Certification and Licensure

Certification

photo of a student writingCounselor education graduates meet curriculum requirements for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Graduates of the Mental Health Counseling program meet curriculum requirements to become a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). Graduates of the School Counseling program meet curriculum requirements to become a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC).

Rehabilitation graduates meet curriculum requirement for certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

Mental Health Counseling graduates meet curriculum requirements for Clinical Mental Health Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

School Counseling graduates meet curriculum requirements for School Counseling Certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC®), an independent not-for-profit credentialing body for counselors, was incorporated in 1982 to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors. NBCC's certification program recognizes counselors who have met predetermined standards in their training, experience, and performance on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE®), the most portable credentialing examination in counseling. NBCC® has over 36,000 certified counselors.

The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) sets the standard for quality rehabilitation counseling services in the U.S. and Canada. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, CRCC has certified more than 30,000 counselors since its incorporation in 1974.

Certification Organizations

For information on national certification requirements for counselors, contact:
National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc.
3 Terrace Way, Suite D
Greensboro, NC 27403-3660

For further information becoming a CRC, contact:
Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
1835 Rohlwing Road, Suite E
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
847-394-2104

Licensure

Mental Health Counseling graduates meet curriculum requirements (60 semester credit hours in specified content areas) for Ohio licensure as a Professional Counselor (PC) or Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Other Human Services graduate degrees partially fulfill curriculum requirements for Ohio licensure.  However, advised electives enable graduates from these programs to meet curriculum requirements.


Credential Title: Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC)
Experiential Requirements: 1 year (1,000 hrs.) of post-master's clinical experience. Must already possess the 1st level Professional Counselor (PC) credential (PC requires 2,000 hours of supervision prior to starting PCC supervision). After June 30, 2000 all supervision must be done by a LPCC or PCC with supervision endorsement.
Examination: Ohio Counseling Exam + Field Review


Credential Title: Counselor Trainee - title used while completing internship/practicum required for professional counselor or professional clinical counselor license


Credential Title: Professional Counselor/Clinical Resident - title used while completing the 3,000 hours of supervision required for professional clinical counselor license.


Note: scope-of-practice includes the practice of career counseling. 1984 Law passed

Ohio Licensure

Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board (OCSWMFTB)
50 West Broad Street, Suite 1075
Columbus, Ohio 43215-5919
(614) 466-0912
(614) 728-7790 (FAX)

School Counseling Licensure

Students interested in gaining more information contact Dr. Phyllis Henderson
108W Allyn Hall, (937) 775-2584.

Accreditation

National accreditation has been conferred on the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.), and School Counseling (M.Ed.) programs through October of 2014 by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and on the Rehabilitation Counseling (M.R.C.), concentration in Severe Disabilities and Chemical Dependency by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2019.