Benefits of being an NCC

By pursuing and maintaining board certification, you demonstrate commitment to the counseling profession

Credential Mark Use

The most visible benefit of board certification is the use of NBCC’s certification mark. NBCC’s board certification and corresponding certification marks are owned and controlled by NBCC. No individual may use the mark without prior written authorization and its use is limited to the established policies and procedures. Board certified counselors may use the marks in their professional materials.

Publications and Materials

NBCC also publishes specific material to support board certification and effective practice.

  • The Professional Counselor, NBCC’s online peer-reviewed journal, provides current research in counseling.
  • The newsletter, NBCC Visions provides updates in the counseling profession and certification.
  • Interactive version of NBCC’s Code of Ethics, facilitates the easy search of minimum conduct standards for board certified Counselors.
  • The Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services, helps board certified Counselors learn about ethical standards in this developing area.
  • ProCounselor, NBCC’s online portal, helps board certified counselors track your continuing education.

Initiatives/Special Offers

  • NBCC’s Government Affairs initiatives promote counseling to decision makers.
  • Board certified counselors have opportunities to earn free approved continuing education, including webinars from the NBCC Foundation.
  • Board certified counselors qualify for highly rated, reduced cost quality professional liability insurance.
  • Board certified counselors may demonstrate special practice certifications in addictions counseling, school counseling and clinical mental health counseling.
  • Board certified counselors get priority enrollment on international opportunities.
  • NBCC’s Counselor Find Directory helps potential clients locate board certified counselors.
  • Board certified counselors qualify for discounts for score verifications.

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