Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (P-LPC)

Mississippi State Board of Examiners
for Licensed Professional Counselors 

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P-LPC

LPC

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LPC-S

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Licensed Professional Counselor (P-LPC)

This license is for individuals who have completed a qualified master’s degree, have taken and passed the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination, and wish to offer professional counseling or psychotherapy services.  A P-LPC has a license to practice counseling in the state of Mississippi under the supervision of a Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor (LPC-S). A P-LPC may provide services to individuals, groups, organizations, corporations, institutions, government agencies or the general public for a fee, monetary or otherwise, implying that he or she is licensed.

Only a P-LPC practicing under the supervision of a MS LPC-S is allowed to count supervised experience toward becoming an LPC in Mississippi. A P-LPC cannot practice independently.

Once the supervised experience requirements are completed (Rules & Regs 4.3), a P-LPC can apply for full licensure as an LPC. The Board will review the completed supervised hours to determine eligibility for LPC.
Before applying for the P-LPC license, individuals must meet the following:

Pre-Application Requirements:

         – A qualified Master’s degree in Counseling. (Rules & Regs 4.2.)

If you have met the Pre-Application requirements and are ready to begin your online application, select the APPLY for Provisional-LPC (P-LPC) below. 

Apply for Provisional – LPC (P-LPC)

Instructions for Applying for Provisional-LPC (P-LPC) – Print

1. Verify that you have met the Pre-application requirements:

  • Obtained a Master’s degree program that has the word Counseling in its title AND consists of sixty (60) semester hours or ninety (90) quarter-hours.

2. Secure a Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor (LPC-S).
    Click here to find an LPC-S (How to begin supervision with an LPC-S)

3. Set up an Applicant Profile through the link provided at the bottom of these Instructions.  This will allow you to access to the  P-LPC Application and Supervisory Agreement. Remember your email and password for later access.

4. Enter into a Supervisory Agreement with a Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor (LPC-S).  Login to your new profile by using the email address and password you created. Select the App Info tab and scroll to Part III to complete the Post-Grad Supervisory Agreement. This online form uses electronic signatures between you and your supervisor to complete the agreement. 

5. Upload Supervision Contract to the Supervisory Agreement in App Info. Contract is obtained from LPC-S and signed by you and your LPC-S.

6. Upload Declaration of Practices to the Supervisory Agreement in App Info. It must be reviewed and approved by your LPC-S. Sample Declaration of Practices available here.

7. Complete P-LPC Application. Available to you after you have completed steps 1 – 6 above.  Login to Profile and select App Info tab.

8. Remit P-LPC Application Fee. Upon completion of Steps 1- 7 you will be directed to pay the Application Fee through your Application Profile.

9. Once you have submitted the P-LPC Application and remitted the Application fees, you will have access to the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination in your profile in the App Info tab. (See Licensure Exams section below for more details.)

10. Request Transcript.  Request Official Transcript(s) from an approved educational institution verifying educational qualifications.  Only the graduate-level transcripts are required. The official transcript(s) should be sent directly to the Board via eScrip to info@lpc.ms.gov or mailed to the Board sealed in an envelope and signed or stamped across the envelope’s seal by the transcript clerk issuing the document to the applicant at the address found in the Board Information tab.

11. Fingerprint Card for Background Check.  Fingerprint card is requested when you submit your application and remit the application fee and the Background Check Processing Fee of $50 through your application submission. The Board will mail you a customized card for you to submit to Mississippi Criminal Information Center  (MCIC). This fee is paid at the same time the application fee is remitted. Fingerprint cards cannot be requested outside of completion of application.

12. Submit Fingerprint Card directly to MCIC.  Fingerprint images must be submitted directly to the Mississippi Criminal Information Center on the customized card mailed to you. (Instructions will be included with the customized card.) Receipt of background check results from the MCIC is currently taken 4-6 weeks to be received in the Board office. For more precise time frame, check with MCIC.

13. Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination.  Once application has been submitted and payment remitted, you will be able to register for the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination through your profile on the App Info tab. You may upload passing scores on the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination. CCE Academy will provide the Board with an official score report.

