LPC Licensure by Endorsement is always considered on a case by case basis. As long as the licensing requirements in your state, at the time you first applied for licensure, are equal to or greater than WV's current requirements then you should have no problem in gaining WV LPC licensure. We suggest interested applicants review Series 1, LPC Licensing Rule (Board Rules tab, then Click LPC Rules), as it outlines the current education, exam, supervision and application requirements.
Additionally, effective August 15, 2016, the licensing rule includes a provision for the applicant that has actively practiced mental health counseling as a licensed professional counselor by maintaining an ongoing caseload for at least five of the last seven years in another jurisdiction, immediately preceding application. The cited portion of Series 1, LPC Licensing Rule is provided below for your review:
5.3. The Board may waive the requirements as listed in 5.2.a.2. and 5.2.a.4. should the endorsement applicant have actively practiced mental health counseling as a licensed professional counselor by maintaining an ongoing caseload for at least five of the last seven years in another jurisdiction, immediately preceding application.
5.3.a. Applicants seeking a waiver shall provide the following:
5.3.a.1.Proof of having passed the national counselor examination (NCE) or the national clinical mental health counseling examination (NCMHCE) or other certification examination in counseling approved by the board.
5.3.a.2.Proof of good standing in all jurisdictions wherein licensed, current or otherwise, with proof of no discipline in any of these jurisdictions for an act that would have constituted groundsfor refusal, suspension,or revocation of a license to practice mental health counseling in the state of West Virginia at the time the act was committed.
5.3.a.3. Verification of licensure standing from all jurisdictions where currently licensed.
When you are ready to apply, please forward a *$30 check or money order to:
Request for Application: LPC Licensure by Endorsement
815 Quarrier St., Suite 212
Charleston, WV 25301
Please include a note indicating that you are requesting the LPC Endorsement Application Packet along with your home mail address, email address, and contact phone number.
*You also have the option to pay the fee at the Credit Card Payment Tab. Please print and include the receipt with your request to the board. Please follow the instructions provided at the Credit Card payment tab, which includes forwarding your receipt of payment to Amber Schawver at email@example.com
Once your request and fee is received, you will be mailed the LPC Endorsement Application CD within 5-7 business days. The CD includes all the materials you need to apply for licensure. The first item you will want to print is the Instruction/Checklist sheet. You are asked to use this as your guide as you complete and compile your materials. Thank you.
If you have any additional questions, please email the board at firstname.lastname@example.org