General: Candidates for initial licensure must make application and meet the South Carolina Board of Examiners for
Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, and Psycho-Educational
Specialists ("Board") licensing requirements. CCE is the contracted agent for the Board to review all applications for
licensure in South Carolina for compliance with education and examination requirements. CCE reviews applications in
regards to criteria set out in the South Carolina Code of Laws and Regulations. These requirements must be met in full,
and are outlined fully on pages 9-12 of this packet.
Practice as a licensed professional counselor intern: The Code of Regulations, Chapter 36, Section 36-05 states
that evidence of a minimum of 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience (direct client counseling contact hours) in the
practice of professional counseling must be performed over a period of not less than two years under the supervision of
a licensed professional counselor supervisor or other qualified licensed mental health practitioner (licensed psychologist,
licensed medical doctor such as a psychiatrist). LPC supervisor candidates are also acceptable. Of these 1,500 hours of
direct counseling with individuals, couples, families or groups, a minimum of 120 hours are to be spent in immediate
supervision with a licensed professional counselor supervisor/supervisor candidate.
Logs of hours for the 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience are not required by the Board; however, it is suggested
that you maintain a log for your own records. The intern license is issued for two years and is structured to allow a
reasonable period to complete all requirements of supervision for full licensure. The SC Practice act statute requires
individuals to hold a license to practice in South Carolina; therefore, the professional counselor intern license is mandatory.
Supervision requirements: A Plan and Arrangements for Clinical Supervision of Post-Master’s Clinical Experience in
Counseling (pages 22-24) is a required document that must be submitted with the application for licensed professional
counselor intern candidates. The supervision policies, guidelines and list of supervisors are available at www.llr.state.
sc.us/pol/counselors. Select “Applications/Forms” from the right-hand side, scroll down to “Professional Counselor (LPC)
and Intern Application Packet,” and select “List of Supervisors.” The 120 hours of immediate supervision can only be
obtained from a South Carolina licensed professional counselor supervisor or supervisor candidate.
• This is a plan that is used to acknowledge and verify that arrangements have been made with a South Carolina LPC
supervisor/supervisor candidate to obtain 120 hours of supervision. These hours will not begin until after you
have obtained a license to practice in South Carolina as a professional counselor
intern, therefore the “From/
To” dates of supervision can be estimated to begin approximately three months after the date of your application to
allow time for the credential review/passage of the exam/obtaining a license to practice.
• The “To” date should reflect a two-year period from the beginning date, since the LPC associate licensure period is
structured for two years.
• Section 1 “Total hours” should reflect 1,380 hours.
• The “From/To” dates for both section 1 and section 2 should reflect the same date ranges.
Practicum/Internship: Specific training is required for LPC/As who wish to assess and treat serious problems,
as categorized in standard diagnostic nomenclature. This specific training includes the required coursework in
psychopathology and/or diagnostics of psychopathology as outlined for all applicants in Section 36-04.1 of the South
Carolina Code of Regulations
as well as completion of the specific practicum and internship as follows:
(1) A practicum of 100 hours as part of a degree program that dealt directly with the assessment and treatment of
serious problems as categorized in standard diagnostic
(2) An internship, as part of a degree program, of at least 600 hours under the supervision of a qualified licensed
mental health practitioner where experience assessing and treating clients with serious problems as categorized in
standard diagnostic nomenclature is obtained.
The internship of at least 600 hours is not required to obtain licensure as a LPC associate(only a 100-hour
practicum is required). The experience gained in the 600-hour internship determines the level of practice that you
can perform once licensed as an LPC associate.
This specific training must be documented on the Practicum/Internship Verification form found on page 19 of this packet.
Those applicants with only a 100-hour counseling practicum will need to move slowly into assessing and treating serious
problems under the supervision of qualified supervisors during their LPC/A licensure.
South Carolina LPC Review
Professional Counselor Associate Applicants