Frequently Asked Questions

Becoming a Member

Is there a list of steps I can review regarding steps involved in applying for membership?

Yes, if you go to the Membership Applications Page, and open any of the application forms, you'll notice that each application has steps listed specific to the type of membership. It is a helpful visual.


Upgrading my Membership

How do I go about upgrading my membership? 

If you go to the Upgrading page, you'll see that there are steps listed that would guide an individual in upgrading their Membership.

For example, if you're a Student upgrading to an RPC-C, or an RPC-C upgrading to an RPC, you may find this page helpful. 


Membership Dates and Renewal

Do all Membership expire on December 31st, and when do people typically renew their membership?

Yes, all memberships expire on December 31st of a given year. The CPCA usually sends out a renewal reminder in September, but October is generally recognized as the month we see renewals beginning. 

What do I need to do to renew my membership? 

If you visit the Renewal and Good Standing page, it will list what is required for an individual to upgrade their membership. It's organized by membership type, and each type has slightly different requirements. 

What forms of payment are accepted?

We can accept Visa or Mastercard, but not Amex or Debit/Visa. We can also accept cheque, e-transfer, and soon we'll be able to accept online payments. 


Qualifying Exam

Is there a required reading list to prepare for the qualifying exam? 

No, although we previously offered a supplemental reading list, it is being revised. The books listed were suggestions only.

A individual could review the CPCA Code of Ethics and the Competency Model to see if there are any topics or area of practice mentioned that an individual would like to take further time to review.

If you have attended a program that is recognized by the CPCA as meeting the CPCA Educational Requirements, the program itself will have prepared the examinee for the exam.


Exam Proctoring

Does my Qualifying Exam need to be proctored in person? 

Yes, the proctoring must happen in person.

 Who can be a proctor? 

A proctor can be any professional with a work space for the examinee to take the exam. Some acceptable examples include teachers, librarians, pastors, lawyers, realtors, etc. The Qualifying Exam is not meant to be taken in a home space. 


Finding a Supervisor & Supervision Reporting Forms

Is there a place on the CPCA Website where I can search for a Supervisor?

Yes, if you go to the Counsellor Directory, you can filter results by Designation or Region. In this specific case, you would locate the 'Search Designation/Region'  category, and choose the 'Qualified Clinical Supervisor (MPCC-S)' option.

 I have someone in mind that I would like to be my supervisor, but they are not listed on the CPCA Counsellor Directory as a Qualified Clinical Supervisor, what do I do? 

Email the Registrar a copy of the individual's Resume/Curriculum Vitae for review. Their Resume/CV must include their credentials. They must meet the equivalency of the MPCC-S requirements to be recognized as a Qualified Clinical Supervisor (QCS).

 How do I fill out the Quarterly Supervision Reporting form? 

Watch this video created by the Registrar that explains the steps involved. 


Regulation in Canada

What does Regulation look like in other provinces? 

Our Regulatory Colleges page provides some insight on this topic.

 Why should I apply to any Regulatory Body/College? 

As regulation increases across the provinces and territories, it is vital that counsellors remain in compliance in the province they live in and in the provinces they work in. The CPCA has worked towards regulation since the 1990's and continues to stand for the Competency Model of recognition and registration. We remain diligent in working towards the recognition of Master's Equivalency within the structure of regulation as it develops.


Liability Insurance

Due to the number of questions we receive around Liability Insurance, we have created a unique page dedicated to commonly asked questions on this topic.

Liability Insurance


Mission Statement

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competency in clinical counselling & psychotherapy.