FAQs for the Country-Specific National Certified Counselor (NCC)

  1. I met someone from Mexico that was a NCC-Mexico. I was wondering what the difference was between that certification and my certification offered through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)?
  2. We would love to speak with our students and faculty about the country-specific NCC. What are the advantages of this certification?
  3. I was wondering who develops a country-specific NCC?
  4. I heard that there were requirements for a country-specific NCC. I was wondering how many there were and where I could find those.
  5. My organization would love to hear more about how to collaborate with NBCC-I to create a certification. Whom do I contact?
  1. I met someone from Mexico that was a NCC-Mexico. I was wondering what the difference was between that certification and my certification offered through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)?

    The country-specific NCC is created in collaboration with an organization that wants to set certification standards for professional counselors within their country. This certification is based on counseling practice and education.

    The NCC offered by NBCC reflects the reality of the counseling profession in the United States (U.S.) and is based on standards appropriate for that country.
  1. We would love to speak with our students and faculty about the country-specific NCC. What are the advantages of this certification?

    A country-specific certification is based on the practice and education of counseling within a particular country. Therefore, it is based on the cultural context within which counseling is practiced. This means that the certification reflects the realities of the profession and, therefore, best fits the local practice. It is also administrated by a local organization (program partner) that is positioned to know about developments in the professionalization of counseling within that country.
  1. I was wondering who develops a country-specific NCC?

    Local experts decide on the individual standards; NBCC-I provides expertise and consultation on the process of creating a certification; NBCC-I collaborates with counseling organizations or other groups of counselors to create the certification for that country. Once created, the certification is administrated by a country-based organization.
  1. I heard that there were requirements for a country-specific NCC. I was wondering how many there were and where I could find those.

    There are
    five internationally accepted requirements for creating a professional certification.
  1. My organization would love to hear more about how to collaborate with NBCC-I to create a certification. Whom do I contact?

    Please contact NBCC International at
    nbccinternational@nbcc.org with any questions.