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Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Information

Application Instructions

Go to MyLicense.IN.gov and create or log in to your Access Indiana, single sign-on account. Complete the online application and submit payment with a credit or debit card. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow the instructions and ensure all requirements for licensure are submitted or requested. A customer service representative will contact you with details of what additional documentation is required to complete your application. Applications and documents are processed in the order received.

  • Addiction Counselor Associate (LACA)- Bachelor Level

      Application Checklist

      For Applicants who have graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Addictions focused education, and have not obtained post-degree experience and supervision. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

      Completed Application Supplemental Form C Supplemental Form P
      Name Change Documentation Positive Response DocumentationCriminal Background Check
      Official Transcripts License Verification Application Fee ($50)
      ADC or Level II Examination   

      Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Official Transcripts: Applicants must upload an official transcript from each school listed on Form C. The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.
    • Form C- Verification of Coursework: Applicants for an addiction counselor associate license must have a baccalaureate in addiction counseling or in a related area as determined by the board from an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements of the board. All education criteria must be met by postsecondary educational courses. Certifications cannot be used to meet educational requirements.
    • Form P- Verification of PracticumApplicants must complete at least one (1) supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in an addiction counseling setting that requires the applicant to provide at least three hundred fifty (350) hours of addiction counseling services.  The required practicum, internship, or field experience listed in this section must have been primarily in the provision of direct addiction counseling services. This includes knowledge, skill, or experience derived from direct observations of, and participation in, the practice of addiction counseling. Supervised practice, internship, or field experience means experience gained under an individual who is supervising within his or her scope of experience and training and holds an active license at the time of the supervision as:
      • An addiction counselor;
      • A clinical addiction counselor;
      • A mental health counselor;
      • A clinical social worker;
      • A marriage and family therapist;
      • A physician with training in psychiatric medicine;
      • A psychologist;
      • A clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing; or
      • Another state-regulated addiction counseling professional or, if the experience was gained in a state where no regulation exists, by an addictions or behavioral health professional of equivalent status;
    • who has at least three (3) years of experience in providing addiction services.

    • Verification of Licensure (if applicable): If you hold a license or certification in another State, you must provide verification of that information. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Examination Approval: Once all documentation has been reviewed and approved, an applicant who has not taken the national exam will receive an exam approval from our office. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. No extensions will be granted. Please review the Exams and Testing section for contact information on the ADC or Level II exam. If you have already taken one of the national exams, please contact that agency to provide an official copy of your score. 
    • Official Score Report: Upon completion of the ADC or Level II examination; please contact your exam agency to release your scores to our office. If you fail the examination, you will receive notification from our office via email that will include instructions on how to apply to retake the examination. Please allow 7 to 10 business days for our office to process examination results once they are received.
  • Addiction Counselor (LAC)- Bachelor Level with 2 years experience

      Application Checklist

      For Applicants who have graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Addictions focused education, and have obtained post-degree experience and supervision under an Associate license. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

      Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Supplemental Form C
      Supplemental Form PSupplemental Form E2Supplemental Form S2
      Name Change DocumentationPositive Response DocumentationLicense Verification
      Criminal Background CheckOfficial TranscriptADC or Level II Examination

      Requirements: Detailed

      *If already hold an LACA in the State of Indiana you will only need to resubmit Form C, P, and transcripts upon request from the Board.

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Official Transcripts: Applicants must upload an official transcript from each school listed on Form C. The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.
    • Form C- Verification of Coursework: Applicants for an addiction counselor license must have a baccalaureate in addiction counseling or in a related area as determined by the board from an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements of the board. All education criteria must be met by postsecondary educational courses. Certifications cannot be used to meet educational requirements.
    • Form P- Verification of PracticumApplicants must complete at least one (1) supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in an addiction counseling setting that requires the applicant to provide at least three hundred fifty (350) hours of addiction counseling services.  The required practicum, internship, or field experience listed in this section must have been primarily in the provision of direct addiction counseling services. This includes knowledge, skill, or experience derived from direct observations of, and participation in, the practice of addiction counseling. Supervised practice, internship, or field experience means experience gained under an individual who is supervising within his or her scope of experience and training and holds an active license at the time of the supervision as:
      • An addiction counselor;
      • A clinical addiction counselor;
      • A mental health counselor;
      • A clinical social worker;
      • A marriage and family therapist;
      • A physician with training in psychiatric medicine;
      • A psychologist;
      • A clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing; or
      • Another state-regulated addiction counseling professional or, if the experience was gained in a state where no regulation exists, by an addictions or behavioral health professional of equivalent status;
    • who has at least three (3) years of experience in providing addiction services.

    • Form E2- Verification of Experience: Applicants must have at least two (2) years of addiction counseling supervised experience completed no less than 21 months and no more than 48 months. The work requirement may not be performed away from the qualified supervisor's premises if:
      • the work is the independent private practice of addiction counseling; and
      • the work is not performed at a place that has the supervision of a qualified supervisor.

      As used in IC 25-23.6-10.5-8, "qualified supervisor" means an individual who is supervising within his or her scope of experience and training and holds an active license at the time of supervision as:

      • A clinical addiction counselor;
      • A clinical social worker;
      • A marriage and family therapist;
      • A physician who has training in psychiatric medicine;
      • A psychologist;
      • A clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing; or
      • Another state-regulated addiction counseling professional or, if the experience was gained in a state where no regulation exists, by an addictions or behavioral health professional of equivalent status;

      with at least five (5) years of experience in addictions counseling.

    • Form S2- Verification of Supervision: Applicants must have at least two (2) years of addiction counseling supervision completed no less than 21 months and no more than 48 months. This supervision must include at least one hundred fifty (150) hours under supervision, one hundred (100) hours of which must be under individual supervision and fifty (50) hours of which must be under group supervision under a qualified supervisor. You may upload your completed verification forms to your online account.
    • Verification of Licensure (if applicable): If you hold a license or certification in another State, you must provide verification of that information. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Examination Approval: Once all documentation has been reviewed and approved, an applicant who has not taken the national exam will receive an exam approval from our office. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. No extensions will be granted. Please review the Exams and Testing section for contact information on the ADC or Level II exam. If you have already taken one of the national exams, please contact that agency to provide an official copy of your score. 
    • Official Score Report: Upon completion of the ADC or Level II examination; please contact your exam agency to release your scores to our office. If you fail the examination, you will receive notification from our office via email that will include instructions on how to apply to retake the examination. Please allow 7 to 10 business days for our office to process examination results once they are received.
  • Clinical Addiction Counselor Associate (LCACA)- Master Level

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who have graduated with a Master's Degree in Addictions focused education, and have not obtained post-degree experience and supervision. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationSupplemental Form CSupplemental Form P
    Application Fee ($50)Name Change DocumentationPositive Response Documentation
    Criminal Background CheckOfficial TranscriptLicense Verification
    AADC or MAC Examination  

    Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Official Transcripts: Applicants must upload an official transcript from each school listed on Form C. The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.
    • Form C- Verification of Graduate Coursework: Applicants for a clinical addiction counselor associate license must have a graduate in addiction counseling, addiction therapy, or in a related area as determined by the board from an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements of the board. All education criteria must be met by postsecondary educational courses. Certifications cannot be used to meet educational requirements.
    • Form P- Verification of PracticumApplicants must complete not less than one (1) supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in a counseling setting, which must include a minimum of seven hundred (700) clock hours. The 700 hours must have a minimum of two hundred eighty (280) face-to-face client contact hours of addiction counseling service and a minimum of thirty-five (35) hours of supervision from a qualified supervisor who has at least five (5) years’ experience in addiction counseling. As used in IC 25-23.6-10.5-6, "qualified supervisor" means an individual who is supervising within his or her scope of experience and training and holds an active license at the time of supervision as:
      • A clinical addiction counselor;
      • A clinical social worker;
      • A marriage and family therapist;
      • A physician with training in psychiatric medicine;
      • A psychologist;
      • A clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing; or
      • Another state-regulated addiction counseling professional or, if the experience was gained in a state where no regulation exists, by an addictions or behavioral health professional of equivalent status;

      who has at least five (5) years of experience in providing addiction services.

    • Verification of Licensure (if applicable): If you hold a license or certification in another State, you must provide verification of that information. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Examination Approval: Once all documentation has been reviewed and approved, an applicant who has not taken the national exam will receive an exam approval from our office. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. No extensions will be granted. Please review the Exams and Testing section for contact information on the AADC or MAC exam. If you have already taken one of the national exams, please contact that agency to provide an official copy of your score. 
    • Official Score Report: Upon completion of the AADC or MAC examination; please contact your exam agency to release your scores to our office. If you fail the examination, you will receive notification from our office via email that will include instructions on how to apply to retake the examination. Please allow 7 to 10 business days for our office to process examination results once they are received.
  • Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC)- Master level with 2 years experience

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who have graduated with a Master's Degree in Addictions focused education, and have obtained post-degree experience and supervision under an Associate license. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Supplemental Form C
    Supplemental Form PSupplemental Form E2Supplemental Form S2
    Name Change DocumentationPositive Response DocumentationLicense Verification
    Criminal Background CheckOfficial TranscriptAADC or MAC Examination

    Requirements: Detailed

    *If already hold an LCACA in the State of Indiana you will only need to resubmit Form C, P, and transcripts upon request from the Board.

