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List Serv Question from North Dakota Letters of Recommendation - Please Respond

When requiring letters of recommendation from applicants, does your board have a form for the writers to use, or does your board offer suggestions or guidelines as to what information the recommendations should include?


Marge Ellefson

North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners


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Tracey DeShields, Executive Director on Monday 02/27/2017 at 09:36AM wrote:

Yes, we have a recommendation form that applicants submit along with their application. The form includes demographic information of the person making the recommendation and then a check of questions about the applicant's ability in counseling.
Response from Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists

Greg Searls on Monday 02/27/2017 at 10:03AM wrote:

Wyoming requires our form to be used. It is on our website at

Please feel free to take a look at it.

Renee Hoffard, Licensing Examiner, State of Alaska on Monday 02/27/2017 at 11:32AM wrote:

We provide a form for the letters of recommendation as part of our application.

Vanessa Hayes on Monday 02/27/2017 at 11:42AM wrote:

It is stated in the rules below what is required in recommendation letters.

(j) An applicant shall submit evidence of good moral character. Such evidence shall include at least two (2) recent, within the preceding twelve (12) months, original letters from professionals attesting to the applicant’s personal character and professional ethics and typed on the signator’s letterhead.

Vanessa Hayes | Regulatory Board Administrator II
Division of Health Licensure and Regulations / Office of Health Related Boards

Leah Brew on Monday 02/27/2017 at 02:29PM wrote:

In CA, we don’t ask for letters of recommendation.

Michael Loos on Monday 02/27/2017 at 03:16PM wrote:

In Arkansas, we use this form:

Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling

The applicant must complete items 1-3. Item 4 is optional.

1. Applicant’s Name:
2. Applicant’s Address:
3. Proposed area of counseling practice:
4. I waive the right by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) to view this letter of recommendation on file with Board. (signature)

Forward this form to an individual well acquainted with your education and counseling.

To Writer of Letter of Recommendation:
Length of time you have known applicant:
Please rate the applicant in the following categories (0=no opinion; 1=poor; 5=excellent)
1. Professional Ethics
2. Professional Knowledge
3. Personal Character
4. Professional Training
5. Counseling Skill Application
Sign name, title, institution, contact information.
Do you hold a license/certificate (state name)

Robin Jenkins on Monday 02/27/2017 at 05:26PM wrote:

The District of Columbia Board does not require letters of recommendations for licensure.

Missouri Board on Monday 02/27/2017 at 05:27PM wrote:

Missouri does not require such letters.

Raelene McCarthy on Wednesday 03/01/2017 at 11:18AM wrote:

The Louisiana LPC Board of Examiners focuses on the academic and supervision components of an applicant’s background and does not specifically require letters of recommendation to be submitted. Licensure applicants must have their Supervisor(s) submit a Documentation of Experience form to the Board. The purpose of the Documentation of Experience form is to document the applicant’s supervised experience, provide information about the applicant’s counseling experience and attestation of their professional qualifications in addition to their readiness for licensure.

Individuals who apply for the LPC Board-Approved Supervisor Privileging Designation must have a letter sent from a colleague for direct supervisor (former or current) on the their behalf. The letter must include information about the applicant's counseling background, an explanation as to why the applicant should be considered for the designation, and a description of the colleague/supervisor's relation with the applicant.

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