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Are You a Student?

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. NBCC also offers three 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). View upcoming examination dates

Apply for a Specialty Certification

You can show your commitment and expertise in the area of clinical mental health, addictions or school counseling with the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor(CCMHC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) or National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). To apply for a specialty certification, you must be certified as an NCC. In the case of the CCMHC and NCSC, a combination application is available, allowing you to apply for both the NCC and a specialty certification with one convenient application. To obtain a specialty certification, you must meet all requirements, including a passing score on the applicable examination. View upcoming examination dates and locations.

International Degrees

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.