CRCC Role and Function Study

Rehabilitation counselors are the only professional counselors educated and trained at the graduate level specifically to serve individuals with disabilities. Through a comprehensive and unique counseling process, rehabilitation counselors help individuals who have disabilities set and achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals. They are the bridge between individual and self-sufficiency, helping them to live fully integrated lives.

The standards for the certification of rehabilitation counselors are based on empirical research studies. These studies are an important resource for educators and students. The CRCC Role and Function Studies are based on surveys across rehabilitation counseling practice settings. The results encapsulate the current knowledge requirements in the field.

CRCC conducts a role and function study approximately every five years to ensure the relevance and the validity of the certification examination for rehabilitation counselors. Role and function studies compare knowledge domains across the wide variety of rehabilitation counseling practice settings; the results help align the current knowledge requirements in the field with the profession’s certification and accreditation mechanisms. What emerges from the results of the role and function studies are the knowledge areas that should be addressed in the item specifications for the examination.

The CRC Exam development process is shown in this figure. The process begins with the role and function study and ends with standard setting for rehabilitation counselor certification. This process is followed each time a new role and function study is conducted.

  • Job Task Analysis
  • Test
  • Item
  • Item
  • Exam
  • Exam
  • Statistical
  • Standard

The role and function studies are published. Educators have access to these studies and may use them as curriculum standards for graduate education, graduate program requirements, and courses are being created and revised.
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