The only approved exam for LPCC applicants using the General Application method is the NCMHCE:
General Application method for the LPCC (Minn. Stat. sec. 148B.5301, subd. 1(a)(4):
When applying for the LPCC via the general application method, applicants are required to demonstrate competence in professional counseling by passing the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). In lieu of the NCMHCE, applicants who had taken and passed the National Counselor Examination (NCE), or another board-approved examination, in combination with the Examination of Clinical Counseling Practice (ECCP) administered by the NBCC meet the LPCC general application method exam requirements. (Please note that the NBCC previously offered the ECCP for certification purposes. The ECCP is no longer offered. If you are an applicant that did not take the combination of the NCE and the ECCP when available, you must currently pass the NCMHCE examination.)
Applying for the NCMHCE Examination
You will find links to exam information from the Minnesota State Board Information Page on the NBCC website (you can use this highlighted link to access the NBCC website). Test registration is a two-step process:
Your first step is to fill out the NBCC registration form. From the Minnesota State Board Information Page, use the link called Registration Form. Please note that the registration form is utilized for both the NCE and the NCMHCE examinations. Be sure to register for the correct examination. Download, complete and submit the registration form to the NBCC along with the exam fee of $185 and an official, sealed graduate transcript from your counseling degree program. The NBCC requests 4 weeks to process your registration form.
After you have received confirmation from the NBCC that your registration was received and accepted, you will need to schedule your test date with the electronic test administrator, Applied Measurement Professional, Inc. (AMP). You will find a link to AMP from the Minnesota State Board Information Page on the NBCC website as well, called Computer-Based Testing Examination Site Locations; it will bring you to the website for AMP, the electronic administrator of the exam. Although AMP mentions only the NCMHCE examination on the first webpage you visit, when you use the informational links on the right-hand side of the page you will find that the information provided pertains to both the NCE and the NCMHCE exams, so be sure to review the correct information.
If you have questions about the NCE or NCMHCE exams, please call the NBCC at (336) 547-0607.
For licensing questions or to obtain a license application please contact the Board at (651) 201-2760.
NCE Exam Registration
By using the link about you will leave the BBHT Website. You will go to the NBCC website, form which you can download the registration form to take the NCE examination in Minnesota.