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Market Yourself Using Your Certification
Following hard work to earn your graduate degree, you successfully completed the requirements of national certification, including national examination, supervision and work experience. But are you using your certification to market yourself to potential employers and clients?
What Your NCC Means to Potential Employers
- NCCs are held to an enforceable Code of Ethics.
- NCCs must complete continuing education in order to maintain their certification, which means you stay up to date on best practices and ensures professional development.
- Employing NCCs demonstrates a commitment to providing the highest quality services to clients.
- With NCCs on staff, employers can be confident in their staff members’ abilities.
The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) developed the Employer’s Guide to the NCC Certification to highlight what it means to be an NCC and explain the benefits of having NCCs on staff.
You can use the information contained in this guide to develop talking points to use during an interview or incorporate it into your résumé, curriculum vitae or cover letter.
What Your NCC Means to Potential Clients
- The NCC certification is a voluntary certification. As an NCC, you show your dedication to providing quality services and to the counseling profession.
- Clients sharing personal aspects of their life are in a vulnerable position. NBCC identifies clear and fair means for the expression and review of concerns regarding services provided by an applicant or certificant.
- NCCs must complete regular continuing education in order to maintain their certification. This ensures that you are up to date on developments and best practices in the profession, so that you can provide your clients with high-quality services.
- NCCs have the opportunity to demonstrate expertise with NBCC specialty certifications: the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). If you hold one of these certifications, it shows that you have met national standards for a specialty practice, including additional education and experience requirements and a specialty examination.
Using Your Certification Mark
You can use your NCC certification mark to distinguish yourself as an NCC and showcase your achievements.