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Renewal Requirements 2013

Effective October 1, 2009

Renewal of license applies to LPC Associate, LPC, and LPC Supervisor

Renewals may be submitted as early as January 1st of the renewal year
Licensee must complete all requirements before renewal can be issued.
Renewal form
Continuing Education certificates of attendance/completion as defined in Rule .0603(d)
Ethics Attestation Statement
Current Professional Disclosure Statement
Certificate of Completion for Jurisprudence Exam (offers five contact hours in ethics)
Renewal period
July 1st to the second June 30th unless you are a new licensee
New license renewal period is date of issuance to the second June 30th
Deadline for renewal is June 20th of renewal year
Fee for renewal is $100 and must accompany the application when mailed
An additional fee of $25 must be included if renewal will be received by the Board after June 20th
Jurisprudence Exam required for all levels of licensure

Renewal Check List

I have included the following information in my renewal packet:

General Information
Licensure/Credentials
Continuing Education credits listed in date order (if necessary additional pages may be added)
Renewal validation (signature)
Copies of CE certificates in date order (each certificate must have an approved provider listed on it)
Jurisprudence Exam Certificate of Completion
Ethics Attestation Statement
Professional Disclosure Statement

Jurisprudence Exam Requirement:

For all levels of licensure (LPCA, LPC, and LPCS)
A No Fail computer-based Exam (See Exam section on the Forms page of the website for more info)
Certificate of completion must accompany renewal application
Covers the law and ethical codes that govern the LPCA, LPC, and LPCS
See the website for more information – View the Law and Codes page for the ACA Code of Ethics and the North Carolina law and administrative rules and view the Forms page for Exam Briefs.

Ethics Attestation Requirement:

Upon application for initial license renewal and for each succeeding renewal of license, if granted, each applicant shall sign a statement agreeing to abide by the ethical standards adopted by the Board. If an applicant fails to sign the statement, the Board shall notify the applicant in writing of the statutory requirement to abide by the ethical standards adopted by the Board.

Professional Disclosure Statement Requirement:

A professional disclosure statement (PDS) must be provided to clients prior to rendering supervision services
A signed copy must be retained in supervisee records
A PDS must include all items listed in Rule .0204 – Instructions and requirements can be found on the forms page of the Board website under Professional Disclosure Statement Section
An updated Professional Disclosure Statement shall be submitted to the Board office at the time of each renewal

Continuing Education Requirement:

Contact Hours:

Forty (40) contact hours of continuing education. In the case of newly issued licenses in which the initial renewal period is less than two full years, thirty (30) contact hours, including a minimum of three contact hours of ethics,
are required.
Including a minimum of three contact hours of ethics
Contact hours equal the number of actual clock hours spent in direct participation in a structured education format as a learner.
One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 10 contact hours
One Semester hour of credit = 15 contact hours
One Quarter hour of credit = 10 contact hours

NOTE: LPC Supervisors must provide additional documentation of a minimum of ten (10) contact hours of continuing education training related to professional knowledge and competency in the field of counseling supervision. These contact hours are in addition to the forty (40) contact hours already required for a total of fifty (50).

Content Areas:

1. Counseling theory
2. Human growth and development
3. Social and cultural foundations
4. Helping relationship
5. Group dynamics
6. Lifestyle and career development
7. Appraisal of individuals
8. Diagnosis and treatment planning
9. Research and evaluation
10. Professional orientation
11. Ethics (minimum 3 hours per renewal period) (The required Jurisprudence Exam offers five contact hours

in ethics.) Ethics training must focus on ethical behavior and responsibility as related to the American

Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics or the Center for Credentialing and Education Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Code of Ethics.

12. Counseling supervision (required for LPC Supervisors Only)

Counseling supervision training must focus on professional knowledge and competency in the field of counseling supervision.

Approved Providers:

Continuing education training provided by one of the following national organizations, their affiliates or by a vendor approved by one of the following organizations shall be approved:
(1) American Counseling Association (counseling.org);
(2) American Association of State Counseling Boards(aascb.org);
(3) National Board for Certified Counselors (nbcc.org); and
(4) Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (crccertification.com).
Continuing education training provided by one of the following national organizations, their affiliates or by a vendor approved by one of the following organizations shall be approved for no more than 15 contact hours for any given
renewal period.
(5) American Association of Christian Counselors (www.aacc.net);
(6) American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (www.aamft.org);
(7) American Psychological Association (www.apa.org);
(8) Employee Assistance Certification Commission (www.nattc.org);
(9) International Employee Assistance Professional Association (www.iaeape.org);
(10) National Area Health Education Center Organization (www.nationalahec.org);
(11) National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (www.naadac.org);
(12) National Association of Pastoral Counselors (www.pastoral-counseling-nter.org);
(13) National Association of Social Workers (www.socialworkers.org); and
(14) National Rehabilitation Association (www.nationalrehab.org).

