Renewing your counseling license in California can be a daunting task. But with the right information and guidance, you can easily navigate the process and get your license renewed in no time. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started. First, you'll need to submit a completed renewal form (unless you're renewing online) with the appropriate fee.
Depending on whether this is your first time renewing your license, you may need to complete 18 or 36 hours of continuing education. Licensed mental health professionals must complete 36 hours of continuing education to receive their license renewal. LPCCs must keep their continuing education documentation for two years in case of random audits. If you don't renew your license within three years, it will be canceled.
Once a license is canceled, you must reapply for it and meet all current requirements to obtain the license. To help you understand the requirements for becoming an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California, you can refer to the California Behavioral Science Board's guide. Most states require professional counselors to obtain continuing education credits on an annual or biennial basis in order to renew their credentials. You can find out more about state continuing education requirements by referring to Appendix E.
You should also familiarize yourself with the programs and services provided by the Medi-Cal Behavioral Health Division (MCBHD) under the umbrella of the California Department of Health Services (DHCS). You can renew your license online or manually through the Behavioral Science Board. To qualify for renewal, you must have completed at least 280 hours of face-to-face supervised clinical experience with counseling groups, families and individuals. If you need additional support, consider joining professional organizations such as the California Counselors Association (CCA), Southern California Counseling Center, and California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC).
By following these steps, you can easily renew your counseling license in California and continue providing quality services to your clients.