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Effective January 1, 2001, the Board will be adopting a new exam as its national examination for mental health counseling. The National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination will be the examination for licensure. The passing score for this examination will be determined by NBCC and will be recognized by the Board. The National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam will be administered quarterly.


Mental Health Counseling

2002Exam Dates & Location

Application Postmark Date

Completion Deadline

Registration Deadline

January 19

Gainesville & Tampa

September 21, 2001 October 22, 2001 December 2, 2001
April 13

Gainesville & Ft. Lauderdale

December 12, 2001 January 14 February 22
July 13

Gainesville & Tampa

March 8 April 11 May 24
October 19

Tampa & Tallahassee

June 17 July 19 August 30

Beginning with the October 21, 2000 examination, NBCC will be administering the examination to eligible applicants approved by our Board. You may personally choose one of three cities acquired by NBCC. These are Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Tampa.  Geographic address locations within these cities will be chosen by NBCC and reported to the candidate. Examination scores will be mailed by NBCC directly to the candidate.

Specific sites for future examinations will not be available until approximately 4 months prior to the scheduled examination date.


Effective January 1, 2001, the education requirements for mental health counseling  changed. The requirements are the minimum of an earned masters degree from a CACREP accredited mental health counseling program that consists of at least 60 semester hours or 80 quarter hours of clinical and didactic instruction, including a course in human sexuality and a course in substance abuse.

For non-CACREP accredited mental health counseling programs, then the coursework and practicum, internship, or fieldwork must consist of at least 60 semester hours or 80 quarter hours and meet the following requirements: 33 semester hours of 44 quarter hours of graduate coursework, which must include a minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of graduate level coursework in each of the following 11 content areas: counseling theories and practice; human growth and development; diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology; human sexuality; group theories and practice; individual evaluation and assessment; career and lifestyle assessment; research and program evaluation; social and cultural foundations; counseling in community settings; and substance abuse. Must also include a minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of graduate level coursework in legal, ethical and professional standards.

Either of these options must also include the equivalent, as determined by the board, of at least 1,000 hours of university-sponsored supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience as required in the accrediting standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs for mental health counseling programs.


Mental Health Counseling


Application Fee - $100.00 by examination; $300 by endorsement


NCE National Counselor Examination - $150.00


Initial Licensure Fee - $105.00

Intern Registration Fee


All Professions - $150.00 (non-refundable)


Chapter 491, Florida Statutes: Clinical, Counseling, and Psychotherapy Services
Chapter 456, Florida Statutes: Health Provisions and Occupations: General Provisions

Chapter 120, Florida Statutes: Administrative Procedure Act
Rules: Chapter 64B4, Florida Administrative Code


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