Counsellor - Candidate Application

Registered Therapeutic Counsellor- Candidate/Accredited Counsellor - Candidate Application

If you have accumulated a minimum of 200 direct client contact hours with supervision and less than 1000 direct client contact hours please apply for our RTC designation.

If you have a minimum of 1000 direct client contact hours and have received a minimum of 50 hours of supervision and/or you have confirmation of senior or master level membership with another association, please apply for our MTC designation.

Prior to completing your Counsellor - Candidate application please ensure you meet the following criteria and that you have the following documents saved to your computer ready to upload with your application:

  1. RTC - Candidate/AC -Candidates have attained a minimum of 100 direct client contact hours (see definition Definition of Direct Client Contact) and 20 clinical supervision hours which may include practicum experience, and/or paid or unpaid work experience in a counselling related capacity conducted within the last five years.
  2. Provide a current (received within the 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. Applicants must hold a certificate or diploma that includes a minimum of 500 education hours or hold a bachelor's degree, postgraduate certificate, master’s degree or Ph.D. in counselling or a related field from a registered or accredited school. A qualifying program must cover training in a minimum of six of the eight topic areas listed below and must include the first three bolded areas.  Any outstanding topic areas (a maximum of two) that were not covered within the program can be fulfilled as stand-alone courses. A stand-alone course must be a minimum of 30 hours of classroom education from a recognized registered or accredited private training institution or college/university.
    1. Basic Counselling Skills including Clinical Assessment
    2. Counselling Ethics and Ethical Practice including Effective Use of Self 
    3. Models of Therapy
    4. Individual, Couples, Family and Group Counselling Methods
    5. Trauma and Abuse
    6. Documentation
    7. Diversity and Cultural Awareness
    8. Human Development including Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology and DSM
  5. Submit copies of certificate or diploma, bachelor's degree; postgraduate certificate; master’s degree or Ph.D. 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.
  6. Provide an up-to-date report of all counselling and supervision hours, including hours obtained during a practicum (if applicable).
  7. Provide a copy of previous professional counselling membership (if applicable).
  8. Provide proof of current Liability Insurance or Intent to Purchase Liability Insurance. (A copy of a hand-signed, dated letter indicating that you will provide evidence of insurance may initially be provided for new graduates, proof of insurance must be provided within 6 weeks of approval of membership.)
  9. Two professional counselling references or letters of recommendation: The first reference must be from a counselling professional who has known the applicant for at least one year as a supervisor in a training/educational capacity OR from a qualified supervisor (as per ACCT supervisor criteria) in a paid or unpaid counselling position that:  1) verifies the number of clinical supervision hours received, 2) verifies the number of completed Direct Client Contact (DCC) hours for the applicant, and 3) 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.  The reference letters must be signed and include the date, contact info, and credentials of the referee including position within the organization and professional designation (if applicable).
  10. 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.
  11. Agree to complete the annual requirements for membership, including 30 hours of Competency Development which must include a minimum of 8 hours of supervision and a minimum of 8 hours of professional development or continuing education credits per year and may include no more than 8 hours of self-care.
  12. 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 $150.00 (non-refundable)

Important Information

To help ACCT maintain the highest standard of membership, all applications go through a rigorous verification process. After initial review and verification applications are sent to a committee for further review and approval.  This ensures that ACCT helps set the quality standards for our profession and that ACCT members meet or exceed the requirement for their designation.

Please allow up to 30 business days after the initial review for the processing of your membership application. Payment in full is required for us to review and process your application.

In fairness to other applicants, we are not able to expedite an application.

Privacy: Electronic copies of all documents will be kept in your secure file in accordance with our privacy policy.

Your Contact Details:

File Uploads

Please upload copies of your proof of liability insurance (or application) as well as supporting documents for your counselling or psychotherapy qualifications: diploma, certificate, degrees or transcription documents and references (instructions below). PLEASE BE SURE TO UPLOAD EVERY DOCUMENT THAT YOU WISH TO SEND TO ACCT. This is particularly important with references. Ask your referee to use the forms on this website. There is also a MISC Uploads Form for anything you forget! Thanks!

Provide Proof of Practical Experience

Please ensure that you have provided either a transcript that indicates a completed practicum or a letter of reference indicating the completion of 100 hours of clinical practice with supervision as an integral part of your education, practicum experience, and/or paid or unpaid work experience in a counselling related capacity.


Provide two references from people who you have known for at least 1 year.  One of your referees should be a supervisor in a training/educational capacity OR from a qualified supervisor and confirms your Direct Client Contact and supervision hours.   The other should be a mental health professional with at least 5 years’ experience in their profession.   All reference letters must be signed and include the date and contact info for the referee.  



Expulsion from another professional body or having been the subject of a disciplinary review by another professional body or having a criminal record is not necessarily a bar to membership in ACCT. The failure to disclose all such information, or making a false declaration, may result in refusal or termination of membership.

Applications containing such disclosures will be submitted to a panel for consideration under the normal procedures outlined in Rules of the Association. Health matters that could affect your suitability for counselling will also be submitted to this panel for consideration.

It is important that you complete this section in full.



Disclosure: Additional information

If you have answered “Yes” to any of the above please provide a full and comprehensive statement, including details of the circumstances surrounding the disclosure, any mitigating factors and detail the steps you took to make any necessary changes in the box marked 'Additional Information'. Please address the experience fully and tell us what you have learned from your experiences.

Please list any unpardoned conviction and title it 'criminal conviction statement'. Some convictions are pardonable after a certain amount of time has elapsed.

All material information relating to your application must be disclosed under Additional Information (above). It is your responsibility to ensure that you declare all relevant information. If you are not sure whether something is relevant or material, please fill out the contact form and leave a phone number where someone can call you. Please ensure that your name and date of birth are exactly the same as on this application form.


  I understand that as a member of ACCT I will receive electronic messages regarding my membership, newsletters, counselling news and updates, announcements, and event invitations which may contain information regarding ACCT news, upcoming PD offerings, ACCT community events, our annual AGM etc.
  I understand that as a Member of the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists, I am an ACCT ambassador and I agree to uphold our values of competency-based counselling, cooperation, teamwork, equality, transparency, lifelong learning and financial accountability. I hereby sincerely pledge these ACCT values and my loyalty to my colleagues and co-owners in ACCT.

Applicant Declaration and Signature

We ask that all applicants please read, understand and adhere to the ACCT Code of Ethics,  Standards of Practice and Philosophy and it is your responsibility as a member of ACCT to read the ACCT Rules. Please send us an email using the contact form with any questions you may have or leave a phone number and we will return your call.


I confirm that the information contained in and uploaded with this form is true, accurate and complete. I hereby authorize the officers of ACCT to make such inquiries, as they consider necessary to verify the information given. I understand that any false or misleading statement or falsification of accompanying documents may lead to disciplinary action being taken against me and may result in immediate termination of my registration. I understand that failure to disclose on the application or during the period of membership could lead to disciplinary action and termination of registration.


  I agree to offer therapeutic counselling at a reduced rate of no more than 70% of the industry rate for my particular geographical area, per session.
  I have read and understood the above.