Counselor Education

Licensure & Certification

If you are seeking Maine state certification and/or licensure in the field of counseling, the information below will guide you in applying for your eligibility for these credentials.

After applying for your eligibility for licensure and/or certification, you may find that you require additional courses or internship credits to meet Maine state requirements. There are several options to fulfill those requirements through the University of Southern Maine (USM) Counselor Education program:

Review Credentialing Information:

Maine Licensure

The Maine Office of Professional & Financial Regulation has set forth requirements for licensure of mental health counselors in the State of Maine. Licensures include:

Maine State Licensing Requirements

There are resources for you to apply for Maine state licensing:

Rehabilitation Counseling Certification

The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets the standard for quality rehabilitation counseling services through its internationally recognized certification program. The CRC Certification Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Individuals passing the certification examination become qualified a Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC).

CRC Certification and Examination Application Process

You can review the links below for details about the CRC certification examination:

You may also contact Charlie Bernacchio, USM Coordinator of Rehabilitation Counseling, for additional information about CRC certification requirements.

Certification Renewal

To maintain the CRC designation, individuals are required to renew their certification every 5 years, either through re-examination or by meeting specific ongoing educational requirements.  

School Counseling Certification

School Counselor Certification is granted by the Maine Department of Education to individuals who have met certain standards. These standards require that candidates come from graduate counselor education programs that provide a wide range of experiences integrating theory and practice and prepare candidates to provide comprehensive developmental school counseling programs in schools.

  • At USM: Graduates of our School Counseling Concentration meet the Maine state educational requirements to be certified as Professional School Counselors. Upon completion of the MS program, faculty will recommend your full certification status to the state.

Maine State Certification Requirements and Review

If you did not complete the MS in School Counseling Program at USM, the resources below will guide you in applying for eligibility:

Husson University provides Pathway 2 Certification Review for Maine school counselors. Please forward your materials to Dr. Deborah Drew, Husson University, 101E Darling Learning Center, 1 College Circle, Bangor, ME 04401. For questions contact their Administrative Assistant at (207) 941-7757 or their Program Director at