WVBEC Accepts the Following Exams for LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
NCE (National Counselor Exam)
CRC exam (Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification)
NCMHCE (National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination)
If you have taken an approved exam, listed above, please request CCE/NBCC to forward your official exam scores to the board address below.
WVBEC 815 Quarrier Street, Suite 212 Charleston, WV 25301
The direct number for CCE-Center for Credentialing & Education is (336) 482-2856.
For all other applicants, you will need to gain approval by WVBEC to take the NCE exam.
Please read below for more information:
The West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling (WVBEC) began computer based testing (CBT) for the National Counselor Exam on November 1, 2007. WVBEC is contracting with the National Board for Certified Counselor (NBCC)/Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) for this program.
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Application Process In A Nutshell
An applicant for a provisional license will submit their completed "licensure packet" to WVBEC. The file will be reviewed for compliance with Series 1, Licensing Rule (2016). Once the file is approved, the applicant will receive an 'approval' via email. The approval email will include an 'NCE Approval Notice' and instructions for online registration for the exam with NBCC. (Please note, an 'NCE Approval Notice' cannot be issued until after an applicant applies for licensure and after the board determines the coursework and application requirements have been met.)
Exam approval notices are good for one year. The NCE approval notice is required in order for the applicant to register for the exam with NBCC/CCE. Once the applicant has received the approval notice from WVBEC, nothing else will be required of WVBEC during the exam process unless the applicant tests three (3) times unsuccessfully. Failing the exam three times will be addressed with the applicant individually.
Once you have received the NCE Approval Notice by WVBEC, you may register ONLINE at NBCC's website at the link provided: http://www.nbcc.org/Licensure. Please choose the option for "Exam Registration for State Licensure". We also suggest that you print and thoroughly read the NCE Candidate Handbook, revised 11/2016. The direct link to the handbook can be found at the link provided: http://www.nbcc.org/Assets/StateLicensure/NCE.pdf .
Once your online registration is complete and approved by NBCC/CCE, you will then schedule a testing date through Pearson VUE. Here is the link to NBCC's website that includes the exam dates: http://www.nbcc.org/directory
Additionally, we suggest visiting Person VUE's website to become familiar with the scheduling process of the exam. Currently, the two testing sites in WV are in Charleston and Morgantown. You may also view the testing sites in your surrounding area at: www.PearsonVue.com/NBCC/
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After Passing The Exam
Once a candidate has successfully passed the NCE, please allow 4 weeks for the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling (WVBEC) to receive your official test scores. After WVBEC has received your test scores, you will be sent an email notification with further information.
All requests for special examination accommodations are reviewed individually and are subject to WVBEC approval. Please allow six (6) weeks for this request to be reviewed. If your request is approved, you will receive notification with your NCE Approval Notice to send to NBCC/CCE. Special accommodation approvals are good for one year. After one year, candidates will need to contact the WVBEC for another approval.
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The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC®) is internationally recognized as a leading provider of counselor credentialing examinations. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia administer NBCC examinations as part of their counselor credentialing requirements. Based on its reputation for excellence in the field of examinations, NBCC has provided consultation services for examination and credential development to many other organizations in the United States and abroad.
Satisfactory performance on the NCE™ is one of the criteria* used by The West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling to identify professionals who may be eligible to become Licensed Professional Counselors in West Virginia.
The purpose of the NCE™ is to assess knowledge of information and skills viewed as important for providing appropriate counseling services. The NCE™ is designed to be general in nature. It is intended to assess cognitive knowledge, which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.
Please Note: The West Virginia Board of Examiners does not handle NBCC National Certification. This is done through the office of the National Board for Certified Counselors. Their phone number is 336-547-0607 and website is www.nbcc.org. Please check with them for information concerning becoming a Nationally Certified Counselor.