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


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".

  • Biennial

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.

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Apply for an Examination or License Online

Full/Conditional Examination Application (PDF)

Full/Conditional License Application After Passing the Examination (PDF)

Applicants Licensed in Another Jurisdiction Application form (PDF)

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Renewal fees and information

  • 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".

  • 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.
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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.


Do you have questions? Email the Board.


Last Updated: November 15, 2018