Federal Requirement for Professional Licensure Disclosure

A new federal rule went into effect on July 1, 2020 that requires all institutions of higher education, receiving federal financial aid, to inform students if they will be qualified to practice in the state where they are situated upon graduation. This rule is applicable to every profession that requires a license to practice in the state. While it went into effect on July 1, 2020, the original ruling was in December 2016. Many programs are unsure of how to address this and have called the CACREP office for guidance.

The ruling from December 2016 that was set to go into effect July 2018 but was delayed and went into effect July 1, 2020.


There were definition changes:


Here’s an update from SARA


Additionally, CACREP Policy 1p State Licensure Policy states: Programs have an obligation to inform current and/or potential students whether the specific specialty area(s) qualify for state licensure and/or certification in the state(s) where their courses are offered. This obligation includes referring students to appropriate websites, documents, or courses for information about qualifying for credentials in states outside of where their courses are offered.

CACREP does not have the resources to maintain a current and accurate listing of licensure requirements by state given that the requirements widely vary by state and are constantly revised by the states. There are some states that require graduation from a CACREP-accredited program in order to be licensed to practice. However, most states use the CACREP curriculum as their academic requirements for licensure.

The best places to obtain current licensing board contact information listing are at:

American Counseling Association https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/licensure-requirements/state-professional-counselor-licensure-boards

American Association of State Counseling Boards