Beginning July 1, 2011, completion of a no fail jurisprudence exam is required for all counseling licensure in NC and for each consecutive renewal period. Applicants and renewing licensees shall submit documentation of completion of the jurisprudence exam, taken within six months prior to application for licensure or renewal (NC 21 NCAC 53 .0305).
The Jurisprudence Exam is a no-fail exam that strives to educate applicants and renewing counselors about the laws impacting the counseling profession. The content of the Jurisprudence Exam reflects any legislative changes as well as statues that have been referenced in ethical complaints processed by the NCBLPC. There are three versions of the Jurisprudence Exam: one for LPCAs, one for LPCs and one for LPCSs. The content of the exam will be updated a minimum of every two years.
In addition, the Jurisprudence Exam will result in five (5) contact hours of continuing education and will fulfill the Ethics requirement for renewal of LPCA, LPC, and LPCS licensure.
The Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) administers the NC Jurisprudence Exam via the i-counseling website. The exam costs $45 which is paid when the exam is first accessed. To access the exam, simply go to www.i-counseling.net and select the State Law and Rules button on the left navigation bar. After reviewing the directions, you can register by selecting the Proceed to Login button. When you are ready, you can purchase the examination by selecting the Purchase button associated with the appropriate NC Jurisprudence Exam on the program page of the website. Be sure to select the exam for the licensure for which you are applying or renewing. Examinees may enter the exam as often as needed to successfully complete the exam. After passing the exam, you will be able to print a certificate of completion.
The NCBLPC provides educational materials on the laws impacting counseling and develops the exam question pool used by CCE. Individuals completing the exam are encouraged to read the NCBLPC Professional Briefs and to refer to these briefs while completing the exam. The exam covers the following NCBLPC Professional Briefs:
- Clients in Facilities
- Code of Ethics
- Confidentiality and Disclosure
- Continuing Education
- Graduate Counseling Experience
- Involuntary Commitment
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
- Professional Relationships – Professional Corporations, Direct Solicitation, Referral Fees, & Sanctions
- Professional Relationships – Sexual Relationships
- Social Media & Professional Counseling
- Substance Abuse
Upon successful completion of the exam, the i-counseling website will allow you to print a certificate of completion. Please submit this certificate to the NCBLPC with your application or renewal. Remember the Jurisprudence exam must be completed no more than six months prior to application or renewal. Please forward questions or concerns regarding the Jurisprudence Exam to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will respond within 48 business hours.