North Carolina Counseling License Requirements (2023)

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There are 17,150 professionals working as counselors in North Carolina with encouraging projected growth over the coming years.1-6 If you are interested in pursuing a counseling career, you will need to meet strict education and experience requirements and become licensed. This guide details the steps for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina as well as other common types of counseling licensure, job market information, and professional resources.

Table of Contents
How to Become a Counselor in North Carolina
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Licensing Process
Additional Counseling Careers and Licenses in North Carolina
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
School Counselor
Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS)
Other Professional Counseling Careers
North Carolina Counseling Career and Salary Information
Counseling Associations in North Carolina
Frequently Asked Questions

How to Become a Counselor in North Carolina

In North Carolina, most counseling professionals must have a master’s degree and be licensed by the appropriate state body. Various schools in North Carolina offer programs to help you meet this requirement, though programs located out of state may also meet state guidelines. There may also be other mandatory exams, training, and work experience requirements.

1. Decide which area of counseling to pursue.

To avoid wasting time and resources, you should think about what area of counseling fits your interests and skills. Each type of licensure has a different process, but there may be several pathways to each type of licensure. Choosing an area of focus before starting your education will help you reach your goal of counseling licensure faster.

2. Earn the degree(s) required for your counseling practice area.

To become a professional counselor in North Carolina, you will likely need a master’s degree, especially if you plan to provide clinical services. Licensed professional counselors must have a master’s degree with coursework in nine counseling-related areas; marriage and family therapists must have a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy or a closely related field; and school counselors must have a master’s degree in school counseling. The requirements for substance abuse counseling licensure vary. A high school diploma is the minimum requirement for general substance abuse counseling but a master’s degree is required to provide clinical substance abuse services.

3. Get licensed to practice counseling in North Carolina.

After earning your graduate degree, you will then apply for licensure through the correct state department or board. In North Carolina, professional counselors are licensed by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC). Marriage and family therapists are licensed by the North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Board. School counselors are licensed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, while substance abuse counselors are licensed by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Each type of licensure has different steps. Continue reading below to learn more about different types of North Carolina counseling licensure.

(Video) NC Licensed Professional Counselor Requirements


Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Licensing Process

Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in North Carolina offer assessment, counseling, consulting, and referral services related to mental health, developmental, and emotional disorders. For more about a career in professional counseling, read our mental health counselor career guide. An active professional counseling license issued by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) is required to practice in the state. For licensure, you will need a master’s degree with coursework in nine core areas, including assessment, group counseling, and human growth and development theories. The Board does not provide a list of approved programs but does state the program must be at least 60 credits and accredited by either a regional organization or recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program must also have at least three semester hours of both a supervised practicum and a supervised internship.

1. Pass the required exams.

North Carolina requires applicants to pass two exams before the first stage of counseling licensure. All applicants must pass the North Carolina LPCA Jurisprudence Exam, provided online by ContinuingEdCourses.Net. Study material is provided online. Applicants must also pass one of the National Counselor Examination (NCE), the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE), or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination (CRC). The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) provides exam preparation materials online for the NCE and NCMHCE exams and the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification offers a practice test.

2. Apply as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA).

The first stage of North Carolina counseling licensure is the Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) license. This is a restricted type of license that only allows you to gain counseling experience with appropriate supervision from a Board-approved mental health professional. The application is completed online through the Counselor Gateway or by paper application upon request. The application package includes the application form, transcripts sent directly from the institution, exam results, and a statement of supervision arrangements. All requirements must be met before the license will be issued, including a criminal background check to be completed by the Board. The application fee is $238 (as of August 2019), which includes the criminal background check fee.

3. Earn supervised experience.

After receiving your LPCA license, you will need to complete at least 3,000 hours of supervised professional counseling experience of which 2,000 must be direct client contact. You cannot log more than 40 hours per week. You must also receive at least 100 hours of supervision, including 75 hours of individual supervision. The supervisor must be Board-qualified by being either a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS) or having sufficient experience and training as deemed by the Board. More information can be found on the NCBLPC website.

4. Pass the North Carolina LPC Jurisprudence exam.

When you are close to completing the required experience and planning to submit your LPC application, you will need to take the LPC Jurisprudence exam offered by ContinuingEdCourses.Net. Jurisprudence exam scores must be current within six months of licensure application.