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Official Transcripts: Applicants must upload an official transcript from each school listed on Form C. The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.
    • Form C- Verification of Graduate Coursework: Applicants for a clinical addiction counselor license must have a graduate in addiction counseling, addiction therapy, or in a related area as determined by the board from an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements of the board. All education criteria must be met by postsecondary educational courses. Certifications cannot be used to meet educational requirements.
    • Form P- Verification of PracticumApplicants must complete not less than one (1) supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in a counseling setting, which must include a minimum of seven hundred (700) clock hours. The 700 hours must have a minimum of two hundred eighty (280) face-to-face client contact hours of addiction counseling service and a minimum of thirty-five (35) hours of supervision from a qualified supervisor who has at least five (5) years’ experience in addiction counseling. As used in IC 25-23.6-10.5-6, "qualified supervisor" means an individual who is supervising within his or her scope of experience and training and holds an active license at the time of supervision as:
      • A clinical addiction counselor;
      • A clinical social worker;
      • A marriage and family therapist;
      • A physician with training in psychiatric medicine;
      • A psychologist;
      • A clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing; or
      • Another state-regulated addiction counseling professional or, if the experience was gained in a state where         no regulation exists, by an addictions or behavioral health professional of equivalent status;

      who has at least five (5) years of experience in providing addiction services.

    • Form E2- Verification of ExperienceApplicants must have at least two (2) years of clinical addiction counseling experience for no less than 21 months, and no more tha 48 months. The experience requirement may not be performed away from the qualified supervisor’s premises if:
      • The work is the independent private practice of addiction therapy; and
      • The work is not performed at a place that has the supervision of a qualified supervisor.
    • Form S2- Verification of Supervision: Applicant must have at lease two (2) years of clinical addiction supervision while being employed. This supervision must have at least two hundred (200) hours under supervision:
      • one hundred (100) hours of which must be under individual supervision
      • one hundred (100) hours of which must be under group supervision.

      The supervision required must be provided by a qualified supervisor, as determined by the board.

    • Verification of Licensure (if applicable): If you hold a license or certification in another State, you must provide verification of that information. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Examination Approval: Once all documentation has been reviewed and approved, an applicant who has not taken the national exam will receive an exam approval from our office. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. No extensions will be granted. Please review the Exams and Testing section for contact information on the AADC or MAC exam. If you have already taken one of the national exams, please contact that agency to provide an official copy of your score. 
    • Official Score Report: Upon completion of the AADC or MAC examination; please contact your exam agency to release your scores to our office. If you fail the examination, you will receive notification from our office via email that will include instructions on how to apply to retake the examination. Please allow 7 to 10 business days for our office to process examination results once they are received.
  • Addiction Counselor (LAC) Reciprocity

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who hold an Active equivalent license in another State and have passed an equivalent National exam. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Name Change Documentation
    Positive Response DocumentationCriminal Background CheckLicense Verification
    ADC or Level II Examination Jurisprudence Examination 

    Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Verification of Licensure: You must hold an Active license of equal license level in another State for reciprocity. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Official Score Report: Applicants must contact the appropriate examination reporting service (for National examinations) or the State Licensing Board (for State constructed examinations) and request that an official score report. Your official score report may be either sent to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, or uploaded to your online account. Any examination other than the ADC or Level II will be reviewed by the Board on an individual basis to determine equivalency.
    • Jurisprudence Examination: All reciprocity applicants who are approved for licensure as an addiction counselor (LAC) will be required to pass a jurisprudence examination.
      • After the approval of your application by the Board, you will be emailed the law examination. You will have fourteen (14) days from the date the email is sent to you with the Jurisprudence Examination and Instructions to complete the examination and return the required information to our office. If exams are sent by email, please ensure they are sent as pdf. attachments for easier processing to pla8@pla.IN.gov.
      • All applicants applying by reciprocity will be examined on the statutes and rules for the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. This is a 30 question true-false and multiple-choice examination. Passing criteria is 75%. Statutes and Administrative Rules are available here.
  • Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC) Reciprocity

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who hold an Active equivalent license in another State and have passed an equivalent National exam. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Name Change Documentation
    Positive Response DocumentationCriminal Background CheckLicense Verification
    AADC or MAC Examination Jurisprudence Examination 

    Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Verification of Licensure: You must hold an Active license of equal license level in another State for reciprocity. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Official Score Report: Applicants must contact the appropriate examination reporting service (for National examinations) or the State Licensing Board (for State constructed examinations) and request that an official score report. Your official score report may be either sent to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, or uploaded to your online account. Any examination other than the AADC or MAC will be reviewed by the Board on an individual basis to determine equivalency.
    • Jurisprudence Examination: All reciprocity applicants who are approved for licensure as a clinical addiction counselor (LCAC) will be required to pass a jurisprudence examination.
      • After the approval of your application by the Board, you will be emailed the law examination. You will have fourteen (14) days from the date the email is sent to you with the Jurisprudence Examination and Instructions to complete the examination and return the required information to our office. If exams are sent by email, please ensure they are sent as pdf. attachments for easier processing to pla8@pla.IN.gov.
      • All applicants applying by reciprocity will be examined on the statutes and rules for the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. This is a 30 question true-false and multiple-choice examination. Passing criteria is 75%. Statutes and Administrative Rules are available here.
  • Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA)- Master Level

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who have graduated with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling, and have not obtained post-degree experience and supervision. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Form C
    Form IForm PLicense Verification
    Name Change DocumentationPositive Response DocumentationCriminal Background Check
    Official Transcripts  

    Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Form C-Verification of Graduate CourseworkApplicants for a mental health associate license must have received a masters or doctorate degree in an area of mental health counseling from an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements of the board. All education criteria must be met by postsecondary educational courses. Certifications cannot be used to meet educational requirements. You may use Form C-1 to help you in completing Form C.
    • Official Transcripts: Applicants must upload an official transcript from each school listed on Form C. The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.
    • Form P-Verification of Practicum: Applicants must complete one (1) supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience in a counseling setting, which must include a minimum of seven hundred (700) clock hours consisting of one (1) practicum of one hundred (100) hours and one (1) internship of six hundred (600) hours with at least sixty-six (66) hours of face to face supervision. This requirement may be met by a supervised practice experience that took place away from an eligible postsecondary educational institution but that is certified by an official of the eligible postsecondary educational institution as being equivalent to a clinical mental health graduate level practicum or internship program at an institution accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education or the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
    • Form I- Verification of InternshipApplicants must complete one (1) supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience in a counseling setting, which must include a minimum of seven hundred (700) clock hours consisting of one (1) practicum of one hundred (100) hours and one (1) internship of six hundred (600) hours with at least sixty-six (66) hours of face to face supervision. This requirement may be met by a supervised practice experience that took place away from an eligible postsecondary educational institution but that is certified by an official of the eligible postsecondary educational institution as being equivalent to a clinical mental health graduate level practicum or internship program at an institution accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education or the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
    • Verification of Licensure (if applicable): If you hold a license or certification in another State, you must provide verification of that information. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Examination Approval: Once all documentation has been reviewed and approved, an applicant who has not taken the national exam will receive an exam approval from our office. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. No extensions will be granted. Please review the Exams and Testing section for contact information on the NCE exam. If you have already taken the NCE exam, please contact that agency to provide an official copy of your score. 
    • Official Score Report: Upon completion of the NCE level examination, results will be released to our office every second Friday the following month from when you took your exam.  If you passed the examination, your mental health associate license will be issued.  If you failed the examination, you will receive notification from our office via email. Please follow the Repeat Application instructions on our website for information on how to reapply to retake the examination.  Please allow 7 to 10 business days for our office to process examination results once they are received.
  • Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)- Master level with 2 years experience

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who have graduated with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling, and have obtained post-degree experience and supervision under an Associate license. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Form C
    Form PForm IForm E2
    Form S2Positive Response DocumentationLicense Verification
    Criminal Background CheckOfficial TranscriptName Change
    NBCC Exam- NCMHCE  

    Requirements Detailed

    *If already hold an LMHCA in the State of Indiana you will only need to resubmit Form C, P, I, and transcripts upon request from the Board.
    **Applicants that graduated after July 1, 2014 are required to obtain a mental health counselor associate license prior to accruing postgraduate clinical experience hours to count towards future mental health counselor licensure.

