Board of Professional Counselors



  • (a)The written examination for a professional counselor license required under AS 08.29.110(a)(4) is the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), administered by the National Boards 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, the board will accept passage of another nationally recognized examination for professional counselors that is equivalent to the NCE. 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) An applicant approved to sit for the examination under 12 AAC 62.100(c) who fails the examination may be reexamined at the next scheduled examination, if the applicant submits to the department a written request for reexamination and the examination fee established in 12 AAC 02.325 at least 90 days before the scheduled date of the examination.
  • (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.

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.