American Board of Professional Counselors, ABPC

Become a Board Certified Professional Counselor, BCPC℠

You entered this field in order to help people. When was the last time that an organization came along to provide any real help to you?

The mission of the American Board of Professional Counselors, ABPC program is to be the nation's leading advocate for counselors. ABPC will champion counselors’ right to practice. We will work with you to protect your right to practice, increase parity for your profession, and provide you with the recognition that you so richly deserve.

Becoming a Board Certified Professional Counselor will provide you with resources, low or no cost continuing education opportunities, and a forum to network with your fellow professional counselors.

CEs required to keep your professional license valid may be earned in the comfort of your own office via our quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association and online courses. You may also earn these at our National Conference.

By becoming a Board Certified Professional Counselor, you become a member of a community of counselors dedicated to working together not only to better serve your clients, but also to support each other in your own professional development.

Requirements for becoming a Board Certified Professional Counselor

  • Must have a Master’s or Doctoral degree in counseling, psychology, social work, marriage & family therapy, psychiatry, medicine, or a related area from an accredited educational institution or foreign equivalent*

*Applicants who have obtained their education outside of the United States and its territories must have their highest academic degree(s) validated as equivalent to a Master’s or Doctorate degree conferred by an accredited college or university in the United States.

  • Must have at least 5 years of post-graduate experience working in the field of mental health, counseling, and/or social work
  • Must have passed the state’s licensing criteria for licensure in the state where the counselor practices
  • Must have passed the national exam for the their specialty area (LPC, LMFT, LCSW, etc.) where applicable, such as the NCE or the NMHCE exam
  • Must pass the Ethics module prepared and sanctioned by the APA

To learn more about ABPC, call American Psychotherapy Association toll free at (800) 205-9165, or send an e-mail inquiry.

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