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Managing your P-LPC License

Supervision Hours

P-LPCs can only offer counseling services while under contract with an LPC-S. This contract allows you to report your experience hours online through your Profile in the Supervision Reporting Log. When you have accrued the supervised hours required you may apply for your LPC. Remember that Provisional licensees must remain under the active supervision of a Board-Approved Supervisor until he/she is independently licensed. How to report supervised experience        

How your LPC-S reports supervised experience/Form B

Changing site or setting / How to switch supervisors. How to switch sites.

P-LPCs may change site or setting for supervised experience by entering into a new online Post-Graduate Supervision Agreement, Uploading a new Declaration of Practice for the new setting, and Uploading contract. The LPC-S reviews and concurs the new Post-Graduate Supervision Agreement. The LPC-S must “complete” or end the agreement for the previous site. The LPC-S may then “prepare Form B” to verify the supervision hours for the previous site.

Steps to change site/setting:

  • LPC-S for that site must click on the “agreement complete” button, then enter the date agreement ended, reason for ending agreement, check box if supervisee will remain under supervision with that LPC-S or do not check the box if supervisee will not remain under supervision with that LPC-S, then click on the “Yes” button to continue with ending that agreement.
  • LPC-S will be taken to a screen to “update completed hours”. The completed hours must be entered into the box to match the supervision reporting logs, the LPC-S must click on the “update” button.
  • LPC-S is then taken to the Post-Master’s Supervision Verification, Form B, and must enter detailed description of practice supervised, check the appropriate button for recommendation/verification, click on the box to certify the information is true and complete, then click on “Save Form”. The “Save Form” submits the verification Form B electronically to the P-LPC’s online application.

Steps to add new site/setting:

  • Enter into a Supervisory Agreement with a Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor (LPC-S).  Login to your profile by using the email address and password you created. Select the App Info tab and scroll to Part III to complete the Post-Grad Supervisory Agreement. This online form uses electronic signatures between you and your supervisor to complete the agreement.
  • Upload Supervision Contract to the Supervisory Agreement in App Info. Contract is obtained from LPC-S and signed by you and your LPC-S.
  • Upload Declaration of Practices to the Supervisory Agreement in App Info. It must be reviewed and approved by your LPC-S. Sample Declaration of Practices available here.
  • Once LPC-S has approved and concurred with new Supervisory Agreement, you may continue with with supervised experience. If the Board office finds the Declaration of Practice or Contract needs any revisions, you will be advised but this will not hinder your reporting.
  • You MUST report supervised experience in a timely manner. Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of the non-reported hours.

A detailed PowerPoint in the “managing supervisees” tab on the “I’m A ….LPC-S” page.  

Apply for LPC Candidacy from P-LPC

To obtain Board approval to take the NCMHCE, an active P-LPC must be complete with supervised experience. An “Apply for LPC” button will be available in your profile, to the right of your photo on the General Registration tab (if not, contact the Board office at info@lpc.ms.gov) You and your LPC-Supervisor will complete the steps outlined here and submit verification form(s). The Board will review. If approved, you will be instructed via email on the steps to register for the NCMHCE.

Your name and expiration date of LPC Application will be submitted to the NBCC as being approved for the licensure examination. Your application for licensure is active for one year from date LPC application was received in Board office. After that date, you must pay a yearly “Re-Application Fee” to keep your application active until you pass the test and are licensed. You must take and pass the examination by the four-year anniversary date. Otherwise, the application file becomes null and is destroyed.

Once you pass the NCMHCE, the passing score report will be sent to the Board directly from NBCC on the Friday of the second full week of the month following the month you took the exam. When score report is received, you will be notified by email that score report has been received and the steps you need to take before LPC will be issued.

Continuing Education
The Board requires P-LPC to complete 6 hours of CEHs during the renewal period. Of these six (6) hours, two (2) must be Ethics training and one (1) must be in Telemental Health counseling if you are listed as a Distance Professional Services provider. These continuing education hours are included as part of the
required continuing education requirements for renewal.