5. Apply for and receive your LPC license.

Once you have met all the requirements for LPC licensure, you can submit your application to the Board online or via paper application on request. Your application package will include the application form, transcripts, exam scores, a Professional Disclosure Statement, and a Verification of Supervised Professional Practice form. The Board will conduct a criminal background check on your behalf. The application fee, as of August 2019, is $238 including the background check fee. Your application status can be viewed online at any time and will be updated once a license has been issued. The Board also mails decision letters to applicants two to three weeks after a decision has been made.

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Professional Counselor Licensure by Endorsement in North Carolina

North Carolina does not currently have reciprocity agreements with other states. You may be eligible to apply for licensure by endorsement if you have an unrestricted license from another state for at least two years and meet certain experience requirements. To be eligible, you must have five years of full-time or eight years of part-time verifiable professional counseling experience in the last 10 years, including at least 2,500 hours of direct service delivery. You will need to submit exam scores from either the NCE, NCMHCE, or CRC and take the North Carolina LPC Jurisprudence exam. Applications can be submitted online or by paper application and the fee is $238 as of August 2019.

Counselor Licensing Renewal and Continuing Education Information

LPC licenses expire on June 30 and must be renewed every two years. License renewals can be completed online and cost $200 as of August 2019. Licensees are required to complete 40 contact hours of continuing education (CE) and re-take the Jurisprudence exam, which counts as five hours of CE. Lists of approved providers, content areas, and activities are available on the NCBLPC website. Renewal applicants will be chosen at random by the Board for audit to ensure continuing education requirements have been met.

Additional Counseling Careers and Licenses in North Carolina

Pathways to other types of counseling licensure in North Carolina will vary depending on the type of counseling you’d like to practice. Some other popular counseling career pathways are described below: licensed marriage and family therapists, school counselors, and substance abuse counselors.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

The North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Board (NCMFTB) issues licenses for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs). LMFTs provide specialized counseling and therapy services to individuals, couples, and families with social, emotional, and interpersonal challenges. Applicants must have at least a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy or a related degree with specific coursework in six core areas and a supervised practicum or internship from a regionally accredited college or university. All applications and checklists are available on the NCMFTB website to download. To obtain North Carolina LMFT licensure, follow these steps:

  • Register as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA).
  • Earn supervised experience.
  • Mail the LMFT application to the Board and request permission to take the AMFTB Exam.
  • Request and receive your LMFT license.

Learn more about licensed marriage and family therapy careers in our LMFT career guide.

School Counselor

School counselors prevent, identify, and address student achievement issues on an individual and school-wide basis and must be licensed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The Department considers school counselors to be special services personnel and requires prospective applicants to first meet the requirements for a Professional Educator’s Continuing License by completing a teacher preparation program and passing the necessary Praxis exams. To be eligible for school counseling licensure, a master’s degree in school counseling from a nationally-accredited university and a passing grade on the Praxis Professional School Counselor test are also required. The process of applying for school counseling licensure in North Carolina is:

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  • Earn a Professional Educator’s Continuing License.
  • Complete an approved master’s degree and pass the required exam.
  • Apply online for licensure.
  • Receive your license online.

More information about school counseling can be found in our school counseling career guide.

Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS)

North Carolina has a two-tier licensing system for substance abuse counselors issued by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). The Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) license is designed for applicants with at least a high school diploma. The Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) license is reserved for graduates with a master’s degree. LCASs are able to provide services in 12 core areas, including screening, treatment planning, case management, and crisis intervention, in an organizational setting or via independent practice. The Board also offers an additional license specifically for those working in law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections: the Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (Criminal Justice Addictions Professional) license, which requires a high school diploma or equivalent. There are multiple pathways to licensure with varying requirements, and it is not necessary to apply for CSAC licensure first if you meet the requirements for LCAS licensure. Additionally, the Board provides a list of approved programs in substance abuse counseling that allow candidates to skip the intern stage. The general steps to becoming an LCAS are:

  • Register as a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor Intern and complete the necessary work experience, if required.
  • Register as a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor Associate (LSACA).
  • Complete any additional work experience and training required in your pathway to licensure.
  • Pass the IC&RC Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor exam.
  • Apply for and receive your LCAS license online.

