Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VII-A. Qualifications for Licensure to Practice Professional Counseling; Transition of Professional Counselors; Waiver of Licensure Requirements.


§ 3–1207.10. Qualifications for licensure.

(a) The Board of Professional Counseling shall license as a professional counselor a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter, has satisfactorily completed the examination process, has completed 60 hours of postgraduate education in counseling or a related subject from an accredited college or university, and has completed 2 years of supervised counseling experience.

(b) The Board of Professional Counseling shall license as a graduate professional counselor a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter [§3-1205.01 et seq.], has satisfactorily completed the examination process and has completed 48 hours of graduate education leading to a Master’s degree in counseling or a related subject from an accredited college or university.

(c) The Board of Professional Counseling shall license, by endorsement, a professional counselor who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter [§3-1205.01 et seq.],, is currently licensed in another state and meets the American Association of State Counseling Boards Tier II requirements, which consist of:

(1) Completion of at least 60 hours of postgraduate education leading to a Master’s degree in counseling or a related field obtained from an institution of higher education that is regionally accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education;

(2) Supervision by another person, which shall consist of at least 2 years of post-Master’s counseling experience with a minimum of 4,000 hours;

(3) Having 2,500 hours of direct client contact within the 4,000 hours;

(4) A minimum of 100 hours of clinical supervision, post-Master’s, of which 50 hours may be in group supervision; and

(5) Five years of post-licensure experience in clinical counseling at the independent level.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 710; as added July 22, 1992, D.C. Law 9-126, § 2(g), 39 DCR 3824; July 7, 2009, D.C. Law 18-13, § 2(d), 56 DCR 3608.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3307.10.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-13 designated subsec. (a); and added subsecs. (b) and (c).


§ 3–1207.11. Transition of professional counselors.

For a period of 2 years following July 22, 1992, all reference to a professional counselor shall be deemed to refer to a person meeting the requirements for licensure in the District, regardless of whether that person is licensed.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 711; as added July 22, 1992, D.C. Law 9-126, § 2(g), 39 DCR 3824.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3307.11.


§ 3–1207.12. Waiver of licensure requirements.

(a) The Board of Professional Counseling shall waive the 60 hours of postgraduate education and examination requirements for any applicant for licensure as a professional counselor who can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Board, that he or she holds a bachelor’s degree in counseling or a related subject from an accredited college or university and has been performing the functions of a professional counselor, as defined by this subchapter, on a full-time or substantially full-time basis continually for at least 24 months immediately preceding July 22, 1992, and is qualified to do so on the basis of pertinent education, training, experience, and demonstrated current competence, provided that the application for licensure is made within 24 months of July 22, 1992.

(b) The Board of Professional Counseling shall waive the examination requirement for any applicant who meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor if the person has practiced as a professional counselor or as a professional counselor administrator within a 3-year period immediately preceding July 22, 1992, and is qualified to do so on the basis of pertinent experience and demonstrated current competence, provided that the application for licensure is made within 12 months of July 22, 1992.

(c) Applicants licensed under the waiver provisions of this section shall be eligible for license renewal on the same terms as all other licensed professional counselors.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 712; as added July 22, 1992, D.C. Law 9-126, § 2(g), 39 DCR 3824.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3307.12.