P-LPCs document their CEHs by completing the entries in their online Profile under the Education tab. See the Renewal Process link below for review of how to correctly document hours.

Update/Review Continuing Education Credit

P-LPCs may review their current totals of continuing education hours and can update their file by logging in to their Profile and selecting the Education tab, then select the View/Update Current CE Hrs. Follow the instructions provided when selecting this tab to upload certificates.
Click here to login to your Profile.

Providers

Refer to the Rules and Regulations – Rule 6.2.(C) – on other ways to receive CEH (i.e. coursework, Home Study, Presentations, Publishing, Counseling, Research, and/or Organizational and Regulatory)

NBCC Review form for non-pre-approved CEH

ACEP Directory

NBCC – Earn Continuing Education 

Renewal
Provisional Licensees are required to renew their licenses in order to maintain the right to practice. Renewal includes documenting CEHs (6 hours, including 2 Ethics hours); verification of Profile information; answering personal history questions; and payment of renewal fee.

Renewals notices will be emailed to P-LPCs and payment can be performed online by credit card or electronic check, or by mailing a check or money order to the Board office.  Online process is easy to use and renewal is complete when payment is processed.

When logged into your Profile you can:

  • Update your contact information
  • Change your Profile picture (upload instructions)
  • Review license status
  • Order replacement certificates when damaged, lost, or name changed If you need a replacement certificate due to name change or damaged or lost certificate, you may request replacement of your MS Professional Counselor License through the Online Payment tab in your profile. There is a $30 fee for replacement wall certificate.
  • Order verification of license to be sent to other entities If you are a MS P-LPC or LPC or have been in the past, you may request verification of your MS Professional Counselor License through the Online Payment tab in your profile. There is a $25 fee for the verification to be sent to another state licensing Board.
  • Request License File Transfer to Other Jurisdiction
  • Renew your license
  • Check CEH and Submit CEH
  • Make secure online payments


Instructions on how to renew online 

P-LPC Renewal Process

P-LPC Renewal Instructions

Apply for LPC

How to apply for LPC after completing supervised experience

Once you are finished with your supervised experience, you must apply for LPC. If you have not already taken the National Counselor Exam (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Exam (NCMHCE) and passed, you must successfully pass either of the examinations and submit passing score report to the Board. The Board will review your application, supervision verification form(s), and examination score reports.

As a P-LPC, you must continue to renew your P-LPC license until your LPC has been issued.  You must also remain under supervision until LPC is issued and report the supervision in the same reporting log used for reporting experience with the current supervisor.

Steps to apply for LPC:

  • Apply for LPC – when you have met the minimum total hours and individual supervision hours in the online reporting logs, a “Apply of LPC” button will appear in the top right side of your online profile on the General Registration tab. Click the Apply for LPC button and follow the prompts on the screen to the payment window and remit the $50 application fee.
  • Update Completed Hours – Verify all hours have been reported in the online supervision log and the supervisor has approved all reported hours. Then click on the “update completed hours” button in the post-master’s agreement(s) and enter the hours to match the online log hours recorded in red.
  • Prepare Form B – Your supervisor(s) will need to prepare the electronic Supervision Verification Form B and submit to the board for review. How your LPC-S reports supervised experience/Form B
  • Board Review – The Board reviews the verification forms. If all required documents for LPC are found to be acceptable, the Board approves you for licensure.  If approved, you will be notified by email on the final steps you need to take before LPC will be issued.

How to continue LPC application:

The application process for licensure must be completed within one (1) year of the Board’s receipt of the individual’s application. An individual who has not completed the application process within the one (1) year must pay a Reapplication Fee in order to reactivate the application. The Reapplication Fee is due by the end of one (1) year of the original application date, which extends the application process for an additional one (1) year. If an Applicant does not complete the application process within the additional year, the application will become void. Incomplete applications that have not been kept current will be kept on file for two (2) years, after which time they will be destroyed.

To continue with the application process (extend the expiration date another year from expiration date), you will need to remit reapplication fee in the online payments tab of your profile in the red outlined box.

