American Board of Professional Counselors, ABPC

Become a Board Certified Professional Counselor, BCPC®

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

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 online publication, Annals of the American Psychotherapy and other online courses. You may also earn these at our National Conferences

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 at least a Master's degree in a mental health related field ( foreign degree will need to submit a US equivalency statement)
  • Must have at least 3 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 counselors practices (if a license is required in your field)
  • Must score a minimum of 100 points based on education, experience, knowledge, skill, and training
  • Participate in the Board Certified Professional Counselor Beta Exam

Supporting documents that must accompany your application:

  • A copy of your current resume of Curriculum Vitae
  • A copy of your degree (if your degrees is from an international college or university, we will need a US equivalency statement)
  • A copy of your state license (if a license is required in your field)
  • At least two professional references

    Ways to submit your supporting documents:

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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