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Form C-Verification of Graduate CourseworkApplicants for a mental health associate license must have received a masters or doctorate degree in an area of mental health counseling from an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements of the board. All education criteria must be met by postsecondary educational courses. Certifications cannot be used to meet educational requirements. You may use Form C-1 to help you in completing Form C.
    • Official Transcripts: Applicants must upload an official transcript from each school listed on Form C. The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.
    • Form P-Verification of Practicum: Applicants must complete one (1) supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience in a counseling setting, which must include a minimum of seven hundred (700) clock hours consisting of one (1) practicum of one hundred (100) hours and one (1) internship of six hundred (600) hours with at least sixty-six (66) hours of face to face supervision. This requirement may be met by a supervised practice experience that took place away from an eligible postsecondary educational institution but that is certified by an official of the eligible postsecondary educational institution as being equivalent to a clinical mental health graduate level practicum or internship program at an institution accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education or the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
    • Form I- Verification of InternshipApplicants must complete one (1) supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience in a counseling setting, which must include a minimum of seven hundred (700) clock hours consisting of one (1) practicum of one hundred (100) hours and one (1) internship of six hundred (600) hours with at least sixty-six (66) hours of face to face supervision. This requirement may be met by a supervised practice experience that took place away from an eligible postsecondary educational institution but that is certified by an official of the eligible postsecondary educational institution as being equivalent to a clinical mental health graduate level practicum or internship program at an institution accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education or the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
    • Form E2 Verification of Post Degree Experience: Applicants must have at least three thousand (3,000) hours of post-graduate clinical experience over a two (2) year period. This two (2) year period means experience under approved supervision, acquired over no less than twenty-one (21) months and over no more than forty-eight (48) months. A doctoral internship may be applied toward the supervised work experience requirement. The clinical work requirement may not be performed away from the supervising mental health counselor's premises if:
      • The work is the independent private practice of mental health counseling; and
      • The work is not performed at a place that has the supervision of a licensed mental health counselor or an equivalent supervisor, as determined by the board.
      • As used in IC 25-23.6-8.5-4, "equivalent supervisor" means an individual who is supervising within their scope of experience and training and is any of the following:

        • Licensed as a clinical social worker.
        • Licensed as a marriage and family therapist.
        • Licensed as a physician who has training in psychiatric medicine.
        • Licensed as a psychologist.
        • Licensed as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing.
        • A mental health professional of equivalent status if the supervision was provided in a state where no regulation exists.
    • Form S2 Verification of Post Degree Supervision: Applicants must show they have completed two (2) years of supervision acquired during their 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience. This supervision must be completed in no less than 21 months, and no more than 48 months and show that they have acquired at least one hundred (100) hours of face to face supervision. This supervision must be completed and signed by your previous or current supervisor(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Verification of Licensure (if applicable): If you hold a license or certification in another State, you must provide verification of that information. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Examination Approval: Once all documentation has been reviewed and approved, an applicant who has not taken the national exam will receive an exam approval from our office. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. No extensions will be granted. Please review the Exams and Testing section for contact information on the NCMHCE exam.
    • Official Score Report: Upon completion of the NCMHCE level examination, results will be released to our office every second Friday the following month from when you took your exam.  If you passed the examination, your mental health  license will be issued.  If you failed the examination, you will receive notification from our office via email. Please follow the Repeat Application instructions on our website for information on how to reapply to retake the examination.  Please allow 7 to 10 business days for our office to process examination results once they are received.
  • Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) Reciprocity

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who hold an Active equivalent license in another State and have passed an equivalent National exam. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationAdditional FormsApplication Fee ($50)
    Name Change DocumentationPositive Response DocumentationCriminal Background Check
    License VerificationNCMHCE Score Report from NBCCJurisprudence Examination

    Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Verification of Licensure: You must hold an Active license of equal license level in another State for reciprocity. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Official Score Report: Reciprocity applicants must contact the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and request that an official score report of their NCMHCE exam be sent to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. If you have taken an exam other than the NCMHCE it will be reviewed by the Board to determine it's equivalency. Please contact that exam agency to forward the scores to our office.
      • PLEASE NOTE: The NCE is not equivalent to the NCMHCE. If you have not taken the NCMHCE exam, you will have to apply to take the exam in the State of Indiana. Please review the applying by exam instructions.
    • Jurisprudence Examination: All reciprocity applicants who are approved for licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) will be required to pass a jurisprudence examination.
      • After the approval of your application by the Board, you will be emailed the law examination. You will have fourteen (14) days from the date the email is sent to you with the Jurisprudence Examination and Instructions to complete the examination and return the required information to our office. If exams are sent by email, please ensure they are sent as pdf. attachments for easier processing to pla8@pla.IN.gov.
      • All applicants applying by reciprocity will be examined on the statutes and rules for the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. This is a 30 question true-false and multiple-choice examination. Passing criteria is 75%. Statutes and Administrative Rules are available here.
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA)- Master Level

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who have graduated with a Master's Degree in marriage and family therapy, and have not obtained post-degree experience and supervision. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Form III
    Form POfficial TranscriptCriminal Background Check
    Name ChangePositive Response DocumentationLicense Verification
    AMFTRB- Exam Score  
    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Form III- Verification of Graduate CourseworkApplicants for a marriage and family associate license must have received a master’s or doctor’s degree in an area of marriage and family therapy, or in a related area as determined by the board, from an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements of the board. All education criteria must be met by postsecondary educational courses. Certifications cannot be used to meet educational requirements.
    • Form P- Verification of PracticumApplicants must complete at least one (1) supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in a marriage and family counseling setting, which must include a minimum of five hundred (500) hours. The five hundred (500) hours of marriage and family therapy services must be broken down into the following:
      • Four hundred (400) must be client contact hours,
      • Two hundred (200) hours must be relational hours under the supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist who has at least five (5) years of experience or a qualified supervisor approved by the board.
      • One Hundred (100) hours of supervision from an LMFT who has at least five (5) years of experience. This supervision may be group, individual, or some combination thereof.
    • Official Transcripts: Applicants must upload an official transcript from each school listed on Form C. The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.
    • Verification of Licensure (if applicable): If you hold a license or certification in another State, you must provide verification of that information. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Examination Approval: Once all documentation has been reviewed and approved, an applicant who has not taken the national exam will receive an exam approval from our office. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. No extensions will be granted. Please review the Exams and Testing section for contact information on the AMFTRB exam. If you have already taken the AMFTRB exam, please contact that agency to provide an official copy of your score. 
    • Official Score Report: Upon completion of the AMFTRB level examination, results will be released to our office every second Friday the following month from when you took your exam.  If you passed the examination, your marriage and family therapy associate license will be issued.  If you failed the examination, you will receive notification from our office via email. Please follow the Repeat Application instructions on our website for information on how to reapply to retake the examination.  Please allow 7 to 10 business days for our office to process examination results once they are received.
  • Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)- Master level with 2 years experience

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who have graduated with a Master's Degree in marriage and family therapy, and have obtained post-degree experience and supervision under an Associate license. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Form III
    Form PForm E2Form S2
    Name ChangePositive Response DocumentationLicense Verification
    Criminal Background CheckOfficial TranscriptAMFTRB- Exam Score
    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Form III- Verification of Graduate CourseworkApplicants for a marriage and family associate license must have received a master’s or doctor’s degree in an area of marriage and family therapy, or in a related area as determined by the board, from an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements of the board. All education criteria must be met by postsecondary educational courses. Certifications cannot be used to meet educational requirements.
    • Form P- Verification of PracticumApplicants must complete at least one (1) supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in a marriage and family counseling setting, which must include a minimum of five hundred (500) hours. The five hundred (500) hours of marriage and family therapy services must be broken down into the following:
      • Four hundred (400) must be client contact hours,
      • Two hundred (200) hours must be relational hours under the supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist who has at least five (5) years of experience or a qualified supervisor approved by the board.
      • One Hundred (100) hours of supervision from an LMFT who has at least five (5) years of experience. This supervision may be group, individual, or some combination thereof.
    • Official Transcripts: Applicants must upload an official transcript from each school listed on Form C. The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.
    • Form E2 Verification of Experience: Applicants must have at least two (2) years of supervised clinical experience, or twenty-four (24) months, in the field of marriage and family therapy, during which at least fifty percent (50%) of your clients were receiving marriage and family therapy services. Two (2) years of this experience must include one thousand (1,000) hours of post degree clinical experience. Form E2 must be completed and signed by your previous or current employer(s), and uploaded to your online account.
    • Form S2 Verification of Supervision: Applicants must show they have completed two (2) years of supervision acquired during their 1,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience. This supervision must be completed in no less than twenty-four (24) months and show that they have acquired at least one hundred (200) hours of supervision of which one hundred (100) hours must be individual supervision. This supervision must be completed and signed by your previous or current supervisor(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option. Supervision must be conducted by any of the following:
      • A licensed marriage and family therapist who has at least five (5) years of experience; or
      • An American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor; or
      • An AAMFT approved supervisor candidate; or
      • A supervisor who:
        • has possession of a masters degree or higher in a mental health field; and
        • has five (5) years of post-master’s professional practice experience; and
        • is supervising within their scope of experience and training.
      • PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must have completed supervised clinical experience in the following specific categories of cases:
        • Unmarried Couples
        • Married Couples
        • Separating or Divorcing Couples
        • Family Groups, including Children
    • Verification of Licensure (if applicable): If you hold a license or certification in another State, you must provide verification of that information. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Examination Approval: Once all documentation has been reviewed and approved, an applicant who has not taken the national exam will receive an exam approval from our office. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. No extensions will be granted. Please review the Exams and Testing section for contact information on the AMFTRB exam. If you have already taken the AMFTRB exam, please contact that agency to provide an official copy of your score.
    • Jurisprudence Examination: If you have been issued an LMFTA license with this Board, and have already passed the AMFTRB exam you will be required to pass a jurisprudence examination.
      • After the approval of your application by the Board, you will be emailed the law examination. You will have fourteen (14) days from the date the email is sent to you with the Jurisprudence Examination and Instructions to complete the examination and return the required information to our office. If exams are sent by email, please ensure they are sent as pdf. attachments for easier processing to pla8@pla.IN.gov.
      • All applicants applying by reciprocity will be examined on the statutes and rules for the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. This is a 30 question true-false and multiple-choice examination. Passing criteria is 75%.Statutes and Administrative Rules are available here.
  • Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Reciprocity

