ACCT Counsellor Criteria

Counsellor Criteria to Become an ACCT Member

ACCT is home to counsellors across Canada who demonstrate competency and excellence in the counselling profession. ACCT is a self-regulating professional association and provides guidance and support for its members and safeguards the public through high standards for professional conduct.

Below is ACCT's Counsellor Criteria for the following:

  • Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, RTC
  • Master Therapeutic Counsellor, MTC
  • Registered Counselling Supervisor, RCS
  • Accredited Counsellor, AC (Ontario and Nova Scotia only)
  • Student Applicant
  • Retired Member

Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, RTC

RTCs hold a certificate or diploma; bachelor's degree; postgraduate certificate; master’s degree or PhD in counselling or a related field from a registered school; or equivalent experience and training as determined by ACCT.

Registered Therapeutic Counsellors must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a minimum of 150 hours of clinical practice with supervision as an integral part of their education, practicum experience, and/or paid or unpaid work experience in a counselling related capacity. Provide proof of practical experience in transcript or letter of reference.
  2. Provide a current (received within last 12 months or one that is not expiring in the next 12 months) criminal record check (CRC) including a vulnerable sector search.
  3. Provide a copy of current resume.
  4.  Submit copies of certificate or diploma, bachelor's degree; postgraduate certificate; master’s degree or PhD in counselling or a related field, or proof of equivalent experience and training. Must include transcripts, which show evidence of having completed an Ethics course as part of their education program or a certificate from an ethics seminar.
  5. Provide an up-to-date report of all counselling and supervision hours, including hours obtained during a practicum (if applicable).
  6. Provide a copy of previous professional counselling membership (if applicable).
  7. Provide proof of current Liability Insurance or Intent to Purchase Liability Insurance.  (Copy of application form may initially be provided for new graduates, proof of insurance must be provided to maintain registration in good standing).
  8. Provide two professional references or letters of recommendation. One letter of reference from a professional who has known the applicant for at least one year as a supervisor in a training or educational capacity, paid or unpaid counselling or related field that provides a recommendation of readiness to practice counselling. The second reference should be a mental health professional with at least 5 years experience in their profession.
  9. Disclose whether or not the applicant is free of any disciplinary findings and/or any other reason that would prohibit the practice of counselling therapy.
  10. Agree to Supervision for your first 1000 hours of counselling.
  11. Complete the annual requirements for membership, including a minimum of 10 hours of supervision per year and 15 hours professional development or continuing education credits per year.
  12. Read and agree to ACCT's Rules, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
  13. Provide the following payments:
    1. ACCT Membership Share - $100.00 one-time payment (refundable on request when you discontinue your membership)
    2. Administration Fee - $150.00, one-time payment (non-refundable)
    3. Professional Fee - RTC $290.00 (non-refundable)

Master Therapeutic Counsellor, MTC

MTCs hold a certificate or diploma, a bachelor's degree; postgraduate certificate; master’s degree or PhD in counselling or a related field from a registered school, or equivalent experience and training as determined by ACCT Membership Team.

Registered Therapeutic Counsellors may add the designation Master Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC) to their Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) designation by meeting the following criteria:

  1. Provide a log of clinical hours and supervision (or spreadsheet) that includes:
  2. A minimum of 1000 hours of direct client contact, 500 of these hours need to be completed in Canada, (includes all forms of client contact, for example: one to one, couples, group therapy, therapeutic workshops),
  3. A minimum of 50 hours of Supervision (may include all forms formal of supervision, where a contractual, educational or employment agreement exists with the supervisor). Please be aware that evidence, in the way of signed logs, that support clinical hours and supervision hours may be requested.
  4. Provide a current (received within last 12 months or one that is not expiring in the next 12 months) criminal record check (CRC) including a 'vulnerable sector' search, unless there is a CRC on file with ACCT.
  5. Provide a copy of current resume.
  6. Submit copies of certificate or diploma, bachelor's degree; postgraduate certificate; master’s degree or PhD in counselling or a related field, or proof of equivalent experience and training.
  7. Provide a copy of previous professional counselling membership.
  8. Provide proof of current Liability Insurance.
  9. Provide a reference or letter of recommendation from a mental health professional, with at least 5 years experience in their profession, who has known the applicant professionally for at least two years.
  10. Provide a second reference letter from a previous or current Supervisor that includes a Supervision Competency Evaluation Summary (paragraph).
  11. Disclose whether or not they are free of any disciplinary findings and/or any other reason that would prohibit the practice of counselling therapy.
  12. Complete the annual requirements for membership, including a minimum of 15 hours of professional development or continuing education credits per year.
  13. Read and agree to ACCT's Rules, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
  14. Provide the following payments:
    1. ACCT Membership Share - $100.00 one-time payment (refundable on request when you discontinue your membership)
    2. Administration Fee - $150.00, one-time payment (non-refundable)
    3. Professional Fee - MTC $290.00 (non-refundable)

Registered Counselling Supervisor, RCS

Applicants are required to be Master Therapeutic Counsellors (MTC) OR have an equivalent professional designation from another association with a minimum of 5 years of counselling experience in counselling practice in a private or agency setting.

