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Running head: STATE CREDENTIALITY 1 State Credentialing Board Research Project NyShelle Simmons Grand Canyon University
STATE CREDENTIALITY 2 State Credentialing Board Research Project State licensure is important in the counseling profession, as it provides one with the credentials needed to identify as a licensed professional counselor with permission from the state board to practice. Board certification is important for those in the counseling profession, as it helps everyone recognize counselors achievements and competence level. Counselor competency is represented by education and credentials which is obtained through licensure. Licensure requirements can vary from state to state but all states require individuals to have a master’s degree, a certain amount of counseling experience hours and a certain amount of time under supervision. In the counseling profession, counselors are required to meet the education requirements of a Master's degree or higher and the expectations of their state's board to be considered competent and are to be ethical according to the ACA Code of Ethics. Every state has its own requirements that an individual must meet before receiving approval and the necessary credentials to practice within the state. In this paper, I will compare the differences between the state boards in South Carolina and Arizona. To practice in the state of South Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) one must be board certified. In Arizona, individuals can practice as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) until all requirements are met to practice as an LPC. The Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners issues all forms of licensure. The Arizona board is located in Phoenix, Arizona. In the state of South Carolina, the Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists is known as the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing
STATE CREDENTIALITY 3 and Regulation (LLR). The South Carolina Licensure Board is located in Columbia, South Carolina and is contracted with the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) for the distribution of all applications and application materials for Licensure. The South Carolina