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Provisional School Counselor, Primary-Grade 12

The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board issues a five year Provisional Certificate for School Counselor, P-12 to applicants who:

  • Have completed an approved master’s level program in school counseling.

Standard School Counselor, Primary-Grade 12

The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board issues a five year Standard Certificate for School Counselor, P-12 to applicants who have met one of the following options:

Option 1

  1. Successful completion of an approved master’s level program in school counseling;
  2. Successful completion of an additional three to six credit hours from an approved graduate level counseling or school counseling program;
  3. One year of full-time employment as a provisionally certified school counselor in an accredited public or private school;
  4. Hold a valid Kentucky Professional teaching certificate, and
  5. Have a minimum of one year of full-time classroom teaching experience.

Option 2

  1. Successful completion of an approved master’s level program in school counseling;
  2. Successful completion of an additional three to six credit hours from an approved graduate level counseling or school counseling program;
  3. Have a minimum of two years of successful employment as a Provisional full-time certified school counselor.

How to apply for School Counselor Certification

  • Fill out CA-1 application form
  • Make the appropriate payment through ePay online payment service for certification fees. Please note that any other forms of payment are not accepted and will be returned to the applicant.
  • Submit an OFFICIAL transcript showing completion of necessary coursework for counseling certification as required by the university program
  • Upon receipt of the above, the EPSB will issue a 5-year Professional Certificate


Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board

100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601


Provisional School Counselor Certification Renewal
Each five year renewal shall require:

  • Completion of a CA-2 application and
  • Submission of an OFFICIAL transcript showing at least nine semester hours of additional graduate credit in the areas of counseling or school counseling
  • Make the appropriate payment through ePay online payment service for certification fees. Please note that any other forms of payment are not accepted and will be returned to the applicant.
  • Mail the CA-2, payment and OFFICIAL transcript to:


Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board

100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601


Additional Information: Whenever there is a lapse in the provisional certificate for school counselor for lack of meeting renewal requirements, the certificate may be reissued at a later date under current administrative regulations upon application and the submission of proof of the completion of a minimum of nine semester hours of graduate credit for each five year period of validity or lapse of the school counselor certificate. The graduate credit shall be in the areas of counseling or school counseling.

Standard School Counselor Certification Renewal

Each five year renewal shall require:

  • Completion of a CA-2 application and
  • Completion of the Effective Instructional Leadership Act (EILA) hours as specified by the KY Department of Education in KRS 156.101. (It is the responsibility to provide documentation of this training to the district superintendent, who recommends renewal on the CA-2.)
  • Make the appropriate payment through ePay online payment service for certification fees. Please note that any other forms of payment are not accepted and will be returned to the applicant.
  • Mail the CA-2 and payment to:

Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board

100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601


Additional Information: Whenever there is a lapse in the standard certificate for school counselor for lack of meeting renewal requirements, the certificate may be reissued at a later date under current administrative regulations by first completing twelve clock hours of counselor role specific training for each year since the expiration of the certificate up to a maximum of seventy-five clock hours or nine (9) semester hours of additional graduate credit appropriate to position of school counselor.

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