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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.

  • Register for your testing appointment.

  • Take your exam.

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

You have to bring one (1) form of identification.

You must present an acceptable and not-expired primary 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.


If you will be receiving an exam accommodation, you should call the Pearson VUE Accommodations team at 800-466-0450 to register and pay for the exam via credit card or voucher number, if applicable. DO NOT PAY for your exam online if you will be receiving accommodations.

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