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Licensed Professional Counselor Applicants:

The Virginia Board of Counseling Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling changed effective August 24, 2016 which amended the requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) examination. Applicants are now required to pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) within two years of Board approval. If you were previously approved to sit for the NCMHCE exam prior to the changes in the Regulations, you must pass the exam no later than August 24, 2018 in order to be considered for licensure.

LPC 2017 Exam Dates
January 1/3/2017 – 1/17/2017
February 2/6/2017-2/18/2017
March 3/6/2017-3/18/2017
April 4/3/2017-4/15/2017
May 5/1/2017-5/20/2017
June 6/4/2017-6/24/2017
July 7/5/2017-7/26/2017
August 8/7/2017-8/26/2017
September 9/5/2017-9/18/2017
October 10/2/2017-10/14/2017
November 11/6/2017-11/18/2017
December 12/4/2017-12/16/2017

For more information regarding registering for the exam, contact NBCC/CCE at 336-482-2856 or click here to access their website.

Licensed Professional Counseling Examination - Frequently Asked Questions:

How often can I take the NCMHCE examination? You are able to take the NCMHCE examination multiple times. There is a 90 day waiting period in between examination attempts.

What happens if I do not pass the exam by August 24, 2018? If you do not pass the exam by August 24, 2018, you will be required to submit a new LPC by Exam application, fee and any other new supporting documentation that is required at the time you reapply. Additionally, you will need to provide evidence of why the board should approve you to reapply to sit for the exam.

If I reapply to sit for the exam and I am approved, how much time do I have to pass the exam? If you are granted approval to sit for the exam after submitting your reapplication packet, you will be allowed another two years to sit and pass the exam.

Do I need to be under supervision if I am approved to sit for the exam? In order to provide clinical counseling services in a non-exempt setting you must be under Board approved supervision (regardless if you have been approved to sit for the exam) or holding a Virginia license at the LPC level pursuant to section § 54.1-3506 of the Code of Virginia.

How do I register for the exam? To register for the exam, please visit NBCC’s website. Choose the “ProCounselor Login” tab at top right hand corner, and then select “Register to Take an NBCC Exam for State Licensure”. Once you have completed the required information, you will be prompted to enter your credit card information.  The current exam fee is $275.00. If you need assistance in the exam registration process, please contact NBCC at (336) 482-2856.

Can I only sit for the exam twice? No. If you were approved to sit for the exam prior to 8/24/2016, you have until 8/24/2018 to sit for the exam. If you were approved to sit for the exam after 8/24/2016, you have 2 years from your approval date to sit for the exam. If you do not pass the exam during your first time limit period, you can reapply to sit for the exam again.

I just reapplied and was approved for another two years. What happens if I do not pass the exam the exam during my second approval timeframe?  If you do not pass the exam during your reapplication/second two year approval timeframe, you will not be allowed to reapply for  a third time for licensure by exam.

I passed the exam. What happens next? Following your exam, the results will be forwarded to the Virginia Board of Counseling approximately 4 to 6 weeks from your exam date. Once the Board has received verification of passing scores, we will complete a final review of your file immediately and contact you by email with an update regarding your license.


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Applicants:

The Virginia Board of Counseling Regulations Governing the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy changed effective August 24, 2016 which amended the requirements for the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) examination. Applicants are now required to pass the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) national examinationwithin two years of Board approval. If you were previously approved to sit for the AMFTRB exam prior to the changes in the Regulations, you must pass the exam no later than August 24, 2018 in order to be considered for licensure.

LMFT 2017 Exam Dates
Registration Closes Exam Dates
1/1/2017 2/11/2017-2/18/2017
2/1/2017 3/11/2017-3/18/2017
3/1/2017 4/15/2017-4/22/2017
4/1/2017 5/13/2017-5/20/2017
5/1/2017 6/17/2017-6/24/2017
6/1/2017 7/15/2017-7/22/2017
7/1/2017 8/12/2017-8/19/2017
8/1/2017 9/16/2017-9/23/2017
9/1/2017 10/14/2017-10/21/2017
10/1/2017 11/11/2017-11/18/2017
11/1/2017 12/16/2017-12/23/2017
12/1/2017 1/20/2018-01/27/2018

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Examination - Frequently Asked Questions:

How often can I take the AMFTRB examination? You are able to take the AMFTRB examination multiple times. There is a 90 day waiting period in between examination attempts.

