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Membership Eligibility

Counsellors and Therapists are invited to become members of the CPCA which is a nationally recognized, independent, self-regulated, non-profit association.

To be eligible for consideration of membership with the CPCA an applicant must: 

  • meet the Educational/Competency criteria
  • submit the required supporting documents
  • complete the CPCA National Membership Application  form
  • pay the non-refundable application fee of $150.00 + GST/HST
Supplemental forms for membership application:

 Once membership eligibility is determined, successful completion of the CPCA Qualifying Exam(QE) is required. The next steps are to submit payment of membership dues and to provide confirmation of liability insurance  for Registered membership in good standing.

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The application process is currently running approximately 8-10 weeks from start to finish, providing the application is complete, there are no missing documents, and there are no requirement anomalies to be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar. If this is the case, the process time line may be extended significantly as a result.

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CPCA Educational Requirements for Candidate Membership

 A minimum of 450 training hours (including 90 practicum hours) in the field of Psychotherapy/Counselling that facilitate the development of entry level core competencies is required for professional registration.

Required Education and Core Competency Criteria

The instructors qualifications are equal to a Master's degree in counselling and they have a minimum of eight (8) years clinical counselling experience.

Practicum Requirements:

90 hours completed in an agency setting under approved clinical supervision in the mental health field that provides opportunity for students to apply the knowledge gained to the development of entry level core competencies.

Here are some of the CPCA Approved Education Programs 

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Canadian Education: If an applicant is unsure of whether their specific education meets the requirements outlined above, the applicant may choose to submit a self-evaluation for pre-approval by the Office of the Registrar before moving forward with the application process and completing the qualifying exam. The cost for the Office of the Registrar to review this evaluation is $25.00 + GST and does not guarantee eligibility.

International Education: If an applicant is unsure of whether their specific degree or education meets the requirements outlined above because it has been completed internationally, the applicant must have an Education Equivalency Evaluation completed by a recognized organization such as World Education Services (WES) before submitting with a Self-Evaluation. 

All administrative fees are non-refundable.

 Requirements for Education Self-Evaluation:  Letter of Instruction
 Official transcripts
 Copy of diploma(s)/certificate(s)
 Completed Education Evaluation Forms
 

Administration fee of $25 + GST/HST (non-refundable)

Payment can be made at "Fees and Payments" under Membership Tab

CPCA Supporting Documents

Further documents will be required to complete the application package - please refer to the CPCA National Membership Application form for the checklist of supporting documents required to be submitted with the corresponding membership type as part of the entire membership application package.  Membership applications are not considered complete until the completed application form and ALL required supporting documents are received.

Liabilitiy Insurance

Confirmation of liability insurance is required prior to issuing a member certificate and member card. Details regarding obtaining coverage through the CPCA member policy will be provided once membership eligibility has been determined and the QE successfully completed. Current liability insurance is mandatory in order to keep your CPCA membership in good standing.

Application Fee (non-refundable)

All membership applications require a non-refundable fee of $150 + GST/HST

Mission Statement

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

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