Types of Activities: See documentation requirements below

A structured education activity for which the licensee was a learner (may be used to fulfill ethics requirement)
Academic credit granted from a regionally accredited institution of higher education for work done in a counseling or counseling related subject (may be used to fulfill ethics requirement) (maximum = 10 contact hours)
Publication activities are limited to articles written by the licensee and published in peer reviewed journals, editing of a chapter in a book based on counseling or counseling related material, or authoring or co-authoring a published book on counseling or counseling related material (maximum reported contact hours within a renewal period is 10 contact hours)
Academic credit granted from a regionally accredited institution of higher education for work done toward the completion of a dissertation (maximum reported contact hours within a renewal period is 10 contact hours)
Clinical supervision, as defined by Rule 0.208, which was received by the licensee during the renewal period (maximum reported contact hours within a renewal period is 10 contact hours)
Leadership positions: Officer of state, regional, or national counseling organization; editor or editorial board member of a professional counseling journal; active member of a state, regional, or national counseling committee producing a substantial written product; chair of a major state, regional or national counseling conference or convention (maximum reported contact hours within a renewal period is 10 contact hours)
Presentation activities or workshops for which the licensee was a presenter (maximum reported contact hours within a renewal period is 5 contact hours)

Documentation Requirements:

Continuing Education Training
Certificate of Attendance/Completion with name of approved provider and/or an approved provider number
Signed by the responsible officer of an approved continuing education provider
Name of attendee
Name of course
Date(s) of attendance
Number of contact hours
Name of approved provider and/or approved provider number
Graduate/Doctoral Level Academic Credit or Dissertation (maximum = 10 contact hours)
Copy of Transcript or
Grade Report
Publication of which you are the author or co-author (maximum = 10 contact hours)
Copy of cover page of article/book reflecting print date and author
Copy of table of contents reflecting print date and author
Clinical Supervision (maximum = 10 contact hours)
Letter from qualified clinical supervisor with supervisor’s signature
Must confirm the following items:
Date(s) of activity
Number of participation hours
Position or title of the provider
Credential of the provider
Leadership (maximum = 10 contact hours)
Letter of confirmation signed by an officer of the organization
Must have occurred for a minimum of six months and dates must fall within the renewal period.
Must confirm the following:
Position
Date(s) position was held
Nature of the position or service rendered
Must have been one of the following:
Officer of a state counseling organization
Officer of a regional counseling organization
Officer of a national counseling organization
Editor of a professional counseling journal
Editorial Board Member of a professional counseling journal
Active Member of a state counseling committee producing a substantial written product
Active Member of a regional counseling committee producing a substantial written product
Active Member of a national counseling committee producing a substantial written product
Chair of a major state counseling conference or convention
Chair of a major regional counseling conference or convention
Chair of a major national counseling conference or convention

Presenter (licensee presented) (maximum = 5 Contact hours)
Letter of confirmation from the organization for which the licensee presented
Must confirm the following:
Date(s) of presentation
Name of presentation
Length of presentation
Date(s) of presentation must fall within the renewal period
Topic must be from one or more of the approved content areas

If documentation for continuing education is not clearly identifiable as dealing with counseling, the Board shall request a written description of the continuing education and how it applies to the professional practice of counseling. If the Board determines that the training is not appropriate, the individual shall be given 90 days from the date of notification to replace the hours not approved. Those hours shall be considered replacement hours and cannot be applied to the next renewal period.

Failure to Secure Sufficient Continuing Education

LPCAs, LPCs and LPCSs who are unable to provide documentation of sufficient continuing education activities to renew their license have the following options:

Requests must be made in writing no later than June 1, 2013.

OPTION #1:

Must complete all requirements within one (1) year of expiration (which in all cases falls on June 30th in the year of expiration).
Renewal Application
Copies of Continuing Education documentation
Complete required hours of continuing education prior to June 20 of renewal year:
LPCA & LPC = 40 hours
LPCS = 50 (original 40 hours, plus 10 hours in clinical supervision)
Complete an additional twenty (20) contact hours of continuing education if submitted after June 30:
LPCA & LPC = 60, (original 40 hours, plus 20 hours additional)
LPCS = 70, (original 40 hours, plus 10 hours in clinical supervision, plus 20 hours additional)
Ethics Attestation Statement
Current Professional Disclosure Statement
Certificate of Completion for Jurisprudence Exam requirement
All continuing education acquired during this additional time period for the purpose of renewal of a lapsed license shall not be utilized for future renewal purposes.

OPTION #2:

Request must be submitted in writing to the Board for an extension. An extension shall be granted for:
Military Deployment
Major illness lasting longer than three months of self, partner or child
Death of partner or child
Requests shall be received by the Board no later than June 1st of the year of expiration
Extensions shall be granted for a period of up to one year
Any continuing education acquired during the extension shall not be utilized for future renewal purposes
Must complete all requirements before renewal can be issued
Renewal form
Copies of Continuing Education documentation:
Complete required hours of continuing education:
LPCA & LPC = 40 hours for late renewal
LPCS = 50 (original 40 hours, plus 10 hours in clinical supervision)
Ethics Attestation Statement
Current Professional Disclosure Statement
Certificate of Completion for Jurisprudence Exam

Failure to complete one of the above listed options within one year after the license’s expiration date means that a license shall be reissued only upon application as for an original license and all current licensure requirements apply to the new application.

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