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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)

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)

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

Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling (MPCC)

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)

Are master's level members and have met the additional educational and experiential requirements as a supervisor and are 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 active practice within the past 10 years in mental health services including a minimum 1,500 documented hours of direct service with clients.
  • 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

Must be enrolled in a college or university program which meets the minimum education requirements OR enrolled in a course(s) which, in addition to previous acquired education, meets the minimum education requirements.  Upon completion of the approved education 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

The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association is dedicated to the recognition of competence and professionalism in counselling and psychotherapy.