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Professional Counselor (and Related) Credentials--State of Wisconsin
Professional Counselor Credentials--National

Professional Counselor (and Related) Credentials--State of Wisconsin

Professional Counselor (state of Wisconsin)
Description and criteria for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Wisconsin

  • Chapter MPSW 10-Definitions for Practice of Professional Counseling

  • Chapter MPSW 11-Application for Professional Counselor Licensure

Credential Search--Individuals and Organizations (Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing)

Marriage and Family Therapist (State of Wisconsin)
Description and criteria for becoming a Certified Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Wisconsin.

Approved Third-Party Providers in Wisconsin [150-plus page .pdf file] (Program Certification Unit, Wisconsin Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services)
Public access. A document with an alphabetical list of counselors and other professionals who have been certified to receive third-party payments from Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial entities.

Professional Counselor Credentials--National

NBCC-National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
The NBCC is a national credentialing organization for professional counselors and related educators. The most frequent certification is: National Certified Counselor (NCC). Refer to Certifications (for credential options and application information).

State [Licensure] Board Directory--National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc., Greensboro, NC
Public access. Use the clickable map or drop-down menu to identify a state regulatory board for professional counseling. Typically, a link is provided to each state's Web site, and a contact e-mail address.

Center for Credentialing & Education, Inc. [CCE] (Greensboro, NC)
The CCE provides credentialing, assessment, and professional development services for education and government organizations. CCE's credentialing services include:

Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC)
Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)
Distance Credentialed Facilitator (DCF)
Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP)

Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification [CRCC] (Schaumburg, IL)

Major Web site directories include:
CE [Continuing Education] Providers

Career Development Facilitator [CDF] Training Program (Center on Education and Work, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Information about the training and experience requirements to become a CDF--links are provided to additional directories that describe the programs and services offered by the Center on Education and Work.

American Counseling Association [ACA] (Alexandria, VA)
Limited Public Access--a membership-based username and password are required to access some Web site directories and specific documents (or files). A national organization of approximately 45,000 members that represent four Regions, 56 Branches, and 19 Divisions. ACA's professional and graduate student counselors represent multiple and diverse counseling specializations (e.g., school, mental health, counselor education, career development, assessment, rehabilitation, addictions, aging, group work, marriage and family, etc.).

Important public access Web site directories include:

Coach U (Bradenton, FL--U.S. and Canada)
Public access. A global enterprise with approximately two decades of training, credentialing, and referral services for personal (or life) coaches and business (or executive or corporate) coaches.


CACREP-Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Council Rehabilitation Education [CORE] (Schaumburg, IL)
CORE sets curriculum and accreditation standards for masters degree programs in rehabilitation counseling and baccalaureate programs in rehabilitation and disability studies.



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