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Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination, or CPCE, was designed to measure a student’s mastery of the knowledge and skills required, as identified by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and other Educational Professions (CACREP), for the preparation of professional counselors.


  • Register with the Center for Credentialing & Education.

  • Create an account with Pearson VUE.

  • Book an appointment.

We recommend arriving at least fifteen minutes before your appointment time.

You have to bring two forms of identification.

You must present an acceptable and not-expired primary and secondary form of government-issued photo identification with signature.

Examples of acceptable forms of identification:

  • Driver’s license.
  • A valid passport.
  • Official state-issued identification card with photo.
  • Federal identification card.
  • Tribal identification card.
  • Naturalization card or Certificate of Citizenship.
  • Military identification card. 
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Examples of unacceptable forms of identification:

  • Expired IDs from list above.
  • Identification with signature only.
  • School identification other than Eagle ID.

  • Temporary or paper driver’s license.
  • Social Security card.
  • Credit card with photo.
  • Work identification or badge.
  • Gym or club membership
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Bring your Pearson VUE username and password.

You will need them in order to access your online exam.

Print and bring your Test Registration Confirmation email.

We need this to verify you are entitled to take the exam.

In order to request your disability-related accommodations you must follow this process:

Register with the Office of Adaptive Services.

  • Visit the Office of Adaptive Services' website to complete a Formal Request for Accommodations; make sure that you include all necessary documentation and forms.
  • The Office of Adaptive Services will create a Reasonable Accommodation Plan for you; this is dependent upon the documentation submitted.
  • Please follow up with the Office of Adaptive Services to ensure that your Accommodation Plan is approved before proceeding.

Register and pay for your testing appointment with the Office of Testing and Assessment Services using RegisterBlast.

  • Register for your testing appointment on RegisterBlast; select the desired date and time of your appointment.
    • Indicate during registration that you are requesting ADA accommodations for your CPCE examination. Provide your full name and contact information.
  • Testing and Assessment Services will email you to confirm that you are planning to take your exam with ADA Testing Accommodations approved by Adaptive Services. We will then confirm your accommodations with the Office of Adaptive Services.
    • Depending on the approved accommodations, you may be asked to contact the Office of Adaptive Services to schedule your testing appointment with them. They will assist you in submitting a Test Schedule Form. Please let the Office of Testing and Assessment if the date and time scheduled by Adaptive Services differs from your RegisterBlast appointment.

On the day of your test, you must check-in with Testing and Assessment Services.

  • Review the Exam Day Requirements before arriving; make sure that you have all required materials with you.
  • If you are taking your exam in the Office of Adaptive Services, a staff member will walk you down to their testing rooms.

Additional Information

The test items measure a student's knowledge of the eight core curriculum standards:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Counseling and Helping Relationships
  • Group Counseling and Group Work
  • Career Development
  • Assessment and Testing
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice

The eight core areas serve as the primary theoretical basis for guiding education to prepare students to become competent professional counselors.

You can view more information regarding the examination on the Center for Credentialing & Education’s webpage.

You may also download their brochure.


Center for Credentialing & Education


3 Terrace Way
Greensboro, NC 27403

 (336) 482-2856

Business Hours

Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm

Benefits that the CPCE offers to counseling programs

  1. Provides a master’s program comprehensive exam that meets high psychometric standards.
  2. Gives programs an objective view of the knowledge level of their students.
  3. Allows programs to examine student functioning in various curricular areas.
  4. Promotes longitudinal self-study.
  5. Compares a program’s results to national data.
  6. Stimulates student integration of knowledge learned in separate courses.
  7. Gives students comparative strength and weakness feedback.

CPCE Study Materials

While CCE does not offer an official study guide for the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), they do provide a list of textbook resources frequently used in CACREP-accredited counselor preparation programs. 

The list of resources can be found at CPCE Textbook Guide