National Certified Counselor (NCC) is the premier counseling certification. Board certification demonstrates to colleagues and the public that you have voluntarily met high national standards for the practice of counseling. Review the benefits of board certification.

What Does Certification Mean for You?

Obtaining board certification through NBCC:

  • Shows the public and employers that you have met high national standards for education, training and experience.
  • Enhances your professional reputation and credibility, and provides you with a sense of personal accomplishment.
  • Offers both you and your clients the protection of an enforceable Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrates your commitment to continued professional development and skills expansion.
  • Increases your opportunities for career advancement and increased earnings.
  • Provides opportunities for you to contribute to advocacy efforts for the counseling profession.

Certification and Licensure

Confused about the difference between certification and licensure?


Are You Eligible for a Specialty Certification?

NBCC offers additional certifications for you to enhance your professional credentials.


Do You Have an Eligible Degree?

To become nationally certified, you must have a degree that meets NBCC’s minimum requirements.


What is the process for becoming an NCC?

To qualify to be an NCC, you must have an eligible degree and have earned a passing score on either the NCE or the NCMHCE.

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