Whether you are already a National Certified Counselor or if you are applying for national certification, you are required to make certain disclosures.
If you are or were the subject of criminal and other offense matters that did not result in a conviction, you do not need to disclose such matters, unless otherwise instructed by NBCC.
For National Certified Counselors:
Carefully review the Ethics Disclosure Packet instructions and complete the appropriate packet. Be sure to include all required documentation in your submission. Completed packets can be submitted via one of the following methods:
You are encouraged to retain a copy of your packet for your records. During the review of your disclosure packet, the Ethics Department may contact you for additional information. You will be notified via the email and/or the postal mailing address listed in your Credentialing Gateway account once the review is complete.
Yes. Upon receipt of your submission, you will receive an email from us. Once your review is complete, you will be notified via email and/or postal mail. All communications will be sent to the contact information listed in your Credentialing Gateway account.
Response times depend on the volume of submissions at the time of receipt. You are highly encouraged to respond as quickly as possible with all requested documentation. Average response time is 6–8 weeks from submission of all required documents.
By submitting your application and payment, you are automatically considered for the first available examination administration. However, in order to sit for the examination, your ethics review must be complete. Submitting a complete and accurate packet will help expedite the review process, as failure to provide all required documents will cause delays.
If the review process is not complete by the time test sites are arranged, you will automatically be registered for the next examination administration date, assuming you are eligible.
Although individuals can choose to register for an examination as part of the certification application process, there is no application specific to the examination itself. The examination is one of the requirements of the national certification application.
If you are or were the subject of criminal and/or other offense matters, you will need to disclose such matters, unless otherwise instructed by NBCC.
*Please note: You must disclose pending matters.
You are required to disclose any of the required disclosure matters within 60 days of your awareness of the charge or complaint even if the matter has not reached its conclusion in the legal system or reviewing organization.
No. The NBCC Ethics Department serves as a reviewing entity for complaints and disclosures. We do not provide guidance for ethical dilemmas. We encourage you to review the NBCC Code of Ethics and the ethical guidelines of your state licensure board.
If you have concerns about a certificant or applicant, contact the Ethics Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Try to provide as much identifying information as possible, including the counselor’s name, location (city and state), and NBCC identification number.
Please submit any questions not addressed either in the communications provided by the Ethics Department or this FAQ in a single email to email@example.com. Here are some important reminders when creating an email:
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