What happens if I do not pass the exam by August 24, 2018?  If you do not pass the exam by August 24, 2018, you will be required to submit a new LMFT by Exam application, fee and any other new supporting documentation that is required at the time you reapply. Additionally, you will need to provide evidence of why the board should approve you to reapply to sit for the exam.

If I reapply to sit for the exam and I am approved, how much time do I have to pass the exam? If you are granted approval to sit for the exam after submitting your reapplication packet, you will be allowed another two years to sit and pass the exam.

Do I need to be under supervision if I am approved to sit for the exam?In order to provide clinical counseling services in a non-exempt setting you must be under Board approved supervision (regardless if you have been approved to sit for the exam) or holding a Virginia license at the LMFT level pursuant to section § 54.1-3506 of the Code of Virginia.

How do I register for the exam? You can now register for the exam online at Professional Testing Corporation where you will be prompted to complete the application and submit your payment.  The correct testing period must be selected at the first step of the application process.  There are no transfers to another testing period or refunds of the application fees. You must enter the unique approval code that was previously provided to you within your approval letter.

Can I only sit for the exam twice? No. If you were approved to sit for the exam prior to 8/24/2016, you have until 8/24/2018 to sit for the exam. If you were approved to sit for the exam after 8/24/2016, you have 2 years from your approval date to sit for the exam. If you do not pass the exam during your first time limit period, you can reapply to sit for the exam again.

I just reapplied and was approved for another two years. What happens if I do not pass the exam the exam during my second approval timeframe?  If you do not pass the exam during your reapplication/second two year approval timeframe, you will not be allowed to reapply for  a third time for licensure by exam.

If I hold a current Virginia LPC license do I need to pass the AMFTRB examination for be licensed as a LMFT? No, the AMFTRB examination is waived for an applicant who holds a current and unrestricted license as a professional counselor issued by the Virginia Board.

I passed the exam. What happens next? Following your exam, the results will be forwarded to the Virginia Board of Counseling approximately 4 to 6 weeks from your exam date. Once the Board has received verification of passing scores, we will complete a final review of your file immediately and contact you by email with an update regarding your license.

 

Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners Applicants:

The Virginia Board of Counseling Regulations Governing the Practice of Licensed Substance abuse Treatment Practitioners changed effective August 24, 2016 which amended the requirements for the Licensed Substance abuse Treatment Practitioners (LSATP) examination. Applicants are now required to pass the approved national examinationwithin two years of Board approval. If you were previously approved to sit for the exam prior to the changes in the Regulations, you must pass the exam no later than August 24, 2018 in order to be considered for licensure.

The Board requires that applicants take and pass the Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) exam towards the Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP) license in Virginia.  The examination is administered through the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) with the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC).

The examination is given on demand and testing sites are located in all major cities across the United States. The cost for the current examination fee is $150.00 per test. You may schedule your examination online at NCC AP's website. Once you are approved to sit for the exam, you should create an account by selecting the “Create New Account” link at the top right of the website page.  You will enter the code “!VA327” during registration and select “Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) with Co-Occurring Disorder Component” when prompted.

Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners Examination - Frequently Asked Questions:

What happens if I do not pass the exam by August 24, 2018?  If you do not pass the exam by August 24, 2018, you will be required to submit a new LSATP by Exam application, fee and any other new supporting documentation that is required at the time you reapply. Additionally, you will need to provide evidence of why the board should approve you to reapply to sit for the exam.

If I reapply to sit for the exam and I am approved, how much time do I have to pass the exam? If you are granted approval to sit for the exam after submitting your reapplication packet, you will be allowed another two years to sit and pass the exam.

Do I need to be under supervision if I am approved to sit for the exam? In order to provide clinical counseling services in a non-exempt setting you must be under Board approved supervision (regardless if you have been approved to sit for the exam) or holding a Virginia license at the LSATP level pursuant to section § 54.1-3506 of the Code of Virginia.

