Opportunity Just Ahead...
You worked hard to earn your Diploma. Now you’re ready to move up to the next level... designation as a ‘Registered Professional Counsellor’.
(‘RPC’ designation is conferred to its members by the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association)
Is RPC designation necessary? That depends on the career direction you intend to take… An ‘RPC’ behind your name signifies to clients and other mental health professionals that you are a member in good standing of a national mental health association , having met the competency and ethical standards, are registered to practice as a professional counsellor. This professional recognition will help you make the most of career opportunities, and is essential if you plan to work in private practice.
KCPC grads who have additional training and experience may qualify for designation as a Master Practitioner in Counselling and Psychotherapy, (MPCP) through the CPCA; you may also qualify for professional designation through other associations such as the Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP).
How do I qualify for RPC designation? Go to the website of the Canadian Professional Counselling Association for the details on their membership criteria. www.cpca-rpc.ca Once your application is accepted you’ll be given a qualifying exam to test your knowledge and competency in the core areas required for clinical practice. This is the first step toward earning your RPC designation.
How difficult is the qualifying exam? If you are a graduate of KCPC’s Diploma program, you can feel confident that you are well prepared to succeed. Our comprehensive curriculum covers all of the core concepts and areas of competency measured by the exam.
Does KCPC back up that claim? Definitely. KCPC stands behind Diploma grads with free refresher courses and the support necessary should you need help achieving a passing mark on the CPCA exam. However we don’t anticipate that our grads will have difficulty with the exam. Since opening our doors in 2004, 98% of KCPC graduates, (who met CPCA’s application criteria) passed the exam on their first try!
KCPC is an Associate member of the CPCA. We encourage all graduates to seek professional designation with a recognized National association. For information about application requirements and benefits of membership in the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association go to-- www.cpca-rpc.ca
NOTE to Diploma Graduates Specializing in the Practice of Psychotherapy or Counselling Therapy
Although most Canadian provinces permit the practice counselling and psychotherapy with the RPC designation, or affiliation with other professional associations, some provices such as Ontario, Quebec Alberta, and Nova Scotia require additional registration. (Please check directly with your home province for restrictions that may apply to the practice of counselling therapy or psychotherapy.)
For example, if you intend to practice psychotherapy in Ontario, you will have to meet specific requirements in education, competence, and clinical experience. Courses offered through the Diploma program meet the number of training hours required. Clinical experience and other requirements for registration in Ontario are to be completed outside of the Diploma program.
Information for Ontario residents:
Competencies required to practice psychotherapy in Ontario:
Registration requirements in Ontario: www.crpo.ca/home/info-for-applicants/
NOTE: KCPC is an Associate member of the CPCA. We encourage all graduates to seek professional designation with a recognized National association. For information about application requirements and benefits of membership in the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association go to-- www.cpca-rpc.ca