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§ 4757.23. Professional counselor license.

(A) The counselors professional standards committee of the counselor, social worker, and marriage and family therapist board shall issue a license as a professional counselor to each applicant who submits a properly completed application, pays the fee established under section 4757.31 of the Revised Code, and meets the requirements established under division (B) of this section.

(B) To be eligible for a license as a professional counselor, an individual must meet the following requirements:

(1) The individual must be of good moral character.

(2) The individual must hold from an accredited educational institution a graduate degree in counseling.

(3) The individual must complete a minimum of ninety quarter hours of graduate credit in counselor training acceptable to the committee, which the individual may complete while working toward receiving a graduate degree in counseling or subsequent to receiving the degree.

(4) The individual must pass an examination administered by the board for the purpose of determining ability to practice as a professional counselor.

(C) To be accepted by the committee for purposes of division (B) of this section, counselor training must include at least the following:

(1) Instruction in human growth and development; counseling theory; counseling techniques; group dynamics, processing, and counseling; appraisal of individuals; research and evaluation; professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities; social and cultural foundations; and lifestyle and career development;

(2) Participation in a supervised practicum and internship in counseling.

(D) The committee may issue a provisional license to an applicant who meets all of the requirements to be licensed under this section, pending the receipt of transcripts or action by the committee to issue a license as a professional counselor.

(E) An individual may not sit for the licensing examination unless the individual meets the educational requirements to be licensed under this section. An individual who is denied admission to the licensing examination may appeal the denial in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(F) The board shall adopt any rules necessary for the committee to implement this section, including criteria for the committee to use in determining whether an applicant's training should be accepted. Rules adopted under this division shall be adopted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

HISTORY: RC § 4757.07, 140 v H 205 (Eff 10-10-84); 142 v S 155 (Eff 6-24-88); RC § 4757.23, 146 v S 223 (Eff 3-18-97); 147 v H 215 (Eff 6-30-97); 149 v H 374. Eff 4-7-2003.

Cross-References to Related Sections

Qualifications of an adoption assessor, RC § 3107.01.2.

Ohio Adminstrative Code

Professional counselors -

Requirements for licensure. OAC ch. 4757-13.

Scope of practice. OAC 4757-15-01.

Supervision. OAC 4757-17-01.

Research Aids


O-Jur3d: Phys & S §§ 62, 112, 125

Am-Jur2d: Phys & S § 51 et seq


Validity of legislation regulating, licensing, or prescribing for certification of psychologists. 81 ALR2d 791.



Counselor-client privilege.

Licensing requirements.

Psychological tests and evaluations.

Counselor-client privilege

Subject to the exceptions set forth in RC § 2317.02(G)(1)-(6), RC § 2317.02(G) prohibits a rehabilitation services commission employee, who is licensed as a professional counselor under RC § 4757.07 and serves as a professional counselor of RSC clients, from testifying concerning a confidential communication made to him by an RSC client in the professional counselor-client relationship or his advice to his client. (1946 OAG No. 931, overruled.): (decided under former analogous section), OAG No. 87-005 (1987).

Licensing requirements

Shifting the burden to an applicant for a professional counselor's license to prove he was of good moral character was not improper he also had to show he had a graduate degree from an accredited educational institution. Schmitt v. Counselor & Soc. Worker Bd., - Ohio App. 3d - , - N.E.2d - 2003 Ohio App. LEXIS 3203 (June 30, 2003).

Revised Code § 4757.07(A)(3) plainly requires a potential candidate for licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor to have received a master's or doctorate degree in counseling, rather than in programs related to counseling; the statutory language is mandatory: (decided under former analogous section) Vogler-Teoli v. State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board, No. 97BA3 1998 Ohio App. LEXIS 1911 (7th Dist. 1998).

In order to be eligible for a license as a professional counselor without clinical endorsement, appellee had to demonstrate that he held a bachelor's degree in a field closely related to that of a counselor by showing that his coursework was the functional equivalent of five of the ten counseling areas in OAC 4757-5-02(B): (decided under former analogous section) Ladd v. Ohio Counselor & Social Worker Bd., 76 Ohio App. 3d 323, 601 N.E.2d 617 (1991).

Psychological tests and evaluations

A licensed professional counselor or a licensed professional clinical counselor who is authorized pursuant to RC Chapter 4757. to administer tests or evaluations in his counseling practice may use the term "psychological" to describe or refer to tests or evaluations that pertain to mental functioning or mental status: OAG No. 96-029 (1996).

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