Registered Counselling Supervisors must meet the following criteria:

  1. Provide a copy of previous professional counselling membership; current Master Therapeutic Counsellor designation (or equivalent professional association membership), if one is not already on file with ACCT.
  2. Applicants, without an ACCT MTC designation on file, provide proof of registration with a recognized counselling or related professional association.
  3. Provide a current (received within last 12 months or one that is not expiring in the next 12 months) criminal record check (CRC) including a 'vulnerable sector' search, unless there is a CRC on file with ACCT.
  4. Provide proof of at least 5 (and over 1000 hours) years of counselling experience.
  5. Provide proof of 120 hours of supervision.
  6. Provide proof of current liability insurance, if one is not already on file with ACCT.
  7. Provide proof of completed supervision training course or equivalent experience.
  8. Submit copies of certificate or diploma, bachelor's degree; postgraduate certificate; master’s degree or PhD in counselling or a related field, or proof of equivalent experience and training, if one is not already on file with ACCT.
  9. Provide a letter of reference from current supervisor, if one is not already on file with ACCT.
  10. Accept and work within ACCT’s Rules, Supervisor Code of Ethics and the Code of Ethics and Practice Standards for ACCT.
  11. Purchase or own a membership share for $100.00. Fully refundable upon cancellation of membership.
  12. Complete the annual requirements for membership, including a minimum of 10 hours of supervision per year and 15 hours professional development or continuing education credits per year.
  13. Complete the following payment(s):
    1. Master Therapeutic Counsellors pay an additional $99.00 Annual Professional Fee.
    2. Non-MTCs provide the following additional payments:
      1. Administration Fee - $150.00 one-time payment (non-refundable)
      2. Annual Professional Fee - RTC $149.00 (non-refundable)

Accredited Counsellor, AC or Professional Accredited Counsellor, PAC

ACs/PACs hold a certificate or diploma; bachelor's degree; postgraduate certificate; master’s degree or PhD in counselling or a related field from a registered school; or equivalent experience and training as determined by ACCT.

Accredited Counsellors must be practicing in Ontario or Nova Scotia and either not be eligible or choose to not register with their provincial college.

Accredited Counsellors must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have minimum of 150 hours of clinical practice with supervision as an integral part of their education, practicum experience, and/or paid or unpaid work experience in a counselling related capacity.
  2. Provide a current (received within last 12 months or one that is not expiring in the next 12 months) criminal record check (CRC) including a 'vulnerable sector' search.
  3. Provide a copy of current resume.
  4.  Submit copies of certificate or diploma, bachelor's degree; postgraduate certificate; master’s degree or PhD in counselling or a related field, or proof of equivalent experience and training. Must include transcripts, which show evidence of having completed an Ethics course as part of their education program or a certificate from an ethics seminar.
  5. Provide an up to-date report of all counselling and supervision hours, including hours obtained during a practicum (if applicable).
  6. Provide a copy of previous professional counselling membership (if applicable).
  7. Provide proof of current Liability Insurance or Intent to Purchase Liability Insurance.  (Copy of application form may initially be provided for new graduates, proof of insurance must be provided to maintain registration in good standing).
  8. Provide two professional references or letters of recommendation. This may include a professional who has known the applicant for at least one year as a supervisor in a training or educational capacity, paid or unpaid counselling or related field, or other that is recognized by ACCT Membership Services. One of the references should be a mental health professional, who has at least 5 years experience in their profession.
  9. Disclose whether or not the applicant is free of any disciplinary findings and/or any other reason that would prohibit the practice of counselling therapy.
  10. Agree to Supervision for your 1st 1000 hours of counselling.
  11. Complete the annual requirements for membership, including a minimum of 10 hours of supervision per year and 15 hours professional development or continuing education credits per year.
  12. Read and agree to ACCT's Rules, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
  13. Provide the following payments:
    1. ACCT Membership Share - $100.00 one-time payment (refundable on request when you discontinue your membership)
    2. Administration Fee - $150.00, one-time payment (non-refundable)
    3. Professional Fee - RTC $290.00 (non-refundable)

Student Applicant

Student applicants must be presently enrolled in a registered counselling certificate, diploma program or degree program in counselling or a related field and not yet qulaified to pracictice as a counsellor. Student members must not practice counselling, except when supervised and as part of their training and/or practicum completion. Student members must purchase a membership share.

Student Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must provide program name and name of the educational facility, including your expected date of completion.
  2. Provide a copy of current resume.
  3. Submit a copy of proof of enrollment in your current counselling education program.
  4. Read ACCT's Rules, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
  5. Provide the following payments:
    1. ACCT Membership Share - $100.00 one-time payment (refundable on request when you discontinue your membership).
    2. Professional Fee - $70.00 - may be credited towards your approved Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) designation in the year that you apply.

Retired Member

Retired Members have been Members in good standing with ACCT for a minimum of 1 year and may use the RTC/AC and MTC/PAC designations according to their qualifications. They must own a membership share.

Retired Members may not charge for counselling services, including working with individuals, couples, families, groups, or provide training.

Note: As professionals in the field of counselling therapy, whether using our skills in a paid or unpaid setting, we are liable for the services we provide. Volunteers may be covered by the agency or organization’s liability insurance program within which they provide professional services.

It is mandatory that retired professionals hold liability insurance (within an organization or independently) and professional standing when working in a volunteer setting.

We welcome your inquiries and/or application!