District of Columbia Counselor License Exam
Need of a License: A license is needed to work as a counselor in the District of Columbia. Licenses are granted by the Department of Health, Board of Professional Counseling.
To qualify to become a licensed professional counselor in the District of Columbia, the following must be met:
- Obtain a graduate degree in counseling from an accredited school meeting credit limits.
- Meet supervised clinical experience requirements of 3,500 hours of post-graduate professional counseling, to be completed in not less than two years, but not more than five years. 200 hours of supervision are required, at the rate of at least 1hour of supervision for every 35 hours of practice.
- An applicant must earn a passing score on the NCE (National Counselor Exam)
An application for licensure and other documentation can be obtained online. All documents must be submitted on–line, or sent to:
Board of Professional Counseling
717 14th Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
Test Content of the NCE
The NCE measures the applicants’ knowledge of the following eight content areas:
- The psychology of human growth and development
- Socio-cultural diversity
- Establishing helping relationships
- Group dynamics and group therapy
- Career goals and development
- Assessment of psychopathology and treatment needs
- Research methods andprogram evaluation
- Professional orientation and ethical practice.
- Fundamental issues in counseling
- The process of counseling
- Diagnostic and assessment services
- Professional practice issues
- Ongoing professional development and the need for clinical supervision and consultation.
For more information, see the NCE Candidate Handbook.
How to Apply to Take the Exam
Apply online to take the NCE, or write:
The National Board of Certified Counselors
3 Terrace Way
Greensboro, North Carolina 27403-3660
The exam is administered by Pearson VUE.
License Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements
To renew a license, regulations require 40 clock hours of continuing education in acceptable courses and programs offered by approved Continuing Education providers. This includes six hours in ethics, and four hours in trauma counseling.
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OUR PRACTICE EXAM COVERS THE ACTUAL NCE DOMAINS:
The NCE contains 200 multiple-choice, non-sectioned questions. There are different versions of the test. Test questions come from a pool of questions that have been extensively reviewed and researched for content accuracy and clarity.
Five work behaviors are also tested: