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MaMHCA: Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association


Becoming Licensed

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FAQ’s

  1. I'm moving to Masschusetts from another state where I am currently licensed.  How do I get licensed in MA?

An out of state applicant must meet the same requirements for LMHC licensure as any Massachusetts applicant. Massachusetts does not have ‘reciprocity’ for LMHCs.
The rules that govern LMHC licensure in Massachusetts are the CMR 262. CMR 262 can be found through the website of the Allied Board of Mental Health and Human Services Professions. 

MaMHCA has many resources for helping individuals become licensed in MA. Please see our Licensure Support page here.

 

  1. How can I find a supervisor?

If you are looking for a supervisor to meet licensure requirements as an LMHC, the requirements for an Approved Supervisor are described in the definitions section of the MA CMR 262.

MaMHCA’s Referral Network Directory also provides a listing of MaMHCA Certified Supervisors. These are LMHC approved supervisors who have also completed MaMHCA’s 2 year, 30 hour, Supervision Training Program. You can download a Referral Network Directory here.

 

  1. I took a class/workshop that did not offer CEUs. How can I obtain them from you?

The MMCEP Guidelines for LMHCs contain the guidelines for obtaining CEUs for LMHC license renewal. The Guidelines contain form “LMHC #4, Retroactive Approval,” that you can use to obtain CEUs for a program that does not have prior MMCEP, or NBCC approval. Order the MMCEP Guidelines.

As a MaMHCA member you can obtain a listing of all MMCEP approved programs each quarter in our Newsletter. If you are not already a MaMHCA member, join now!

 

  1. Where can I find the requirements to become licensed?

The rules that govern LMHC licensure in Massachusetts are the CMR 262. CMR 262 can be found through the website of the Allied Board of Mental Health and Human Services Professions.


MaMHCA has many resources for helping individuals become licensed in MA. Please see our Licensure Support page here.

 

  1. How do I sign up to take the exam to become an LMHC?

To register for and take the NCMHCE exam you must have your Masters degree. However, you may take the license exam prior to completing your Post-Masters Work Experience. To register with NBCC for the test you also must have first downloaded or requested   the license application from the Mass. Board of Registration/CCE. The LMHC License Application also contains the Application for the License Examination (NCMHCE). Pre-registration is required for the exam and the registration deadlines are strictly enforced.

  • Download the Application for Licensure and the Exam.

  • You can also contact CCE/NBCC at: NCMHCE Registration, 3-D Terrace Way, Greensboro North Carolina 27404, Phone 919-547-0607. Website
  • You can also contact AMP, NBCC/CCE’s computer exam contractor, for exam date availability after receiving registration confirmation from NBCC.  Phone: 888-519-9901.                                           Website

MaMHCA offers workshops to prepare people for the licensure examination. Exam Prep workshops are offered three times a year. Membership in MaMHCA will automatically put you on the mailing list to receive information about these workshops. These are 3-day, weekend workshops, for which there is a charge, conducted by the Psychotherapists Training Institute (PTI). Learn more about these workshops.  PTI also has a license exam preparation handbook and study guide which may be purchased separately.  

  1. I teach at the university level-can I get CEUs for this?

You can obtain CEUs for the first time, only, that you have taught a class.  The MMCEP LMHC Guidelines will explain how to do this.  Order the Guidelines

 

  1. How can I check if my license is still current?

You can check the status of your  license on the website of the Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions. Scroll to: ONLINE SERVICES, and click on: “Check the license of an Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professional.”


8.   How can I get liability insurance:
a. as a student?
b. as a licensed professional?
c. as an unlicensed post graduate?

You can get very high quality, reasonably priced, Professional Liability Insurance as a member of MaMHCA. CPH and Associates provides liability insurance for association members who are  licensed LMHCs, students (exceptionally reasonably priced), and post masters folk in the LMHC track. Learn more. Join MaMHCA.