The National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification

The National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification

Paper-Based Test
Paper-Based Test
The 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.

Satisfactory performance on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) is one of the criteria used by NBCC to identify professionals who may be eligible to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Many states also use the NCE for state credentialing (LPC, LAPC, LPGC, etc).

Examination Format

The NCE is comprised of 200 multiple choice questions and is scheduled for a four-hour period beginning at 9:00 a.m. Responses are recorded on a separate machine-scorable answer sheet. A different edition of the NCE is compiled for each administration of the exam. Each form's questions are drawn from the NCE item pool which has undergone extensive review and field testing.

The entire item pool, each form of the NCE and the answer sheet are copyrighted. Consequently, any distribution of the examination content or materials through any form of reproduction or oral or written communication is strictly prohibited. Disclosure of examination content is a violation of the NBCC Code of Ethics.

See the NBCC website ( for NCE® Preparation Guide Order Form, NCE® Exam Sites and Dates, and NCE® Registration for Military Health Systems.

Test Dates: Information available at the NBCC/NCE website (
Registration: Information available at the NBCC/NCE website (
Payment: Payment prior to the exam must be via a credit card drawn from a U.S. bank.
Test Location: 2203 MCHS
Directions: Directions to campus
Reporting Time: 15 minutes prior to your confirmed start time.
Parking: Parking passes are required and may be picked up at the Buckingham Maintenance Center.
Bring: Admission Ticket & one form of valid, current (unexpired) ID containing both your photograph and your signature. (Ex) Driver's license or passport.
Illness/Accident: If you cannot appear for a test date due to illness or accident, you must send an email to the Test Center letting us know not to expect you or call 570-389-5294.