Exams After Grandparenting

The BBS has adopted the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE), to be administered by the NBCC, as the licensure exam for California LPCCs.  A California LPCC Law and Ethics Exam, which will be administered by the BBS, is also be required for licensure.  Candidates for licensure will be approved to take these exams, when their education and supervision have been approved by the BBS.  

Counselors licensed in other states, who apply for the LPCC in California, will need to have their education and supervised experience approved by the BBS before they can take the CA Law and Ethics Exam and the NCMHCE, if they have not already passed it.

The NCMHCE consists of 10 clinical mental health counseling cases and assesses clinical problem-solving ability.  This exam requires knowledge of clinical diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical practice, including the DSM codes.

Additional information and sample questions are included in the Candidate Handbook.

Click here for the Candidate Handbook for the NCMHCE

Law and Ethics Exam: Instruction in California law and ethics (course description), which is required for licensure and is described in Additional Coursework, would be good preparation for this exam, as well as the LPCC law, particularly Scope of Practice Section 4999.20, Practice Requirements Section 4999.70 and Enforcement, Section 4999.82 and the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2014)  http://counseling.org/Resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf

American Counseling Association


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