National Board for Certified Counselors Examinations
Testing is coordinated through CCE.
The NBCC Advantage
By taking on additional responsibilities to advance the counseling profession, the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) enhances mental health worldwide by serving as the premier certification body of the profession.
National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE)
The NCE is a 200 multiple-choice exam designed to assess knowledge, skills and abilities determined to be important for providing effecting counseling services. The standard time for completing the NCE is three hours and 45 minutes. All candidates are allotted an additional 5 minutes to review and agree to the nondisclosure agreement (NDA) and ten minutes to complete the tutorial.
National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE)
The NCMHCE consists of 10 clinical simulations designed to sample broad areas of competencies, not the recall of isolated facts. The standard time for completing the NCMHCE is three hours. All candidates are allotted an additional 5 minutes to review and agree to the nondisclosure agreement (NDA) and ten minutes to complete the tutorial.
Prior to scheduling a test date, you must first complete exam registration and payment through NBCC. Upon approval, you will receive scheduling instructions from NBCC.
Scheduling at a Pearson VUE Center Location
Once you receive your authorization and scheduling approval from NBCC, it is your responsibility to make an appointment to take the exam during the specified testing window. Exam appointments may be scheduled up to one business day in advance. Space at testing locations is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
After you schedule your exam, Pearson VUE will send you a confirmation e-mail listing your exam date, your exam time, the address and phone number of the test center, and directions to the test center.
If you choose to schedule online, you will have to create a Pearson VUE web account. When creating your account and scheduling your exam, you will need your NBCC candidate ID number. This number will be on your approval letter and instructions letter.
Examination Policies and Procedures
Test takers are required to review the examination handbook prior to sitting for an examination and must adhere to the policies within it. Handbooks for the NCE and NCMHCE are located on the NBCC website.
- To view NCE handbook: www.nbcc.org/Assets/Exam/handbooks/NCE.pdf
- To view NCMHCE handbook: www.nbcc.org/Assets/Exam/handbooks/NCMHCE.pdf
Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy
If you are unable to sit for your scheduled exam, you must cancel with Pearson VUE at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled testing session (SEA recipients must cancel appointments with a Pearson VUE representative by phone). You may reschedule your appointment at the time of your cancellation, or at a later date for a fee of $50. You are only permitted to reschedule for a date that falls within your authorization window. If you do not reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment or within your authorization window, you forfeit all examination fees. Exam fees will not be refunded under any circumstance.
If you fail the examination, you must wait a minimum of three months before you are able to retest.
If you fail the exam, you will have to wait at least three months from the test date before you can retest. The actual retest date will depend on the monthly testing schedule and site availability. You will need to send a new registration form and examination fee based upon your state.
State Licensure Department
Fax: (336) 482-2852