National certification can be a continuing source of career enhancement and pride for counseling professionals. It demonstrates to clients and employers that a professional counselor has met national standards. Learn more about the benefits of certification.
Please see the NCC requirements page.
NCC students applicants have several advantages:
Beyond the benefits to students, counselor preparation programs are advantaged by the ability to collect aggregate score information on students’ examination performance and compare it with national statistics.
Counselors who complete the national certification process through NBCC are called National Certified Counselors. The designation is “NCC." National Certified Counselors may use the NCC certification mark on business cards and all professional materials. NCCs also receive a certificate suitable for framing. Learn more about the appropriate usage of your certification mark.
No, counselors who hold the NCC and want to practice counseling in their state must still comply with all state laws regulating the practice of counseling. This usually means that they must obtain a state license in order to practice counseling.
No, although some states have an abbreviated licensure process for counselors who hold national certification with NBCC, you still have to apply. If your state uses the same examination that you took to get your NCC, you may not have to pass another examination in order to be licensed. To find out if your state offers an abbreviated application process for NCCs, contact your state counselor licensure board.
The scoring process is completed approximately eight weeks after the exam testing window ends. You will be notified via email when your official scores are available in your ProCounselor account.
You are allowed to test a total of three times in a two-year period before your application closes. If you did not pass, you will receive specific e-mail instructions on how to register for the next examination. If this was your third failed attempt, your application will close and you will receive e-mail instructions on how to reapply for national board certification. If you have any questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
Because the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification and the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) are designed for counselors who hold a master's degree, we are unable to proceed with the certification process or release your scores to a third party until an official sealed transcript showing your degree conferral date is provided. Please refer to the NBCC Test Score Release Policy for more information.
Please submit an official sealed transcript from your university that shows your master's degree has been conferred and/or a Counselor Supervisor Endorsement Form (for applicants who applied before May 2011). This can be mailed directly from the university or from you (as long as it is in a sealed, signed envelope) to:
3 Terrace Way
Greensboro, NC 27403
It can also be emailed by a secure, electronic transmission service to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, applicants who graduated from a regionally accredited master’s program (that is not accredited by CACREP) are required to complete one additional step in the certification process. After you pass the NCE and graduate, you have three years to complete and submit documentation of 3,000 hours of counseling work experience and 100 hours of direct counseling supervision completed over a minimum of 24 months. This will be the final step in completing your national certification. You can submit your documentation once NBCC has reviewed and verified an official transcript by logging into your ProCounselor account, clicking on My Open applications and then on Submit for Review.
You will be receiving notification of your status via e-mail shortly. You are welcome to contact us at email@example.com to clarify your certification status.
Your NCE or NCMHCE scores will not automatically be sent to your state board if you took the exam as a part of your NCC application. To order an official copy of your scores for state licensure or a third-party agency, you must submit an official, final transcript. Once the transcript has been received and verified, you can login to your ProCounselor account to request a score verification from the online store. Please refer to the NBCC Test Score Release Policy for more information.
You can send your transcript as long as it is in an official sealed envelope from your school. If you receive your transcript from your school, do not open it before sending it to us. You can also have your transcript sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org from a secure electronic transmission service.
No, NBCC only accepts official sealed transcripts with a conferral date as proof of degree completion.
Due to the high volume of applicants, the review can take up to eight weeks. If you have your documents prior to testing, please go ahead and send them to us. Documents are reviewed in the order they are received. You can check the status of your application in ProCounselor.
There may be a problem with the document that is not approved. In this instance, a Certification Department reviewer will contact you. If you do not hear from us within two weeks, please e-mail us at email@example.com to make sure that we have your up-to-date contact information.
You may. We need an official sealed transcript showing the date your master’s degree was conferred. If you had already graduated when you applied and submitted an official sealed transcript showing your conferral date, you do not need to resubmit it.
The application you submitted to NBCC was for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification. You were allowed to test as part of applying for this national certification. You must submit your final transcript and complete the certification application requirements in order to have access to your exam scores.
Many experienced counselors hold national certification in addition to state licensure. Once you are certified, you can change your status at any time by contacting the Recertification Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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