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Effective October 1, 2017, all applicants for the Associate Professional Counselor license will be required to pass the National Counselors Exam (NCE). All applicants for Professional Counselor licensure will be required to pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counselors Exam (NCMHCE). Both exams are offered through NBCC. Board approval is required for eligibility to register and sit for these exams for Georgia licensure candidates.
Board Rule 135-9-.01 provides specific continuing education requirements for licensees. Licensees selected for random renewal audits will be provided with instructions for submitting documentation of continuing education.
The Board does not approve individual continuing education providers. Please review Board Rule 135-9-.01 for information regarding approved continuing education providers.
Yes, the Board does offer inactive status (Board Rule 135-6-06 ) to licensees. A license may remain inactive for no more than five (5) years. Requests for Inactive Status must be made to the Board in writing. Please click here for the Request for Inactive Status Form.A person who holds an inactive license may apply to reactivate their license by submitting an application to reactivate license , the required fee and documentation of required continuing education.
All address changes
must be reported to the Board within 30 days after the change (Board Rule 135-6-.02). When
making address changes please remember to update your email address. Changes may be submitted by clicking here.
You may also update your address and e-mail online yourself by following the link on the website www.sos.ga.gov/plb. See the option in the drop down menu of the second tab titled "License Information".
Please submit your request by email to ExamBoards-Healthcare@sos.state.ga.us; by fax to 866-888-7127 or by mail to 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217. Please be sure to include your name, license number, social security number, your new name, and a copy of the legal documentation granting the name change.
O.C.G.A. 43-10A-11(c) for APC licensure and O.C.G.A. 43-10A-13(c) for AMFT licensure, and Board rules 135-5-.01(c)(2) APC and 135-5-.05(3)(b) AMFT provide for an associate level license to only be valid for a five (5) year period. Associate level licenses that lapse for failure to renew may be reinstated one time ONLY, and the remainder of the five (5) years will be allowed to the licensee. Associate level licenses may NOT be placed in inactive status.
Associate level licenses currently must be renewed every two (2) years on or before the common expiration date for all PC, SW or MFT licensees of September 30th of every even numbered year. However, the five (5) year date, from the date of initial issuance of an APC or AMFT license, is the final expiration date of the license, and the administrative staff will expire the licenses, so plan before you renew a five (5) year associate level license to avoid paying a renewal fee only to have the license expire soon after on the five (5) year date from initial issuance.