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National Counselor Exam & National Certified Counselor Credential

The process for students to apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential has moved from a paper application to an online format.

Doctoral students and recent graduates will now apply using the application for counselors who have graduated, which is available at ProCounselor.nbcc.org.


Taking the NCE/NCMHCE is only one step in pursuing the NCC credential. This exam 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, email NCEregistration@liberty.edu.

Students have to verify with their state that their NCE scores will be valid with their state board before they take their exam.
NCE/NCMHCE Requirements

The National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certification requires:

  • 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.
  • 48 semesters 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 (COUC/CEFS 502)
    • Social and Cultural Foundations (COUC/CEFS 504)
    • Helping Relationships (COUC/CEFS 505)
    • Group Counseling Theories and Processes (COUC/CEFS 512)
    • Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development (COUC/CEFS 522)
    • Assessment in Counseling (COUC/CEFS 521)
    • Research and Program Evaluation (COUC/CEFS 515)
    • Professional Orientation to Counseling (COUC/CEFS 500)
    • Counseling Field Experience (COUC/CEFS 698/699)
      • Field experience must total at least six semester hours or ten quarter hours of graduate credit. (Either one semester of 698 and one semester of 699 or two semesters of 699.)
  • Two years and 3,000 hours of post-graduate counseling experience
  • Two years and 100 hours of counseling supervision from a supervisor who holds a master’s degree or higher in the mental health field.
  • A passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE).
School Counseling Requirements
How Students Access the Online Application
Roles and Responsibilities
NCC Credentialing Sequence: For Graduate Students