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Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)

The benefits of certification as a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) include use of the CCMHC certification mark and recognition as a professional who has met high national standards for the practice of clinical mental health counseling.

Join the more than 1,500 CCMHCs, and show your dedication to the practice of clinical mental health counseling.

Application Requirements

You must meet the following requirements in order to obtain certification as a CCMHC. Some requirements may differ if you hold a state counseling license. For more information, log in and start your application. If you are not already an NCC, you can apply for both the NCC and CCMHC together.


You must hold a master’s degree with a major study in counseling including at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of graduate-level academic credit in counseling. There is an equivalent entry option available if you have completed less than 60 semester or 90 quarter hours.


Your coursework must cover the following 10 content areas plus clinical training:


You must document at least 100 hours of clinical supervision.

Work Experience

You must document having completed at least 3,000 hours of clinical client contact.

Examination Requirement

You must obtain a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).

Tape Review

You must provide a video or audio recording of a clinical session.


You are responsible for ensuring that your behavior adheres to the standards identified in the Code of Ethics.

Examination Information

For purposes of national certification, the NCMHCE is offered twice a year (April and October) ) in a computer-based exam format at a Pearson VUE testing center. You exam results will be uploaded to your ProCounselor account within four–five weeks of the examination.


Once you complete the application process, you will need to meet ongoing requirements in order to maintain and recertify your CCMHC.