NBCC Examinations

The National Board for Certified Counselors developed and administers four national examinations. Three of the exams are used for both national certification and state counselor licensure. The fourth—the National Certified School Counselor Examination (NCSCE)— is only used for the National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) credential.

Currently enrolled graduate students who are applying for the NCC certification will be registered for the NCE by NBCC. For more information, see the welcome page for graduate students.

Working counselors with completed master’s degrees who want to test for state counselor licensure should go to the State Boards Map and select their state to see what exam is required and how to register for it.

Working counselors with completed master’s degrees who wish to test for state counselor licensure should go to the State Boards Map and select your state to see what exam your state requires and how to register.

This examination is also required by NBCC for the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential.

Maryland, Pennsylvania and Wyoming use the EMAC for state counselor licensure.

NBCC requires the EMAC for the Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) credential.

NBCC requires this examination for the National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) certification.

The NCSCE is not used or accepted by any state for counselor licensure.