For instructions on how to complete the online application, click here
Board Meetings and Application Review Dates
Board Meetings are held every other month; however, application reviews are still conducted each month. The deadline to have all application materials submitted is seven (7) days prior to the application review date. For a complete list of application review dates and submission deadlines, view our calendar.
The Board offers expedited processing for all online applications. To apply for expedited processing, the applicant must submit their completed online application along with the expedited processing fee of $60. Upon receipt of the online expedited application, the applicant will receive a response from a Board Staff member within five (5) business days of receipt of their completed online application informing the applicant of the status of their application.
All applicants whom Board Staff determines should be denied or reviewed by the Board, must be presented to the Board at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting. Therefore, an intent to deny may not be achieved within five (5) business days of receipt of all application materials for expedited processing. Those applicants whom Board Staff determines should be approved, will receive notification of approval within the five (5) business days.
Transcripts and Letters Verifying Graduate Practicum/Internship Hours
An official, degree awarded transcript is required for all initial applications.
Institutions may send electronic transcripts directly to Shantel Washington at email@example.com.
PLPC and PLMFT applicants may also have the letter from their graduate program verifying the hours completed in their graduate practicum/internship, sent to the email provided above.
State and Federal Background Check Forms
There are two (2) options to complete the required background check; either in person at the LA State Police Headquarters or by mail to the Board office. Please review the instructions below on how to complete the background check for initial applications. The processing times for background checks are approximately 1-2 weeks if completing in person and 6-8 weeks by mail from the date the LA State Police receives the information. The results will be sent to the Board office from the State Police once completed.
- Criminal Record Check Instructions
- Rap Disclosure Form
- Authorization Form
- Automated Process Form (In-person to LSP only)
- Privacy Statement & Acknowledgement Form
- Notice to Applicants
Your application will not be processed, approved or denied until your background check has been received by the LPC Board office. Background Checks are only valid for 90 days upon receipt from the Louisiana State Police (LSP) without an application. If 90 days passes without an application submitted to the Board, the background check must be completely reprocessed and resubmitted. THIS POLICY IS NOT APPLICABLE FOR RENEWAL APPLICANTS. RENEWAL APPLICANTS CAN SUBMIT THE BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENT ASAP.
Endorsement Applications/ Verification Forms
Applicants who are endorsing their license(s) from another jurisdiction to Louisiana, must complete the online application by endorsement for the current credential that is equivalent to the credential(s) held in the other jurisdiction(s). LA LPCBE will need a verification of the credential from each licensing board the applicant holds/held a license with. Below is the form the applicant may submit to their Board(s) to complete and return to the LA LPCBE office via mail or email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If an examination was passed to obtain licensure, applicants must contact the examination agency to send LA LPCBE an official score report verifying the passing score. It is also required that applicants request an official graduate transcript to be forwarded to the Board office. Institutions may send an electronic transcript directly to email@example.com
Please be advised that the Board may request that an out-of-state applicant request their complete file from the state Board(s) where they are licensed be sent to the Board office.
Military Personnel/ Military Personnel Spouses
Military Personnel (active duty and veterans honorably discharged within five (5) years of the application date) and their spouses who are appropriately licensed in another jurisdiction will receive a status update from the Board within thirty (30) days pertaining to approval or denial of their application. Such applicants must provide proof of military status via the DD Form 214 as part of the completed application.
Applicants with Criminal History
Pursuant to La. R.S. 37:35, applicants are advised that the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners may use the criminal convictions of applicants as a basis for denial of an application for licensure, as permitted by La. R.S. 37:1110, La. R.S. 37:1123, and LAC 46:LX §401-409, 1301, et seq., and 3901, et seq. In accordance with La. R.S. 37:2950, the Board shall consider the following factors in deciding whether to grant a license to an applicant with one or more criminal convictions: (1) the nature and seriousness of the offense(s); (2) the nature of the specific duties and responsibilities for which the license, permit, or certificate is required; (3) the amount of time that has passed since the conviction(s); (4) facts relevant to the circumstances of the offense(s), including any aggravating or mitigating circumstances or social conditions surrounding the commission of the offense(s); and (5) evidence of rehabilitation or treatment undertaken by the person since the conviction(s). Applicants for licensure shall have the right to petition for a pre-application eligibility determination pursuant to La. R.S. 37:33 prior to meeting the general qualifications for a license.
Applicants must meet the requirements and complete all the milestones for application in order for the Board to review the application. Milestones can be viewed by logging into the site and visiting your dashboard. Please allow 2-3 weeks for milestones to be updated and at least 6-8 weeks for application approval once the application is completed.