Delaware Counselor License Exam

To get licensed in Delaware, Counselors are required to take an exam covering such subjects as human growth and development, psychopathology, group therapy and professional ethics. Whether you live in Wilmington, Dover, Newark, or another city or county, the resources below will help you get started on the path to receive your Professional Counselor’s license.

Need of a License:  A license is needed to work as a counselor in Delaware. Licenses are granted by the Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals
 
To qualify to become a licensed professional counselor in Delaware the following must be met:
  • Obtain a graduate degree in counseling from an accredited school meeting credit limits.
  • Meet clinical experience requirements of 3,200 hours of postgraduate professional counseling, including at least 100 hours of supervision for at least 1600 hours of the clinical experience, in not less than two years, but not more than four years.
  • An applicant must earn a passing score on an NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors) exam, which can be the NCE (National Counselor Exam). Delaware will accept an exam from another certifying organization if certain standards are met.
How to Apply for Licensure

An application for licensure and other documentation can be obtained online. All documents must be sent to:

Board of Mental Health and Chemical dependency Professionals
Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904

(302) 744-4500
(302) 739-2711
customerservice.dpr@state.de.us

Test Content of the NCE

The NCE measures the applicants’ knowledge of the following eight content areas:
  1. The psychology of human growth and development
  2. Socio-cultural diversity
  3. Establishing helping relationships
  4. Group dynamics and group therapy
  5. Career goals and development
  6. Assessment  of psychopathology and treatment needs
  7. Research methods andprogram evaluation
  8. Professional orientation and ethical practice.
The applicant’s knowledge of the following five work areas are also measured by the NCE:
  1. Fundamental issues in counseling
  2. The process of counseling
  3. Diagnostic and assessment services
  4. Professional practice issues
  5. Ongoing professional development and the need for clinical supervision and consultation.
The exam consists of 200 questions, 40 of which are not scored, but are included for purpose of research.  The actual score is based on 160 questions.  The number of questions the applicant must get correct to pass varies between test versions. Four hours are given to complete the exam.
 
For more information, see the NCE Candidate Handbook.

How to Apply to Take the Exam

Delaware does not provide NCE registration information until the licensure application is submitted and approved.

The exam is administered by Pearson VUE.
 
License Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements

To renew a license, regulations require 40 clock hours of continuing education in acceptable courses and programs offered by approved Continuing Education providers. License renewal is biennial on September 30 of even numbered years.

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For more information on licensing and exam prep, go to Tests.com's NCE Guide.

And take Tests.com's free NCE Practice Test.

For counseling exam preparation products and services, such as study guides, practice tests, flashcards and courses, go to Tests.com's 
NCE listings.

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