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Certification - Initially Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Who is this credential for?

This certification is for those who have completed initial state licensing and under supervision after earning a master's degree. Initially licensed clinical mental health counselors work to complete the state licensing requirements for independent practice.

What does this credential represent?

The AMHCA Initially Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor certification signifies that a person can demonstrate basic knowledge of the profession and its foundational documents.

Successful applicants will be awarded a certificate.

Are the AMHCA credentials the same as a state license?

No, a state mental health counselor license is issued to regulate the practice of counseling and protect the public. A state mental health counseling license is issued by and useful only in the jurisdiction where the holder plans to practice. An AMHCA credential/specialty certification signifies that the holder has met the highest standards developed in the clinical mental health counseling profession nationally in addition to having experience and supervision working with certain populations. All holders of AMHCA credentials agree to adhere to the AMHCA Code of Ethics and AMHCA Standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as standards for clinical mental health practice.


$35 (digital certificate only)
$45 (digital and print certificate)

$5/$15 (digital and print certificate)


Valid for 2 years from issue date

Complete Requirements

Be a Professional Associate, Clinical or Regular member of AMHCA. 

Review all of the chapters in Essentials of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession

Pass an online, multiple-choice, 20 question, open book exam covering:

  • The Clinical Mental Health Counselor Declaration
  • Phases of Career Development
  • History of the Profession
  • AMHCA Code of Ethics
  • AMHCA Standards for the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Complete application and pay fee.

An AMHCA Professional Associate, Clinical or Regular membership is required to apply to one of our credentialing certifications. Not yet a member? Great news!

You can pay our special non-member rate which includes a year of membership.

Digital Certificate Only ($35)

Digital and Print Certificate ($45)