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(1) Any person seeking licensure as a professional counselor must apply on the board's official forms, which may be obtained through the board office. All requirements with documentation must be met at the time of application. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the board.

(2) Completed applications must include:

(a) application fee;

(b) all verifications, transcripts, etc., as requested on the application; and

(c) three nomination letters as required by 37-23-202(1)(d), MCA.

(3) The applicant shall be notified in writing of the results of the evaluation of the application.

(4) The license will be effective as of the date all requirements, including payment of the original license fee, are met. An applicant shall not work as a licensed professional counselor until the effective date of the license.

(5) Applicants shall be allowed a maximum of three attempts to successfully pass the examination.

(6) After the third attempt, if the applicant has not achieved a passing score, the applicant must request in writing to the board to retake the examination. The board may require the applicant to complete a preapproved remediation plan prior to additional exam administrations.

(7) If the applicant achieved a passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) administered by the National Board of Counselor Certification (NBCC) as part of the applicant's graduate program, the passing examination score will be accepted for licensure. Examination results are valid within four years of the date the applicant took the examination that resulted in the passing score.

(8) If the applicant fails to satisfy the requirements for licensure within one year of the date the application is determined by the department to be complete, the application will expire, the application fee will be forfeited, and a new completed application and application fee will be required.

(9) If an applicant has previously held a license to practice as a professional counselor in this state, and the previous license was terminated as a result of the applicant's failure to renew the license, the applicant shall complete ten hours of board-approved continuing education credits for each year that the applicant's license was terminated. The applicant shall submit proof of completion of these hours at the time of application. 

(10) All applicants must submit the fingerprint and background check required by the board. 

History: 37-1-131, 37-1-319, 37-22-201, MCA; IMP, 37-1-131, 37-1-306, 37-23-202, MCA; NEW, 1986 MAR p. 662, Eff. 4/25/86; AMD, 1988 MAR p. 169, Eff. 1/29/88; AMD, 1997 MAR p. 986, Eff. 6/3/97; TRANS, from Commerce, 2004 MAR p. 1477; AMD, 2009 MAR p. 2158, Eff. 11/13/09; AMD, 2011 MAR p. 2038, Eff. 9/23/11; AMD, 2016 MAR p. 221, Eff. 2/6/16.

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