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who hold an Active equivalent license in another State and have passed an equivalent National exam. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Name Change Documentation
    Positive Response DocumentationCriminal Background CheckLicense Verification
    Exam VerificationJurisprudence Examination 

    Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Verification of Licensure: You must hold an Active license of equal license level in another State for reciprocity. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Verification of Examination: Applicants must contact the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) examination reporting service and request that an official score report be sent to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. To request a Score Transfer and Duplicate Score Report, candidates must complete a Score Transfer Request and Duplicate Score Report Application. Candidates must have their Candidate ID Number to complete either of the applications.
      • AMFTRB Score Transfer Request
        Professional Testing Corporation
        1350 Broadway, 17th Floor
        New York, NY 10018
        Phone: (212)356-0660
        Fax: (212)356-0678
        Email: ptcny@ptcny.comwww.ptcny.com
    • Jurisprudence Examination: All reciprocity applicants who are approved for licensure as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) will be required to pass a jurisprudence examination.
      • After the approval of your application by the Board, you will be emailed the law examination. You will have fourteen (14) days from the date the email is sent to you with the Jurisprudence Examination and Instructions to complete the examination and return the required information to our office. If exams are sent by email, please ensure they are sent as pdf. attachments for easier processing to pla8@pla.IN.gov.
      • All applicants applying by reciprocity will be examined on the statutes and rules for the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. This is a 30 question true-false and multiple-choice examination. Passing criteria is 75%. Statutes and Administrative Rules are available here.
  • Social Workers (LSW)- Master Level

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who have graduated with a Master of Social Work Degree. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Name Change Documentation
    Positive Response DocumentationCriminal Background CheckOfficial Transcripts
    License Verification  

    Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Official Transcripts: Applicants must upload an official transcript from obtained from their university. The transcripts from your university where you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.
    • Verification of Licensure (if applicable): If you hold a license or certification in another State, you must provide verification of that information. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Examination Approval: Once all documentation has been reviewed and approved, an applicant who has not taken the national exam will receive an exam approval from our office. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. No extensions will be granted. Please review the Exams and Testing section for contact information on the ASWB Master exam. If you have already taken the ASWB Master exam, please contact that agency to provide an official copy of your score. 
    • Official Score Report: Upon completion of the ASWB Master level examination, results will be released to our office the following week from when you took your exam. If you passed the examination, your master of social work license will be issued.  If you failed the examination, you will receive notification from our office via email. Please follow the Repeat Application instructions on our website for information on how to reapply to retake the examination.  Please allow 7 to 10 business days for our office to process examination results once they are received.
  • Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)- Master level with 2 years experience

      Application Checklist

      For Applicants who have obtained a Master Degree of Social Work, and have obtained 2 years of post degree experience and supervision. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

      Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Name Change Documentation
      Positive Response DocumentationCriminal Background CheckOfficial Transcripts
      License VerificationForm IForm II
      Form III  

      Requirements: Detailed

      *If obtaining post-degree hours in Indiana, you must earn them under an Active LSW license or Active Temporary LSW Permit.

      • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
      • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
      • Criminal Background Check
      • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
      • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
      • Form III- Clinical Coursework: This form must be completed and submitted with your application.  Please list the course titles in the areas indicated below, of the graduate courses, exactly as they appear on your transcript that in your opinion, meet the requirements. If you started your MSW prior to July 1, 1997 you do not need to submit this coursework form. The completed form may be uploaded to your account.
      • Official Transcripts: Applicants must upload an official transcript from each school listed on Form III. The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.
      • Form I Verification of Supervision: Applicants must submit proof of at least four (4) hours of face to face supervision per each month of experience, provided by a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). This supervision must be completed while you were employed, and occur no less than twenty-four (24) months. Please complete the top portion of Form I and have the supervisor(s) complete the remainder of the document. This form may be duplicated if you completed the required two (2) years of supervision with more than one supervisor. Please upload these forms to your account.
      • Form II: Verification of Experience: Applicants must submit proof of two (2) years of experience in the practice of clinical social work in counseling of clients in a clinical setting. If hours are obtained in Indiana they must occur under an Active LSW license or Temporary LSW Permit. The experience must be paid, full-time and supervised to qualify as experience. Part-time experience will be considered by the Board. (Note: One thousand five hundred hours (1,500) equals one (1) year of experience.) Under no circumstances can this experience requirement be met in less than twenty-four (24) months This form may be duplicated if you completed the required two (2) years of experience with more than one employer. To qualify as experience you must have been providing clinical social worker services, including assessment and evaluation of clients, in which at least fifty percent (50%) of this time consisted of providing services directly to clients. Please upload these forms to your account.
      • Verification of Licensure (if applicable): If you hold a license or certification in another State, you must provide verification of that information. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
        • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
      • Examination Approval: Once all documentation has been reviewed and approved, an applicant who has not taken the national exam will receive an exam approval from our office. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. No extensions will be granted. Please review the Exams and Testing section for contact information on the ASWB Clinical exam. If you have already taken the ASWB Clinical exam, please contact that agency to provide an official copy of your score. 
      • Official Score Report: Upon completion of the ASWB Clinical level examination, results will be released to our office the following week from when you took your exam. If you passed the examination, your clinical of social work license will be issued.  If you failed the examination, you will receive notification from our office via email. Please follow the Repeat Application instructions on our website for information on how to reapply to retake the examination.  Please allow 7 to 10 business days for our office to process examination results once they are received
  • Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) Reciprocity

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who hold an Active equivalent license in another State and have passed an equivalent National exam. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Name Change Documentation
    Positive Response DocumentationCriminal Background Check RequiredOfficial Score Report (ASWB) Exam Score Report
    License VerificationJurisprudence Examination 

    Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Verification of Licensure: You must hold an Active license of equal license level in another State for reciprocity. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Official Score Report: Reciprocity applicants must contact the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) and request that an official score report showing successful completion of the Bachelor Level examination be sent to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.
    • Jurisprudence Examination: All reciprocity applicants who are approved for licensure as a bachelor of social worker (LBSW) will be required to pass a jurisprudence examination.
      • After the approval of your application by the Board, you will be emailed the law examination. You will have fourteen (14) days from the date the email is sent to you with the Jurisprudence Examination and Instructions to complete the examination and return the required information to our office. If exams are sent by email, please ensure they are sent as pdf. attachments for easier processing to pla8@pla.IN.gov.
      • All applicants applying by reciprocity will be examined on the statutes and rules for the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. This is a 30 question true-false and multiple-choice examination. Passing criteria is 75%. Statutes and Administrative Rules are available here.
  • Social Worker (LSW) Reciprocity

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who hold an Active equivalent license in another State and have passed an equivalent National exam. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Name Change Documentation
    Positive Response DocumentationCriminal Background CheckAssociation of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Exam Score Report
    License VerificationJurisprudence Examination 

    Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Verification of Licensure: You must hold an Active license of equal license level in another State for reciprocity. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Official Score Report: Reciprocity applicants must contact the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) and request that an official score report showing successful completion of the Master Level examination be sent to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.
    • Jurisprudence Examination: All reciprocity applicants who are approved for licensure as a master of social worker (LSW) will be required to pass a jurisprudence examination.
      • After the approval of your application by the Board, you will be emailed the law examination. You will have fourteen (14) days from the date the email is sent to you with the Jurisprudence Examination and Instructions to complete the examination and return the required information to our office. If exams are sent by email, please ensure they are sent as pdf. attachments for easier processing to pla8@pla.IN.gov.
      • All applicants applying by reciprocity will be examined on the statutes and rules for the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. This is a 30 question true-false and multiple-choice examination. Passing criteria is 75%. Statutes and Administrative Rules are available here.
  • Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Reciprocity

