Changing your Certification Status


National Certified Counselors (NCCs) have several status options. The forms to request a change in status are linked below along with the purpose and parameters of each status. NBCC will not change the status of an NCC without the submission of the appropriate form. The only exception to this is that NBCC will inactivate the certification of any NCC who fails to complete the requirements to recertify at the end of a certification cycle.

Description of Certification Statuses


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REDUCED PRACTICE
This status is for NCCs practicing 10 hours a week or less. This is a fully active status at the same annual maintenance fee requirement as regular active status. The advantage of this status is a drastically reduced continuing education requirement.
  • Must work as a counselor 10 hours or less per week, but may see a few clients and provide volunteer counseling services.
  • Must continue to abide by the NBCC Code of Ethics.
  • Must continue to pay the $80 annual certification fee for the NCC, as well as the fees for any specialty certifications (NCSC, CCMHC or MAC).
  • Must complete 10 hours of continuing education every five years for recertification.
  • May continue to use the "NCC" designation.
  • Continues to receive The National Certified Counselor, NBCC's official newsletter.
  • May retain reduced practice status as long as he or she meets the requirements; there is no time limit for this status.

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RETIRED STATUS
This status is for NCCs are not working as a counselor in any capacity and who wish to change the status of their NCC and any specialty credential to Retired. This is an active status and requires a $15 annual fee payment.
  • Is not currently practicing as a professional counselor.
  • Must continue to adhere to the NBCC Code of Ethics.
  • Must pay an annual certification fee of $15.
  • Is not required to complete continuing education hours.
  • May continue to use the "NCC" designation.
  • Continues to receive The National Certified Counselor, NBCC's official newsletter.
  • May retain retired status as long as he or she meets the requirements; there is no time limit for this status.

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TEMPORARY INACTIVE STATUS
This status is for NCCs who need to temporarily put their NCC on inactive status, due to extenuating health- or family-related circumstances.
  • Is not currently practicing as a professional counselor due to extenuating health or family circumstances. An explanation of the extenuating circumstances and applicable documentation must be included with the status change request.
  • Must continue to adhere to the NBCC Code of Ethics.
  • May retain this status for up to two years, after which he or she must return to an active status or relinquish the certification.
  • Is not required to pay an annual certification fee.
  • Is not required to complete continuing education hours. If an NCC's expiration date passes while holding this status, the 100 hours of continuing education are due when the temporary inactive status ends. As usual, an NCC can request an extension of up to one year in order to complete the required continuing education hours or take an applicable examination.
  • May not use the "NCC" designation.
  • Continues to receive The National Certified Counselor, NBCC's official newsletter.

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RELINQUISHED
This option is for NCCs who wish to end their national certification and/or specialty certification. Only by submitting the Request to Relinquish Certification form will annual charges cease.

Instructions for Reactivation for Inactive/Retired/Relinquished NCCs


Reinstatement of a relinquished or lapsed NCC or specialty credential requires documentation of continuing education hours or a passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), and payment of all applicable fees. For more information, please contact the NBCC Recertification Department via email at recertification@nbcc.org or via telephone at (336) 547-0607.