Applicants must pass a standardized examination through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) or another certifying organization. At a minimum, a certifying organization must:
- be a national professional mental health organization recognized as setting national standards of clinical competency
- require a standardized examination designed to test understanding of the principals involved in the mental health specialty for which the applicant is being certified
- have a code of ethics substantially equivalent to that of the NBCC
- require at least a master’s degree in either the counseling or behavioral science field.
See NBCC exam registration.