Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors

California became the 50th state to license professional counselors when the Governor signed SB 788 on October 11, 2009. The bill became law on January 1, 2010, applications became available in July 2011 and the first counselors were licensed in January 2012.

The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) regulates the LPCC license.  CALPCC is representing professional clinical counselors in the legislature and with the BBS and will keep counselors updated. 

The Grandparenting requirements are still available in the drop down menu item LPCC as a reference for those who submitted an application by the December 31, 2011 deadline and are still completing that application.  Grandparenting application forms are no longer available and initial grandparenting applications can no longer be submitted to the BBS.  There are no exceptions.

Due to staffing shortages at the BBS, it may take several months for applicants to receive a response.  The BBS is unable to reply to email or phone messages. The BBS will evaluate the application and send the applicant a letter of deficiencies, if any, and approval to take exams.  Grandparenting applicants will have 12 months from the date of that letter to complete any deficiencies for grandparenting, including years of experience, supervised hours, coursework and examinations.  At the end of that 12-month period, all requirements must be met or the grandparenting application is closed.  There are no exceptions.
Applications for the Traditional Path, including intern registration, are now available from The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)  Please see the menu item under LPCC for requirements for those who began their graduate work before August 1, 2012 and for those who will begin their graduate work on or after August 1, 2012.

Members of CALPCC can arrange a consultation, via email or phone, to talk about the licensure requirements with a knowledgeable CALPCC representative.

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