For those pursuing the highest level of post-graduate credentialing in rehabilitation counseling, CRC certification is the gold standard. CRCs are the highly sought-after rehabilitation counseling experts. They possess insights and dedication to achieve successful rehabilitation outcomes and offer a dynamic level of focus to serve individuals in need of rehabilitation services addressing personal, social, and vocational goals. Rehabilitation counselors are in demand and the need is growing. You can pave the way for more exciting, coveted employment opportunities, faster career advancement, and greater earning potential. To become certified, rehabilitation counselors must meet stringent eligibility requirements, including advanced education, qualifying work experience, and passing the CRC Examination.
Student in or Graduate of a CACREP Accredited Program
Student in or Graduate of a Non-CACREP Accredited Program
The applicant can be a student enrolled in or be a graduate from a master’s level rehabilitation counseling or clinical rehabilitation counseling program that is not or was not accredited by CACREP or CORE. See additional requirements in the CRC Certification Guide.
Graduate of a Masters or Doctoral Program in a Related Field of Study
The applicant can be a graduate of a master’s or doctoral program in a related field of study with course content that emphasizes rehabilitation, counseling, disability, therapy, health, employment, wellness, or human development. Graduates must submit evidence of having taken or taught courses that include the following body of knowledge and must submit acceptable employment experience as defined by CRCC (see Section 5 in the CRC Certification Guide)
- Professional Orientation and Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling
- Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities
- Career Development Theories and Job Development Placement Techniques
- Case Management and Community Partnerships
- Theories and Techniques of Counseling
- Research, Methodology, and Performance Management
Internships and practicum courses may not be used as evidence, and or in lieu of completing or teaching the foundational disability courses.
Not sure if you have completed the coursework and work experience needed to qualify as a Category 3 applicant? CRCC offers a pre-review of Category 3 applicant transcripts. A pre-review will enable you to understand any gaps in your current coursework and work experience. You will receive recommendations on how to bridge any gaps you may have in these areas and inform you about the next steps to submit your application.
For more details, please email CRCC at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a non-refundable, $85 charge. Below is the Pre-review form that you would need to complete. Category 3 Pre-Review Form
A video for applying as a Category 3 candidate is coming soon!
*Applicants deemed ineligible to sit for the exam will receive a refund of $75.
** Deferral-only initial applicants are allowed to defer/transfer to the next subsequent exam window.
*** CRCC’s policy requires reexamination to occur in the next exam window after the original examination. Thus applicants who do not achieve a passing score on the certification exam in the (first) initial exam window are allowed to re-take the exam at the next subsequent testing window only. See CRC Certification Guide
Start your journey to becoming the best rehabilitation counselor you can be. Click on each of the certification steps to learn more about how to take the next big step in your evolution—from qualified, competent rehabilitation counselor to elite, cream-of-the-crop Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).
SET UP PROFILE ↓
First-time users: follow the directions on the CRCCCONNECT login page and create your CRCC Account by clicking the REGISTER button.
Recommendations & Tips: CRCC strongly recommends entering your personal e-mail address rather than using your student e-mail address or work e-mail as your primary address.
Please include your home, cell, and work phone numbers. Your phone numbers should not include dashes.
Complete APPLICATION ↓
To start the application process, follow the steps below:
- In the upper-right-hand corner, in the My CRCC Links, click the Apply for CRC Certification Exam link.
- You are now in the application
- Before proceeding, you must determine which Category you belong to, Category 1, 2 or 3.
- Recommendations & Tips: Read each question and respond accordingly.
- You cannot go back to previous pages in the application.
You will need to upload additional information to complete your application. CRCC recommends downloading the required forms for the category in which you plan to apply. Completed forms must include the appropriate signatures. When you have the completed forms, simply save them to your computer desktop and upload them as you complete the application.
Incomplete applications will result in a delay in determining eligibility and may delay the applicant’s ability to test in the cycle requested.
UPLOAD FORMS AND DOCUMENTATION ↓
SUBMIT APPLICATION AND PAYMENT ↓
GET APPROVED ↓
SCHEDULE EXAM ↓
PREPARATION & TIPS ↓
The CRCC Self-Assessment is an online tool designed to help you prepare for the CRC Exam. Use the 150 questions in the self-assessment test to check your understanding of the terms and concepts from the 12 knowledge domains. You can also prepare for the CRC Exam using the Timed Practice Assessment option in the CRCC Self-Assessment.
