Taking the ATCBE for State Licensure

In some states, a passing score on the ATCBE is a condition for licensure. State approval is required in order to take the exam for state licensure. Please refer to the state-by-state information provided below. You must apply for the ATCBE via the MYATCB portal.  If you don’t have an account on MYATCB you will need to create one before you can apply for the exam.

The exam is offered via computer-based testing (CBT). The ATCB phased out testing windows as of 2020, as such the ATCBE is offered throughout the year at over 500 designated testing centers throughout the U.S. The fee is $275.

If approved to take the ATCBE, applicants have a 6-month testing window. Exam approvals are exported monthly to our testing provider Pearson Vue. Once the ATCB provides Pearson Vue the list of approved exam candidates, we are not involved with any element of the examination process. Applicants must work directly with Pearson Vue and additional information on this process is sent directly by Pearson Vue to approved applicants.  The ATCB will contact examinees with the results of their examination. ATCBE results are available 8-12 weeks from the date of the exam and are uploaded to the examinee’s MYATCB accounts.

Maryland Licensure Candidates

If you have been approved to take the ATCBE as a requirement for licensure in Maryland, you may test via computer-based testing (CBT) during the four designated ATCBE testing windows each year. All ATCBE testing dates and registration deadlines are listed on the Examinations page. You must apply for the ATCBE online.

Please be advised that if you apply to take the ATCBE you are required to submit a copy of your approval letter from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. In addition, your name must be included on the list of approved candidates that the Maryland Board provides to the ATCB for this purpose. The ATCB cannot submit any candidate to Pearson Vue until this list is provided. Please contact the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists with questions regarding the licensure candidate approval process.

New York Licensure Candidates

If you have been approved to take the ATCBE as a requirement for licensure in New York, you may test via computer-based testing (CBT) during the four designated ATCBE testing windows each year. All ATCBE testing dates and registration deadlines are listed on the Examinations page. You must apply for the ATCBE online.

Please be advised that if you apply to take the ATCBE you are required to submit a copy of your approval letter from the New York State Office of the Professions as part of your application. Please contact the New York Board with questions regarding the licensure candidate approval process: CLICK HERE, or by phone, 518-474-3817.

Special Examination Accommodations for State Examinees

If you are planning to test for state licensure and are in need of testing accommodations, you must contact your state licensure board for information regarding testing accommodations. The ATCB cannot provide accommodations without approval from your state licensure board.