How do I register for the exam? You can register for the exam online at NCC AP's website.  Once you are approved to sit for the exam, you should create an account by selecting the “Create New Account” link at the top right of the website page.  You will enter the code “!VA327” during registration and select “Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) with Co-Occurring Disorder Component” when prompted.

Can I only sit for the exam twice? No. If you were approved to sit for the exam prior to 8/24/2016, you have until 8/24/2018 to sit for the exam. If you were approved to sit for the exam after 8/24/2016, you have 2 years from your approval date to sit for the exam. If you do not pass the exam during your first time limit period, you can reapply to sit for the exam again.

I just reapplied and was approved for another two years. What happens if I do not pass the exam the exam during my second approval timeframe?  If you do not pass the exam during your reapplication/second two year approval timeframe, you will not be allowed to reapply for  a third time for licensure by exam.

If I hold a current Virginia LPC license do I need to pass the board approved LSATP examination for be licensed as a LSATP? No, the examination is waived for an applicant who holds a current and unrestricted license as a professional counselor issued by the Virginia Board.

I passed the exam. What happens next? Following your exam, the results will be forwarded to the Virginia Board of Counseling within four (4) weeks from date of your exam. Once the Board has received verification of passing scores, we will complete a final review of your file immediately and contact you by email with an update regarding your license.

 

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Applicants:

The Board now requires that applicants take and pass the NCAC-I exam towards the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) certification in Virginia.  The examination is administered through the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) with the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC).

The examination is given on demand and testing sites are located in all major cities across the United States. The cost for the current examination fee is $150.00 per test. You may schedule your examination online at at NCC AP's website. Once you are approved to sit for the exam, you should create an account by selecting the “Create New Account” link at the top right of the website page.  You will enter the code “!VA327” during registration and select “Virginia Board of Counseling – CSAC” when prompted.

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Examination - Frequently Asked Questions:

How often can I take the NCAC-I examination? You are able to take the NCAC-I examination multiple times. There is a 90 day waiting period in between examination attempts.

Do I have a deadline to pass the exam?  No. Currently, the Regulations do not state that you take and pass the exam within a specific examination timeframe.

Do I need to be under supervision if I am approved to sit for the exam? A CSAC, candidate for CSAC examination, or an applicant cannot provide substance abuse services without being clinically supervised as listed in the section § 54.1-3507.1 of the Code of Virginia.

How do I register for the exam? You can register for the exam online at NCC AP's website. Once you are approved to sit for the exam, you should create an account by selecting the “Create New Account” link at the top right of the website page.  You will enter the code “!VA327” during registration and select “Virginia Board of Counseling – CSAC” when prompted.

I passed the exam. What happens next? Following your exam, the results will be forwarded to the Virginia Board of Counseling within four (4) weeks from the date of your exam. Once the Board has received verification of passing scores, we will complete a final review of your file immediately and contact you by email with an update regarding your certification.

 

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Assistant (CSAC-A) Applicants:

The Board requires that you take and pass the Virginia State Constructed CSAC-A exam. Once you are approved to sit for the exam, the exam will be emailed to you. The CSAC-A exam is an open book test. You are encouraged to reference the Regulations Governing the Certification of Substance Abuse Counselors and Substance Abuse Counseling Assistants when answering the questions. Once you complete the exam, you should mail, fax or email your examination to the Board office for processing.

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Assistant Examination - Frequently Asked Questions:

How often can I take the CSAC-A examination? You are able to take the CSAC-A examination multiple times.
Do I have a deadline to pass the exam?  No. Currently, the Regulations do not state that you take and pass the exam within a specific examination timeframe.

Do I need to be under supervision if I am approved to sit for the exam? A CSAC-A, candidate for CSAC-A examination, or an applicant cannot provide substance abuse treatment functions without being clinically supervised pursuant to section § 54.1-3507.2 of the Code of Virginia.

 

Certified Rehabilitation Provider Applicants:

The Board approves the following examinations:

The passing score for each examination shall be the score determined by the Commission for passage.

How do I register for the exam? Please contact the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification or Certification of Disability Management Specialist Commission (CDMS).