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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?

  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!

  3. Julie Smith

    Totally think grandfathering is in line as part of this CACREP requirement and waivers need to be issued. After paying 185,000 back to financial institutions before the rules and tests changed, and having years of CEU and advanced evidence based therapy training, we deserve grandfathering for our investments. My regionally based institution was finest in APA and all standards above 60 credits anyway. We are training the new lpmhc and clinical counselors for mental health. We do not want to be silenced, left out of payment and more. This becomes an issue and speaks to ageism and discrimination. We need more counselors to boots on the ground post COVID and with rise in mass shootings.

    1. Yaasmiyn Marcelle

      I agree with you. When I graduated from my program in 2018, CACREP accreditation was not required to take and pass the exam for licensure. I am looking at teaching at colleges and universities, but coming up against barriers because was degree was not from a CACREP school.

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