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About NBCC

The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC) is a not-for-profit, independent certification organization established in 1982. NBCC’s original and primary purposes are to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors. As NBCC has grown, it and its divisions and affiliates have taken on additional responsibilities to advance the counseling profession and enhance mental health worldwide.

Today, there are more than 62,000 National Certified Counselors (NCCs) in more than 40 countries. NCCs have voluntarily met high national standards set by the counseling profession and based on research, including passing an examination.

Two of NBCC’s certifications, the NCC and Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Learn more about NBCC’s national certifications.

Our Mission

NBCC advances counseling as the premier certification body of the profession.

Our Vision

Enhancing society worldwide through quality counseling.