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National Counselor Certification (NCC)

The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) has designated Roosevelt University’s MA program in Clinical Professional Psychology as “board certification eligible.”  That means this program's graduates may apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential.  Though this credential does not take the place of appropriate state licensure, it does acknowledge practitioners who have met the strictest standards set by the counseling profession itself.  You probably have already encountered counselors who are National Board of Certified Counselors credentialed.  They generally identify themselves by using “NCC” after their names. 

Certification is a multi-step process.  You must complete the application for certification.  The applicant must hold an MA degree from an NBCC recognized program.  The applicant must take and earn a passing score on the National Counselor Examination.  At this point, the applicant is considered to be a “Board Eligible National Certified Counselor.”  Once this designation is acquired, the applicant has three years within which to complete the post-MA supervised experience required by NBCC.  Upon approval of documentation of the required supervised experience, the “Board Eligible National Certified Counselor” is recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  Please visit NBCC’s website ( for more detailed information on the certification process.

Should you be interested in pursuing this credential, you may take your first step toward it while in your final year of study in the Clinical Professional Psychology Program.  Contact the Director of Clinical Psychology MA Programs who will provide you with the appropriate application materials.  You should know that the National Counselor Examination (NCE) taken as part of NCC certification is the same exam required by States for professional counselor (LPC) licensing.  If you take the NCE as part of your National Certified Counselor application, you may request to have your scores sent to your State’s licensing board.  You will not need to take the examination a second time solely for your state licensure application.  The NCE is administered by the Department of Psychology at Roosevelt University on specific dates.  Taking the NCE as part of the National Certified Counselor Examination has several advantages.  See the list below, extracted from the NBCC website (

Advantages of the Board Eligible GSA-NCC Administration:

  • You can apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential while you are still a student.
  • You may take the NCE prior to graduation if you are in the final academic year of your Master’s program.
  • GSA-NCC preparation may assist you in your comprehensive exam reviews.
  • You have lower fees than non GSA-NCC applicants applying for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential.
  • You can take the NCE on campus, rather than having to travel to a national site.