National Certified Counselor Credential (NCC)
The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) developed the first National Professional Counseling credential. In 1983, the NBCC began credentialing Professional Counselors who meet predetermined professional standards in their training, experience, and performance. Currently, more than 31,000 Professional Counselors hold this National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. These counselors live and work in the US and over 50 countries. The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is used by more than 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam to license counselors on a State level, and is considered the most portable credentialing examination in the counseling profession (NBCC, 2003).
Although the NCE is required by most states for licensure, the Nationally Certified Counselor Credential (NCC) is not required for independent practice and is not a substitute for the legislated state licenses and credentials. However, those who hold the National credential appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate that they have met national standards developed by counselors, not legislators (NBCC, 2003). For information on NBCC or the NCC Credential, please visit the websites below: