Becoming an LPCC

A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California is able to offer psychotherapeutic services that include establishing counseling goals and objectives to empower individuals to deal adequately with life situations, reduce stress, experience growth, change behavior, and make well-informed rational decisions. The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program at Antioch University Santa Barbara meets the academic requirements for LPCC licensure in the State of California (Business and Professions Code 4980.36).

Students graduate with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University if they meet the current California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) curriculum and training requirements. All academic requirements will be met if a student successfully completes the 90 quarter unit degree and follows the recommended course schedule. If a student wants to become eligible for dual licensure, he or she will need to complete a 99 quarter unit program of study.

In the event of a change in licensing requirements, the program will modify the curriculum of the clinical psychology program accordingly in order to ensure students meet California licensure requirements. It is recommended that students also maintain contact with the BBS stay informed of changes that may affect their efforts to obtain a license.

Please note that persons who have been convicted of a felony may be denied a license by the BBS. A copy of the current LPCC regulations may be obtained from the website of the Board of Behavioral Sciences at: www.bbs.ca.gov.

Students interested in licensure in a state other than California should contact that state’s professional licensing body for information on academic and clinical training requirements for licensure in that state. Although our accredited degree is portable, some states have specific course requirements unique to that jurisdiction.

After the completion of a Master’s Degree, graduates are required to earn clinical training hours under the supervision of a licensed professional. In California a total of 3,000 post degree hours are required to be licensed as an LPCC. Traineeship hours while enrolled in a graduate program are not counted towards the 3,000 hours. Upon completion of 3,000 hours, licensure applicants must take two written exams. Antioch graduates have an excellent success rate in passing these examinations.