NYS Continuing Education Requirements

Licensed Mental Health Counselors

How Many CEUs Does NYS Require?

New York State Education Law requires each licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) to complete 36 hours of acceptable formal continuing education during each three-year registration period. 

The difference between “licensure” and “registration”

In New York, upon satisfying the licensure eligibility requirements, a “license” is awarded. Licensure is for life unless suspended, revoked or annulled for reasons of misconduct.

In order to both practice as a licensed mental health counselor in New York and use the restricted titles “licensed mental health counselor” or “mental health counselor” a licensee must be currently “registered”.

Every licensed mental health counselor practicing with his or her New York license must complete the required acceptable formal continuing education in order to register, except in the first registration period after initial licensure 

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