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Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)

Students who are enrolled in the 48-hour and 60-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling (formerly Professional Counseling), Marriage and Family Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy degree programs must successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and the Integration Exam. Students must pass these comprehensive examinations before their degree will be conferred.

The Liberty University Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies is utilizing the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), published by the Center for Credentialing and Education Inc. (CCE), which is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors Inc. (NBCC), for the majority of the examination.

Exam Prerequisites

Registration for Exam

Exam Results

Parts of Exam

Part One: Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)

Eight core knowledge areas will be covered in the CPCE portion:

  1. Human Growth and Development: COUC/CEFS 502
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity: COUC/CEFS 504
  3. Counseling and Helping Relationships: COUC/CEFS 505
  4. Group Counseling & Group Work: COUC/CEFS 512
  5. Career Development: COUC/CEFS 522
  6. Assessment and Testing: COUC/CEFS 521
  7. Research and Program Evaluation: COUC/CEFS 515
  8. Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice: COUC/CEFS 500/501

Part Two: Integration

The Integration Exam is offered through Canvas at no cost. This exam reviews studies that provide an understanding of the integration of spirituality and counseling.

  • You must email counselingcompexam@liberty.edu to be registered for the Integration Exam during the same subterm in which you register for the CPCE.
  • There are two versions of the Integration Exam to correspond with different course materials for the COUC/CEFS 506 course:
    • Version 1: for students who completed COUC/CEFS 506 in Summer 2020 or earlier
    • Version 2: for students who completed COUC/CEFS 506 in Fall 2020 or later
    • Please note there are two different study guides to correspond with the two versions of the exam.
  • This is a closed-book, closed-note exam.
  • If you d0 not complete the Integration Exam by the deadline, then you will receive a grade of “NP” (No Pass), and it will be counted as one of your three attempts.
    • If you feel you cannot complete the exam by the due date, you must request to be dropped from CEFS 671 before the exam due date in order to avoid the aforementioned penalty.
    • Your Integration Exam due date is always the end of the subterm during which you are registered for CEFS 671.
  • You may not reschedule for a test date in the same subterm.
    • If you do not pass the Integration Exam, you must wait until at least the next subterm to retake the exam.
  • If your computer freezes or you have technical issues while taking the exam, contact the IT Help Desk and submit a ticket. You may then email our office at counselingcompexam@liberty.edu with the ticket number and ask us to resolve the issue.


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