IRCEP - International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs CACREP - Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs


The International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP) was created in 2009 to foster excellence in the education and training of professional counsellors worldwide.  As an international quality assurance review process, IRCEP was purposefully designed to empower programs to develop counsellor training curricula appropriate to their country, regions, and/or culture, while simultaneously recognizing the broad tenets of education and training common to the practice of counselling regardless of practice location.


The International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP) was developed by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) to respond to a growing request for an international recognition review process for counsellor education programs around the world.  Recognizing that the CACREP accreditation standards were not easily applied to or even necessarily appropriate for use by counselling programs external to the US higher education system, the CACREP Board began examining ways it could foster quality assurance for the education and training of counsellors regardless of culture, country, region, work setting, or educational system.

Steering Committee

The result of this examination was CACREP’s decision, in 2008, to establish an international steering committee to assist in the creation of an international registry of programs.  This committee was charged with developing registry standards that were culturally sensitive, rigorous, and flexible enough to be used by a variety of educational systems.  The committee was further charged with developing the review processes that would be followed to determine a program’s eligibility to seek and become IRCEP approved.

The members of the initial steering committee were selected to represent various regions of the world and included representation from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania.  In September 2009, this international group of counsellors met in Buenos Aires to finalize the standards and procedures to be implemented as the IRCEP application and approval process.


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July 2014 Registry Decisions

IRCEP is excited to announce the recent approval of international counseling programs in South Africa and Singapore. IRCEP now has a presence on four continents and seven countries! read more>

January 2014 Registry Decisions

Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University is now officially the first program from Asia to have completed the IRCEP application review. read more>

July 2013 Registry Decisions

IRCEP is excited to announce that its first international program, Centro Argentino de Psicologia Humanistica y Counseling Holos-San Isidro in Argentina, successfully completed the IRCEP review. read more>

Counseling Today: IRCEP reaches India

Drs. Jain and Gressard published an article in the May 2014 edition of Counseling Today about their trip to India. read more>

Events, Meetings, Trainings

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMOPP's 6th International Conference

The Asociación Mexicana de Orientación Psicológica y Psicoterapi (AMOPP) is hosting its 6th International Conference in October 2014. read more>

Saturday, October 11, 2014

IRCEP presenting at SACES 2014 Conference

IRCEP is holding two sessions at the SACES Conference on Saturday, October 11th. read more>

Friday, October 17, 2014

IRCEP hosts International Reception at NCACES 2014 Conference

The International Registry for Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP) will be hosting a reception at the NCACES Conference for all faculty and students from CACREP programs that have requested inclusion on the IRCEP Registry. read more>

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