National Counselor Examination and National Certified Counselor Credential

  • NCE application deadline to test on October 18, 2014 will be Friday, June 6, 2014.
  • To request an application please email providing your mailing address.
  • Send your completed application, a preliminary (unofficial) transcript, and $335 check or money order ($310 for the application and $25 to test at a location near you; please make check/money order payable to "NBCC") to the address below:

CPCE/NCE Coordinator
The Graduate Center for Counseling/Marriage & Family Studies
1971 University Boulevard
Lynchburg, VA 24515

  • If you are a recent graduate, you can apply as long as you are within 12 months of earning your Master’s degree.
  • To know if you meet the requirements, The National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certification requires:
  1. A master’s or higher degree with a major study in counseling, which the NBCC defines as a degree in which a minimum of 48 semester hours of the degree credits in counseling cover at least nine required counseling coursework content areas. The degree must include one course in professional orientation to counseling and at least six semester hours of supervised field experience in counseling.
  2. 48 semester or 72 quarter hours of graduate-level credit in counseling with a separate counseling course in each of the following content areas:
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Social and Cultural Foundations
    • Helping Relationships
    • Group Counseling Theories and Processes
    • Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
    • Assessment in Counseling
    • Research and Program Evaluation
    • Professional Orientation to Counseling
    • Counseling Field Experience
      • Field experience must total at least 6 semester hours or 10 quarter hours of graduate credit.
  3. Two years and 3,000 hours of post-graduate counseling experience
  4. Two years and 100 hours of counseling supervision from a supervisor who holds a master’s degree or higher in mental health field.
  5. A passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE).
  • Taking the NCE is the first step to pursuing the NCC credential, and is completed prior to students earning 3,000 hours of post-graduate counseling experience.
  • Students are encouraged to take the NCE before graduating and in close proximity to the CPCE because of how similar the information is on both exams.
  • If you have any questions regarding the NCC certification or the NCE exam, please email