CPCE and NCE Information


The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is an evaluation tool that assesses students’ competence of foundational, counseling-related knowledge. The CPCE is designed to assess students who have completed graduate-level courses; courses that are grounded primarily in a counseling curriculum.

Attached below is a FAQ sheet about the CPCE:




The National Counselor Examination is a 200- question, multiple-choice, non-sectioned examination representing each of the original eight CACREP content areas, and six domains:

  • Professional Practice and Ethics
  • Intake, Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Areas of Clinical Focus
  • Treatment Planning
  • Counseling Skills and Intervention
  • Core Counseling Attributes

Attached below is a FAQ sheet about the NCE:



Erford, Mastering the National Counselor Examination and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination - available for checkout in the HPC office.

Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of Counseling - available for checkout in the HPC office.

NCE Practice Test: https://nationalcounselingexam.com/free-practice-exam