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Out of State Applications

For counselors who have earned a degree from a university based in California, check out the CALPCC License Requirements page »


There are many steps you will need to take to transferring a professional counseling license or degree from another state to California. What steps you need to take depends on many factors, including education, supervision, years you have had your license, what exams you have completed, and more.

There are a few requirements that all out-of-state applicants must complete before they can obtain a LPCC license in california:

  1. You must pass the California law and ethics exam

  2. Complete certain California-specific additional coursework

  3. Comply with the Board’s fingerprint requirement

There are 3 main pathways to getting licensed from out of state:

  1. Out of State APCC Registration pathway

  2. Licensure via Education and Experience pathway

  3. Licensure by Credentialing pathway

To determine what pathway and steps are right for you CALPCC created a helpful flow chart.

Download Flow Chart (PDF)


The flow chart will identify which path you will need to take for licensure. The application or applications that you complete will vary based on your education, supervised hours, and years you have had a license in another state. Links to all the possible applications and forms can be found on the Board of Behavorial Sciences website, or you can find the direct links below:

Some additional helpful resources:

Passage of Law AB679

It can be both challenging and time consuming to transfer a professional counseling license to California, but with the passage of AB679 things have become much easier. This bill went into effect on January 1, 2020 making it easier for those moving to California who have held a professional counsleing license in good standing for the last two years in another United States jurisdiction to directly obtain a LPCC license. Until now, LPCs (and equivalent licenses) from other states have had tremendous hurdles in meeting California’s LPCC license requirement.

CALPCC’s former Executive Director, Dean Porter played a key role in formulating this bill and CALPCC has played a crucial role in moving it forward via our Lobbyist, GV Ayers and our Legislative and Advocacy Committee led at the time by Dr Bita Rivas.

To learn more about CALPCC lobby and advocacy efforts visit our History of CALPCC page.

To learn more about implementation of Law AB679, view the Board of Behavioral Sciences explanation.

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