Certification (CCC)

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Certification Program Information

Overview of Certification
In 1986, CCPA established a credentialing service for its members:  Canadian Certified Counsellors: A National Certification Program for Professional Counsellors.

The counsellor certification is a national service that identifies to the public those counsellors who CCPA recognizes as qualified to provide counselling services in Canada. Obtaining the status of Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) includes recognition of standards of professional preparation, continuing education, and a formal code of ethics. As a self-regulating body, CCPA provides advice and discipline for certified members on matters of professional conduct.

Only counsellors who are certified by CCPA are permitted to use the trademarked title Canadian Certified Counsellor and/or the acronym 'CCC'.  They also receive a certificate which their clients should expect to see displayed at the place of work.

Certification with CCPA is different from membership with CCPA. This distinction between membership and certification is for the benefit of the public.  Certification represents a successful evaluation of a member's qualification to practice. Membership does not. Should you wish to use a qualification designation from CCPA, you must seek certification, which will permit the use of the letters CCC as the appropriate statement about qualifications to practice counselling.

Benefits of Certification

In addition to membership benefits, individuals who obtain certified membership with CCPA enjoy the following benefits:

  • Eligibility for Group Professional Liability insurance, available through a Group Plan from CCPA's broker of choice. This national company has considerable experience with professional liability insurance and provides insurance services for a number of other professions in Canada;
  • Ready-to-frame certificate identifying you as a Canadian Certified Counsellor;
  • Public recognition of national qualification as a certified counsellor;
  • The right to add the title of C.C.C. (Canadian Certified Counsellor) on all your professional correspondence;
  • Inclusion in our C.C.C. online Directory.
  • Eligibility to apply for the C.C.C. - S. certifcation.

Certification Fees and Renewal
Certified membership with CCPA costs $235 annually, comprised of a $170 membership fee plus a $65 certification fee. When you apply for certification, there is an additional $95 evaluation fee.

Although you pay your certification fees annually, certification is valid for a three-year period during which certified members must accrue 24 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) in order to demonstrate professional development and to renew their certification for another three year period. Commencing September 2012, all new certified members will be required to obtain 36 CEC's every 3 years. For existing certified members, the 36 CEC requirement will be instituted at the commencement of their next 3-year CEC cycle.

Please consult the Continuing Education section of the CCPA website for additional information.

Appeal Process
If you do not agree with the decision of the Registrar regarding the status of your request for certification, you must write a letter to the CCPA Registrar appealing the decision with all pertinent information for the consideration of the Certification Advisory Committee. Your file will be forwarded to the Certification Advisory Committee. It is your responsibility to include any additional information that will support your argument and assist the committee in coming to an informed decision.

CCPA has also established an Appeals Committee to deal with appeals of decisions of all other committees, including the Certification Advisory Committee. Individuals disagreeing with the decision of the Certification Advisory Committee can appeal to the Appeals Committee as a final step.

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