About Country-Specific Certification
Incorporated in 1982, the National Board for Certified Counselors has more than three decades of experience developing and administrating quality professional certifications.
Certification is a key component in the professionalization of counseling and is introduced at the point when the profession reaches a level of development at which the appropriate next step is to set standards for practitioners and educators. Established requirements demonstrate to professionals both within and outside the profession and the public that counselors are held to specific standards.
- Recognizes superior preparation and practice.
- Allows for the ready identification of qualified service providers.
- Protects the public.
- Promotes professional identity.
- Ensures that qualified individuals practice a profession.
Country-specific certification takes into account contextual, cultural and local needs in order to best benefit practitioners and consumers.
The NCC-Country Certification
- NBCC International (NBCC-I) collaborates with counseling leaders within a country to develop a professional certification based on local practice, training and cultural context.
- Formal collaboration begins when local leaders determine that certification would be advantageous to counseling development and professionalization.
- The partnering organization (program partner) and NBCC-I then come to an agreement about the certification’s development.
- NBCC-I collaborates with the program partner to establish five certification requirements.
- These requirements are based on widely accepted international standards.
- Professionals within the country work under the guidance of the program partner to create specific standards.
- NBCC-I consults with the partner as needed on the mechanisms for developing these standards.
NBCC-I does not determine what the country-specific standards are.
Once standards are agreed upon, NBCC-I provides support to the program partner in launching the new certification and application process.