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Exam & Licensure Information

If you are intending to sit for licensure exams, carefully read the following information for important instructions.

 Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE)
Students are required to pass a comprehensive exam for graduation, known as the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE). To apply students should have completed (or be enrolled in) all eight subject areas and be in the practicum or internship stage of their program. At the start of each semester, all students receive an email outlining the CPCE requirements and the multiple steps to take to complete registration with EKU Graduate school and the NBCC testing facility. To learn more about grade requirements on this exam, see CPCE Cutoff scores
The multiple choice test will cover the following areas as defined by CACREP and NBCC.
  •       Human Growth and Development
  •       The Helping Relationships
  •       Social and Cultural Foundations
  •       Group Work
  •       Research and Evaluation
  •       Appraisal
  •       Lifestyle and Career Development
  •       Professional Orientation
The Department recommends the purchase of study guide materials at the beginning of the student's program in order to best prepare for the exam.  These can be purchased on the on the CCE global website by clicking here.  You can also purchase study materials through Amazon. 
Students seeking second counseling degree and have taken the CPCE already must complete an Oral examination to graduate.
Once you complete the Application Request to sit for the CPCE, your status in the program will be reviewed to ensure that sufficient progress has been accomplished in the program to take the CPCE exam. Do not complete this applicaiton until the start of the semester in which you plan to sit for the CPCE.
National Counselor Examination (NCE)
Students will also need to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE), if they are seeking clinical mental health licensure.  Students must be well advanced in the counseling program to apply. NBCC recommends students have completed all eight subject areas and be in the practicum or internship stage of their program.
The process for registering and applying for the NCE begins six months prior to the testing date.
The Counseling program collects and submits a roster of interested students to NBCC (six months prior to the testing date) and provides the testing site. All other correspondence will come from NBCC regarding application and test registration, so be sure to continually check your email for those instructions. You must complete the NCE application four months prior to the testing date.
Click here to submit your roster information, which we will submit to NBCC to begin the process. (Students will receive emails and information will be in the newletter asking if they are interested in taking the exam during an EKU testing date 6 months prior to the testing dates in April or October).
Click here for more NCE information.
As with the CPCE exam, the purchase of study guide materials is strongly encouraged.
To register for either exam, see details in the Frequently Asked Questions portion of this website.

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