NBCC’s examinations are used in national certification and state licensure applications. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam require one or more of NBCC’s examinations for licensure. Each examination is the product of a painstaking research and development process, and undergoes regular review and revision by content experts.

Assessment Development

To learn more about how our assessments are developed including:

  • Content Development
  • Quality Control
  • How the Profession is engaged in the process

Please review the information shared at:

Assessment Development: An Introduction to NBCC & CCE Assessment Processes

What Are the NBCC Examinations?

The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is the most portable examination in counseling. It is one of the examination options for NBCC’s flagship certification, the National Certified Counselor (NCC), and is required for licensure in some states.

The National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) is one of the examination options for the NCC and is required for the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, one of NBCC’s national specialty certifications. The NCMHCE is required for licensure in some states.

The Purpose of NBCC Examinations

NBCC examinations are used:

Licensure and Certification

Certification and Licensure

The NCC is a voluntary certification, not a license to practice. Understand the differences between the two.


Prepare for the Examination

Prepare For the Examination

To help you get ready for an examination, you can order study guides from NBCC or another organization.


Request a Score Verification

Request a Score Verification

Once you have passed an NBCC examination for certification, you can request a score verification to have your score sent to a state licensure board or other organization. Please refer to the NBCC Test Score Release Policy.


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