The Registered Professional Counselor Act was passed by the NC General Assembly.
July 24, 1993
The Licensed Professional Counselor Act was ratified as Article 24, Chapter 90, General Statutes of the State of North Carolina. This act recplaced the Registered Professional Counselor Act. Both of these bills were sponsored and supported by the North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) and its forerunners (the NC Personnel and Guidance Association and the NC Association for Counseling and Development).
July 1, 1994
The LPC Act became effective. The LPC Act regulates the activities of persons who render counseling services to the public. The Board, which is appointed by the Governor, is empowered by the LPC Act to carry out the provisions of the Act, which include, among other, examining and passing on the qualifications of applicants, issuing licenses and license renewals, adopting ethical standards and examination materials, establishing standards for continuing professional counselor education, and conducting investigations and hearings as necessary to enforce the LPC Act.
July 27, 2009
House Bill 746 was signed into law to become effective Octiober 1, 2009. The Bill revised the LPC Act and included in the revisions were the creation of the Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS) licenses.
October 20, 2015
Senate Bill 279 was signed into law. This bill amended the eduational qualifications for the practice of counseling. As part of the Bill applicants who apply for licensure on or after July 1, 2022 must have a master's degree in counseling or a related degree from CACREP accredited program.
November 6, 2019
Senate Bill 537 passed in the NC Senate and House and was signed into law by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on the 6th of November 2019. This new law changes our Board and license names, it gives the Board the ability to enter into reciprocity agreements with individual states which would give our licensees and It gives the Board the authority to establish an impaired professionals program.