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CACREP Response to COVID-19CACREP Response to COVID-19

CACREP continues to closely monitor information regarding the spread and scale of the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on Counseling programs and scheduled site visits.

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Resources for Applying for CACREP Accreditation

As of July 1, 2016, all applications MUST address the 2016 Standards:
2016 CACREP Standards and Glossary (PDF version)
2016 CACREP Standards and Glossary (HTML version)

The following documents accompany the 2016 CACREP Standards:
CACREP Policy Document(PDF version)
CACREP Policy Document(HTML version)

2016 Application for Accreditation – This form can be completed and submitted electronically. Visit our Reports Submission page to read more about submissions and to complete a submission.

Implementation of 60 Semester Credit Hour Requirement – The CACREP Board of Directors has delayed the implementation of the 60 credit hour requirement until 2023.  See what will be required of programs moving toward that date.

Other Resources

NEW – Submitting Self-Studies via the Report Submission Page
Consultation Considerations
Application Due Dates and Extensions of Accredited Status
A Reasoned Approach to FTE Faculty
Program Evaluation Related Reports in the 2016 Standards

Guiding Statements

The Board has adopted Guiding Statements on topics and issues related to CACREP Standards or policies. These Guiding Statements represent the position of CACREP and should be used as a reference for seeking and/or maintaining accreditation.

Guiding Statement on Best Practices for Bachelor to Master Bridge Programs

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Guiding Principles for Program Evaluation and Student Assessment

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Guiding Principles for the 2016 Faculty Standards

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Guiding Statement on 2016 CACREP Standard 1.O

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Guiding Statement on 2016 CACREP Standard 1.X

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Guiding Statement on 2016 CACREP Standard 2.F.5.m

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Guiding Statement on Certification and Licensure Only Programs

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Guiding Statement on Best Practices for Transfer of Credit

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Guiding Statement on Submitting a Substantive Change Report or Application to Add a Specialty Area

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Webinars

2016 CACREP Accreditation Standards

A recording of slides presenting an overview of the 2016 CACREP Accreditation Standards in relation to the three themes identified by the revision committee during the standards revision process: simplify, clarify, and unify.

Writing a self-study to the intersection of CACREP, ASCA SPA, and CAEP Standards

If you are a CACREP-accredited School Counseling program and are required by your institution or by the state to also be CAEP-accredited, hear from CACREP and CAEP leaders from two institutions on their processes for Writing a Self-Study to the Intersection of CACREP, ASCA SPA, and CAEP Standards.

The Journey to 60: School Counselor Education Programs Transition

A 5-person panel of faculty from school counselor education programs shared their experiences in successfully navigating curricula modifications, institutional-level requirements and challenges, and the benefits of these changes to their programs and students in making the transition to 60 credits.

Accreditation Manuals

Mini Manual 1:

Is CACREP right for my program?

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Mini Manual 2:

Writing and Submitting the Self-Study Document

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Mini Manual 3:

What happens after a program applies?

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Mini Manual 4:

Preparing for the On-Site Visit

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Mini Manual 5:

Decision on Accreditation

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Mini Manual 6:

Program Responsibilities for Maintaining CACREP Accreditation

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Supplement to Manual 4:

Preparing for the Onsite Visit: Virtual Site Visits

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Categories of Decisions for Accreditation Review and Mandatory Reports

The CACREP Board of Directors meets bi-annually to render decisions on accreditation reviews, mid-cycle reports, interim reports and substantive change reports in addition to acting on operation and policy matters. Accreditation review documents and mandated reports are reviewed by the CACREP Board and their actions fall under specific categories of decisions.

Accreditation decisions are granted to each specialty within the applicant counseling program. For example, the CACREP Board could confer accreditation on an institution’s counseling program specialty in School Counseling for eight years, its specialty in Clinical Mental Health Counseling for two-years, and could deny accreditation of the specialty in Addiction Counseling.

The categories of accreditation decisions are:

1. Accredited. This status is granted to counseling program specialties that, in the professional judgment of the CACREP Board, meet all applicable standards in a satisfactory manner. Accredited status is conferred for an eight-year period.

