Student Resources & Tools
One of the things we know about Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCs) is that they are passionate about the work they do. We want to invest in the future of rehabilitation counselors. Our goal in developing these resources is to help you achieve your goals toward certification and career opportunities.
What does it mean to be certified?
People who are Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) hold a nationally recognized credential representing a level of excellence in the field of rehabilitation counseling. Those who have achieved the CRC have voluntarily met rigorous academic and professional standards. They have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide high-quality rehabilitation counseling services and they actively engage in ongoing professional development to keep their certification current.
Why choose CRCC Certification?
- CRCC is the only professional credentialing organization for rehabilitation counselors.
- CRCC initiated the development of national standards for rehabilitation counseling.
- CRCC’s certification standards are based on the role and function studies involving educators and practitioners in the field of rehabilitation counseling.
CRCC wants you to succeed and to put your learning and experience to work in a satisfying, rewarding, and meaningful career in the field of rehabilitation counseling. This toolkit offers strategies and resources to help you understand the versatility of graduate training in rehabilitation counseling and the broad range of occupations available to certified rehabilitation counseling (CRCs).
CRC Exam Preparation
Becoming a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor is a multi-step process. CRCC requires that all applicants comply with certain eligibility requirements. You first need to obtain the necessary education and rehabilitation counseling experience. Next, you apply for CRC eligibility. Applications are reviewed three times each year. Once your application has been approved, you take the CRC Exam.
The information you include within the application allows CRCC to determine if you have the necessary experience and education to qualify for the CRC Exam. While our application isn’t long, it is important to take your time and include all required information and to complete the application accurately. You can always log back into the application to complete and submit it at a later date.
The CRCC Certification Guide summarizes the application process.
If you have questions during the application process, feel free to refer to the CRC Certification Guide or contact us. We are happy to answer your questions.
CRCC Role & Function Study
Where does the CRC Exam come from? 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 Commission for Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) conducts a role and function study approximately every 5 years. These studies identify the tasks and work activities performed, the context in which those activities are carried out, and the competencies (knowledge areas, skills, and abilities) required to successfully perform an entry-level job in the field of rehabilitation counseling.
The results of the role and function studies are used to create the validated assessment of job competencies: the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam. The role and function studies are published. You can download the Role and Function Study here.
It is recommended to study for at least twelve weeks prior to taking the CRC exam.
- Tips and Resources
- CRC Application and Exam Study List
- Mapping Careers in Rehabilitation Counseling
- Transferable Skills: Telling Your Story with Your Resume
- Creating a Strong LinkedIn Profile
- Retaking the CRC Exam
- CRC Certification Guide
- CRC Certification & Licensure: What You Should Know
When you’re ready to begin your application, go to Get Certified in the Certification section of the website.