The counseling profession offers a chance to help others transform their lives for the better, and most counselors find it extremely rewarding.
To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), you will need to do two things.
- Attain a Master of Science in Counseling degree, preferably from an accredited program such as that at National Louis University.
- Pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE).
A passing score on the National Counselor Examination allows a student to apply for LPC licensing in Illinois, and also gives the student NCC (National Certified Counselor) designation.
In 2017, 100 percent of the students at NLU’s Wheeling, North Shore, Lisle and Elgin campuses passed the exam.
“The best way to prepare for the National Counselor Exam is to study and perform to the best of your ability in the courses required for the M.S. in Counseling degree,” said Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, assistant professor in National Louis University’s M.S. in Counseling program.
National Louis University also provides NCE review sessions for all Counseling students. In 2017, the University added a session presented by a professional exam preparation expert. Counseling faculty encourage students to attend the NCE review sessions during all three years of the cohort.
“NLU does an outstanding job of preparing our students,” Yates remarked.
The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) provides two National Counselor Exam test dates yearly, in April and October. The exam is given in a multiple choice format, and students who do not pass may retake the exam.
Students may also choose to take the exam through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, though those who pass do not immediately receive their NCC status and must go through a process to obtain it, according to Yates.
They also prepare students well for the National Counselor Exam.