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who hold an Active equivalent license in another State and have passed an equivalent National exam. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Name Change Documentation
    Positive Response DocumentationCriminal Background CheckAssociation of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Exam Score Report
    License VerificationJurisprudence Examination 

    Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Verification of Licensure: You must hold an Active license of equal license level in another State for reciprocity. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Official Score Report: Reciprocity applicants must contact the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) and request that an official score report showing successful completion of the Clinical Level examination be sent to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.
    • Jurisprudence Examination: All reciprocity applicants who are approved for licensure as a clinical of social worker (LCSW) will be required to pass a jurisprudence examination.
      • After the approval of your application by the Board, you will be emailed the law examination. You will have fourteen (14) days from the date the email is sent to you with the Jurisprudence Examination and Instructions to complete the examination and return the required information to our office. If exams are sent by email, please ensure they are sent as pdf. attachments for easier processing to pla8@pla.IN.gov.
      • All applicants applying by reciprocity will be examined on the statutes and rules for the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board. This is a 30 question true-false and multiple-choice examination. Passing criteria is 75%. Statutes and Administrative Rules are available here.
  • Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW)- Bachelor Level

    Application Checklist

    For Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor or Social Work degree. Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($50)Name Change Documentation
    Positive Response DocumentationCriminal Background CheckOfficial Transcripts
    License Verification  

    Requirements: Detailed

    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Official Transcripts: Applicants must upload an official transcript from obtained from their university. The transcripts from your university where you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.
    • Verification of Licensure (if applicable): If you hold a license or certification in another State, you must provide verification of that information. Verifications must be completed from the state of issuance and can be uploaded to your online account.  Those jurisdictions may provide their own verification, or complete our verification form here. Copies of license cards from other jurisdictions are not accepted as proof of verification of licensure.
      • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if you hold multiple licenses. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.
    • Examination Approval: Once all documentation has been reviewed and approved, an applicant who has not taken the national exam will receive an exam approval from our office. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted. No extensions will be granted. Please review the Exams and Testing section for contact information on the ASWB Bachelor exam. If you have already taken the ASWB Bachelor exam, please contact that agency to provide an official copy of your score. 
    • Official Score Report: Upon completion of the ASWB Bachelor level examination, results will be released to our office the following week from when you took your exam. If you passed the examination, your bachelor of social work license will be issued.  If you failed the examination, you will receive notification from our office via email. Please follow the Repeat Application instructions on our website for information on how to reapply to retake the examination.  Please allow 7 to 10 business days for our office to process examination results once they are received.
  • Temporary Permits

    Temporary Permits

    The Board may issue a temporary permit to practice for applicants who are applying to take their national examination and for those who submit the following:

    Temporary Permit Online Application  Application Fee ($25) Primary license application
    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov after the primary license application has been completed and primary application fees have been processed. If you do not apply online, please provide a written statement requesting a temporary permit to our office. Please ensure your first name, last name, and profession are with the written statement.
    • Temporary Application fee of $25.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
      • NOTE: When applying online, a completed primary application must be submitted first before you apply for a temporary permit. If applying by paper you may submit the application and the request for a temporary permit at the same time.
      • The temporary permit will be issued AFTER the applicant has meet all licensure requirements to be approved for their national exam.
      • Applicants are permitted one temporary permit, and this temporary permit is non-renewable.  The permit will remain valid for a period of one-year and will remain valid for the one-year period even if you fail to successfully complete the examination during that time period.
      • Applicants applying by reciprocity do not qualify for a Temporary Permit.
  • Repeat Applications

    Repeat Examination Application Instructions

    This checklist is for applicants who are seeking approval to retake the national exam. Approval of the exam will occur no earlier than 90 days after the last exam attempt. Applicants must complete the following items in order to get approval to retake the exam.

    Completed Application by Re-Examination  Application Fee ($50) Positive Response Documentation (if applicable)
    Criminal Background Check 90 days from last exam attemptstudy plan (if applicable)
    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
      • NOTE: Applicants who are applying online must choose the applying by re-examination method.
      • Applicants must meet all the above requirements as determined by the Board before approval and re-registering with the national agency can occur.
    • 90 Day Wait: Applicants must wait a period of ninety (90) days from the date of the failed examination before being approved to retake the examination. If an applicant has been granted a waiver from the national agency they must provide proof the of the waiver with their application. This may be uploaded with their application.
      • NOTE: An applicant who has failed the examination three (3) times shall submit a study plan and be reviewed by the Board prior to approval for retaking the examination.

Renewal Information

  • Renewal Forms
  • Renewal Cycle

    Renewal Cycle

    All licenses for the Behavior Health and Human Services Board expires April 1st on even years. The licenses once renewed will remain valid for two years with the last day of the renewal year to be March 31st. Reminders to renew your license will be sent out on or around 90 days prior to the expiration of the license. Once your have renewed your license please check that your license has renewed by either logging into your Access Indiana Account, or by using our Free Search and Verify. It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure that their license has been completed, and they have completed all CE requirements.

    You may find a copy of the continuing education rules at 839 IAC 1-6-1 of the statutes and rules.

    Renewal FAQ
    1. How many continuing education hours do I need to renew my license
      1. 40 hours of continuing education credits are required for each renewal cycle or 20 CEUs per year.
      2. Must complete at least 20 hours of Category 1 per renewal cycle.
      3. Must complete at 2 hours of Ethics per renewal cycle (1 hour of ethics a year)
    2. How many hours of continuing education do I need if I have been licensed less than 24 months?
      1. You will need 20 hours in order to renew your license.
    3. How many hours of continuing education do I need if I have been licensed less than 12 months?
      1. You do not need any continuing education in order to renew your license.
    4. How do I document my Category II CE?
      1. You can record your hours on a Word document or spreadsheet.  You should include the date of the activity, the type of activity, and the amount of time you spent conducting the activity.
    5. Can I take all of my CEUs in one year or do they have to be split evenly throughout the renewal period?
      1. You can take as many CEUs as you like as long as you take at least 20 CEUs per year, a minimum of 10 of those hours must be Category I.
    6. Can continuing education credits transfer from one renewal period to the next?
      1. No. Credits can only be counted for the period in which they are taken.
    7. Do copies of my completed continuing education certificates need to be sent to the licensure board when I renew my license?
      1. No. Certificates are for your records and will only need to be submitted if you are audited.  However, it is required that licensees maintain copies of their CEU records for a period of four years in the event they are audited by the Board.
    8. What do I do if I am audited?
      1. Once you receive your audit letter you will need to either fax or mail in copies of continuing education certificates to the Board by the deadline stated on the letter.
    9. What happens if I didn’t receive the necessary CEUs during a licensure cycle or can’t produce the necessary documents during an audit?
      1. You will be required to make up the continuing education hours you are short and you will have to pay a fine.  The Board has adopted the proposed schedule as a general guideline for continuing education violations:
      2. 1 – 2 hours                      $100

        3 – 5 hours                      $200

        6 – 10 hours                    $350

        11 – 15 hours                  $500

        16 – 20 hours                  $750

        21 – 40 hours                  $1000

  • Continuing Education Categories

    Continuing Education Categories

    Category I Continuing Education: continuing education that is formal programming, which includes the following:

    1. Formally organized courses.
    2. Workshops.
    3. Seminars.
    4. Symposia.
    5. Institutes.
    6. Home study programs, including:
      1. computer;
      2. audio;
      3. video; and
      4. instructional programs, accredited by board-approved organizations.
    7. Courses that are relevant to the license holder’s professional skills, which are part of the curriculum of an accredited university, college, or educational institution, shall earn fifteen (15) CEUs for each academic semester hour completed, or ten (10) CEUs for each academic quarter hour completed.
    8. Faculty teaching a course for the first time at an accredited university, college, or educational institution shall earn one and one-half (1½) CEUs for every hour taught.

    Category II Continuing Education: continuing education that is self-directed.
    NOTE:
    You are not required to earn any Category II hours; however, if you do use Category II hours towards you CEU requirement then you may acquire no more than 20 Category II CEUs per renewal cycle. Category II CE can be considered the following:

    1. Journal clubs, earns one (1) CEU for each hour attended.
    2. Office in-services, earns one (1) CEU for each hour attended.
    3. Case conferences that are specifically designed for training or teaching, earns one (1) CEU for each hour attended.
    4. Services as an instructor, presenter, or supervisor in a relevant professional seminar, workshop, or training conference earns one (1) CEU for each hour of service, but only for the initial instruction, presentation, or supervision given.
    5. Research and publication of research results in a recognized professional journal or book form, earns ten (10) CEUs, but may only be claimed for the initial publication of the information.
    6. Providing peer review of another licensee’s therapy and skills, which includes consultation, conference, and critique, earns one (1) CEU for each hour spent with the peer for this purpose.
    7. Services on boards and commissions and holding office in professional organizations, specifically related to the licensee’s profession, earns one (1) CEU for each hour of service
  • Automatic CE Provider List

    The below list is of CE Providers that are automatically approved. If your are looking for a specific Indiana CE Provider that is not on this list, please use the free search and verify to look up their facility. Please note this is a list of CE Sponsors. You will need to go to the Sponsor websites to view the courses that are available.

    1. Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.
    2. Academy of Family Mediators.
    3. Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (programs or seminars related to mental health).
    4. American Association for Continuity of Care.
    5. American Association for Diabetes.
    6. American Association for Social Work with Groups/Spinal Cord Injury.
    7. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
    8. American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.
    9. American Cancer Society.
    10. American Counseling Association.
    11. American Health Care Institute (programs or seminars related to mental health).
    12. American Hospital Association (programs or seminars related to mental health).
    13. American Medical Association (programs or seminars related to mental health).
    14. American Mental Health Counselors Association.
    15. American Psychiatric Association.
    16. American Psychological Association.
    17. American Red Cross (programs or seminars related to mental health).
    18. Arthritis Association.
    19. Association of Oncology Social Work.
    20. Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Work.
    21. Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers.
    22. Association of Social Work Boards.
    23. Brain Injury Association of Indiana
    24. Chicago Center for Family Health.
    25. Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.
    26. Employee Assistance Professional Association.
    27. Employee Assistance Society of North America.
    28. Federation of Societies for Clinical Social Work.
    29. Federation of Society of Sex Educators and Therapists.
    30. First Steps.
    31. Healthy Families.
    32. Hoosier Oncology Group.
    33. Hospice Foundation of America.
    34. Indiana Association of Home and Hospice Care.
    35. Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education (programs or seminars related to mental health).
    36. Indiana Council of Nephrology Social Workers.
    37. Indiana Council on Adolescent Pregnancy.
    38. Indiana Counselors Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
    39. Indiana Healthcare Ethics Network.
    40. Indiana Hospice Association.
    41. Indiana Hospital and Health Association (programs or seminars related to mental health).
    42. Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.
    43. Indiana Perinatal Association.
    44. International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
    45. Leukemia Society of America.
    46. Mediation Matters.
    47. Mental Health Association.
    48. Midwest Regional Network for Intervention with Sex Offenders.
    49. National Association for Family-Based Services.
    50. National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.
    51. National Association of Liver Transplant Social Workers.
    52. National Association of Perinatal Social Work.
    53. National Association of Social Workers.
    54. National Board for Certified Counselors.
    55. National Board of Addiction Examiners.
    56. National Brain Tumor Foundation.
    57. National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse.
    58. National Council of Community Mental Health Centers.
    59. National Council of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity.
    60. National Hospice Association.
    61. National Kidney Foundation.
    62. National Organization for Victim Assistance.
    63. National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice.
    64. National Spina Bifida Association.
    65. Society of Heart and Lung Transplant Social Workers.
    66. Solutions Training Institute.
    67. The Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago.
    68. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
    69. The Center for Family Studies, Chicago, Illinois.
    70. The Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute.
    71. The Family Institute of Chicago.
    72. The Family Institute/Center for Family Studies.
    73. The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.
    74. The Indianapolis Gestalt Institute.
    75. The Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago, Illinois.
    76. The Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, Illinois.
    77. The International Institute of Object Relations Therapy.
    78. The Jungian Institute of Chicago.
    79. The National Association of Family Mediators.
    80. The National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect.
    81. The National Children’s Advocacy Center.
    82. The Society of Social Work Leadership in Health Care.
    83. The Wellness Community
    84. A national, regional, state, district, or local organization that operates as an affiliated entity under the approval of any organization listed in subdivisions (1) through (81).
    85. Any institute or program focused on self-psychology.
    86. A university, college, or other teaching institution accredited by the United States Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Education.
    87. A federal, state, or local government agency that coordinates and presents continuing education courses and programs in conjunction with this rule. (Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Mental Health Counselor Board; 839 IAC 1-6-2; filed Dec 29, 1998, 10:57 a.m.: 22 IR 1512; readopted filed Dec 2, 2001, 12:30 p.m.: 25 IR 1314)

Exams & Testing

  • LCACA & LCAC Examination

    The Board has adopted the Alcohol & Drug Counselor (AADC) examination administered by International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC) utilized by the Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (ICAADA) and the National Certified Addiction Counselor - MAC (Master Addiction Counselor Exam) administered by National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counsel – National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC-NCC AP) utilized by the Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals (IAAP). Applicants are required to pass either the AADC or the MAC exam for licensure. Please ensure you are notifying the Board on which exam you are pursing or have taken.

    Testing Accommodation Request:  If you have a disability, which may require a special accommodation in taking the examination, please contact the IC & RC or NAADAC  for information.

    • IC & RC (for the ADC and AADC Examinations)
      298 S. Progress Ave.
      Harrisburg, PA 17109
      (717)540-4457
      www.internationalcredentialing.org
    • NAADAC (for the NCAC II and MAC Examinations)
      1001 N. Fairfax St., Ste. 201
      Alexandria, VA 22314
      (800)548-0497
      www.naadac.org
  • LACA & LAC Examination

    The Board has adopted the Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ADC) examination administered by International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC) utilized by the Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (ICAADA) and the National Certified Addiction Counselor - Level II (NCAC- II) administered by National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counsel – National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC-NCC AP) utilized by the Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals (IAAP). Applicants are required to pass either the ADC or the Level II exam for licensure. Please ensure you are notifying the Board on which exam you are pursing or have taken.

    Testing Accommodation Request:  If you have a disability, which may require a special accommodation in taking the examination, please contact the IC & RC or NAADAC  for information.

    • IC & RC (for the ADC and AADC Examinations)
      298 S. Progress Ave.
      Harrisburg, PA 17109
      (717)540-4457
      www.internationalcredentialing.org
    • NAADAC (for the NCAC II and MAC Examinations)
      1001 N. Fairfax St., Ste. 201
      Alexandria, VA 22314
      (800)548-0497
      www.naadac.org
  • Social Worker Examination

    The Board has adopted the Association of Social Work Board’s (ASWB) examination to obtain a social work license. The examination is only offered in a computer format through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and its contracted examination service. The examination is offered six (6) days a week at various locations and times.

    If you did not take an examination to receive licensure/certification in another state you will be required to take the ASWB examination of the appropriate licensure level before you will be licensed as a of social work in the State of Indiana.

    If applicants are seeking approval for the exam, applications for the licensure must be complete prior to the Board registering applicants with examination service. Once approval is granted, information will be emailed to the applicant explaining the registration and scheduling process for the examination. It is the responsibility of the applicant to register for and schedule the examination.

    An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) year from the date of the initial Board approval.  If the applicant does not take the examination within one (1) year from the date of the initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted.

    Testing Accommodation Request:  If you have a disability, which may require a special accommodation in taking the examination, please contact the ASWB for information.

    Official Score Report:  Upon completion of the ASWB level examination, results will be released to our office.  If you passed the examination, your social work license will be issued. If you failed the examination, you will receive notification from our office via email with instructions on how to re-apply to retake the examination. Please allow 7 to 10 business days for our office to process examination results once they are received.

    If you have questions regarding study guides, or specific questions on how to schedule your exam please contact the ASWB.

    Association of Social Work Board (ASWB)
    400 Southridge Parkway, Suite B
    Culpeper, Virginia 22701
    Candidate Services: (888) 579.3926
    Candidates who are deaf or hard of hearing/ TT: (888) 332.3926
    Phone: (800) 225.6880/ (540) 829.6880
    Main fax: (540) 829.0562
    Email: info@aswb.org
    Website: https://www.aswb.org/

  • Marriage and Family Therapist Associate & Marriage and Family Therapist Examination

    The Board has adopted the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) examination. You may use current marriage and family therapy licensure/certification held in another state to exempt yourself from retaking the AMFTRB examination, provided you have already successfully passed the AMFTRB examination or a substantially equivalent examination that also tests clinical skills and knowledge.  Substantially equivalent as used in this manner is up to the Board's discretion.

    Testing Accommodation Request:  If you have a disability, which may require a special accommodation in taking the examination, please contact the AMFTRB for information.

