NBCC’s examinations are used both for state licensure and national certification, which are different types of credentials with different purposes. Learn more about the differences between certification and licensure.
NBCC’s examinations are used for purposes of licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as for national certification. Each examination is the product of a painstaking research and development process, and undergoes regular review and revision by content experts.
The Purpose of NBCC Examinations
NBCC examinations are a component of applications for the following:
What Are the NBCC Examinations?
- The National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) is the most portable examination in counseling. It is required for NBCC’s flagship certification, the National Certified Counselor (NCC), and for state licensure in many states.
- The National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) is required for the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, one of NBCC’s national specialty certifications. The NCMHCE is also required for licensure in some states.
Prepare for the Examination
To help you get ready for an examination, you can order study guides from NBCC or another organization.