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.


Country-specific certification takes into account contextual, cultural and local needs in order to best benefit practitioners and consumers.

The NCC-Country Certification

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.