Individuals must have a passing score on the National Counselor Exam (NCE) to apply for a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (P-LPC) credential. Individuals can take the NCE without Board approval. A passing score is required before one can apply for a P-LPC.
To obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential, individuals must have a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Exam (NCMHCE). Individuals registering to take the NCMHCE must be approved candidates by the Board. NCMHCE Candidate Handbook
Register for Exams
All licensure exams are administered through the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Individuals can register for either at: https://www.nbcc.org/Licensure/ExamRegistration
Testing occurs during the first two full weeks of each month. Candidates are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis. There are two testing locations in Mississippi; however, you are able to test at any of the more than 446 Pearson professional centers around the globe. The two sites in Mississippi are in Jackson and Tupelo.