Continuing Education for Counselors

Whether it's for license or certificate renewal, career development, or to increase job opportunities, the need for continuing education is a very real demand every counseling professional faces. But while the benefits of continuing education are clear, the costs can be high - from constraints on time and expenses to conflicts with work and personal schedules. ACA makes it easy with our affordable, quality continuing education courses available for you to take at your convenience. Presentations by experts in a variety of subject areas give professional counselors an opportunity to learn from the best online or in-person.


Ways to Receive Continuing Education Credit


Professional Development Center

Earn continuing education credit by taking advantage of ACA's online professional development programming. Here you can access innovative educational content created for the counseling profession. Learn in a variety of formats such as video-based courses, education sessions, and webinars; as well as text-based book chapters and journal articles.

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ACA Conference & Expo

When you attend our flagship educational and professional development event, you'll have the opportunity to receive Continuing Education (CE) credit hours. Also as an attendee, you'll explore new strategies for self-care, advocate for the counseling care of tomorrow, and access the latest tools and resources to support your clients. Attend our conference and enjoy networking.

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Free CE of the Month!

Continuing Education

Did you know the American Counseling Association offers its members 12 free online CE courses each year (a $299 value)? The Free CE of the Month is an ACA members-only benefit available to all current ACA members, regardless of membership type. Members must register for the Free CE of the Month during the month it is featured; however, access to the coursework will be available to complete for one year.

Register for the free CE:

1. Log into the Professional Development Center using your ACA membership username and password.

2. Follow instructions at the top of the page.


Free CE Opportunity:

February 2024

Therapeutic Community Substance Abuse Treatment
with Incarcerated Black Males 


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CE Approval


NBCC is the organization in the counseling profession that approves professional continuing education for counselors. For more information, visit NBCC.

ACA obtained CE approval from the following organizations:


National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
American Counseling Association (ACA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.1000. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



Association for Play Therapy (APT).
(APT Approved Provider 09-265 )
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NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals
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Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).
Select sessions/courses only

New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors CE credit only
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Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction


Contact Us
(Member and customer support for continuing education products)

 703-574-1201     |     ProfessionalEducation@counseling.org     |     Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET


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