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Are You a Student?

If you are a student of a participating master’s program, you can apply for the NCC and take the required examination prior to graduation. The application process is different for students, and specific information for students is available.

The National Certified Counselor (NCC) shows colleagues and the public that you have voluntarily met national standards for the general practice of counseling. NCCs may also hold specialty certifications: the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). In order to hold a specialty certification, you must also hold the NCC.

Apply for the NCC

To apply for the National Certified Counselor, you must document successful completion of a qualifying master’s degree and experience, and obtain a passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE). View upcoming examination dates and locations. To sit for the April 16, 2016, examination, you must submit your application by January 27, 2016.

Apply for a Specialty Certification

Thank you for your interest in national certification. NBCC is now accepting applications for the April 2016 examination cycle. The application requirements for the National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) and the Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) specialty certifications are currently under review, and these applications are unavailable until further notice. This review will not impact current NCSC or MAC certificants or applications already in progress. For questions on NBCC certification, contact us at certification@nbcc.org.

You can show your commitment and expertise in the area of clinical mental health with the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC).

To apply for the CCMHC, you must be certified as an NCC. A combination application is available, allowing you to apply for both the NCC and the CCMHC with one convenient application.

To obtain a specialty certification, you must meet all requirements, including a passing score on the applicable examination.View upcoming examination dates and locations. To sit for the April 16, 2016, examination, you must submit your application by January 27, 2016.

International Degrees

If you obtained your master’s degree outside the United States, you must obtain an equivalency evaluation before applying for certification.

Appeals

NBCC staff members review applications based on the policies and requirements of the NBCC Board of Directors. If you choose to appeal an application decision, you can do so in accordance with the Application and Certification Appeals Procedures.