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Apply for Certification
If you are a student of a participating master’s program, you can apply for the NCC and take the required examination prior to graduation. The application process is different for students, and specific information for students is available.
The National Certified Counselor (NCC) shows colleagues and the public that you have voluntarily met national standards for the general practice of counseling. NCCs may also hold specialty certifications: the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). In order to hold a specialty certification, you must also hold the NCC.
Apply for the NCC
To apply for the National Certified Counselor, you must document successful completion of a qualifying master’s degree and experience, and obtain a passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). View upcoming examination dates and locations.
Apply for a Specialty Certification
Thank you for your interest in national certification. The application requirements for the Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) specialty certification are currently under review, and this application is unavailable until further notice. This review will not impact current MAC certificants or applications already in progress. For questions on NBCC certification, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can show your commitment and expertise in the area of clinical mental health with the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). To apply for the CCMHC, you must be certified as an NCC.
You can show your commitment and expertise in the area of school counseling with the National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). To apply for the NCSC, you must be certified as an NCC.
To obtain a specialty certification, you must meet all requirements, including a passing score on the applicable examination. View upcoming examination dates and locations.
If you obtained your master’s degree outside the United States, you must obtain an equivalency evaluation before applying for certification.
NBCC staff members review applications based on the policies and requirements of the NBCC Board of Directors. If you choose to appeal an application decision, you can do so in accordance with the Application and Certification Appeals Procedures.