Benefits of Being an NCC

By pursuing and maintaining national certification, you demonstrate commitment to the counseling profession.

Credential Mark Use

The most visible benefit of certification is the use of NBCC’s certification mark. NBCC’s certifications and corresponding marks are owned and controlled by NBCC. No individual may use the mark without prior written authorization and its use is limited to the established policies and procedures. Counselors who are certified may use the marks in their professional materials.

Publications and Materials:

NBCC also publishes specific material to support national certification and effective practice.

  • The Professional Counselor, NBCC’s online peer-reviewed journal, provides current research in counseling.
  • The newsletter, NBCC Visions provides updates in the counseling profession and certification.
  • NBCC’s Code of Ethics facilitates the easy search of minimum conduct standards for counselors who are nationally certified.
  • The Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services helps counselors who are nationally certified learn about ethical standards in this developing area.
  • Credentialing Gateway, NBCC’s online portal, allows our National Certified Counselors to track their continuing education.

Demonstrating Commitment to the Counseling Profession:

  • Government Affairs initiatives promote counseling to decision makers.
  • Free approved continuing education is provided, including webinars from the NBCC Foundation.
  • Professional liability insurance is offered and administered through the CM&F Group.
  • Opportunities are available to display special practice certifications in addictions counseling, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling, as well as telemental health counseling, supervision, and coaching through our affiliate, The Center for Credentialing & Education.
  • Priority enrollment is given for international learning and engagement opportunities.
  • The Counselor Find Directory helps potential clients locate counselors who maintain national certification.

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