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Counseling Credentials
Licensing and Certification issues are reviewed at the first orientation meeting upon admittance, as well as during CNS 5050 Introduction to Counseling and Ethics, and CNS 6950 Internship in Counseling. Prior to the end of Introduction to Counseling and Ethics students are expected to review the licensure and certification process appropriate to their career goals.  

Licensing Applications
Students are responsible for completing the appropriate paperwork for licensure and completing any examination required for states where they will be applying. Licensing paperwork to be completed by OU, can be sent to Shauna Pacheco at [email protected]. The OU portion, once verified, will be sent to the State office for processing. This process may take between 4 - 6 weeks once received at the State office.

Form and Letter Requests
The State of Michigan no longer requires a Certification of Education form from Oakland University.

If you have successfully completed the Human Trafficking Training Module in the CNS 6500 Mental Health Counseling, please fill out the CNS Human Trafficking Training - Certificate Request form to request proof of training for your records.

If you have successfully completed CNS 5060 Diversity and Social Justice Issues course, please fill out the CNS Implicit Bias Training- Certificate Request form to request proof of training for your records.

If you are in need of a departmental letter from the Department of Counseling including but not limited to Licensure or Human Resources requirements, please fill out the Department of Counseling Letter Request form.

If you have paperwork to be completed by OU for state licensure outside of Michigan please email forms directly to [email protected].

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC):
State licensure of counselors in Michigan went into effect on January 1, 1990. As mandated by current licensure laws, all new Clinical Mental Health graduates may apply for a limited license to become eligible to practice. Once documents have been sent to Lansing, it could take up to 6 weeks for processing. They will become eligible for full licensure after at least two years and 3,000 hours of supervised experience (by a qualified LPC supervisor) and successful completion of the National Counselor Examination (NCE), as required by the State.

For more information, contact:

Michigan Department of Community Health
Board of Counseling
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 335-0918

Department of Counseling

Pawley Hall, Room 450J
456 Pioneer Dr.
456 Pioneer Dr., MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2018