A P-LPC shall be renewable for not more than four (4) years.

Licensure Exams

The Applicant must pass

  1. Mississippi Pass/Fall Jurisprudence Examination and
  2. Either the National Counseling Exam (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE).
    1. PLPC Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination

    The Mississippi Pass/Fall Jurisprudence Examination is for license applicants for Mississippi. This exam is “open book”. You can use printed copies of these materials while taking the exam.

    While taking the examination, you are encouraged to refer to the Mississippi Rules and Regulations and the ethical codes of the American Counseling Association (ACA). You are required to answer all 35 multiple choice questions. You must correctly answer a minimum of 80 percent of the questions to successfully pass the examination.

    You will have 60 minutes to complete the examination. If you do not complete the examination in the time allowed, or fail the examination, you will have to wait 30 days to purchase and take the examination again. You will receive your scores by email. Official scores will be provided to the Board.

    The examination is administered through CCE Academy. Registration is available after a P-LPC application is submitted and application fees are remitted in the Applicant’s profile on the App Info tab. The first time you click the exam link you will be required to create a username and password as a First-Time Visitor. If you need to take the exam more than once to pass, you will need your username and password to login as a Returning Visitor.

    1. Either the National Counseling Exam (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE)
    • The NCE or NCMHCE may be taken at any time.
    • Individuals may take the NCE or NCMHCE without Board approval.
    • The examination is administered by the NBCC. The Applicant is responsible for all fees associated with the examination.

      National Counselor Exam (NCE)

      To obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), individuals may present a passing score on the National Counselor Exam (NCE).  Individuals register here to take the NCE through the National Board for Certified Counselors without Board approval. (RegisterYou may register to take the exam at any Pearson VUE site or through OnVUE, a new online administration option.  You now have the choice to take the NCE online from the privacy of your home through the OnVUE platform or in person at a Pearson VUE test center. The OnVue platform is only available for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and you will only be able to take the OnVue format one time. The information found here is designed to assist you in choosing the option that best suits your needs and will allow you to have the best possible testing experience.

      NCE State Candidate Handbook

      National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE)
      To obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), individuals may present a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Exam (NCMHCE).  Individuals may register to take the NCMHCE without Board approval.  Individuals register here to take the NCMHCE through the National Board for Certified Counselors without Board approval. (Register

      An active P-LPC must be complete with supervised experience to apply to obtain a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). An “Apply for LPC” button will be available in your profile (if not, contact the Board office at info@lpc.ms.gov) You and your LPC-Supervisor will complete steps outlined here and submit verification form(s). Receipt of passing score report on either the NCE or the NCMHCE, in addition to the passing score report on the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination, is required before the Board will review your application for LPC.

      If approved, you will be notified by email on the final steps you need to take before LPC will be issued.

       

      NCMHCE State Candidate Handbook

      Request Verification of MS Professional Counselor License

      The Board provides the service of verification of your license to other entities for a fee. You must submit payment before the Board will provide this verification that will include your Licensure status, Date of original license, and acknowledgement of any disciplinary action by the Board.  To order your license verification, Login to your profile and go to the Online Payments tab. 

      Request MS Professional Counselor License File Transfer to Other Jurisdiction

      The Board provides the service of transfer of your license file to other licensing boards for a fee. You must submit payment before the Board will provide this service that will include a copy of your license file (to include transcript(s), examination score report(s), and supervised experience verification form(s), along with a verification of your Licensure status, Date of original license, and acknowledgement of any disciplinary action by the Board. To order your File Transfer, Login to your profile and go to the Online Payments tab.

      Frequently Asked Questions – P-LPC

      1. How do I know if the Board has received my supporting documents?

      • Login to your Profile and select the App Info tab. The date of receipt of transcripts, exam scores and background check is posted in the tracking section at the top of this section.

      2. When can I start logging hours?

      • In order to begin logging hours, all P-LPC applicants must have a completed application submitted, reviewed by the Board, approved by the Board, and a P-LPC number issued.