    All questions and requests for information about the AMFTRB licensure examination should be directed to:
    Professional Testing Corporation
    1350 Broadway, 17th Floor
    New York, NY  10018

    Phone: (212)356-0660

    Fax: (212)356-0678

    Email: ptcny@ptcny.com

    www.ptcny.com

  • Mental Health Associate & Mental Health Counselor Examination

    The Board has adopted the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) examinations. The Board will accept the National Counselor Examination (NCE) to obtain the mental health associate counselor license and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) to obtain a mental health counselor license.  If you are currently licensed as a mental health counselor in another state your are not required to sit for the exam provided you took the NCMHCE examination in another state or an equivalent state constructed examination at the same level or higher. The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is not an acceptable examination for mental health counselor licensure.

    If you did not take an examination to receive licensure/certification in the another state at the same level or higher level, you will be required to take the NCMHCE before you will be licensed as a mental health counselor in the State of Indiana.

    An applicant who has been approved by the Board to take the examination must take the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of the initial Board approval.  If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) calendar year from the date of initial Board approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new application and all required documentation must be resubmitted.  No extensions will be granted.

    Testing Accommodation Request:  If you have a disability, which may require a special accommodation in taking the examination, please have your healthcare provider complete the Special Accommodations Request Form and submit it to the Board. Please ensure your name is printed clearly on the form.

    All questions and requests for information about scheduling your licensure examination should be directed to:

    NBCC

    Certification Department

    3 Terrace Way

    Greensboro, NC 27403

    Voice: 336-547-0607

    Fax: 336-547-0017

    Web site: www.nbcc.org

Continuing Education Providers

  • Continuing Education Providers & Sponsorships

    Continuing Education Provider CE Application Instructions

    This checklist is for applicants who are applying to become a Category I CE Sponsor in the State of Indiana.

    Completed Application by Re-Examination  Application Fee ($50) Mission Statement
    Presenter Information Programs OfferedSample of Course Presented
    Sample Course Evaluation FormSample Sign-In SheetSample of CE Certificate of Completion
    Record Keeping Plan  
    • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    • Application fee of $50.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applications, make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    • Mission Statement: Applicants must provide a brief statement of their goals of the type of CE they will be presenting for the profession.
    • Presenter Information: Application must provide a list of names and credentials of all presenters. Please submit a copy of their Curriculum Vitae.
    • Programs Offered: Applicants must provide a list or brochure of the courses that will be offered as a CE Provider. This must include the names of the courses and where they will be held. If they are being held virtual, it must be indicated and if the course will have an exam at the end of the course.
    • Sample Course: Please provide a copy sample of one of the courses that will be presented, or that you have presented previously.
    • Sample Course Evaluation: Please provide a copy of the evaluation form you will be providing to professionals taking your course.
    • Sample Sign-in Sheet: Please provide a sample of the sign in sheet you will be using to keep track of the professionals attending your course(s). Your sheet at minimum should contain the following:
      • Name of the Program
      • Name of Presenter(s)
      • Date
      • Location
    • Sample Certificate of Completion: Please provide a copy of your certificate of completion you will provide the professionals who have completed your course(s). Your certificate should contain at minimum the number of hours awarded, completion date, and group(s) approving Presentation (e.g., ASWB, NBCC, AMFTRB).
    • Record Keeping: Please provide a brief summary of how you are securing the records of those who are attending your course(s).

    The Board will review your application upon receipt of all the requested documentation.  If you have any further questions, please contact our office at (317) 234-2054 or by email at pla8@pla.in.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Addiction and Clinical Addiction

    Please be advised that our office cannot provide legal advice or clarification on the statue and rules. Should you need clarification on the statue and rules, please consult a legal counsel of your choice.

    • If I hold an Indiana license where treatment for Addictions is included in the scope of practice, do I need an Addictions license?
      • To ensure that you are practicing addictions within the scope of practice, please review the statue and rules.
    • Do I have to take an exam to get an addictions license?
      • To obtain an addictions license in Indiana you must take and pass one of the national exams. You may find information on the exams in the Exams and Testing section of the Board page. If you wish to obtain approval to take one of the national exams, please review the application instructions for licensure by exam.
    • Who can supervise me?
      • Please review the application instructions for the license level you are applying for. Information on who can supervise your are listed there.
    • If I have criminal history, can I still get licensed?
      • You may still apply for licensure, but eligibility for licensure will depend upon the individual facts and circumstances of your criminal history.  You will be required to present a brief statement and supporting documents of each incident. This information will be reviewed by the Board to determine your eligibility.
    • What is the difference between LAC and LCAC?
      • An LAC is a Licensed Addiction Counselor, which is a Bachelor education level licensure. An LCAC is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, which is a Masters education level licensure.
    • What is an Associate license?
      • An Associate Addiction license is for individuals to obtain post degree experience and supervision. Associate licenses may only be renewed twice. Please review the statue and rules here.
    • Can I get a temporary addictions license?
      • You may apply for a Temporary Addictions Permit when you apply for approval to take the exam. Your Temporary Permit will last one year, and cannot be renewed.
    • What is the difference between forms E2 and S2?
      • Form E2 verifies your post-degree experience and employment. Form S2 verifies your post-degree supervision while you were employed. These forms must have matching time frames.
    • Can I get an addictions license if I have lots of experience working in the field?
      • You may apply for a license and complete all documents for licensure. As of July 1, 2014 if you have not taken a national exam you must apply to take the exam.
    • Can I use my CADAC credentials to apply by reciprocity?
      • To apply by reciprocity, you must hold a license or certificate in another state and have passed an equivalent national exam. If you only hold the CADAC credentials and not a license in another state, you will not qualify for reciprocity.
    • Can I use my CADAC training to meet the educational needs?
      • You must show that you have completed your educational requirements with your transcripts. You cannot use certificate training or Continuing Education seminars to meet the requirements.
    • What do I need to do if I would like to perform telehealth as an Addiction Counselor or Clinical Addiction Counselor?
      • If you hold an Indiana license and are physically located outside of Indiana, you must apply for a Telehealth Certificate through your online account before performing telehealth services to patients located within Indiana. Simply choose Initial Application, Telehealth, and your license level. Please visit the Telehealth page here: https://www.in.gov/pla/professions/telehealth-home/. If you hold an Indiana license and are physically located within the State, you do NOT need a Telehealth Certificate to provide telehealth services to individuals located within Indiana.
    • What are the steps for obtaining my Indiana license if I hold a license in another state?
      • To qualify through reciprocity, you must show proof that you hold a current Active license in another state and have passed an equivalent National Exam. Please review the application instructions for reciprocity.
    • Is my Continuing Education going to count?
      • You may review our list of Approved Continuing Education Providers. If you are looking for a specific course for CE, please visit the home page of the listed Providers to see what is available.
    • What is the difference between Category I CE and Category II CE?
      • Please review the Renewal Information, Continuing Education Categories for specifics.
    • Can I diagnose as part of my practice?
      • Those licensed as a Clinical Addiction Counselor may diagnosis provided they meet the educational training, experience, and requirements as outlined in the statue and rules. Diagnosis does not include physical diagnosis.
    • What laws govern Addiction Counseling?
      • General Inquiries- IC 25-23.6 and 839 IAC 1-4.
      • Scope of Practice- IC 25-23.6-1-5.7 and IC 25-23.6-1-5.9
      • Associate Licenses- IC 25-23.6-10.5
      • Temporary Permits- IC 25-23.6-10.5-10
      • Continuing Education- 839 IAC 1-6-1
      • Diagnosis- IC 25-23.6-11-4
  • Mental Health and Mental Health Associate

    Please be advised that our office cannot provide legal advice or clarification on the statue and rules. Should you need clarification on the statue and rules, please consult a legal counsel of your choice.

