Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure - Licensing - Professional Counselor, Clinical Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Counselor, Pastoral Counselor, Registered Counselor

 

Professional Counselor

"Professional Counselor" means a person who, for a fee, monetary or otherwise, renders or offers to render to individuals, families, groups, organizations or the general public a service involving the application of principles and procedures of Counseling to assist those served in achieving more effective personal, emotional, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.

"Conditional License" means a license granted to an applicant for licensure who has met all the requirements for licensure as defined in Rule Chapter 2, Section 3, except for supervised experience.

How to apply

Fees

Full or Conditional Licensure

  • Application Fee $25

Full or Conditional Licensure

  • Conditional License Fee $200
  • Full License Fee $250
  • Criminal Background Check Fee $21

Applicants Licensed in Another Jurisdiction

  • Application Fee $25
  • Conditional License Fee $200
  • Full License Fee $250
  • Criminal Background Check Fee $21

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Term

  • Biennial

Requirements

You must be at least 21 years of age.

Instructions For Applicants Licensed in Another Jurisdiction (See Chapter 6 of the Board's Rules)

There are 3 pathways to licensure, as outlined below:

  • Pathway 1: Reciprocal agreement between the State of Maine and another jurisdiction*, or
  • Pathway 2: Substantially Equivalent License: Applicant submits evidence of 5 years actively practicing with a substantially equivalent license immediately preceding application that is in good standing, or
  • Pathway 3: Substantially Similar Qualifications: Applicant's qualifications are substantially similar to Maine's licensing requirements with a license that is in good standing.

*Currently, the State of Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure has not entered into any reciprocal agreements with other jurisdictions. Therefore, applicants should submit their application according to either Pathway 2 or Pathway 3 if already licensed in another jurisdiction.

Renewal fees and information

Fees

  • Biennial renewal fee is $250 for Full Licensure
  • Biennial renewal fee is $200 for Conditional Licensure

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Terms

  • Renews biennially based on first issue date

Renew Now

Note: Renewal reminders are emailed to the email address on file at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date. It is the licensee's responsibility to keep the Board informed of current contact information and to see that the license is renewed.

The Department must verify that you have met all the conditions for renewal before your license is renewed. Online submission of your renewal application should not be construed as automatic renewal of your license.

Requirements

  • A late fee of $50 is assessed for licenses renewed after the license expiration date.
  • A person who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date is subject to all requirements governing new applicants and is required to reapply with an original license application, documentation and fees.
  • Continuing Education - 55 hours of continuing education pursuant to board rules.

 

Clinical Professional Counselor

"Clinical Professional Counselor" means a Professional Counselor who renders or offers to render for a fee, monetary or otherwise, to individuals, families, groups, organizations or the general public, a counseling service involving the application of the principles and procedures of counseling to assess and treat intrapersonal and interpersonal problems and other dysfunctional behaviors and to assist in the overall development and adjustment of those served.

"Conditional License" means a license granted to an applicant for licensure who has met all the requirements for licensure as defined in Rule Chapter 3, Section 3, except for supervised experience.

How to apply

Fees

Full or Conditional Examination

  • Application Fee $25

Full or Conditional Licensure

  • Conditional License Fee $200
  • Full License Fee $250
  • Criminal Background Check Fee $21

Applicants Licensed in Another Jurisdiction

  • Application Fee $25
  • Full License Fee $250
  • Conditional License Fee $200.00
  • Criminal Background Check Fee $21

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Term

  • Biennial

Requirements

You must be at least 21 years of age.

Instructions For Applicants Licensed in Another Jurisdiction (See Chapter 6 of the Board's Rules)

There are 3 pathways to licensure, as outlined below:

  • Pathway 1: Reciprocal agreement between the State of Maine and another jurisdiction*, or
  • Pathway 2: Substantially Equivalent License: Applicant submits evidence of 5 years actively practicing with a substantially equivalent license immediately preceding application that is in good standing, or
  • Pathway 3: Substantially Similar Qualifications: Applicant's qualifications are substantially similar to Maine's licensing requirements with a license that is in good standing.

*Currently, the State of Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure has not entered into any reciprocal agreements with other jurisdictions. Therefore, applicants should submit their application according to either Pathway 2 or Pathway 3 if already licensed in another jurisdiction.

Renewal fees and information

Fees

  • Biennial renewal fee is $250 for Full Licensure
  • Biennial renewal fee is $200 for Conditional Licensure

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Renew Now

Note: Renewal reminders are emailed to the email address on file at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date. It is the licensee's responsibility to keep the Board informed of current contact information and to see that the license is renewed.

The Department must verify that you have met all the conditions for renewal before your license is renewed. Online submission of your renewal application should not be construed as automatic renewal of your license.

Requirements

  • A late fee of $50 is assessed for licenses renewed after the license expiration date.
  • A person who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date is subject to all requirements governing new applicants and is required to reapply with an original license application, documentation and fees.
  • Continuing Education - 55 hours of continuing education pursuant to board rules.

 

Marriage And Family Therapist

"Marriage and Family Therapist" means a person who renders or offers to render for a fee, monetary or otherwise, marriage and family therapy services involving the application of the principles and procedures of counseling to assess and treat intrapersonal and interpersonal problems and other dysfunctional behaviors and to assist in the overall development and adjustment of those served.

