Getting Licensed

To get licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida, follow these steps:

  • Complete a Master’s degree, including at least 1000 hours of pre-master's supervised clinical practicum and internship and consists of at least 60 credit hours in the 12 required content areas.
  • Register with the Florida Board as an MHC Intern. For more information, please click on the following link:
  • Begin the two-year post-master's supervised experience in mental health counseling. Make sure to use the following guidelines:
    • Two years' experience is defined as 1500 direct client contact hours and 100 hours of supervision.
    • The hours must be completed over two years, no less than 100 weeks (i.e. they may not be completed in one year, but may be completed in more than 2 years).
    • These hours must be completed in a mental health setting where there is a licensed mental health counselor (or the equivalent) on staff.
  • Register for and take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHE). More information about the NCMHCE can be found in the NCMHE Handbook.
  • From the Board approved CEUs provider, complete (1) an eight-hour Laws and Rules course, (2) a three-hour course on Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and (3) a two-hour Domestic Violence course.
  • Complete an application for licensure.


Please review the laws and rules to determine eligibility. The laws and rules can be found on our website at and clicking on “Statutes and Rules”, Mental Health Counseling s. 491.005(4), F.S., and Rule Chapter 64B4, F.A.C.