Certification, Testing, and Training, for Certified Counselors and Certified Advisors.

22 Jul 2009 9:30 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

In our recent communication, with the Washington State Dept. of Health, here is what we have learned about the process for becoming certified:

  • The rules (WACs) have been signed by Secretary Selecky, though have not yet been posted online.
  • The DOH has posted information about the test for certified counselors and certified advisers, including how long the test will be and the resources necessary to study for the test.  (We are surprised and pleased to see that the DOH is this far along in the process!)   -click the link above to learn more.
  • Listing the DSM-IV as a reference for the test is specifically for learning the GAF - you will only be responsible for the information in the DSM-IV that specifically relates to the GAF itself, and how to use it. It may be wise to access this information online, or through a library before you make a huge investment in a book that is 90% outside our scope of practice. All the rest of the resources listed for the test are free and available online.
  • The plan is to administer the test through a company that has 8 testing sites throughout Washington. This will give greater flexibility and keep travel distances short. Applicants will be able to take the test as many times as necessary, however, there may be a restriction on how quickly you can retake the test - if you did not pass it the first time.
  • The application form for CC and CA is already available, and you can go ahead and apply now. If you think you are ready, you can also go ahead and take the test at the earliest opportunity in your area.
  • The department expects private and non-profit sectors to respond to the need for courses, to help counselors prepare to take the test. DOH will be willing to provide a list of these courses and course providers once they have been identified and that information has been given to the department. WaProCA is currently reviewing course materials and coordinated efforts for providing training in the required areas. If you have expertise in this area, please let us know!  Email to: info@waproca.org
  • If your registration expires before you become certified, you can renew your registration until June 30, 2010. All registrations will expire on June 30, 2010. The renewal fee will not be pro-rated, so you will be charged the full year's renewal fee even if you renew only a month before the end of June. Obviously this makes it very practical to become certified before your current credential expires, if at all possible.


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