    • Who can supervise me?
      • If you are working in Indiana and hold an Associate Mental Health Counselor license, please review the application instructions under the license type your are applying for.
    • How do I calculate my post degree hours?
      • If you are working in Indiana, your post-degree hours must be obtained under the Mental Health Associate License. Please review the application instructions for what is needed and the statue and rules for specifics.
    • What is an Associate license?
      • An Associate Mental Health Counseling Associate license is for individuals to obtain post degree experience and supervision. Associate licenses may only be renewed twice.
    • Is the NCE equivalent to the NCHMCE exam?
      • The NCE exam is not considered equivalent to the NCMHCE exam. If you hold an equivalent Mental Health Counseling license in another State and have only taken the NCE, you will not qualify for reciprocity. You must apply to take the NCMHCE exam.
    • If I hold a Mental Health Counseling Associate license, can I do private practice?
      • If you are working in Indiana and only hold an Active Mental Health Counseling Associate license you may only practice under supervision. Your supervision may not occur away from the premises of your supervising mental health counselor.
    • If I have criminal history, can I still get licensed?
      • You may still apply for licensure, but eligibility for licensure will depend upon the individual facts and circumstances of your criminal history.  You will be required to present a brief statement and supporting documents of each incident. This information will be reviewed by the Board to determine your eligibility.
    • Is my Continuing Education going to count?
      • You may review our list of Continuing Education Providers here. If you are looking for a specific course for CE, please visit the home page of the listed Providers to see what is available.
    • What is the difference between Form E2 and Form S2?
      • Form S2 verifies your post-degree supervision while you were employed. Form E2 verifies your post-degree experience and employment. These forms must have matching time frames.
    • What is the difference between Category I CE and Category II CE?
      • Please review the Renewal information, Continuing Education Categories for specific information.
    • What is the best way to check on the status of my application?
      • You may track your application through your online portal. As items are processed, they will be checked off as completed on your online checklist. Please be advised that if you have sent in items, but do not see that requirement checked off, that indicates that item is still under review. The best way to ensure timely processing of documents is to upload them through the online portal.
    • What are the steps for obtaining my Indiana license if I hold a license in another state?
      • To qualify for licensure through reciprocity, you must show proof that you hold a current Active license in another state and have passed an equivalent National Exam. Please review the application instruction for reciprocity for more information.
    • What do I need to do if I would like to perform telehealth as a Mental Health Counselor?
      • If you hold an Indiana license and are physically located outside of Indiana, you must apply for a Telehealth Certificate through your online account before performing telehealth services to patients located within Indiana. Simply choose Initial Application, Telehealth, and your license level. Please visit the Telehealth page here: https://www.in.gov/pla/professions/telehealth-home/. If you hold an Indiana license and are physically located within the State, you do NOT need a Telehealth Certificate to provide telehealth services to individuals located within Indiana.
    • Can I do my supervision by telehealth?
      • Up to 50% of your supervision may be conducted virtually. Please review the statutes and rules.
    • Can I diagnose as part of my practice?
      • Those licensed as a Mental Health Counselor may diagnosis provided they meet the educational training, experience, and requirements. Diagnosis does not include physical diagnosis.
    • What laws govern Mental Health Counseling?
      • Supervision- IC 25-23.6-8.5-4 and 839 IAC 1-5-1.5
      • Associate Licenses- IC 25-23.6-8.5
      • Criminal History- IC 25-1-1.1-6
      • Continuing Education- 839 IAC 1-6-1
      • Diagnosis- IC 25-23.6-11-4
  • Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate

    Please be advised that our office cannot provide legal advice or clarification on the statue and rules. Should you need clarification on the statue and rules, please consult a legal counsel of your choice.

    • Who can supervise me?
      • If you are working in Indiana and hold an Associate Marriage Family Therapist license, you must be supervised by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has at least five (5) years of experience or an equivalent supervisor. Please review the application instructions.
    • How do I calculate my post degree hours?
      • If you are working in Indiana, your post-degree hours must be obtained under the Marriage and Family Therapist Associate license. You must hold your Associate license for two years.
    • What is an Associate license?
      • An Associate Marriage and Family Therapist license is for individuals to obtain post degree experience and supervision. Associate licenses may only be renewed twice.
    • If I have criminal history, can I still get licensed?
      • You may still apply for licensure, but eligibility for licensure will depend upon the individual facts and circumstances of your criminal history.  You will be required to present a brief statement and supporting documents of each incident. This information will be reviewed by the Board to determine your eligibility.
    • Is my Continuing Education going to count?
      • You may review our list of Continuing Education Providers under the Renewal Information Section. If you are looking for a specific course for CE, please visit the home page of the listed Providers to see what is available.
    • What is the difference between Form I and Form II?
      • Form I verifies your post-degree supervision while you were employed. Form II verifies your post-degree experience and employment. These forms must have matching time frames.
    • What is the difference between Category I CE and Category II CE?
      • Please review the Renewal Information, Continue Education Categories for specific information.
    • What is the best way to check on the status of my application?
      • You may track your application through your online portal. As items are processed, they will be checked off as completed on your online checklist. Please be advised that if you have sent in items but do not see that requirement checked off, that indicates that item is still under review. The best way to ensure timely processing of documents is to upload them through the online portal.
    • What are the steps for obtaining my Indiana license if I hold a license in another State?
      • To qualify for licensure through reciprocity, you must show proof that you hold a current Active license in another State and have passed an equivalent National Exam. Please review the reciprocity application instructions for more information.
    • What do I need to do if I would like to perform telehealth as a Marriage and Family Therapist?
      • If you hold an Indiana license and are physically located outside of Indiana, you must apply for a Telehealth Certificate through your online account before performing telehealth services to patients located within Indiana. Simply choose Initial Application, Telehealth, and your license level. Please visit the Telehealth page here: https://www.in.gov/pla/professions/telehealth-home/. If you hold an Indiana license and are physically located within the State, you do NOT need a Telehealth Certificate to provide telehealth services to individuals located within Indiana.
    • Can I diagnose as part of my practice?
      • Those licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist may diagnosis provided they meet the educational training, experience, and requirements. Diagnosis does not include physical diagnosis.
    • What laws govern Marriage and Family Therapy?
      • Supervision- IC 25-23.6-8-2.7 and 839 IAC 1-4.
      • Associate- IC 25-23.6-8
      • Criminal History- IC 25-1-1.1-6
      • Continuing Education- 839 IAC 1-6-1
      • Diagnosis- IC 25-23.6-11-4
  • Social Work

    Please be advised that our office cannot provide legal advice or clarification on the statue and rules. Should you need clarification on the statue and rules, please consult a legal counsel of your choice.

    • Do I need supervision to apply for the LBSW or LSW license?
      • Graduates with a Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work are required to obtain their license to practice. Supervision is not required to obtain the Bachelor or Master license, but post-licensure supervision of practice is required for those license levels.
    • Who can supervise me?
      • If you are working in Indiana and hold a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) license, you must be supervised by an individual holding an Indiana Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license .
    • If I have criminal history, can I still get licensed?
      • You may still apply for licensure, but eligibility for licensure will depend upon the individual facts and circumstances of your criminal history.  You will be required to present a brief statement and supporting documents of each incident. This information will be reviewed by the Board to determine your eligibility.
    • If I stop working in the social work field or decide to retire, what do I do with my license?
      • You may keep your license active by obtaining the required CEU and completing the biannual renewal process, or you may place your license in Retired status.
    • Is my Continuing Education going to count?
      • You may review our list of Continuing Education Providers under the Renewal Information Section. If you are looking for a specific course for CE, please visit the home page of the listed Providers to see what is available.
    • What is the difference between Form I and Form II?
      • Form I verifies your post-degree supervision while you were employed. Form II verifies your post-degree experience and employment. These forms must have matching time frames.
    • What is the difference between Category I CE and Category II CE?
      • Please review the Renewal Information, Continue Education Categories for specific information.
    • What is the best way to check on the status of my application?
      • You may track your application through your online portal. As items are processed, they will be checked off as completed on your online checklist. Please be advised that if you have sent in items, but do not see that requirement checked off, that indicates that item is still under review. The best way to ensure timely processing of documents is to upload them through the online portal.
    • What are the steps for obtaining my Indiana license if I hold a license in another state?
      • To qualify for licensure through reciprocity, you must show proof that you hold a current Active license in another state and have passed an equivalent National Exam. Please review the application instructions for reciprocity.
    • What do I need to do if I would like to perform telehealth as a Social Worker?
      • If you hold an Indiana license and are physically located outside of Indiana, you must apply for a Telehealth Certificate through your online account before performing telehealth services to patients located within Indiana. Simply choose Initial Application, Telehealth, and your license level. Please visit the Telehealth page here: https://www.in.gov/pla/professions/telehealth-home/. If you hold an Indiana license and are physically located within the State, you do NOT need a Telehealth Certificate to provide telehealth services to individuals located within Indiana.
    • Can I diagnose as part of my practice?
      • Those licensed as a Clinical Social Worker may diagnose provided they meet the educational training, experience, and requirements. Diagnosis does not include physical diagnosis.
    • What laws govern Social Work?
      • Supervision- IC 25-23.6-5, IC 25-23.6-5-3.,  IAC 839 1-3
      • Criminal History- IC 25-1-1.1-6
      • Continuing Education- 839 IAC 1-6-1
      • Diagnosis- IC 25-23.6-11-4

Fee Schedule

Pay in your online account or by check or money order made payable to "Professional Licensing Agency."

  • Behavioral Health and Human Services Applications/Renewals
    Behavioral Health and Human Services Application/RenewalFeePenaltyTotal
    Application$50NA$50
    Temporary Permit$25NA$25
    Renewal - Unexpired - prior to April 1 of even-numbered years$50NA$50
    Renewal - Expired < 3 Years - after April 1 of even numbered years but before 3 years$50$50$100
    Renewal - Expired > 3 Years$50$50$100
    Reinstatement - Retired$50NA$50
  • Behavioral Health and Human Services Continuing Education Providers
    Continuing Education ProvidersFeePenaltyTotal
    Provider Application$50NA$50
    Provider Renewal - Unexpired - prior to April 1 of even-numbered years$50NA$50
    Provider Renewal - Expired - after April 1 of even-numbered years$50$50$100

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