"Conditional License" means a license granted to an applicant for licensure who has met all the requirements for licensure as defined in Rule Chapter 4, Section 3, except for supervised experience.

How to apply

Fees

Full or Conditional Examination

  • Application Fee $25

Full or Conditional Licensure

  • Conditional License Fee $200
  • Full License Fee $250
  • Criminal Background Check Fee $21

Applicants Licensed in Another Jurisdiction

  • Application Fee $25
  • Conditional License Fee $200
  • Full License Fee $250
  • Criminal Background Check Fee $21

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Term

  • Biennial

Requirements

You must be at least 21 years of age.

Instructions For Applicants Licensed in Another Jurisdiction (See Chapter 6 of the Board's Rules)

There are 3 pathways to licensure, as outlined below:

  • Pathway 1: Reciprocal agreement between the State of Maine and another jurisdiction*, or
  • Pathway 2: Substantially Equivalent License: Applicant submits evidence of 5 years actively practicing with a substantially equivalent license immediately preceding application that is in good standing, or
  • Pathway 3: Substantially Similar Qualifications: Applicant's qualifications are substantially similar to Maine's licensing requirements with a license that is in good standing.

*Currently, the State of Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure has not entered into any reciprocal agreements with other jurisdictions. Therefore, applicants should submit their application according to either Pathway 2 or Pathway 3 if already licensed in another jurisdiction.

Renewal fees and information

Fees

  • Biennial renewal fee is $250 for Full Licensure
  • Biennial renewal fee is $200 for Conditional Licensure

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Renew Now

Note: Renewal reminders are emailed to the email address on file at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date. It is the licensee's responsibility to keep the Board informed of current contact information and to see that the license is renewed.

The Department must verify that you have met all the conditions for renewal before your license is renewed. Online submission of your renewal application should not be construed as automatic renewal of your license.

Requirements

  • A late fee of $50 is assessed for licenses renewed after the license expiration date.
  • A person who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date is subject to all requirements governing new applicants and is required to reapply with an original license application, documentation and fees.
  • Continuing Education - 55 hours of continuing education pursuant to board rules.

 

Pastoral Counselor

"Pastoral Counselor" means an individual who is trained and certified to provide for a fee, monetary or otherwise, Pastoral Counseling, which is ministry to individuals, families, couples, groups, organizations and the general public involving the application of principles and procedures of Counseling to assess and treat intrapersonal and interpersonal problems and other dysfunctional behavior of a social and spiritual nature, and to assist in the overall development and healing process of those served.

"Conditional License" means a license granted to an applicant for licensure who has met all the requirements for licensure as defined in Rule Chapter 5, Section 3, except for supervised experience.

How to apply

Fees

Full or Conditional Examination

  • Application Fee $25

Full or Conditional Licensure

  • Conditional License Fee $200
  • Full License Fee $250
  • Criminal Background Check Fee $21

Applicants Licensed in Another Jurisdiction

  • Application Fee $25
  • Conditional License Fee $200
  • Full License Fee $250
  • Criminal Background Check Fee $21

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Term

  • Biennial

Requirements

You must be at least 21 years of age.

Instructions For Applicants Licensed in Another Jurisdiction (See Chapter 6 of the Board's Rules)

There are 3 pathways to licensure, as outlined below:

  • Pathway 1: Reciprocal agreement between the State of Maine and another jurisdiction*, or
  • Pathway 2: Substantially Equivalent License: Applicant submits evidence of 5 years actively practicing with a substantially equivalent license immediately preceding application that is in good standing, or
  • Pathway 3: Substantially Similar Qualifications: Applicant's qualifications are substantially similar to Maine's licensing requirements with a license that is in good standing.

*Currently, the State of Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure has not entered into any reciprocal agreements with other jurisdictions. Therefore, applicants should submit their application according to either Pathway 2 or Pathway 3 if already licensed in another jurisdiction.

Renewal fees and information

Fees

  • Biennial renewal fee is $250 for Full Licensure
  • Biennial renewal fee is $200 for Conditional Licensure

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Renew Now

Note: Renewal reminders are emailed to the email address on file at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date. It is the licensee's responsibility to keep the Board informed of current contact information and to see that the license is renewed.

The Department must verify that you have met all the conditions for renewal before your license is renewed. Online submission of your renewal application should not be construed as automatic renewal of your license.

Requirements

  • A late fee of $50 is assessed for licenses renewed after the license expiration date.
  • A person who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date is subject to all requirements governing new applicants and is required to reapply with an original license application, documentation and fees.
  • Continuing Education - 55 hours of continuing education pursuant to board rules.

 

 

Registered Counselor (Closed to new applicants)

"Registered Counselor" means a person who engages in procedures of counseling for a fee, monetary or otherwise, and who is registered with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.

Registration does not imply or certify in any way that the registrant has met any standards or criteria of education or training

Renewal fees and information

Fees

  • Biennial renewal fee is $75

Renew Now

The Department must verify that you have met all the conditions for renewal before your license is renewed. Online submission of your renewal application should not be construed as automatic renewal of your license.

Requirements

  • A late fee of $50 is assessed for licenses renewed up to 90 days after the license expiration date.