Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)

Thank you for your interest in national certification. We are accepting applications for the April 2015 examination cycle through ProCounselor, our online application process. For questions about NBCC certification, contact us at certification@nbcc.org.

Newsletter for NCC Applicants

The Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) was created jointly by the Academy of Clinical Mental Health Counselors and NBCC. There are more than 1,100 NCCs who hold the CCMHC credential nationwide.

Earning the CCMHC Certification

In addition to holding the NCC credential, the requirements for the CCMHC certification include the following:

  • Documentation of a minimum of 60 semester (or 90 quarter) hours of graduate-level academic credit in counseling from a regionally accredited university, or equivalent entry for 48-hour master’s degrees (see below).
  • 100 hours of counseling supervision, spanning at least 24 months from the date the applicant's graduate degree (master’s or higher) in counseling, or with a major study in counseling, was conferred.
  • 3,000 hours of clinical client contact, spanning at least 24 months from the date the applicant's graduate degree (master’s or higher) in counseling, or with a major study in counseling, was conferred.
  • A taped clinical session (after the application and examination are complete and approved), OR documentation of two additional years of clinical supervision. (This requirement is waived for CACREP Mental Health Counselor graduates.)
  • A passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).

Equivalent Entry Option

Applicants who have fewer than 60 graduate semester hours (90 quarter hours) in counseling, but a minimum of 48 semester hours (72 quarter hours), and coursework in ALL required areas may substitute documented training and/or supervised clinical experience for the additional 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours).

To be considered for equivalent entry, the applicant may submit the following:

  • Documentation of completion of clinically relevant workshops. One hour of semester credit will be granted for every 15 clock hours of workshop participation.
  • Documentation of additional supervised client contact above the required 3,000 hours. Forty hours of client contact may be substituted for one hour of semester credit.

CCMHC for State Licensed Counselors

NOTE: Provisional, intern or associate-level licenses do not qualify. Marriage, couple and family therapy; psychology; nursing; social work; and addictions counselor licenses do not qualify.

  • A master’s degree (48 semester/90 quarter hours) or higher in counseling from a regionally accredited university.
  • Completion of 60 hours of graduate counseling coursework is required. Applicants who completed fewer than 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of graduate-level credit in their counseling degree can use credits from nondegree counseling coursework for the lacking 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours). Certificate credits will be accepted to fulfill the additional requirement.
  • A full and current license from a state professional counselor licensure board or the California Registered Professional Counselor (RPC) credential.
  • For licensed counselors whose state board does not offer online verification, the Verification of State Counselor Licensure or California RPC Form must be completed by the state board and returned to NBCC.
  • A passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).
  • If you have been grandparented into state licensure with no exam, you need to take and pass the NCMHCE. If the rest of your application is approved, you will be registered for the NCMHCE.
  • The National Certified Counselor (NCC) is a prerequisite for the CCMHC. If you do not hold the NCC credential, you can complete this application and obtain both the NCC and CCMHC credentials.
  • No equivalent entry option is available for this application.

All coursework must have been completed for graduate credit at regionally accredited colleges or universities.