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Professional Counselor of Mental Health Licensure



General Information

You may apply for a license as a Professional Counselor of Mental Health by examination or reciprocity.

  • If you hold a current Professional Counselor of Mental Health license in another jurisdiction (state, District of Columbia or U.S. territory) that is in good standing, apply by reciprocity.
  • If you do not hold a current Professional Counselor of Mental Health license in another jurisdiction, apply by examination.


Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. Official license verifications and/or transcripts are acceptable when received electronically directly from the State Board or school/institution. Note that forms requiring a signature, seal, or notary must be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


Requirements for All Applicants

These items are required for all applications, regardless of whether you are applying by examination or reciprocity. In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit the forms and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
    • Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
    • A new criminal background check is required even if the person recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.
  • National Counselor Examination scores (NCE), National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), or other examination acceptable to the Board as follows:
    • If you have passed the NCE or NCMHCE, follow the instructions for requesting a score report on the National Board Certified Counselors (NBCC) website at nbcc.org/Exams.
    • If you have passed another exam equivalent to the NCE or NCMHCE, arrange for the organization to send your score report directly to the Board office.


Requirements for Exam Applicants

In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the previous section, in DELPROS, you must also submit:

  • An Evaluation of Coursework form and a course catalog or course description when:
    • your graduate program of studies is not from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or
    • your degree is in a discipline other than clinical mental health counseling.
    • you do not have a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling with at least 60 graduate semester hours or its equivalent.

If you do not have 30 post-Master credit hours in the field of counseling, also submit:

  • A Direct Supervision Reference form(s) completed and signed by each of your approved clinical supervisor(s) to verify the minimum 1,600 hours of direct supervision.
  • A Counseling Experience Verification-Self-Employment form from each professional colleague, supervisor, or other individual who has personal knowledge of your professional practice while self-employed. The person who attests to your experience while self-employed cannot be your spouse, former spouse, parent, step-parent, grand-parent, child, step-child, sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin or in-law.
  • All Counseling Experience Verification forms must clearly state the total number of post-Master’s mental health counseling hours that you have provided. Giving only the dates of your employment or self-employment is not sufficient.


Requirements for Reciprocity Applicants

Whether or not you need to submit any more documentation depends on how long you’ve been licensed in the jurisdictions where your currently hold a license.

In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the Requirements for All Applicants section in DELPROS, you must also submit:

  • If you have been licensed at least five years in any one jurisdiction, no further documentation is needed. You may be licensed by reciprocity.
  • If you have been licensed less than five years in each of jurisdiction, submit copies of the licensing law/rules and regulations from each jurisdiction where you hold a current license in good standing. The Board will review the licensing standards of the other jurisdictions and determine if any of them is substantially similar to Delaware’s standards.
    • If any of the jurisdictions has substantially similar standards, you may be licensed by reciprocity. No further documentation is needed.
    • If none of the jurisdictions has substantially similar requirements, the Board office will notify you that you cannot be licensed by reciprocity. However, you may apply for an Associate Counselor of Mental Health license.

 


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