(LPC) Licensed Professional Counselor -requires no experience or supervision
(LCPC) Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
c) A qualified supervisor means any person who is a licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical psychologist, or psychiatrist as defined in Section 1-121 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. If supervision took place outside Illinois, the supervisor shall be a master's level or doctoral level counselor engaged in clinical professional counseling, clinical social work, clinical psychology or psychiatry. The supervisor shall hold an active license if the jurisdiction in which the supervisor practices requires licensure.
1) The supervisor shall have met with the applicant at least one hour each week. The supervision means the review of counseling and case management.
g) Acceptable modes for supervision of direct client contact are as follows:
1) Individual supervision: the supervisory session is conducted by an approved supervisor with one or two counselors present.
2) Group supervision: the supervisory session is conducted by an approved supervisor with no more than 5 counselors present.
The exams for Illinois licensure are:
NCE Exam to become a LPC
NCE Exam AND NCMHCE Exam to become a LCPC
If you have already taken and passed the NCE exam you do not need to retake it to become a LCPC.
You do not need to become a LPC to become a LCPC but you still need to pass both exams.
Licensure Examination Rules.
The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is an examination managed by NBCC.
The exam is offered in different ways.
Some universities offer the exam through their university for their current graduate students prior to graduation.
It is also offered as part of the Illinois licensure process. In this situation the exam is available after being approved for counselor licensure by IDFPR.
The National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) is an examination managed by NBCC. The examination consists of 10 simulated clinical mental health counseling cases that are designed to sample a broad area of competencies, not merely the recall of isolated facts. The cases assess clinical problem-solving ability, including identifying, analyzing, diagnosing and treating clinical issues. Each case is divided into approximately five to eight sections that are classified as either information gathering or decision-making.