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Running head: STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD RESEACH PROJECT 1State Credentialing Board Research Project Grand Canyon UniversityPCN 505August 15, 2018
STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD RESEACH PROJECT2State Credentialing Board Research ProjectWhen becoming a counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, there are many requirements that need to meet. Some counselors become board certified, because this shows one’s ability to utilize what they have learned in higher education (master’s degree) and have metall qualifications. This certification is not mandated requirement. According to the NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors) “certification is a voluntary credential representing to members of the public and potential employers that the counselor has met national standards set by the counseling profession” (NBCC, 2018). All counselors, depending on their state, must havepermission from their state government to legally counsel. “Licensure is designed to legally define who can use the title of a licensed counselor and/or who can provide counseling services in a particular state” (NBCC, 2018). Being licensed gives you a title to help distinguish what field you currently operate in. In counseling the most common titles used by licensed counselors are: LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor), LCPC(Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor), and LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor). This research paper will focus on the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. It will give insight to what the state credential board history, requirement for licensure, the process of licensure and complaint, as well as how the board govern and regulate activities. History of NCBLPC In North Carolina the state board is better known as the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. For short, they call it “NCBLPC or Board”. The North Carolina state board can be found in Greensboro, NC. North Carolina state board emerged from the Licensed Professional Counselor Act. Stated in the history of NCBLPC, the LPC Act
STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD RESEACH PROJECT3“replaced the Registered Professional Counselor Act” (NCBLPC, 2017). This Act was validated on July 24, 1993 but did not become effective until 1994. “Since implementation of the LPC Act in 1994, the Board has the responsibility of administering and enforcing the provisions of the practice act (NCBLPC, 2017). The “Board” utilizes a combination of national guidelines to help prepare professional counselors. They use the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC),