(1) A license to practice as a licensed professional counselor in Montana may be issued to the holder of an out-of-state licensed professional counselor or equivalent license at the discretion of the board, provided the applicant completes and files with the board an application for licensure and the required application fee. The applicant must meet the following requirements:

(a) The applicant holds a valid and unrestricted license to practice as a licensed professional counselor or equivalent in another state or jurisdiction, which was issued under standards substantially equivalent to or greater than current standards in this state. Official written verification of such licensure status must be received by the board directly from the other state(s) or jurisdiction(s).

(b) The applicant holds a graduate degree, which meets the requirements of 37-23-202, MCA, and shall supply a copy of the certified transcript sent directly from an accredited college, university, or institution, and shall complete the degree summary sheet provided by the board.

(c) The applicant shall supply proof of successful completion of the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or another board-approved licensing examination. Applicant scores on the examination must be forwarded directly to the board.

(d) The applicant shall submit proof of completion of 3000 hours of supervised counseling practice as defined in 37-23-202, MCA. The applicant may verify the experience hours by affidavit, and need not supply a supervisor's signature upon reasonable explanation of why the supervisor's signature is unavailable to the applicant.

(e) The applicant shall submit proof of continuous practice as a licensed professional counselor or equivalent in another jurisdiction for the two years immediately preceding the date of application in Montana.

(f) The applicant shall answer questions about the applicant's character and fitness to practice on a form prescribed by the board, and the applicant shall provide all information required by the board in response to these questions.

(2) All applicants must submit the fingerprint and background checks required by the board.

(3) An applicant for licensure by endorsement in Montana may be granted a temporary permit to practice professional counseling, provided the applicant has submitted a completed application as described in this subchapter and that the initial screening by board staff shows that the current license is in good standing and not on probation or subject to ongoing disciplinary action. The temporary permit will remain valid until a license is granted or until notice of proposal to deny license is served, whichever occurs first. In the event that neither contingency has occurred within one year of issuance of the temporary permit to the endorsement applicant, the temporary permit shall expire and may not be renewed. 

History: 37-1-131, 37-1-319, 37-22-201, MCA; IMP, 37-1-131, 37-1-304, 37-1-305, 37-23-202, MCA; NEW, 1997 MAR p. 986, Eff. 6/3/97; TRANS, from Commerce, 2004 MAR p. 1477; AMD, 2014 MAR p. 2471, Eff. 10/10/14; AMD, 2016 MAR p. 221, Eff. 2/6/16.