HS-BCP Credential

Human Services Board-Certified Practitioner


The National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), in collaboration with the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) and the Center for Credentialing & Education ™ (CCE®), are pleased to promote the premier certification in human services. This new credential is an essential element in fulfilling our mission of strengthening recognition of the unique and valued role of human services practitioners. The practice based exam will also strengthen the visibility and credibility of human services careers both here and abroad.

The Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner replaced the Level I Credentialing in 2010. Visit CCE for more information.

FAQs about the HS-BCP Credential

What is this?
 The Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner is a voluntary credential that

• professionalizes the field of Human Services
• bestows board certification
• improves marketability and career opportunities
• validates skills
• encourages interview selection
• promotes safe and effective practice
• increases median earnings

Who should apply? To be eligible to apply for the HS-BCP national credential, a degree must have been earned at a regionally accredited college/ university or a state-approved community/ junior college at the associate’s level or above. Applicants must also have completed the required post-degree experience. The requirements are outlined in CCE’s HS-BCP application packet.

Why should I apply? The HS-BCP certifies that you incorporate the 11 core Human Services content areas by following the national standards determined through your education and experiences. You also prove this fact to your employer and public by passing the national standards examination. Certification also demonstrates commitment to the practice of human services and helps professionalize the field of human services.

What is the experience standard? Starting in 2016, the standard was reduced to 350 hours of post degree experience regardless of degree level. Graduates of CSHSE accredited programs and human services educators are exempt from verification of experience. 

Do employers know about the HS-BCP? Because this is a new credential, many employers may not be aware of the HS-BCP.  The combined efforts of NOHS, CSHSE, and CCE will raise awareness of the credential, and the value of hiring an applicant who holds this credential. 

How much does it cost? The application and exam fee is currently $210, which includes the first year's maintenance fee. Beginning one year after certification, credential holders will be billed an annual maintenance fee of $40. These fees are comparable to fees charged for other national certifications.

Is continuing education required to maintain my HS-BCP? Yes, you must complete 60 clock hours of continuing education during the 5-year certification period. Information about continuing education will be available at http://www.cce-global.org/Credentialing/HSBCP/CE

How do I apply? Go to CCE to download the HS-BCP packet