I’ll warn you in advance…there is a lot of “alphabet soup” used in this post…
I graduated with my Master’s degree from a CORE-accredited Rehabilitation Counseling program. The graduate school I attended also has a CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program. This meant that many of my classes, including internship, was taken side by side with CMHC students and many of my core course requirements were CACREP and/or CORE accredited. As a result, I was able to sit for the NCE and the CRC examination. I passed both and received my CRC almost immediately. However, despite passing the NCE, I wasn’t able to immediately receive it because my degree came from a CORE-accredited program. You can imagine how confused I was as a newly graduated counseling student trying to understand the accreditation systems. Post master’s requirements for CRCs to obtain their NCC is: 3,000 hours of counseling work experience and 100 hours of counseling supervision! And many Rehabilitation students that are in similar positions see the value of getting their NCC because of the state counselor licensure boards contract with NBCC to use the NCE and/or the NCMHCE and the progress moving towards CACREP accredited programs.
(Luckily, I had a very kind and extremely patient NBCC representative helping me through this journey.)
After several years later, there is official news that there is a merger. However, many professional of the professionals I have come to know, from CACREP programs, have no idea what my CRC means or what CORE is. My guess is that there will be more Rehabilitation Counseling students or existing CRCs that would like to obtain their NCC. I would add that I proudly professionally identify as both a NCC and CRC. They are integrated in my identity and provide me a unique perspective that a NCC or CRC would not have. Both CACREP and CORE faculty can being to ask what this merger means to their professional identities and how to navigate students who have similar questions.