ERIC Number: ED388885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Assessment in Counselor Certification. ERIC Digest.
Certification of professional counselors is presently viewed in two realms, that of state regulation and of national voluntary credentialing. This digest considers national voluntary certification. The first national certification began in 1972; in 1983 the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) began certification for general practice counselors. Clinical mental health counselors and career counselors have merged with NBCC to become a specialty certification of the general practice of counseling. Across the realm of certifications in the counseling profession is the common thread of assessing individual counselors, training, supervision, experience, and knowledge; the similarities across the processes are remarkable. Other areas of assessment include job analysis and continuing training. Job analysis is not directly applied to the individual applicant for certification, but to a large group of practicing professionals. It is the precursor to assessment of certificants. Continuing training is an ongoing assessment practice that begins after credentialing is achieved. While counseling is an emerging profession, the NBCC has kept pace with national mandates for state-of-the-art assessment techniques. (JBJ)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.