For students or graduates of our UALR Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling program who want to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Arkansas, here’s a brief summary of the process:
- Applicants need 60 total hours.
- Specific core curriculum content must be covered and that content is a contained within our required MRC curriculum. Attached is a list of the UALR Rehabilitation Counseling courses that meet the Arkansas Counselor Licensure requirements. More information and the license application are available at the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC) website.
- After the application is made and all application requirements are met, the applicant can register to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE).
- If a passing score is obtained on the NCE, the applicant is scheduled for an oral examination before the ABEC. Oral examinations are open to the public and the applicant is encouraged to attend one of the Board’s monthly meetings to observe an oral examination. Please contact the Board to determine the best time to come and observe.
- If the oral interview with ABEC is successful, the applicant becomes a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC).
- LACs must practice under supervision by an ABEC-approved LPC supervisor for 3000 client contact hours.
- After 3000 hours, the LAC becomes a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). LPCs can practice independently in Arkansas and have privileged communication protection under Arkansas law.
Students or graduates in other states need to contact the state licensing board that governs your state requirements for licensure. We will be glad to work with you to help you meet those requirements.
For more information, please contact the School of Counseling, Human Performance, and Rehabilitation (CHPR) at (501)569-3470.