Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

NBCC Information

National Certified Counselor (NCC) Application Program for Graduate Students: The National Certified Counselor (NCC) application program for graduate students provides an avenue for currently enrolled CMHC students and very recent graduates of the CMHC Master’s Degree Program to begin the application process for National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification. It also allows the CMHC student an opportunity to complete the National Counselor Examination (NCE) during his or her final semester of graduate studies, rather than waiting until they are eligible to take the examination as part of their post-master’s LPC licensure application process potentially years later. The NCE is the required licensure examination for LPC licensure in Oklahoma, Texas, and nearly every other state.

Application to the National Certified Counselor (NCC) application program for graduate students program is entirely voluntary, and expenses are paid directly by students wishing to participate. NCC Board Certification is different from state licensure (see information provided here for more information). As explained on the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) website, graduate student NCC applicants have several advantages:

  • A head start on the NCC credentialing process
  • A lower NCC application fee (including a waiver of the state licensure examination fee)
  • Access to reduced rates on student liability insurance offered through NBCC
  • Convenient on-campus testing site (as opposed to taking the examination in Oklahoma City)
  • Increased professional identity and pride (as students pursue prestigious national board certification and state licensure simultaneously)
  • A powerful career development tool (as a “Board Eligible NCC”)

National Counselor Examination (NCE): The NCE is the preeminent examination for individuals seeking licensure as an LPC. The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills, and abilities viewed as important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is designed to be general in nature. It is intended to assess cognitive knowledge which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties or aspirations.

The NCE is ultimately used for two purposes: voluntary national counselor board certification and state counseling licensure. An Oklahoma LPC candidate must pass the NCE as part of his or her licensure application. In addition, satisfactory performance on the NCE is one of the criteria used by NBCC to identify professionals who may be eligible to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Information regarding the NCE is available on the NBCC Web site at the following URL: www.nbcc.org/Exam/NationalCounselorExaminationForLicensureAndCertification. Information covered includes: (a) NCE content areas and work behaviors; (b) an overview of the examination format; (c) special accommodation information; (d) scoring information; and (e) information regarding examination results. NBCC provides a list of potential study guides for the NCE at the following URL: www.nbcc.org/Exam/StudyGuides.