2. Accredited for a Two-Year Period. This status is granted to counseling program specialties that, in the professional judgment of the CACREP Board, substantially meet the requirements for accredited status, but for which the CACREP Board requests an Interim Report addressing identified standards-related issues where a slight modification or change in practice will strengthen the program. The CACREP Board confers this accreditation status when there is a belief that the counseling program can address the identified issues within the two-year period.

3. Denial of Accreditation. Accreditation is denied when, in the professional judgment of the CACREP Board, the counseling program specialty has been unable to establish clear evidence that it is in substantial compliance with the Standards.

What are the categories of Mid-cycle Report decisions?
What are the categories of Interim Report decisions?
What are the categories of Substantive Change Report decisions?

CACREP Accreditation Fees

Application Fee

(Due at the Time of Self-Study Submission)
$2500.00

Site Visit Fee

(Invoiced when Visit is Approved)
 

$2000 per visitor

Annual Maintenance Fee

(Covers July 1 Through June 30)

FY 2021 (INVOICED APRIL 15, 2020 AND DUE SEPTEMBER 15, 2020)

Recognizing the financial impact that Covid-19 has had on institutions, and will continue to have well into FY2021, the annual fees have been adjusted to reflect a decrease of about 5%.

Flat fee: $3990

$3800

Newly accredited programs will receive a prorated invoice following receipt of their accreditation decision.

FY2022 (INVOICED APRIL 15, 2021 AND DUE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021)

In June 2021, CACREP marks its 40th anniversary supporting excellence through accreditation. To commemorate this milestone and celebrate over 400 institutions with CACREP-accredited programs, CACREP is giving its accredited programs an anniversary gift – the Annual Maintenance Fees for 2021-2022 is set at $3385

FY2023 (INVOICED APRIL 15, 2022 AND DUE SEPTEMBER 15, 2022)

The CACREP Board recognizes that the financial impact of this pandemic to programs will be felt for the next few years. Therefore, the CACREP Board has frozen the Annual Maintenance Fees at the rate of $3800 for 2022-2023.

2009 Standards

Board Interpretations of Specific 2009 Standards

Sometimes the Board adopts an official interpretation of a Standard in order to clarify the intent of the Standard.  Listed below are Standards that have an official interpretation.

2009 Standards Doctoral Students as Teachers Standard I.M

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2009 Standards Credentials of Affiliate Faculty Standard I.Y 

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2009 Standards Site Supervisor Training in Supervision Standard III.C

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Guiding Statements of Specific 2009 Standards

The Board has adopted Guiding Statements on topics and issues related to CACREP Standards or policies. These Guiding Statements represent the position of CACREP and should be used as a reference for seeking and/or maintaining accreditation.

2009 Standards Guiding Statement on Standard I.P

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2009 Standards Guiding Statement on Student Learning Outcomes

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2009 Standards Guiding Statement of Certification or Licensure Only Programs

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2009 Standards Guiding Statement on Standard I.W.5.a-c

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Information for Program Liaisons

CACREP Liaison Position Description and Responsibilities

The CACREP Liaison serves as the primary point of contact between CACREP and the institution’s accredited program(s). The CACREP Liaison is the person to whom CACREP will send important notifications and news updates.

CACREP Liaison Position Description and Responsibilities

CACREP Program Liaison Log-in Guide

The CACREP Liaison is responsible for maintaining current program information on the CACREP website. On a regular basis and when changes have occurred, the CACREP Liaison should log into the CACREP website to ensure that the program information (e.g., contact information, administrative information, and program descriptions) is current and accurate as listed, to update information as needed, and to ensure that you remain aware of the due dates for required reports.

Each CACREP-accredited program has an assigned username and password for the academic unit. The log-in details will allow the CACREP Liaison access to review and update program information. The CACREP Liaison can log-in either through the CACREP website (www.cacrep.org) or www.cacrep.org/wp-login.php.

Please refer to the CACREP Program Liaison Log-in Guide for detailed instructions on how to access and update program information on the CACREP website.

If you have recently taken over as the CACREP Liaison, your email address will not be linked to the institution and you will not be able to log-in. Please contact the CACREP office to have this information updated to enable log-in.

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International Program Approval

The International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP) is a non-accreditation approval process for global counselor education programs.  The program is run by CACREP and programs who are granted approval appear on the IRCEP Registry which is part of IRCEP's website.

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