Membership Designations

Listed below are the membership types offered by the CPCA with a brief description to assist in determining which membership type to apply for. Further details on eligibility and how to apply or upgrade membership can be found on the membership eligibility page.


Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate (RPC-C)  - RPC-C Application Form

Practicing counsellors who have not yet obtained the minimum clinical supervision required for Full membership and who are considered interns in the mental health field, once the minimum criteria has been met Candidate members will be eligible to apply for upgrade to Full membership.

 Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC)  - RPC Application Form

Full Members have completed a minimum of 600 hours in counselling and/or psychotherapy under clinical supervision by a mental health professional.   These 600 hours include a minimum of (a) 150 supervision hours, (b) 250 direct clinical contact hours (DCC), and (c) 200 practice hours.

 Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling (MPCC)  - MPCC Application Form

In addition to having practiced in the counselling field for a minimum of five (5) of the last eight (8) years, an MPCC member has completed a minimum of 1250 clinical practice hours including 750 DCC hours and 250 clinical supervision hours.

 Supervisor Members (MPCC-S) - Contact for application

This designation first requires MPCC designation.  This is a master's level member and has met the additional educational and experiential requirements as a supervisor and is granted certification as a Qualified Clinical Supervisor.  This certification may be used on its own (QCS) but is dependent on holding the MPCC designation and thus normally written, MPCC-S.

  • A minimum of eight years of active practice within the past 10 years in mental health service including a minimum of 1,500 hours of direct service to clients (documented).
  • 100 hours of documented supervision experience (practicum students, graduates, licensees, peers)
  • 30 hours additional education specifically related to the practice of supervision, including at least one 'Ethics and Supervision' course no older than three years
  • Three letters of recommendation substantiating professional recognition of clinical knowledge and practical skills.

 Student Member  - Student Application Form

Must be enrolled in a college or university program which provides the minimum education criteria that facilitates the development of entry-level core competencies required for registration OR is enrolled in a course(s) which, in addition to previously acquired education, meets the minimum education requirements. Upon completion of the approved education with the developed core competencies and subsequent qualifying exam, a student member is eligible to apply for Candidate membership with the CPCA.

 Supervisor non-members

Clinical supervisor qualifications have been verified for the purpose of providing clinical supervision to a CPCA member – usually a Candidate member; no designation is awarded and approval is connected to a specific CPCA Candidate for RPC registration. 


Mission Statement

Working together to promote and support
competency in clinical counselling & psychotherapy.