As professional, ethical counsellors and psychotherapists, our members have demonstrated knowledge of counselling modalities, supervised experience and natural abilities specific to their chosen scope of practice. Within that therapeutic framework, these professionals effectively and efficiently assess client needs, develop and maintain a therapeutic alliance, employ appropriate counselling interventions, and manage client cases. Additionally, our counsellors are committed to continued education, professional development, supervision, excellence in communication skills, and purposeful self-care and wellness practices.

The CPCA Competency Based Model

 CPCA Entry to Practice Core Counselling Competencies


Here you will find links to view a brief history of how the expectations of Competency Profiles have evolved in their definition, recognition and implementation.

Collaborative work in BC 2005 - Competency Profile 

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) - Competency Profile

FACT BC 2019 - Entry to Practice Competency Profile Updated

FACT BC 2016 - Entry to Practice Competency Profile

ACTA Alberta 2019 - Entry to Practice Counselling Therapist Profile


Qualifying Competency in Registration with the CPCA
The CPCA requires all applicants to successfully complete a Qualifying Exam that measures competency with a score above 70% before becoming registered.

Mission Statement

Working together to promote and support
competency in clinical counselling & psychotherapy.