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Information for Students
Confused about the difference between certification and licensure?
National certification is an important step in your development as a professional counselor. NBCC offers students who are well advanced in a participating counselor preparation program the opportunity to begin the application process for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) prior to graduation.
Benefits of Applying as a Student
NBCC has created a special process for students that offers a number of benefits:
- You will get an early start on the NCC application process.
- You will have the ability to take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) in the familiar surroundings of your college campus and have your scores sent to your state licensure board.
- You will be guided through the process by a campus coordinator at your university.
The student application process begins with your campus coordinator. They will have detailed information on how to apply as a graduate student. If your school does not have a campus coordinator, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Students
NBCC offers a number of resources for students:
- NBCC student newsletter
- Newsletter for Applicants who Passed the NCE
- Newsletter for Applicants who Did Not Pass the NCE
- NCE study guides
- The Professional Counselor, a peer-reviewed journal available online at no charge
- Scholarship opportunities through the NBCC Foundation
- The NBCC Code of Ethics
- Frequently Asked Questions
- A tip sheet to help you navigate the application process