Competency Profile

As professional, ethical counsellors and psychotherapists, our members have demonstrated knowledge of counselling modalities, supervised experience and natural abilities specific to their chosen scope of practice. Within that therapeutic framework, these professionals effectively and efficiently assess client needs, develop and maintain a therapeutic alliance, employ appropriate counselling interventions, and manage client cases. Additionally, our counsellors are committed to continued professional development, supervision, excellence in communication skills, and purposeful self-care and wellness practices.

CPCA Entry to Practice Core Counselling Competencies

Here you will find links to view a brief history of how the expectations of Competency Profiles have evolved in their definition and recognition.

Collaborative work in BC 2005 Competency Profile 

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) - Competency Profile

FACT BC 2016 - Current Entry to Practice Competency Profile

ACTA Alberta 2019 - Entry to Practice Counselling Therapist Profile

Qualifying Competency in Registration with the CPCA
The CPCA requires all applicants to successfully complete a Qualifying Exam that measures competency with a score above 70% before becoming registered.
Reciprocity may be granted to applicants who hold credentials that have been certified or registered with other recognized associations upon submitting a letter of good standing from the other organization with their application. If reciprocity is granted, the Qualifying Exam is waived.

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competency in clinical counselling & psychotherapy.

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