The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has released its 2024 Standards. These standards become effective July 1, 2024, giving programs and students a full year to familiarize themselves with the new standards. The new 2024 Standards replace the 2016 Standards.
There is a 2-year transition period once the new standards come into effect. During this time, programs may submit reports under either the 2016 Standards or the 2024 Standards.
CACREP is the accrediting body for master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties. It is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
NBCC recognizes the importance of consistent educational standards. Beginning Jan. 1, 2027, a degree from a CACREP-accredited program will be an application requirement for the National Certified Counselor (NCC).
NBCC offers a grant program to assist master’s-level counseling programs seeking first-time CACREP accreditation. The application for the 2024 - 2025 grant is available until May 23, 2024. Funds will be awarded in fall 2024. Visit our website for more information and to download the application.