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Ways to Earn Continuing Education Credit
There are many ways you can earn continuing education credit. Any of the following activities will qualify for continuing education clock hours to recertify your NCC, as long as the activity relates to an approved content area.
For any continuing education activity, you must have proper documentation, as described below, in order to claim credit. You can use the NBCC continuing education credit verification form for activities that do not provide a certificate of completion.
Remember to check the calendar of events for upcoming NBCC-approved continuing education events in your state.
College or University Courses (No clock hour limit)
Courses may be audited. A transcript, grade report or verification form is required for documentation. 1 semester hour = 15 clock hours, 1 quarter hour = 10 clock hours
Seminars, Workshops or Conferences Courses (No clock hour limit)
A certificate, verification form or letter verifying attendance is required for documentation.
Publication/Presentations/New Program Development (Limit of 20 clock hours)
- Publication activities are limited to articles in refereed journals, a chapter in an edited book or a published book. Required documentation for publication credit is a copy of the cover page of the article or book. For a chapter in an edited book, include a copy of the table of contents.
- Presentations and New Program Development include a new course, seminar, workshop, community program, or presentation developed within your current certification cycle.
- Courses may be graduate or undergraduate but must be at regionally accredited colleges or universities. Documentation required is a letter from the department chair verifying your participation in the development of the course.
- New school, hospital, or agency in-service programs, hospital mental health team designs, or extensive community outreach systems may also be submitted. All such programs must include documents, dated proposals, and supporting materials. Documentation for presentations must include a copy of the program brochure listing you as the presenter and a print out of the presentation.
Dissertation (Limit of 45 clock hours)
List the dates for which credit was granted by your college or university for work done toward the completion of your dissertation. List the title of your dissertation and the name of your college or university. A transcript, grade report or verification form is required for documentation.
Supervision/Consultation (Limit of 25 clock hours)
Recertification credit can only be granted for supervision/consultation received on a regular basis with a set agenda. Recertification credit cannot be granted for supervision you provide to others. List the start and end dates and the site where you received supervision. List the name and credentials of your supervisor. A letter from your supervisor is required for documentation. Supervision for academic credit should be listed under coursework. A maximum of 25 contact hours can be granted in a certification cycle for supervision taken for academic credit. This supervision must appear on your transcript or grade report.
Leadership (Limit of 20 clock hours)
To qualify for continuing education credit, you must hold a leadership position for a minimum of one year and be within your current certification cycle. The position must be in state or national counseling organizations or state counseling licensure/certification boards. The position must be unpaid. A letter from the organization with the dates and type of service is the required documentation. List the position, the start and end dates and the name of the organization.
Home-Study Continuing Education (No clock hour limit)
Any amount of your continuing education clock hours can come from home-study programs, including online activities. The same standards for selecting live programs apply to selecting home-study programs. That is, they do not have to be NBCC approved, but they must meet NBCC guidelines for continuing education. A certificate, verification form or letter verifying attendance is required for documentation.
Unrelated Programs (Limit of 20 hours)
Clock hours earned for activities on topic areas that do not fit within NBCC’s eight counseling topic areas may be considered for recertification credit if the activity helps the counselor in direct service to their clients. A certificate, verification form or letter verifying attendance and a written statement explaining how the activity assists in your direct service to clients is required for documentation. Programs are considered on a case by case basis.
Recertification/Reinstatement by Examination
The option of examination to fulfill the continuing education requirement for recertification or reinstatement is available by taking to the NCE or NCMHCE. You can find the NBCC Examination Request Form here.