In order to qualify for an upcoming exam, applicants must provide all necessary information and forms to the Board for review.
For Oregon LPC, the Board requires passage of an examination consisting of two parts: a competency exam (NBCC National Counselor Exam, National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam, and other exams approved by the Board) and an Oregon law and rules section. The documentation for the competency exam must show that it was passed within 10 years of application for Oregon licensure.
Once the degree information has been approved by the Board, an applicant is eligible to sit for the next available exam. The Board primarily uses the National Counselor Examination, but passage of the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam also will meet licensure requirements. The National Board of Certified Counselors has a NCE Candidate Handbook with valuable information regarding the exam at: www.nbcc.org/stateboardmap
CONTACT THE BOARD IF YOU WISH TO SIT FOR AN EXAM. If you wish to take the exam, contact the Board to learn if you are eligible and to get forms needed to register for the exam. Once you receive the form, complete, sign and send it by U.S. postal mail to NBCC along with the examination fee of $195. (The fees for the NCE and NCMHCE are the same amount and are subject to change.)
Allow approximately 4 weeks processing time after the NBCC Assessment Department receives your payment and materials. Candidates may submit registration materials at any time after being approved by the Board, but space is limited. The fees are good for 6 months.
Testing is offered one week of each month, Monday thru Friday at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Certain sites offer Saturday testing. Exam candidates will be provided a phone number to contact for particular locations and dates. Candidates are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. There are four testing locations in Oregon, however, you may test at any of the over 446 assessment centers across the U.S. The four sites in Oregon are located in Beaverton, Medford, Portland, and Salem.
Schedule for 2015 National Counselor Exam and National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam:
| January 5-17
April 6-7 and 16-25
| July 6-18|
Candidates who fail the exam must wait at least 3 months from their test date before they can retest. The retest date will depend on the testing schedule and site availability. Candidates will need to contact the Board office for a new registration form.
Candidates who need special accommodations should contact the Board.