Licensure & Portability
Currently, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico have some form of counselor licensing. AASCB continues to work with states in their efforts to establish licensing, develop common standards, and nationwide portability of licenses.
The American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB) is respectful of the United States Constitution and the rights of our member state boards to regulate the professions in the interest of public protection. AASCB strives to promote uniformity of licensure requirements and references the commonalities of initial licensure eligibility among and between the member boards. Reciprocity/endorsement/licensure transfer can be facilitated as a result of these commonalities of licensure eligibility requirements that include criteria related to education, examination, experience, licensure standing in other jurisdiction(s), common scope of practice, disciplinary history, and jurisprudence assessments. In an age of technological advancements and evolving use of electronic means to provide essential mental health services, including practice without physical presence, AASCB recognizes the need to continue to promote uniformity of licensure requirements and reasonable means to state based regulation of the counseling profession without undue barriers.
Click below to read two plans aimed at addressing licensure portability: 1) AASCB Licensure Endorsement Plan 2) National Counselor Licensure Endorsement Process (NCLEP 2.0) and the Toolkit for State Counseling Boards.