TAKE EXAM ↓
GET YOUR RESULTS ↓
You will receive a preliminary score report at the test site indicating a pass or fail status. If you do not pass, you will receive a score report including diagnostic information that can be used for further study. Official exam results packets are mailed approximately four (4) weeks after the last date in the testing window.
If you applied as a student, you are required to submit your official transcript reflecting the granting of your master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling before CRCC awards your CRC certification.
The CRC Exam is administered three times a year. Testing centers fill up quickly, we encourage you to submit your application prior to the deadline. To locate testing sites in your area, visit the Pearson VUE website at http://www.pearsonvue.com/crcc and follow the navigation to locate your most convenient testing center.
|Registration Opens||Application Deadline||Examination Dates|
|May 1, 2023||August 15, 2023||October 9-17, 2023|
|August 16, 2023||December 15, 2023||March 11-19, 2024|
|December 16, 2023||April 30, 2024||July 15-23, 2024|
For students currently enrolled in a CACREP-accredited rehabilitation counseling or clinical rehabilitation counseling graduate program.
For people who have already graduated from a CACREP-accredited rehabilitation counseling or clinical rehabilitation counseling graduate program OR who graduated, prior to July 1, 2017, from a CORE-accredited rehabilitation counseling graduate program.
For students currently enrolled in a non-CACREP-accredited rehabilitation counseling graduate program.
For people who have already graduated from a non-CACREP-accredited rehabilitation counseling graduate program.
For people who have graduated from a related field of study and have the desire to become a certified rehabilitation counselor.
To reschedule your exam appointment within the current exam window, you must notify Pearson VUE or access your online Pearson VUE account at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. Please contact Pearson VUE’s customer service if you have questions about this policy.
Failure to reschedule in time or failure to appear for your appointment will result in the forfeiture of your application exam fee.
For further information on the reschedule policy, please refer to the CRC Certification Guide.
To cancel your exam appointment, you must notify Pearson VUE or access your online Pearson VUE account at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. Please contact Pearson VUE’s customer service if you have questions about this policy.
If you do not cancel your appointment 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time, you will forfeit your application exam fee.
For further information please refer to the CRC Certification Guide.
Each application only allows for two subsequent exam sittings. Deferrals can only be permitted for the first exam sitting (one time per application) and a deferral fee applies.
If a candidate is unable to sit for their initial exam sitting, they will only be allowed one deferral to the next subsequent exam sitting.
Candidates are responsible for cancelling their appointments with Pearson VUE at least 48 hours in advance, prior to deferring. A candidate must email a screenshot of the CRC exam cancellation to email@example.com, then call CRCC staff at 847-944-1325 to defer and pay the deferral fee. Deferral requests will not be processed without proof of cancellation (screenshot) with Pearson VUE.
If you are requesting test accommodations, you must complete the Exam Accommodations Request Form. The request is part of the application process. You’ll need to upload the required supporting documentation in order to submit your online application. Requests for exam accommodations are reviewed by CRCC on a case-by-case basis without penalty. For additional information and exam accommodation requirements, please review the CRCC Certification Guide.
All ADA documentation must be submitted by the application deadline. If not received by the application deadline your accommodation request will not be processed.
eXAM PREPARATION, study tIPS & RESOURCES
Congratulations on making the decision to achieve your certification and demonstrate your commitment to individuals with disabilities! The secret to success is strong preparation. CRCC offers the tools and resources to help you prepare.
The Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Examination tests whether qualified exam candidates have demonstrated a minimum standard of practice. It fairly and accurately evaluates the competencies you need to have to practice as a rehabilitation counselor.
The CRC tests the essential knowledge domains of rehabilitation counseling practices – the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Applicants, in all categories, who have graduated must provide an official transcript showing the degree granted and the date of graduation. An official digital transcript can be submitted via e-mail to CRCC: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students applying in Category 1 or Category 2 can complete the application process. Upon graduation, a student must provide an official transcript showing the degree granted and the date of graduation. An official digital transcript can be submitted via e-mail: email@example.com
If a digital version of the transcript is not available, please have the university/college mail the transcript directly to CRCC:
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