CACREP degree to be required for counselor licensure in North Carolina

The North Carolina State Legislature passed a bill changing the requirements to become a licensed professional counselor. The highlights of the changes include the following:

After July 1, 2022, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Possession of a master’s degree (minimum of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours ) in counseling or related field from an institution of higher education that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.


  • Has passed an examination in accordance with rules adopted by the Board

Other regulations were adopted for applicants during the transition period between March 1, 2016 through June 30, 2022. The entirety of the bill can be read here.