NBCC Exams used by the CSWMFT Board: 

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 - NCE Exam Candidate Handbook for State Credentialing 

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

c.Exam guides are available for purchase at

d.Examination locations may be found at

Exam Registration

 After exam approval is issued by the Board, applicants may register for an NBCC exam by navigating to Select the ProCounselor tab and follow the instructions. Applicants without a current NBCC account may create one by selecting "Create an Account".  Those with an account may login. Once an account is created, applicants may edit and update contact information and submit exam registrations. When registering and paying for the exam, be sure you are on the State Licensure ProCounselor page to ensure you pay for the correct exam. Once payment is made for an exam, NBCC suggests allowing approximately four weeks for review and completion of registration and email to be sent by Pearson Vue with instructions for scheduling exam.  If the exam registration is a retake, and payment is submitted prior to eligibility to retake, the applicant's file will be sent to Pearson Vue once eligibility to retake begins, at which time Pearson Vue will and they will send instructions for scheduling. The fee of $275 is required at time of registration.

** Please remember to take your driver's license or state ID to the exam location