State Licensure

NBCC administers the licensure examinations used by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Each state counselor licensure board administers the application processes and procedures in accordance with state law, including determining the requirements to sit for the examination. NBCC enforces those requirements when registering candidates for testing. If you have any questions regarding the licensure process, please contact your state licensure board.

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Full Service Provider Model

CCE provides a step-by-step process for developing a psychometrically defensible examination for a credible credential that includes:

  • Delivery in a variety of testing formats, including pencil and paper, Internet-based and computer-based testing.
  • Item analysis and psychometric services.
  • Management of applications for certification and licensure testing.

CCE manages licensure candidate transcript review and validation for several states.

We can complete the entire educational review, making the process easier for candidates and your board.

State Licensure Applications

Important note regarding course descriptions sent with state licensure applications: Each application requires submission of course descriptions copied from the academic catalog for the years in which courses were taken. Please note that it is NOT acceptable to create your own document with these descriptions. You MUST submit actual photocopies of the pages from the academic catalog. If you have questions regarding this requirement, please feel free to contact our office.


Iowa Mental Health Counselor Education Review Application

Iowa Mental Health Counselor Education Review applications are reviewed based on the requirements outlined in 645 Iowa Administrative Code, Chapter 31(154D) (Licensure of Marital and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors), available at this address.

Effective July 6, 2011, the educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in Iowa were changed. The education review application posted here reflects those changes. Pursuant to a grace period determined by the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science, CCE will review applications under both the old and new requirements until November 15, 2011. Any applications postmarked after that date will be approved only if they document completion of the new requirements.

Iowa Marital and Family Therapist Education Review Application

Iowa Marital and Family Therapist Education Review applications are reviewed based on the requirements outlined in 645 Iowa Administrative Code, Chapter 31(154D) (Licensure of Marital and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors), available at this address.

South Carolina LPC and LPC/Associate Application

South Carolina LPC and LPC/Associate applications are reviewed based on the requirements outlined in the South Carolina Regulations and Code of Ethics, Chapter 36, which can be found here.

South Carolina LMFT and LMFT/Associate Application

South Carolina LMFT and LMFT/Associate applications are reviewed based on the requirements outlined in the South Carolina Regulations and Code of Ethics, Chapter 36, which can be found here.


State Licensure FAQs

State licensure application processes vary. Your state may specifically require the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). Some states require both examinations or allow you to choose which examination you will take. The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) has created a directory of state licensure board information to assist you in gathering important information and submitting the correct examination registration.

To get started, go to the state board directory and click on the state in which you are seeking licensure. This will take you to a page that contains contact information for the state board, as well as links to an examination registration page and candidate handbook for the required examination(s).

If you are interested in military health systems, the NCE and NCMHCE examinations are both used as part of the recognition process established for practice. Learn more on our Military Health Systems page.

Identification

To enter the examination site, you will need to present two valid forms of identification, one of which must include a picture. Examples of acceptable IDs include a driver’s license or picture ID issued by the department of motor vehicles, a passport or a military ID. The name in your record must match the name on your ID.

Taking the Examination

The examination is administered by appointment only on dates authorized by CCE, Monday through Saturday beginning at 8 am with the last appointment at 5:30 pm. Please contact Pearson VUE for particular locations and details. Available dates will be indicated when scheduling your examination. Candidates are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

When to Expect Your Scores

If your state uses computer-based testing, you will receive an unofficial score report immediately after the exam. The official score reports will be sent to the State Board office approximately 30 business days after the exam administration window closes for the month. For your protection and confidentiality, scores are not released over the telephone.

Retaking the Examination

If you did not pass the examination, if applicable, you may re-register by logging into your ProCounselor account. There will be a fee for exam re-registration.


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