A Note to Applicants from the Office of the Registrar
Despite the impacts of COVID-19 being felt around the world, our commitment to professional standards, timely service, and fair process continues. BCACC is transitioning to a remote office environment as much as possible, but please be assured that our work continues.
You can begin an application by applying online and then make arrangements for any documentation required for your application, as outlined on our Apply Now and Eligibility pages. If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria or application process, please contact our office at [email protected].
We continue to receive and review applications and supporting documentation for applications, and we’re happy to answer any questions that you, your referees or your educational institutions may have about the documentation requirements.
Our application review process continues, and applications for membership will be evaluated as they become complete. Our turnaround times for applications and service are unchanged.
The need for qualified mental health providers has never been greater and will continue to grow over the coming months. BCACC is committed to upholding the standards trusted by the public, extended health benefits providers, and employers. Health authorities, school districts, community service agencies, mental health clinics and provincial and federal levels of government can rely on rigorously vetted Registered Clinical Counsellors.
We are available to help you during regular office hours. Please contact our office by email at [email protected].
We wish you well and look forward to working with you on your RCC credential.
M. Angela Burns,
The following criteria are required to apply for a membership with the BCACC:
1. A master’s degree from an accredited institution.
You hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study prescribed by the BCACC Board of Directors (e.g. counselling, clinical or educational psychology, pastoral counselling, child and youth care, marital and family counselling, clinical social work, psychiatric nursing, applied behavioural sciences). Accreditation differs depending on the location of the school.
Canada: a government approved or authorized degree-granting institution
USA: an institution regionally accredited by one of the following:
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Higher Learning Commission
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
International: your degree must be evaluated by an international credential evaluation service and found to equate a master’s degree in Canada. Evaluators in Canada must be a member of Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada. Evaluators in the United States must be a member of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
2. Completed the counselling course requirements.
You have completed the counselling course requirements.
What are the counselling course requirements?
You have completed one course in each of six areas (four of the six must be graduate level):
- Normal development and/or abnormal psychology
- Counselling and personality theories
- Group therapy theory & practice
- Family therapy theory & practice
- Basic research design
You must complete this requirement to make application to the BCACC. If a course title does not clearly indicate an affiliation to the category, please provide a course description with your application.
3. 100 hours of clinical supervision.
You have had 100 hours of clinical supervision during or after your master’s program and can provide proof through clinical references.
Who can I use as a supervisor?
To be acceptable to the Registration Committee, a “qualified professional” who provides formal supervision must be a counselling professional who meets the following criteria:
1. The supervisor was appointed, by a university acceptable to the Board, to supervise a practicum or internship in a master’s level counselling program.
2. The supervisor has a minimum of 5 years’ clinical experience as a practicing counsellor or equivalent relevant experience before being acceptable as a supervisor to the Registration Committee, and one of the following:
a) the supervisor is a registered member in good standing of a mental health profession that has third party accountability; or
b) the supervisor has provided evidence of advanced skills in clinical counselling acceptable to the Committee equal to or greater than those which apply to members of the Association; or
c) the supervisor holds a minimum of a master’s degree that is acceptable to the Board and would otherwise meet or exceed the Association’s membership requirement.
How many references do I need?
We require a minimum of two references from qualified mental health professionals who are familiar with your work. At least one referee must have supervised your clinical work. If you have your supervision hours met with one clinical reference, the second reference may be a colleague reference.
What if my supervisor is unavailable?
You must meet this requirement to make application for membership. If you are unable to access a reference from a former supervisor you will need to procure current supervision. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at 1-800-909-6303 for further information.
What kind of supervision?
At least 25 of the supervised hours must be directly observed by a clinical supervisor. The clinical supervisor will witness clinical work in one or more of the following ways:
- Direct observation of sessions
- Review of video-taped sessions
- Review of audio-taped sessions
The remaining 75 hours of clinical supervision may be comprised of:
- Case consultation
- Group supervision
- File review
- Case management
Supervision which occurred prior to the start of the master’s program will not be considered. In addition, client contact hours will not be considered.
- Be domiciled in Canada
- Provide a clear criminal record check. If you do not have a clear criminal record check, please call us for more information
- Submit a current resume, with details of your academic qualifications, counselling training and relevant work experience
- Possess or show intent to purchase professional liability insurance
- Be prepared to sign an agreement that you have read and understood the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors’: Scope of Practice, Code of Ethical Conduct, Standards of Clinical Practice, Constitution and Bylaws found on this page
- Be prepared to pay our registrations costs
- Application fee: $200.00 (incl. GST), one-time, non-refundable
- Application materials: Your cost to order transcripts, letters of good standing, credential evaluation (if needed)
- Criminal record check: Your cost to order a criminal record check needed to complete registration. You can complete your criminal record check through MyBackCheck.
- Annual registered membership: $436.00 (incl. GST)
- Insurance: If you are not covered through an employer, you will need to purchase insurance upon registration. BCACC’s insurance plan costs between $119 – $161 per year for professional liability.