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Change Your NCC Status

If you are not currently working full-time as a counselor, you can change your National Certified Counselor (NCC) status to better reflect your current work situation. The three status options are reduced practice, retired and temporary inactive. To change your status, submit the appropriate status change form.

If you no longer want to maintain your NCC certification, you can relinquish it with the Request to Relinquish Certification form. (Please note that submission of this form is required to relinquish your NCC; simply not paying annual fees does not inactivate your certification.)

Regardless of your status, you must continue to abide by the NBCC Code of Ethics as long as you hold your certification.

Normal Status

If your current NCC status is retired, reduced practice or temporary inactive and you have resumed working 10 hours or more per week as a counselor, you are required to return to normal status. As an NCC in normal status, you continue to pay an annual certification fee and are required to complete 100 clock hours of continuing education every five years.

Reduced Practice Status

If you work 10 hours a week or less as a counselor, you are eligible for reduced practice status. As a reduced practice NCC, you continue to pay an annual certification fee, but are only required to complete 10 clock hours of continuing education every five years, instead of the normal 100.

Retired Status

If you are not currently practicing as a counselor, you can change your status to retired. Retired NCCs pay a reduced annual certification fee and do not need to complete continuing education hours in order to recertify.

Temporary Inactive Status

If you are not currently working as a counselor due to extenuating circumstances, but plan to return to work within two years, you can request temporary inactive status. While your status is temporary inactive, you are not required to pay an annual certification fee or obtain continuing education clock hours.