Dr. Joseph Wehrman, Chair of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Board of Directors recently announced the recipients of the 2014 NBCC and Affiliates grant for initial CACREP accreditation. Accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) indicates that a program has met the highest standards of professional preparation and program excellence. NBCC provided each grant recipient with $2,500 to assist in the process of achieving CACREP accreditation.
Effective April 30, 2014, former applicants will no longer have the option to reopen National Certified Counselor (NCC) applications that have closed. Upon closure of an application, all contents of the application, including examination scores, will be inaccessible to the applicant. Individuals who wish to reopen and complete a closed application may do so until April 30, 2014, by contacting the Certification Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. After April 30, 2014, applicants must reapply under current application requirements and retake the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE).
Effective January 1, 2014, NBCC will no longer offer prereviews of coursework for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential or the specialty credentials. NBCC currently provides this service for individuals who want to determine if they meet the educational requirements for the voluntary NCC credential prior to applying. Applicants for the NCC credential have two years in which to fulfill any missing coursework content areas.
Part of NBCC’s mission is to enhance the professional identity of National Certified Counselors (NCCs). NBCC accomplishes this goal in several ways, including evaluating and modifying degree requirements for the NCC credential. This ensures that certificants have a degree relevant to the current state of the counseling profession. The NBCC Board of Directors recently approved several application requirement changes.