Application Options for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certification

NCC Applications

Thank you for your interest in national certification. We are accepting applications for the April 2015 examination cycle through ProCounselor, our online application process. For questions about NBCC certification, contact us at certification@nbcc.org.

Verification of State Licensure Form

For counselors who have completed a master's degree in counseling or with a major study in counseling, there are three application options. The options and their basic requirements are listed below.

NCC Application for Counselors Who Have Graduated From a CACREP-Accredited Program

  • Graduation from a CACREP-accredited counselor education program track. Before applying, please confirm that your graduate program track was CACREP-accredited within one year of your graduation date. The CACREP directory is located at www.cacrep.com/directory/directory.cfm.
  • Passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE). If your application is approved, you will be registered for the NCE. If you already have a passing score on the NCE, then you do not need to retake the exam..

NCC Application for Counselors Who Have Not Graduated From a CACREP-Accredited Program

  • Master's degree in counseling or with a major study in counseling.
  • Completion of 3,000 hours of post-master's counseling work experience over 24 months.
  • Completion of 100 hours of post-master's counseling supervision over 24 months. Supervisor must hold a master's in a mental health field. Supervision is defined as time spent meeting directly with your counseling supervisor regarding your counseling of your clients.
  • Passing score on the NCE. If the rest of your application is approved, you will be registered for the NCE. If you already have a passing score on the NCE, then you do not need to retake the exam..
  • Please note: If you have not completed your supervision and work experience hours when you apply, you will be given time to complete these requirements during the application process.

NCC Application for State Licensed Counselors and Puerto Rico LPCs

NOTE: Provisional, intern, or associate level licenses do not qualify. Marriage and family therapy, psychology, nursing, social work and addictions counselor licenses do not qualify.

  • A master's degree in counseling; community counseling; mental health counseling; school counseling; agency counseling; professional counseling; counselor education; guidance and counseling; counseling and development; student affairs/college counseling; or marriage and family counseling from a regionally accredited university; or any CACREP-accredited counseling degree.

    Licensed counselors who hold a non-CACREP degree in mental health (i.e., clinical counseling, counseling psychology, educational counseling, human services and counseling, educational psychology, rehabilitation counseling, pastoral counseling, family therapy, or other related mental health field) should use the NCC Application for Counselors Who Have Not Graduated From a CACREP Accredited Program.

  • A full and current license from a state professional counselor licensure board or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • For licensed counselors whose state board does not offer online verification, the Verification of State Counselor Licensure or California RPC Form must be completed by the state board and returned to NBCC.
  • A passing score on the NCE, the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) or an NBCC-accepted state licensure examination. (See application for the examinations accepted.)
  • If you have been grandparented into state licensure with no exam, you need to take and pass the NCE. If the rest of your application is approved, you will be registered for the NCE.