Massachusetts Counselor License Exam

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To get licensed in Massachusetts, Professional Counselors are required to take an exam covering such subjects as assessment and diagnosis, counseling and psychotherapy, and administration, supervision and consultation. Whether you live in Boston, Worcester, Springfield, or another city or county, the resources below will help you get started on the path to receive your Professional Counselor’s license.

Need of a License: A license is needed to work as a counselor in Massachusetts.   Licenses are granted by the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions.

To qualify to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts, the following must be met:

  • Obtain a graduate degree in counseling from an accredited school meeting credit limits.
  • Meet supervised clinical experience requirements of 3,360 hours of postgraduate professional counseling, including at least 130 hours of supervision, in not less than one year. There must be one hour of supervision for every 16 hours of practice. 75 hours must be individual supervision; the remaining 55 hours can be in group supervision.
  • An applicant must earn a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE)

How to Apply for Licensure

An application for licensure and other documentation can be obtained online. All documents must be sent to:

Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals
Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118

1-617-727-2197 (fax)

Test content of the NCMHCE

The test format comprises of 12 to 14 case studies. Each case study is followed by 10 multiple-choice questions, divided into counseling phases: the intake and assessment phase, the first follow-up counseling session, and the second follow-up counseling session. Candidates will have one hour and 45 minutes to complete the exam.

Six different counseling domains will be addressed throughout these case simulations, to include:

  • Intake, Assessment, and Diagnosis
  • Treatment Planning
  • Counseling Skills and Interventions
  • Professional Practice and Ethics
  • Core Counseling Attributes
  • Areas of Clinical Focus, which is the given information provided in each case study

For more information, see the NCMHCE Candidate Handbook.

How to Apply to Take the Exam

Apply online to take the NCMHCE.

License Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements

To renew a license, regulations require 30 clock hours of continuing education in acceptable courses and programs offered by approved Continuing Education providers.  The hours must be completed every two year licensure renewal period.

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