Getting Licensed

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

  • Complete a Master’s degree, including a 1000 hour pre-master's practicum and internship and consists of at least 60 credit hours in the 11 required content areas.
  • Register with the Florida Board as an MHC Intern. Click here to get more information.
  • Begin the two-year post-masters clinical 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). For more information, please click here to download the NCMHE Candidate Handbook.
  • From the Board approved CEUs provider, complete (1) an eight-hour Laws and Rules course and submit the original certificate of completion to the Board; and (2) a two-hour Prevention of Medical Errors course and submit a copy of the certificate of completion to the Board.
  • Complete an application for licensure. Click here to download the Licensure Application.

Note

Please review the laws and rules to determine eligibility. The laws and rules can be found on our website at http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/licensing/licensed-mental-health-counselor/ and clicking on “Statutes and Rules”, Mental Health Counseling s. 491.005(4), F.S., and Rule Chapter 64B4, F.A.C.