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National Counseling Exam

NBCC Examinations

The National Board for Certified Counselors developed and administers four national examinations. Three of the exams are used for both national certification and state counselor licensure. The fourth—the National Certified School Counselor Examination (NCSCE)— is only used for the National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) credential.

The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is used by NBCC for the  National Counselor Certification (NCC) nationwide.  In Kentucky the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors requires passing the NCE for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credential.

Students in CACREP programs who are applying for the NCC certification may take the NCE toward the end of their master's program or within one year from their graduation date.  For more information, see the welcome page for graduate students on the NBCC website.

Counselors who have already graduated with their master’s degrees who want to test for state counselor licensure should go to the State Boards Map and select their state to see what exam is required and how to register for it. As indicated above Kentucky uses the NCE.

The Counseing and Educational Psychology Department is not listed on the NBCC website as a NCE testing site but if enough EKU students apply to take the NCE on any given national testing date the department may serve as a testing site. The applications to take the exam are provided by NBCC and will be make available in the counseling department when received from NBCC. See COU Office or Dr. Engebretson for an application. The applicaiton is a heavy file folder and cannot be emailed to you.

For more information about the NCE please visit the NBCC website.

For more information about the difference between the National Certified Counselor (NCC) and state licensure visit



Please contact Dr. Lawrence Crouch or COU office for more information.

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