Other Substance Abuse Counseling Credentials Offered in North Carolina

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
  • Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJAP)
  • Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant (CSAPC)
  • Certified Substance Abuse Residential Facility Director (Non-IC&RC Credential)
  • Registered Clinical Supervisor Intern (CCS-I)

Discover more about substance abuse counseling careers in our substance abuse counseling career guide.

Other Professional Counseling Careers

Within the counseling profession, you will find there are many alternative subdisciplines as well. In addition to those mentioned above, some other counseling careers to consider are:

  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Gambling Counselor
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Youth Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Recreational Therapist

North Carolina Counseling Career and Salary Information

There are 17,150 counselors in North Carolina with over 80% working as substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors (7,780) and educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors (6,380).1-5 Counselors in North Carolina report average salaries between $39,500 and $54,320 with marriage and family therapists earning the top end of this range.1-5 Counselors in metropolitan areas earn even higher salaries with marriage and family therapists in Fayetteville reporting the fifth-highest average salary among metropolitan areas ($77,150) and rehabilitation counselors in Durham-Chapel Hill reporting the ninth highest average salary ($55,430).2,4

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Projections suggest that most counseling careers will grow through 2026 with the fastest growth projected for mental health counselors (25.5%), substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors (19.9%), and marriage and family therapists (19.5%).6 The largest number of new positions is projected for mental health counselors (1,120 new jobs projected), educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors (780), and rehabilitation counselors (510).6 The growth rate for rehabilitation counselors (17.2%) is quite a bit higher than the national average (12.7%), suggesting more new opportunities may be available in this area in the coming years.6

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Counselors, All Other150$46,660
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors6,380$50,140
Marriage and Family Therapists380$54,320
Rehabilitation Counselors2,370$39,500
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors7,870$48,900

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.1-5

Counseling Associations in North Carolina

Frequently Asked Questions

What program should I take to become a professional counselor in North Carolina?

The North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) does not provide a list of approved programs for LPC licensure, but it does specify that the program must be at least 60 credits and accredited by either a regional organization or recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Board (NCMFTB) does not provide a list of approved programs either, but the program must be accredited by a regional body, such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). For school counselor licensure, the DOE states the degree should be completed at a nationally-accredited institution. The North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board provides a list of approved programs that enables candidates to accelerate licensure, although completion of one of these programs is not required.

Do I need a master’s degree to become a substance abuse counselor in North Carolina?

The North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) issues two types of substance abuse counseling licensure. The Certified Substance Abuse Counselor license does not require a master’s degree. In fact, the minimum requirement is a high school diploma. CSACs can provide substance abuse counseling, assessments, and services under the supervision of approved LCASs. Prospective CSACs must complete at least 6,000 hours of supervised substance abuse counseling work experience, 270 clock hours of approved education, including 190 hours of substance abuse training, and pass the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor exam.

What type of coursework should I take to become an LPC in North Carolina?

The North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) specifies that applicants must have at least three credit hours in the following nine subjects: helping relationships in counseling, professional orientation to counseling, human growth and development theories in counseling, social and cultural foundations in counseling, group counseling theories and processes, career counseling and lifestyle development, assessment in counseling, research and program evaluation, and counseling practicum and internship.

Do I need to work as a teacher before seeking school counseling licensure in North Carolina?

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction does not require prospective school counselors to work as teachers first; however, it does require all applicants to hold a Professional Educator’s Continuing License. To earn this license, you must complete an approved teacher preparation program and pass the required exams for the subject areas. Normally the continuing license is not issued until the applicant has three years of teaching experience, but this requirement is waived for special services personnel applicants, such as school counselors. You will still need to complete a master’s degree in school counseling and meet all other requirements before becoming eligible for school counseling licensure.

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What is the salary potential for North Carolina counseling jobs?

The average reported salaries for most counseling categories in North Carolina are very similar to national averages of the same category. The top-earning counselor groups are marriage and family therapists ($54,320); educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors ($50,140); and substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors ($48,900).2,3,1 Location may also be a factor in salary potential as counselors in metropolitan areas report higher salaries. For example, in Fayetteville, marriage and family therapists report earning $77,150, over $20,000 more per year than the statewide average.2

References:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211018.htm
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages, Marriage and Family Therapists: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211013.htm
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages, Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211012.htm
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages, Rehabilitation Counselors: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211015.htm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages, Counselors, All Other: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211019.htm
6. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections 2016-2026: https://projectionscentral.org/Projections/LongTerm

FAQs

What are the requirements for LPC in North Carolina? ›

North Carolina LPC licensure requires a passing score on either the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification, the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam. Additionally, aspiring LPCs in North Carolina must also pass the Jurisprudence Exam.

How many questions are on the NC jurisprudence exam? ›

If you are applying for a license, you are required to score a 100% on the JLE. The JLE is thirty (30) multiple choice questions randomly pulled from a large bank of questions. Each therapist's JLE will be different.

Does North Carolina require the NCE or the Ncmhce? ›

You will need to submit exam scores from either the NCE, NCMHCE, or CRC and take the North Carolina LPC Jurisprudence exam.

How much does a licensed counselor make in NC? ›

The average Licensed Professional Counselor salary in North Carolina is $52,750 as of October 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $47,694 and $59,360.

What state pays LPC the most? ›

Maine is the best state for licensed professional counselors, where the median salary is $110,234. The highest position that you can reach as a licensed professional counselor is clinical director.
...
1. Maine.
Total Licensed Professional Counselor Jobs:383
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$91,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$133,000
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Can LPC practice independently in NC? ›

This license is restricted and requires approved supervision in order to practice. A licensed professional counselor (LPC) has already been supervised as a professional counselor. This license is non-restricted, allowing those who have it to practice independently.

How many questions do you need to get right to pass the NCE? ›

Of the 200 questions, only 160 are scored and count towards the final score. The other 40 questions are being tested to see if they should be used in future examinations and do not count towards the final score. A passing score is usually between 98 and 105, fluctuating slightly with each test administration.

How many questions do you need to answer correctly to pass NCE? ›

There are many forms of the NCE and typically the cutoff for passing the exam is in the 90s (97, 91, 99, etc.) – out of 160 questions. One hundred questions correct out of 160 is 62.5%. Never has the cutoff for the NCE been higher than 65% correct out of 160 so it is a very passable exam, with your preparation.

What is the passing score for jurisprudence exam? ›

This policy provides the rules for who is required to write a jurisprudence exam and when they are required to write the exam. 1.1 The jurisprudence exams are open book and on-line. 1.2 The pass score for both jurisprudence exams is 85%.

Can a LPC diagnose in NC? ›

Without the authority to make diagnoses, LPCs often must refer patients to other licensed professionals with authority to diagnose mental disorders (e.g., psychiatrists)—a challenge in areas with shortages of these professionals.

Which is better NCE or Ncmhce? ›

The significant difference between the two exams is the NCE is a 200-question, multiple-choice exam that assesses your knowledge, skills and abilities to provide effective counseling services. Alternatively, the NCMHCE is a set of 10 clinical simulations that sample a broad area of competencies.

How much do Lcmhc make in NC? ›

$58,267

What type of counselor gets paid the most? ›

Highest paid counseling jobs
  1. Pediatric counselor. National average salary: $63,934 per year. ...
  2. Licensed clinical social worker. National average salary: $64,671 per year. ...
  3. Direct support professional. ...
  4. Therapist. ...
  5. Physician assistant. ...
  6. Mental health counselor. ...
  7. Registered nurse. ...
  8. Physical therapist.
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How much does a school counselor make with a master's degree in NC? ›

The average salary for a school counselor in North Carolina is $51,500 per year. School counselor salaries in North Carolina can vary between $24,000 to $70,500 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more.

How much does a mental therapist make in North Carolina? ›

How much does a Licensed Mental Health Counselor make in North Carolina? The average Licensed Mental Health Counselor salary in North Carolina is $65,860 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $58,992 and $72,664.

What is the best state to live in to be a therapist? ›

Best States For a Psychotherapist

Our research shows that Delaware is the best state in the country for psychotherapists. The most common schools for psychotherapists are New York University, Adelphi University, and Fordham University, and the most common majors are social work and psychology.

