Board of Professional Counselors



(a) The written examination for a professional counselor license as required under AS 08.29.110(a)(4) is the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC). An applicant must obtain a passing score on the examination accepted by the board based on the determinations made by the NBCC.
(b) In lieu of the NCE or NCMHCE , the board will accept passage of another nationally recognized examination for professional counselors that is equivalent to the NCE or NCMHCE. The applicant must obtain verification of passage of the examination accepted by the board, sent directly to the board by the administrator of the examination.
(c) Repealed 01/14/2011.
(d) Except as provided in 12 AAC 62.100(e), an applicant who has passed an examination specified in (a) or (b) of this section must retake the examination if the applicant has not been issued an initial license within three years of passing the examination. For good cause shown, the board may grant an extension of up to two years of use of the examination.

Authority: AS 08.29.020 AS 08.29.110

Editor's note

To obtain information regarding the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) described in 12 AAC 62.110, contact the National Board of Certified Counselors, Inc., 3 Terrace Way, Suite D, Greensboro, North Carolina 27403-3660; Phone: (336) 547-0607; e-mail:

Applicants for professional counselor licensing, below is a link to the form for the National Board of Certified Counselors Licensure Examination Registration. You must use this form to register for the examination. However, please be aware that passing the examination does not guarantee licensure in the state of Alaska.