Requirements for the NCC Certification

  • Completion of an eligible Master’s degree or higher in counseling. This achievement is documented with a sealed, official transcript showing degree conferral.
  • 48 semester hours of graduate-level credit with 2 semester hours or greater in 8 content areas listed below and at least 6 semester hours of field experience.
    • Human Growth and Development Theories in Counseling
    • Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
    • Helping Relationships in Counseling
    • Group Counseling Theories and Processes
    • Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
    • Assessment in Counseling
    • Research and Program Evaluation
    • Professional Orientation to Counseling
    • Counseling Field Experience
  • Passing score on the National Counselor Exam (NCE).
  • Documentation of post-graduate counseling experience and supervision: 3,000 hours with a minimum of 100 hours of counseling supervision--both over a 24-month post-master’s period. Supervisors must hold a master’s degree or higher in a mental health field. (Important Note: The post-master’s experience and supervision requirements are waived for graduate students who have completed CACREP accredited tracks.)