Requirements Distance Credentialed Counselor

Credentialing as a DCC requires the following:

  • A master’s degree in counseling or a related mental health field from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Full and current licensure to practice counseling or a related field (approved by CCE) in the state or country in which the candidate resides or works and/or full and current certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing; and
  • Adherence to the NBCC Code of Ethics and NBCC Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services.

Applicants with non-U.S. degrees: If you earned your degree(s) outside the United States, you will need to have the degree(s) evaluated by an international transcript evaluation service and submit the results to CCE with your application.

CCE accepts evaluations completed by World Education Services, Inc.; Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.; and American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers International Education Services.

Applicants with non-U.S. credentials: If you hold a credential or license from outside the United States, you will need to arrange to have a notarized English translation of the document sent directly to CCE from a translation service. CCE accepts translations completed by CHICLE Language Institute.

Training Requirements

Your application must include documentation of successful completion of an approved Distance Credentialed Counselor training program within the last five years.

The DCC training program content includes the following:

  • The rationale for distance counseling services;
  • Building a strong working relationship using distance counseling methods;
  • Planning and stages within distance counseling relationships;
  • How to incorporate distance counseling methods within the current work setting;
  • Distance counseling case management;
  • Ethical and legal issues; and
  • Approaches to difficult situations, technology methods, and assessing outcomes and client satisfaction.

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