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NCC will require graduation from a CACREP accredited program beginning in 2022

November 20, 2014


The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) has announced that after January 1, 2022, individuals applying for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential must hold their degree from a counselor education program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

NBCC is an independent credentialing organization based in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the NCC is a voluntary, private certification. Counselors who did not graduate from a CACREP accredited institution who have, or will, receive their NCC before 2022 will continue to be recognized by NBCC after this change occurs.

This decision was made by the NBCC board and formally announced on November 17 to those holding the NCC and to other organizations such as ACA.


Learn more about the NBCC announcement here.


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  1. Michele Jordon

    To whom it may concern,
    What if the university is CORE and not CACREP? Does that still fall in appropriate guidelines?

    1. Counseling Today Post author

      Hello Michele,
      ACA’s career center offers support and guidance to ACA members who have questions on professional issues. Call 800-347-6647 and ask for the career center, or email

  2. Jo Leda Martin

    I have graduated from a CACREP accredited program and have passed the NCE. Under what circumstances are the additional counseling hours required for the NCC? You information states, “in some circumstances” hours are waived if you have graduated from a CACREP accredited program? I am in the state of CO and have my LPCC.

    Thank you!


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