The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) is an independent, not-for-profit credentialing body for counselors. It was incorporated in 1982 to establish and monitor a national certification system. It identifies those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification and maintains a register of those counselors.
NBCC’s certification program recognizes counselors who have met predetermined standards in their training, experience and performance on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), the most portable credentialing examination in counseling. Today, there are more than 60,000 National Certified Counselors, and this number continues to grow rapidly. These counselors live and work in the United States and more than 40 countries. NBCC has become a recognized leader in the creation of examinations, and its exams are used by all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam to license counselors.
NBCC was initially created by a committee of the American Counseling Association (ACA) as an independent credentialing body. NBCC and ACA have strong historical ties and work together to further the profession of counseling. However, the two organizations are completely separate entities with different goals.
- ACA concentrates on membership association activities such as conferences, professional development, publications and government relations.
- NBCC focuses on promoting quality counseling through certification and promotes professional counseling to private and government organizations.
NBCC is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body for the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). NOCA is the leader in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations.