THE NCE The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is a 200-item multiple-choice examination designed to assess knowledge, skills, and abilities determined to be important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is a requirement for counselor licensure in many states. It is also one of two examination options for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification. It may also be accepted by military health systems to become a recognized provider. CCE has contracted with Pearson VUE to assist in the administration and scoring of the NCE, which was first used in 1983 as part of the NCC application process and continues to undergo regular review and development to ensure that it represents the current reality of practice and research in the counseling profession.