The NBCC Creed

Subject Matter Experts

Engage with NBCC’s Examination Development

NBCC examinations are developed by counselors for counselors. As an experienced counselor, you can be a part of that process by serving as a subject matter expert, or SME.

Overall Minimum Requirements

Additional requirements specific to the type of engagement are listed below:

  • Education: Minimum of master’s degree in counseling from a CACREP-accredited program or from an institutionally accredited university
  • Examination: Passed the examination in which you are working on
  • Credentials: Mental health counselor license or NCC certification
  • Experience: Experience as a provider of clinical counseling services, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up for 10 or more clients per week for 2 or more years

Not involved in test prep or other educational and/or required training for the examination or related credential.

Opportunities to Serve:

Job Analysis Committee

  • Available Opportunities: TMHE
  • Compensation: This is a volunteer position
  • Time Commitment: This is typically a 2-day virtual meeting
  • Travel: None, meetings are held virtually.
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Examination Item Writer

Experienced counselors write examination questions.

  • Available Opportunities: NCMHCE, NCE, CPCE
  • Compensation: This is a paid position. Item writers will be compensated for each item/narrative as outlined in the agreement with NBCC.
  • Time Commitment: After completing training and being accepted as an item writer, individuals are contracted to write 10-20 items over approximately 6-weeks. Time commitments can vary.
  • Travel: Most of the training and work on items/narratives will be done virtually. Some of the training and work may take place at the NBCC office in Greensboro, North Carolina, and NBCC will cover associated travel and accommodation expenses.
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Demonstrated excellence with English writing skills
    • Ability to accept constructive criticism when working with others
    • Previously taken and passed the examination in which you will be writing for
    • Selected participants complete a complimentary one hour item writing training prior to beginning a writing assignment
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Examination Narrative Writer

Experienced counselors write clinical case studies about fictional clients with presenting concerns or diagnoses frequently encountered by practicing mental health counselors.

  • Available Opportunities: NCMHCE
  • Compensation: This is a paid position. Narrative writers will be compensated for each item/narrative as outlined in the agreement with NBCC.
  • Time Commitment: After completing training and being accepted as an narrative writer, individuals are contracted to write a specified number of narratives items over approximately 6-weeks. Time commitments can vary.
  • Travel: Most of the training and work on items/narratives will be done virtually. Some of the training and work may take place at the NBCC office in Greensboro, North Carolina, and NBCC will cover associated travel and accommodation expenses.
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Demonstrated excellence with English writing skills
    • Ability to accept constructive criticism when working with others
    • Previously taken and passed the examination in which you will be writing for
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Examination Form Reviewer

After items have been written, an examination form is developed. Experienced counselors review the form to make sure there are no duplicates, questions giving the answer to other questions, or other errors.

  • Available Opportunities: NCMHCE, NCE, CPCE
  • Compensation: This is a volunteer position
  • Time Commitment: This is typically a one- to two-day virtual meeting. Every examination has one or two review meetings each year.
  • Travel: None. Meetings are held virtually.
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Demonstrated excellence with English writing skills
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Standard Setting Committee

Experienced counselors will provide a recommendation for a reasonable passing score after reviewing the entire examination, including a thorough evaluation of the items.

  • Available Opportunities: NCMHCE
  • Compensation: This is a volunteer position
  • Time Commitment: This is a two-day meeting. They are typically held in person, in Greensboro, NC, but may be virtual. We expect to have at least two standard setting meetings in early 2023.
  • Travel: If meetings are held in person, NBCC will cover associated travel and accommodation expenses.
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Examination Appeals Committee

When a test-taker believes a question is incorrect or unfair, they can submit an appeal. A group of experienced counselors review the appeal and the test question to determine whether the question is fair.

  • Available Opportunities: NCMHCE, NCE, CPCE
  • Compensation: This is a volunteer position
  • Time Commitment: Appeals meetings occur every 1-2 months and last about 2 hours. Committee members are expected to review materials related to the appeals prior to the meeting.
  • Travel: None. Meetings are held virtually.
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Examination Sensitivity and Bias Review Committee

By sharing their time and talents, members of the Examination Sensitivity and Bias Review (ESBR) Committee advocate for fairness and representation in our credentialing examination materials and help to transform the counseling profession.

  • Term: Committee members will serve the committee for a term of 5 years with a possibility of renewal for one more term.
  • Attendance: Attendance is expected at three to five committee meetings of varying length annually. Most meetings are held in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the NBCC conference center or online; however, we anticipate all meetings being held virtually as long as needed for safety related to COVID-19.
  • Nature of Work: The committee is expected to set guidelines for item writers and examination reviewers to address bias at item and test development stages. The committee reviews test items on an ongoing basis and also makes recommendations to the TAC, as appropriate, regarding examination processes to reduce potential method bias.
  • Confidentiality and Security Requirements: All committee members must agree to adhere to confidentiality and security compliance requirements.
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