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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Call for Newsletter Articles Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of the IRCEP Connection is currently being constructed and counsellor educators and counselling students from around the globe are invited to submit articles... read more>

IRCEP International Student Luncheon

The International Registry for Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP) will be hosting a free luncheon for all international students attending the ACES Conference. read more>

IRCEP Application Form Available

Materials available for IRCEP Application read more>

IRCEP hosted luncheon at SACES 2012 Conference

IRCEP hosted a luncheon for international graduate students in the SACES region. 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>

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