FAQ for Counselors

As of May 1, 2022, the Compact has been enacted in 10 states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Utah and West Virginia), and the legislation is pending in 11 others (Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina Ohio, and Tennessee). If your state is not listed, legislation has not been introduced there.

For more details and the most up-to-date information, see: https://counselingcompact.org/map/. If your state has not yet introduced legislation, contacting your state legislators is the first step. See below for how to help with this process.

If your state is listed as “not enacted” on the map, this means the bill was introduced during your state’s 2022 legislative session but did not pass. Your state may introduce the bill and try to pass it next year.

Because the legislative process is unpredictable, it is impossible to guarantee a Compact bill will be introduced or enacted in a particular state. When bills are introduced or enacted, the website map is updated promptly, so you may refer to that page for up-to-date information.

If you would like to advocate for the Compact in your state, please contact your state legislators, the state chapter of your national membership organization or your state board. The more people who advocate for the Compact, the more likely it is to be enacted, so encourage your colleagues to reach out as well!

After 10 states have enacted Compact legislation, member states will establish the governing structure to oversee implementation. After this process is completed, which may take 12-18 months, states will be able to issue Compact privileges.

The Compact is in effect only in states that have enacted the Compact.

For you to practice in other states through the Compact, your home state and the state in which you wish to practice must be Compact members. If this is not the case, the best way for you to practice in a state is through approval via the individual state’s single-state license.

The Counseling Compact is for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) only and does not cover licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) or psychologists. Compacts are created for specific professions. Because each of these types of providers are their own distinct profession, they need separate compacts.

If your state does not sure the title LPC, but you are a counselor who can independently diagnose, assess, and treat, then you will be able to participate in the compact.

There is a compact for psychologists (https://psypact.site-ym.com/) and there is a compact being developed for social workers (https://compacts.csg.org/compact-updates/social-work/).

Unfortunately, there is not a compact for LMFTs. If you are an LMFT interested in advocating for a compact for marriage and family therapists, please contact your national membership association.

You are able to participate in the Compact if you received a license under previous licensing requirements. The licensing requirements in the Compact ensure all member states have the same requirements for individuals entering the profession.

For you to practice in other states through the Compact, your home state and the state in which you wish to practice must be Compact members. If this is not the case, the best way for you to practice in other states is through approval via the individual state’s licensing process.

The Compact will become active once 10 states have enacted Compact legislation. After 10 states have enacted Compact legislation, member states will establish the governing structure to oversee implementation. After this process is completed, which may take 12-18 months, states will be able to issue Compact privileges.

At that point, licensed professionals will be able to apply for the privilege to practice in other states.

The cost of a Compact privilege is set by each state. Once states are ready to issue privileges, more information on the exact cost of a privilege for that state will be available.

A Compact license is granted by your home state. A privilege to practice is granted by other Compact member states after your home state has approved your Compact license.

Practitioners only need to complete CEUs for their home state. Practitioners do need to complete jurisprudence examinations in each state where they want to apply for a privilege to practice.

Send an email to compacts@csg.org or use the submission form on this page to let us know you would like to be added to our quarterly mailing list.