that qualifies, if the person has completed requirements that are equal to or greater than those established by Law Number 147.  The board will not offer a license by reciprocity to an applicant that is under investigation in another geographical jurisdiction, by the accusation of an act that could constitute a violation of Law Number 147. 


Scope of Practice

“PRACTICE OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” refers to dedicating oneself to exercising the profession by way of the use of methods and strategies that include, but are not limited to:

  1. Counseling, which signifies the process of helping, which occurs through an instant personal relationship in which one utilizes theories, principles, methods, and strategies based on scientific knowledge to promote the integral well-being of the people.
  2. Evaluation, which signifies the selection, administration, and interpretation of developed tools for evaluating personal characteristics and the utilization of technical methods for observation, measurement, and understanding human behavior in relation to the way to confront, adapt to, and alter life situations.
  3. Consultation, which signifies the application of theories, principles, and scientific processes of counseling and human development to provide help and understand and resolve the real or potential situations that a person creates in relation to another person or a group or organization.
  4. Referral, which signifies the recommendation to consult other specialists, after having identified and evaluated the needs of a client in order to determine the convenience of having verbal consultation and the coordination with the chosen specialist.
  5. Investigation, which signifies the systematic work of compilation, analysis, and interpretation of information or data using scientific, quantitative, or qualitative methods to describe the social characteristics, the behavior, and the interactions between people or organizations.



PR Office of Regulation and Certification of Health Professionals Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors

P.O. Box 10200 Santurce, PR 00908-0200
Phone:  787/782-8980 ext. 6602
Fax:  787/724-2971
LPC License: $30 PCPL License: $30
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Renewal Requirements

Every 3 years
Anniversary Date
Last Updated:  01/01/2016
Last Reviewed:  01/01/2016
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