      3. Do I have to take the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Exam if I already have a passing score report for the National Counselor Exam or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam?

      • Yes. All P-LPC and P-LPC Applicants must also have a passing score report for the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Exam.

      4. When do I take the NCE or the NCMHCE?

      • Either the National Counseling Exam (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) may be taken at any time.
      • Individuals may take the NCE or NCMHCE without Board approval.
      • The examination is administered by the NBCC. The Applicant is responsible for all fees associated with the examination. Go to the Licensure Exams section above for more details on registration.

      5. If I have already taken and passed the NCE or the NCCMHCE must I take the exam again after I complete my supervision hours?

      • No, you do not have to retake the NCE or the NCMHCE; however, you must have a passing score report on file with The Board.

      6. Can I provide Distance Professional Services with a P-LPC?

      • P-LPCs can practice TeleMental Health counseling with the approval from his/her LPC-S, who must be designated by the Board to be a Distance Professional Services provider. P-LPCs must also be designated as a Distance Professional Services Provider.

      7. How long do I have to complete the application process for P-LPC?

      • Your P-LPC application is active for 365 days from the date of payment. After this date, you must pay a Reapplication Fee to reactivate your application and continue the application process. Any applicant who does not complete the application process within the 365 days from the date the application was received by the office of the Mississippi State Board of Examiners for LPC must pay a Reapplication Fee to continue the application process in order to reactivate file for an additional one (1) year. If an applicant does not complete the application process within the additional 365 days, the application will become void.

      8. Can a P-LPC file insurance?

      • Third party reimbursement is dependent on the contract between the provider and the third party.

      9. What are my options if my master’s degree program was less than 60 hours?

      • The Board will consider your application for P-LPC if you complete another 60 hour degree program or complete an advanced degree, e.g. Doctorate or Specialist.

      10. Can I open my own practice with a P-LPC?

      • No.  You cannot engage in independent private practice as a P-LPC. Additionally, in a private practice setting, you must practice with an LPC on site with you, and you must be under supervision by a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor (LPC-S).

      11. If my P-LPC was issued prior to the Rules and Regulations January 1, 2023, revisions, do I have to take the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination?

      • Yes. Mississippi requires two (2) exams for LPC licensure. All P-LPCs must have a passing score report for the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination AND either the National Counselor Exam or the National Clinical Mental Health Exam.

      12. If I applied before September 30, 2018, and did not take the National Counselor Exam prior to applying for P-LPC, do I have to have passing score report on two (2) exams?

      • Yes. Mississippi requires two (2) exams for LPC licensure. All P-LPCs must have a passing score report for the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination AND either the National Counselor Exam or the National Clinical Mental Health Exam.

      13.  If I am a P-LPC and have already taken the National Counseling Exam (NCE), finished my supervised experience, applied for LPC, and have been approved to take the NCMHCE, do I still have to take the NCMHCE or can I simply register for the Mississippi Pass/Fail Examination?

      If you have already taken the NCE, please confirm receipt of the score report in your online profile in the Tracking Information of the App Info tab. If you have taken the NCE and the score report receipt date is not posted, you will need to request the passing score report from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Meanwhile, current P-LPC may register for the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination at anytime.  Once you have taken the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination and the Board receives the official score report from CCE, you will be notified of the final steps you need to take before LPC will be issued. Your application is not required to go back before the LPC Board IF your LPC Application was already reviewed and approved by the Board pending receipt of the NCMHCE results. You must, however, have the Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Exam and either the NCE or the NCMHCE on file with the Board.

      14. How do I take the Mississippi Pass/Fail Jurisprudence Examination?

      Please refer to the Board’s website https://www.lpc.ms.gov/license/p-lpc/ “Apply for LPC” of “Licensure Exams” for details on the examination and registration process before contacting the MS LPC Board. If you have questions about using the CCE website, please contact CCE.

       

      Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors

      239 North Lamar Street
      Suite 402
      Jackson, MS 39201
      Office: 601 359-1010
      Email: info@lpc.ms.gov

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