Licensure & Credentialing

Alumnx of the Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology (GSCP) have successfully obtained licensure throughout the United States and internationally.

Licensure in Colorado

In order to practice Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Colorado, individuals must have a Masters’ level education and register through the State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.

To be licensed in Colorado, counselors must:

  • Submit the Colorado Education Equivalency Review to the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE);
  • Pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE);
  • Pass the Colorado Jurisprudence Exam;
  • Complete 2,000 hours of postgraduate supervised clinical practice, including 1,500 hours of direct client contact;
  • Receive 100 hours of supervision by a qualified supervisor over a minimum of twenty-four months.

There is a time limit of four years to complete all requirements from the date of application for licensure. Full details on Colorado licensure are available at the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

Licensure in States Outside of Colorado

Licensure requirements of state boards and licensing agencies vary from state to state in the United States, as well as internationally. Additionally, licensure requirements change over time. Consequently, successful completion of degree requirements is necessary for, but does not guarantee that a state or overseas board or licensing agency will accept a graduate's application for licensure. To obtain licensure some states and countries will require additional course work and clinical placement hours not included in the Naropa curriculum. Students are responsible for researching the educational requirements for the intended licensure or certification in the state(s), or countries, where they will seek licensure or certification.


Attention residents of Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, and New Hampshire: Due to specific counseling licensure requirements in the aforementioned states, Naropa University is not accepting applicants currently residing in, or intending to practice in those states.

In order to apply for licensure and ultimately practice as a counselor in Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, and New Hampshire, you are required to have graduated from a CACREP accredited university. Naropa University at this time is CACREP equivalent but is not CACREP accredited. This means that a Naropa University degree will not meet the educational requirements in those four states.

For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Additional Resources and Guidelines

Support in forming an individualized path towards licensure and navigating licensure requirements is available for students by Naropa’s Credentialing Coordinator in the Office of Career and Life Development.

It is highly recommended that students and alumnx maintain an archive of syllabi and clinical placement records often required to complete state licensure applications. Syllabi are available from the GSCP Course Syllabi Archive, and course descriptions can be obtained from the relevant course catalog. For additional support with licensure and credentialing, please make an appointment.

State Authorization Federal Regulations

The Naropa University education combines rigorous academic learning with contemplative practice. All concentrations of our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program are currently CACREP equivalent, yet not CACREP accredited. This means that we teach all of the core components that are required by CACREP to be a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, in addition to leading-edge contemplative, mindfulness and mind/body integration tools. As a graduating student, you need to complete a degree verification process. Naropa University has a dedicated team member that offers Credentialing and Licensure support during and after your Naropa education. View the 2021 State Authorization Federal Regulations.


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