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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: 

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

 450 training hours (including 90 practicum hours) in the required topic areas, listed below, where 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.

Required topic areas:

      • Clinical assessment
      • Grief Counselling Skills
      • Communication, Conflict Resolution Skills
      • Crisis Intervention / Group Counselling
      • Substance Abuse and Addiction
      • Human Development Theory
      • Couples and Family Counselling Skills
      • Counselling Interventions
      • Counselling Process, Skills and Techniques
      • Evidence-Based Practice
      • Psychopathology / Abnormal Psychology/ DSM V
      • Ethics and Ethical Practice
      • Effective Use of Self
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If an applicant is unsure of whether their specific education meets the requirements outlined above, the applicant is requested 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. 

 Check out: CPCA Approved Education Programs 

 Requirements for Self-evaluation:
 Official transcripts
 Copy of diploma(s)/certificate(s)
 Completed Education Evaluation Form
 Administration fee of $25 + GST/HST (non-refundable)

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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