What is the best state to be a therapist in? ›

1 on the list of best paying states for therapists. New Jersey, Connecticut, and North Dakota also ranked high on our list.
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1. North Dakota.
Total Therapist Jobs:235
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$90,000
Location Quotient:1.31 You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Where is the best place to be a counselor? ›

The following places of employment offer work opportunities for someone with a counseling degree:
  1. Hospitals. ...
  2. Inpatient or Outpatient Detoxification Centers. ...
  3. Mental Health Facilities & Agencies. ...
  4. Residential Care Facilities. ...
  5. Halfway Houses. ...
  6. Geriatric-Related Facilities. ...
  7. VA Medical Hospitals and Outpatient Clinics.

Is North Carolina in the counseling compact? ›

On July 7, 2022, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed into law HB 791, enacting the Counseling Compact there. This brings compact membership to 16 states.

Do you need a license to be a therapist in North Carolina? ›

An individual must be licensed to practice counseling in the state of North Carolina. Pursuant to NC General Statute § 90-336 there are three levels of licensure for licensed clinical mental health counselors. This is a three tiered licensure format.

Does North Carolina have full practice authority? ›

In a historic day for NCNA's legislative efforts, a bill granting Full Practice Authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses has been approved by one of the state's legislative chambers.

What is a passing score on the NCE 2022? ›

What is a passing score on NCE exam? There are 200 questions on the NCE exam. The cutoff score to be considered as passing is in the high 90s.

What is the lowest score on the NCE? ›

These scores are represented on a scale from 1 to 99. 1 is the lowest score; 99 is the highest. When an NCE score is 50, the NP will also be 50 for the same test.

What happens if you fail the NCE 3 times? ›

If this was your third failed attempt, your application will close. To reapply, you will need to contact our office directly at certification@nbcc.org. I passed the NCE, and my account shows that all of my documents have been approved. What is my status?

Is the NCE difficult? ›

NOTE: In recent years the fail rate for the first time administration of this exam is close to 60%. Yes, this is a hard test. If you end up needing another option, SC allows you to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) instead.

What happens if you fail jurisprudence exam? ›

POLICY: It is the policy of the Board of Licensure in Medicine (Board) that applicants for licensure who fail to pass the jurisprudence exam by not attaining a score of 75 or higher based on their initial answer to each question, must retake the exam in paper form.

Does North Carolina require jurisprudence exam? ›

This is the official Jurisprudence Exam for the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NCBLCMHC). Completion of this Exam is required for all initial counseling licensure in North Carolina as well as for each subsequent renewal period.

How do you write answers in jurisprudence exam? ›

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  1. More Reading. The first and foremost method is to read more. ...
  2. Practice Writing Daily. ...
  3. Topic Clarity. ...
  4. Fewer Mistakes. ...
  5. Previous Year Papers. ...
  6. Read the Mind of the Examiner. ...
  7. Avoid Fancy Words. ...
  8. Quick Response in Less Time.

Can a counselor diagnose PTSD? ›

A doctor who has experience helping people with mental illnesses, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, can diagnose PTSD. To be diagnosed with PTSD, an adult must have all of the following for at least 1 month: At least one re-experiencing symptom. At least one avoidance symptom.

What's the difference between a counselor and a therapist? ›

Therapists work to help their patients address similar issues, and often provide the same advice that counselors might. However, a key difference is that therapists often seek to go deeper by helping the patient understand the how and why behind a challenge.

How much is a therapy session in NC? ›

Counseling Rates: Counseling rates vary based on type of service, length of session time, and experience or specialty of each therapist . Generally session costs range from $120-$175. Reach out for a personalized rate assessment to get a better idea of your out of pocket investment in counseling.

How many people fail the Ncmhce? ›

You may fail the NCMHCE. In fact, statistically, failing is likely (40-45 percent of people do).

Is NCE equivalent to diploma? ›

Before an HND holder can be recognized as a teacher, he has to acquire, in addition, a diploma in education. That's when he can be equivalent to an NCE holder who can proceed to a university to earn a Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.)

Is NCE a good certificate? ›

The NCE is a qualification for teachers, while a national higher diploma (HND) is an upgrade on a national diploma for polytechnic graduates. In modern-day Nigeria, all teachers need the NCE qualification. If your dream career is teaching, you should pursue this qualification after completing your secondary education.

Can you make a lot of money as a mental health counselor? ›

While ZipRecruiter is seeing salaries as high as $141,927 and as low as $32,752, the majority of Mental Health Therapist salaries currently range between $54,090 (25th percentile) to $92,301 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $120,587 annually in California.

