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Exam Pre-Approval
 Exam Pre-Approval: 

The National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) is used for two purposes: national counselor certification and state counselor licensure. The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills, and abilities viewed as important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is designed to be general in nature. It is intended to assess cognitive knowledge which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.


The National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) is an examination managed by NBCC. The examination consists of 10 simulated clinical mental health counseling cases that are designed to sample a broad area of competencies, not merely the recall of isolated facts. The cases assess clinical problem-solving ability, including identifying, analyzing, diagnosing and treating clinical issues. Each case is divided into approximately five to eight sections that are classified as either information gathering or decision-making.




a. LPC applicants take the NCE Exam Candidate Handbook for State Credentialing 

b. LPCC applicants take the NCMHCE Exam Candidate Handbook for State Credentialing

c.These  guides $34.95 NCE Preparation Guide $44.95 NCMHCE Preparation Guide  can be found by clicking this link Computer-based testing examination site locations   

d. If you have a degree in counseling, either a masters or doctoral, you will need to submit: 

1. Exam Pre-approval Application - form to request NCE or NCMHCE exam (See below)

2. Once you're approved by the Board to sit for the exam, you will receive (from the Board) an NBCC Exam Registration form. You can now register with NBCC  to sit for the exam.

3. Take your driver's license or state ID to exam


     request to sit for the NCE      request to sit for the NCMHCE