Exams for Licensure

The BBS has adopted the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE), to be administered by the NBCC, as the licensure exam for California LPCCs.  A California LPCC Law and Ethics Exam, which will be administered by the BBS, is also be required for licensure.  Candidates for licensure will be approved to take these exams, when their education and supervision have been accepted by the BBS.  

The National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE)

The NCMHCE consists of 10 clinical mental health counseling cases and assesses clinical problem-solving ability.  This exam requires knowledge of clinical diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical practice, including the DSM codes.

Additional information and sample questions are included in the Candidate Handbook.  Click here for the Candidate Handbook for the NCMHCE

The California LPCC Law and Ethics (jurisprudence) Exam will be administered by the BBS. Applicants will receive information about this exam from the BBS upon approval of their application.  

Law and Ethics Exam: Instruction in California law and ethics (course description), which is required for licensure and is described in Additional Coursework, would be good preparation for this exam, as well as the LPCC law, particularly Scope of Practice Section 4999.20, Practice Requirements Section 4999.70 and Enforcement, Section 4999.82 and the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2014)  http://counseling.org/Resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf

A Candidate Handbook is available from the BBS.

http://www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/publications/lpcc_gple_hndbk_1211.pdf 

See the BBS website for FAQs on the Exam Restructure that will take effect January 1, 2016. 

 http://www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/publications/exam_restructure_faq_registrants.pdf

Interns will be required to take the Law & Ethics Exam in order to renew their registration.  Those who hold a renewable registration no later than June 30, 2016 may renew without first taking the Law & Ethics Exam, if they apply for renewal between January 1 and June 30, 2016. They must take the exam before the following renewal cycle in order to renew next time.





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