CE Provider Applicants

The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) works closely with its continuing education providers to ensure that they maintain the highest standards in mental health training.

Choosing the Correct Application

Comparison of Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and Single Program (SP) Approval

Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) Single Program (SP)
Description

The Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) Application allows you to seek approval to offer NBCC credit for live programs and/or home study programs (on-demand) as an ACEP.

If you are interested in offering NBCC credit for live programs, you must submit two (2) different, live programs that have concluded.

If you are interested in offering NBCC credit for home study programs, you must submit one (1) home study program that is fully functioning, currently available to participants, and can be taken by the reviewer.

The Single Program (SP) Application allows you to seek approval to offer NBCC credit for a specific and fully developed, live program you plan to offer in the future.

Scope of Approval

If you submit an ACEP Application and are approved as an ACEP, you can add new programs and make changes to programs without consulting NBCC. It is the responsibility of the ACEP to ensure that all programs offered for NBCC credit satisfy NBCC Continuing Education Provider Policy (Provider Policy) requirements.

Your approval will not expire as long as you properly maintain your ACEP status by:

  • Satisfying all Provider Policy requirements
  • Promptly paying your Annual Maintenance Fee
  • Participating in the Third-Year Audit

If you submit an SP Application and the program is approved, you may offer the program as many times as you would like during the 12-month approval period conditioned upon no material changes.

You may change the date, location, and transition back and forth between in-person and online delivery that permits real-time interaction between the presenter and participants. You may not change the content description, content, learning objectives, agenda/schedule, presenter, or program length.

Additional Factors for Consideration
  • Do you have a history as an identified CE provider and can submit materials that will demonstrate your history of providing recent CE programs that would qualify for NBCC credit?
  • Do the materials that you plan to submit consistently use the same CE provider name listed on your application?
  • Are you interested in offering NBCC credit for a live CE program that permits interaction with the presenter?
  • Would you like the opportunity to offer NBCC credit as you establish your history as a CE provider?

Single Program Options

Application Guidelines

Prior to submitting your single program application, make sure that it is complete and accurate, including the correct fee.

Program SizeDefinitionTotal Regular Application FeeSubmission Deadline
Small Program17 or fewer sessions$300Application must be received 60 days prior to program date
Large Program18 or more sessions$500Application must be received 90 days prior to program date

Need a rush?

Rush OptionsDefinitionTotal Rush Application Fee Submission Deadline
Small Program Rush17 or fewer sessions$450Application received less than 60 days but more than 30 days prior to program date
Large Program Rush18 or more sessions$700Application received less than 90 days but more than 30 days prior to program date

Single program applications submitted less than 30 days prior to the program date will not be accepted.

Approved Continuing Education Provider Options

Application Guidelines

There are three ACEP applications to choose from. Prior to submitting your ACEP Application, make sure that it is complete and accurate, including the correct fee. The fee schedule if based on the number of delivery formats that you apply for.

Application Fees

Standard ACEP ApplicationFee
Application for one delivery format (live event delivery format or home study delivery format)$800
Application for both delivery formats (live event and home study delivery formats)$1,200
University Counselor Education Departments Offering Live Continuing Education ProgramsFee
Application for one delivery format (live event delivery format or home study delivery format)
*This application is only available for graduate-level Counselor Education Departments that issue master's and doctoral degrees.
$0
ACA and AMHCA Branches and Divisions ApplicationFee
Application for one delivery format (live event delivery format or home study delivery format)$0

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