Applying for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) as a Graduate Student

This page of the NBCC Web site is designed to introduce you to the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential and to give you information on how you may begin the certification process while you are still enrolled in your graduate counseling program.

The National Certified Counselor (NCC) is a voluntary national certification designed to identify those counselors who have met national standards set by members of the counseling profession. Learn how the NCC is different from the LPC or other state licenses.

The NCC Certification Process for Graduate Students

  1. Apply using the NCC for Graduate Students application given to you by your campus coordinator. (You will need to provide payment with your application using a money order.) If your school has no campus coordinator, have your faculty contact NBCC at and visit our NCC for Graduate Students page.
  2. Pass the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE).
  3. Submit your sealed, final transcript showing your master's degree conferred and Counseling Supervisor Endorsement Form (the Counseling Supervisor Endorsement Form is only required for applicants who applied before May 2011) showing any number of supervision hours completed. Visit this page for more detailed information about what happens after the exam. IMPORTANT NOTE: NCE scores cannot be sent to state licensure boards or other third parties until Step 3 is completed.
  4. (Only for students graduating from non-CACREP-accredited programs) Submit 3,000 hours of counseling work experience and 100 hours of counseling supervision both over a 24-month post-master's time period or verification of state licensure. Please use the documents found in the Verification of Post-master's Experience and Supervision form to submit your hours or proof of licensure to NBCC.

More Information Just for Graduate Students at "StudentWorks"

Because NBCC is dedicated to the growth of the counseling profession through national certification and because you represent a large and important body of budding professionals, we have created a section of our Web site just for you.

On the StudentWorks pages, you will discover more detailed information about national certification processes and procedures. You can also find information on conferences, internships and publishing tips.

Visit StudentWorks now to access the information you need to start your journey toward your first professional counseling credential!