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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.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility Criteria for Certification

The following eligibility criteria must be met at the time of application and examination.

Student in or Graduate of a CACREP Accredited Program
The applicant can be a student enrolled in or be a graduate from a graduate a master’s-level rehabilitation counseling or clinical rehabilitation program accredited by CACREP. If graduation occurred prior to July 1, 2017, the program must have been accredited by CORE. In addition, the applicant must show evidence of the completion of an internship of 600 hours supervised by an on-site CRC or a faculty member who is a CRC. See additional requirements in the CRC Certification Guide.
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

Candidates interested in applying under Category 3 must have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the fields of study below and must complete a pre-review application form:

Category 3 approved degrees are:

  • Addictions/Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Counseling Psychology
  • School/Guidance Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Counselor Education & Supervision-Doctoral Degree
    • Counselor Education & Supervision with course content that emphasizes rehabilitation, disability counseling

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):

  • Counseling Theories, Techniques of Counseling & Evidence Based Practices
  • Group & Family Counseling
  • Crisis & Trauma & Interventions
  • Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disabilities
  • Assessment/Evaluation, Occupational Analysis and Service Implementation
  • Career Development & Job Placement
  • Business Engagement
  • Community Resources & Partnerships
  • Case Management
  • Healthcare & Disability Management
  • Research, Methodology, & Performance Management

Internships and practicum courses may not be used as evidence, and or in lieu of completing or teaching the foundational disability courses.

PRE-REVIEW

All candidates must complete the Pre-Review process prior to submitting an application and meet all requirements to be approved for Category 3 eligibility. The pre-review includes an evaluation of the candidate’s official college transcript as well as work experience; identification of any gaps noted based on the CRC knowledge domain areas; recommendations on how to bridge coursework and experience needed to meet the eligibility requirements; and information about the next steps to submit the CRC application. The pre-review process is not considered an official application. There is a nonrefundable fee for this pre-review requirement. To download the pre-review form, click here. Candidates need to submit pre-review documentation to contactus@crccertification.com.

Category 3 Pre-Review Form

 

 

 

 

 

Fees

Certification Fee
$420*

Deferral Fee
$100**

Reexamination fee
$250***

Pre-Review Fee
$85

ADA Accommodations 

CRCC requires that candidates requesting ADA accommodations start their application no less than 30 days prior to the application deadline.

*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
for fees.

Application Process

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).

Step 1

SET UP PROFILE 

Step 2

Complete APPLICATION ↓

Step 3

FORMS ↓

Step 4

UPLOAD FORMS AND DOCUMENTATION ↓

Step 5

SUBMIT APPLICATION AND PAYMENT ↓

Step 6

GET APPROVED ↓

Step 7

SCHEDULE EXAM ↓

Step 8

PREPARATION & TIPS ↓

Step 9

TAKE EXAM ↓

Step 10

GET YOUR RESULTS ↓

EXAM DATES

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
December 16, 2023 April 30, 2024 July 15-23, 2024
May 1, 2024 August 15, 2024 October 14-22, 2024
August 16, 2024 December 15, 2024 March 10-28, 2024

Application Tutorials

CRC Category 1 Student Application Process

For students currently enrolled in a CACREP-accredited rehabilitation counseling or clinical rehabilitation counseling graduate program.

CRC Category 1 Graduate Application Process

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.

CRC Category 2 Student Application Process

For students currently enrolled in a non-CACREP-accredited rehabilitation counseling graduate program.

CRC Category 2 Graduate Application Process

For people who have already graduated from a non-CACREP-accredited rehabilitation counseling graduate program.

CRC Category 3 Application Process

For people who have graduated from a related field of study and have the desire to become a certified rehabilitation counselor.

RESCHEDULE POLICY

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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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.

Deferral Policy

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 contactus@crccertification.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.

TEST ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

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eXAM oVERVIEW

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.

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tRANSCRIPT sUBMISSION

Graduates

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: transcripts@crccertification.com

Students

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: transcripts@crccertification.com

If a digital version of the transcript is not available, please have the university/college mail the transcript directly to CRCC:

CRCC
1699 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 300
Schaumburg, IL 60173

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