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Offer the NCC Application to Your Students
With the National Certified Counselor (NCC) application options for participating universities, you can give your students the opportunity to apply for the NCC and sit for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) while still enrolled.
Benefits for Your Program
In addition to the benefits your students will receive from certification and taking the NCE in a comfortable campus environment, your program will receive aggregate score information on students’ exam performance, including comparisons to national data. Many students look for programs that participate in the NCC application, making it an effective recruitment tool.
To participate in the NCC application, your program must be at a regionally accredited university or college. To offer the NCE on campus during a given application cycle, at least three students must apply for the NCC. For complete eligibility requirements, download the application to participate.
Please note that your program cannot use the NCC application process or NCE examination as a program exit requirement. If your program is looking for a psychometrically sound exit examination for counseling students, you want the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), from the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE).
In addition to nominating a campus coordinator to communicate with NBCC and submit a list of eligible students, participating programs must ensure that students understand the NCC application process and what it means.
Your students should understand:
- The difference between licensure and certification.
- That they are applying for national certification through NBCC, and are not applying for a state license.
- That applying for the NCC is voluntary and is not a requirement for graduation.
- That they must complete their degree and submit a sealed official transcript before NBCC can release their NCE scores to state licensure boards.