Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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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

Certification requirements for the CCMHC include a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) qualifying education, supervision and experience; and the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification. If you are not already an NCC, you can apply for both the NCC and CCMHC together.

For complete application requirements, download the appropriate application, below.

If You Are an NCC

If you already hold the NCC certification and a full and current state counseling license, you should apply using the CCMHC application for state-licensed counselors. If you are an NCC but do not have a state license, you should apply with the CCMHC application for counselors who hold the NCC.

If You Are Not an NCC

If you are not already an NCC but do have a state counseling license, you should apply for both certifications using the CCMHC application for state-licensed counselors. If you do not have a state counseling license, you should apply with the NCC/CCMHC combination application.

Examination Requirement

For purposes of national certification, the NCMHCE is offered twice a year (April and October ) in a pencil-and-paper format. You will receive your NCMHCE results by mail within eight weeks of the examination.

Recertification

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