Can you make a lot of money as a counselor? ›

In summary, earning a strong salary of $100,000 per year or more is doable, and is being done by therapists all over the world right now. You can become one of those therapists this year, too.

Do Counsellors get paid well? ›

Mental health counsellors provide support to clients dealing with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders, amongst other mental health issues. Counsellors earn an average of $78,000 a year by the time they reach 5 to 9 years of experience.

Can counselors make over 100k? ›

Yes, you can make $100,000 per year as a counselor. While possible, it is unlikely to earn over $100k as a counselor because even higher-paid positions do not typically earn more than $64,000 per year. The average annual salary for a counselor is $42,602.

What is the fastest growing field in counseling? ›

Employment of relationship therapists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners is projected to grow 23% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations overall, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What type of counselors are in demand? ›

10 in-demand therapy jobs
  • Rehabilitation counselor.
  • Mental health counselor.
  • Behavioral therapist.
  • Career counselor.
  • Recreational therapist.
  • School counselor.
  • Substance abuse counselor.
  • Marriage and family therapist.
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How much does a LPC make in North Carolina? ›

The average Licensed Professional Counselor salary in North Carolina is $52,593 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $47,551 and $59,186.

Where do school counselors get paid the most? ›

New Hampshire is the best state in the country for school counselor jobs, and New Hampshire has the second-highest median salary in the country.
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4. New Jersey.
Total School Counselor Jobs:658
Average Annual Salary:$53,340
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$37,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$74,000
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Is a counseling masters worth it? ›

Yes, a masters in mental health counseling is worth it for many students. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting 12% job growth in community and social service occupations over the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations.

What state pays mental health counselors the most? ›

Top-Paying States for Mental Health Counselors
StateEmployment (May 2019)Annual Mean Wage
Nevada1,180$63,910
Oregon5,550$60,960
Alaska960$60,830
New Jersey10,130$60,120
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How much do counselors make a month? ›

While ZipRecruiter is seeing monthly salaries as high as $7,083 and as low as $1,583, the majority of Counselor salaries currently range between $3,000 (25th percentile) to $4,500 (75th percentile) across the United States.

How much do LSW make in NC? ›

The average Licensed Clinical Social Worker salary in North Carolina is $72,693 as of October 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $67,059 and $80,780.

What qualifications do you need to be a practicing Counsellor? ›

Your core practitioner training should be at the minimum level of a diploma in counselling or psychotherapy, but could be a bachelor's degree, master's degree or doctorate. These courses usuall run at further or higher education colleges or universities.

How much does a Lcmhc make in NC? ›

$58,267

Can I be a counsellor with no qualifications? ›

There are no set entry requirements to become a counsellor as it is a profession that benefits from many skillsets. Often people move into this career later in life, allowing them to apply a broad range of skills and experience, often motivated by their own challenges to help others.

Do you need a degree to practice counseling? ›

Pursue a career in Counselling and guidance after completing a Bachelor's degree in any subject. After completing class 12th in any stream, and graduation in any subject you can go for a certificate course or training/ Diploma in Counselling/Mental Health/Career Counselling.

How do I start my own counselling practice? ›

Some of the core steps needed may be:
  1. Ensure you have a supervisor able to support work in private practice.
  2. Find a room to practise from, and/or ensure you have appropriate training and a private space suitable for you to work online.
  3. Get your insurance.
  4. Ensure your professional membership is up-to-date.

How much does therapy cost without insurance in North Carolina? ›

On average, a therapy session costs between $60 to $120 for an hour-long session for those who do not have health insurance.

Do you need a license to massage in NC? ›

Currently, massage therapy is licensed in North Carolina and regulated by The North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy(NCBMBT). To become a massage therapist in North Carolina, you must complete at least 500 hours at a board-approved massage therapy school.

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Professional focus. An LMHC focuses solely on a patient's mental health, whereas an LCSW helps clients with their mental health and other areas of their lives. LCSWs also work on finding ways to change an individual's environment to adapt to their needs.

What is the highest paid type of therapist? ›

Psychiatrists prescribe medications for patients with mental illnesses. Psychiatrist positions are by far the highest-paying jobs for psychology majors. The average salary is $217,798, according to PayScale. A psychiatrist should be licensed as a board-certified psychologist.

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