Applicants must take a standardized examination through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), or other certifying organization that meets, at a minimum, the following criteria:
- The organization must be a national professional mental health organization recognized as setting national standards of clinical competency.
- The organization must require a standardized examination designed to test his/her understanding of the principals involved in the mental health specialty for which he/she is being certified.
- The organization must have a code of ethics substantially equivalent to that of the NBCC.
- The organization must require the minimum of a master's degree in either the counseling or behavioral science field.
Contact the NBCC at (336) 547-0607 to obtain an application to take the examination.