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Applicants who do not have sufficient hours of DCC practice in either Pathway One or Pathway Two might be instead granted a “Canadian Certified Counsellor – Qualifying” (C.C.C.-Q.) title. Applicants must satisfy all other certification requirements in order to be eligible for the C.C.C-Q designation. Applicants who are granted this title are required to complete a specific amount of additional hours of practice and/or supervision (as determined by the Registrar) in order to meet the certification requirements.

In order to accept the designation, the applicant must find a qualified supervisor and workplace, and submit to the Registrar a proposal to complete the outstanding requirements on a CCC-Q Supervisor Agreement Form. This form is not found on the CCPA website, but rather provided to eligible applicants directly from the Registrar of CCPA if all other criteria for CCC are met.

This designation is valid for a one-year period beginning on the date of the Registrar’s evaluation letter. Members with this title are eligible to the full benefits of certification, including access to discounted professional liability insurance as they complete the additional hours of practice and/or supervision. The designation may be renewed with approval from the Registrar if the applicant successfully demonstrates diligent practice and supervision under this title.

Pathway One: Missing supervised practicum requirements

If the number of acceptable direct client contact hours in your practicum is less than the amount required number by CCPA, the applicant will need to complete additional supervision hours. Applicants can use the table below to find the number of supervision hours you needed to be eligible for certification.

The number of supervision hours required is equivalent to the number of direct client counselling hours the applicant is missing in order to satisfy the certification requirements. For example, if an applicant only completed 130 acceptable direct client counselling hours as part of an evaluated and accepted practicum placement, they are 20 hours short of the required 150 hours of direct client counselling hours as part of a practicum placement. They applicant would need to complete 20 hours of post-graduate supervision under a supervisor who satisfies the supervisor qualification requirements.

The required hours of supervision may be completed through either paid or voluntary arrangements that fit your unique location and situation. The applicant is able to submit any post-graduate supervision hours they may have already completed for consideration toward the CCC-Q requirements. The Registrar is available to assist with case-by-case details.

CCC-Q for Yorkville University Graduates:

Please be advised that at this time, the Certification Committee of the CCPA has assessed the coursework in the Master of Counselling degree from Yorkville University and found that the Counselling Skills & Competencies course does not align with CCPA requirements as it does not contain sufficient hours of counselling skills training. In order to assist our Yorkville graduate applicants, we have developed a work-around that would allow applicants to receive the professional designation (so long as all other criteria have also been met). This solution is a required top-up of Counselling Skills hours by a supervisor that meets CCPA requirements and that are completed after the degree has been conferred. These cannot be completed while the applicant is still in their Masters degree as it must be supplemental supervision specific to Counselling Skills (rather than direct client contact hours). The committee’s decision is firm that these hours must be completed after the degree has been conferred for continued supervision and skills training. If the Yorkville Counselling Skills & Competencies course were to change increasing the number of skills hours taught within the degree program, the committee could re-evaluate the requirement of supplemental hours decision at that time. Currently, this is the requirement of all Yorkville graduates, and we have had many Yorkville graduates who have been successful in obtaining their full CCC designation either by continuing in supervision with their on-site supervisor after their degree is conferred, or by finding an alternative supervisor that meets CCPA requirements for that face-to-face time to accrue the required 15 additional post-graduation hours.

Hours of acceptable direct client

counselling completed at the practicum site(s)

Required Hours

of additional post-graduate supervision

Description
1500Minimum practicum requirements are satisfied. No additional hours are required. The number of direct client counselling hours that were supervised during the practicum are sufficient for entry-to-practice as a Canadian Certified Counsellor. Continued supervision is encouraged at this stage of counsellor development.
13020At least 20 hours of post-graduate supervision, which must involve direct supervision (live observation, co-counselling, review of audio and video recordings, and live supervision, for example, reflecting teams) as well as indirect supervision (written case notes and case consultations).
11040At least 40 hours of post-graduate supervision, which must involve direct as well as indirect supervision.
7575A minimum of 75 hours of post-graduate supervision is required to grant the CCC-Q, which must involve direct as well as indirect supervision.

 

Once the required additional supervised hours are completed, and a satisfactory report from the supervisor(s) has been received, your application for certification may be processed. The report may be a CCC Reference Form which indicates the number and nature of post-graduate supervision hours provided to the applicant, or on a CCC-Q Supervision Checklist for Yorkville University graduates, or an alternative form requested by the Registrar of CCPA in the CCC-Q outcome letter to the applicant from when the CCC-Q was granted.

Pathway Two: Missing required hours of work experience

Applicants who have not completed the number of hours of post-graduate work experience may qualify for certification by completing additional practice and supervision hours. Applicants may meet this requirement by completing the following steps:

  1. Obtain a qualified supervisor who satisfies CCPA’s supervisor qualification requirements,
  2. Successfully engage in formal supervised practice from the time of application as per the table below;
  3. Submit a proposed schedule for completion of required hours.
Years of Attested Experience

 

Additional Direct Client Counselling

Hours

Additional Supervision

Hours

Description of supplemental supervision requirements
0
Therefore, no counselling experience within last five years
800

 

60

 

At least 60 hours of supervision. The supervisor must align with the requirements outlined in the supervision section.

It must involve direct supervision (live observation, co-counselling, review of audio and video recordings, and live supervision, for example, reflecting teams) as well as indirect supervision (written case notes and case consultations).

Up to 1 Year
(266 counselling hours)
53440At least 40 hours of supervision. The supervisor must align with the requirements outlined in the supervision section.  It must involve direct supervision as well as indirect supervision.
Up to 2 Years

(533 counselling hours)

26720At least 20 hours of supervision. The supervisor must align with the requirements outlined in the supervision section. It must involve direct supervision as well as indirect supervision.

 

Once the supervised practice hours are completed, and a satisfactory report in the form of a CCC Work Experience Form and a CCC Reference Form from the supervisor(s) has been received, your application for certification may be processed toward the full CCC designation.