The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC), an independent not-for-profit credentialing body for counselors, was incorporated in 1982 to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain 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. NBCC has more than 48,000 certified counselors.
NBCC's flagship credential is the National Certified Counselor (NCC). NBCC also offers specialty certification in several areas:School counseling - The National Certified School Counselor (NCSC);
Clinical mental health counseling - The Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC); and Addictions counseling - The Master Addictions Counselor (MAC).
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