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Become An ACA Member

As a counselor, you deserve a professional home where you can build community, deepen knowledge, and develop your commitment to enriching lives and contributing to societal well-being. Through whatever practice setting you choose, at whatever point in your career you might be, you can rely on the American Counseling Association to offer you the guidance and support you need throughout your professional journey.

Membership Tiers

Choose from the annual membership options below.



Master’s degree students only

New Professional


Individuals who have graduated with a master’s degree within the past 12 months. Status is good for one year.



Available to ACA aligned counselors who are missing some professional qualification



Experienced counselors and counselor educators



This tier is only available with 5 continuous years of ACA regular or Professional membership in good standing

Membership Benefits

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  • Discounted liability insurance (Free for Student members enrolled in master’s programs)
  • Professional ethics consultations
  • Opportunity to market your practice as guided by the ACA Code of Ethics
  • Free subscriptions to our award winning Counseling Today magazine and the Journal of Counseling & Development
  • Free continuing education credits valued at $299
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  • Targeted advocacy efforts for legislation and policy issues affecting the profession, such as Medicare reimbursement and the interstate counseling compact
  • Advocacy action alerts and legislative news updates
  • Advocacy training and continuing education credit through events like Virtual Hill Day
  • Advocacy toolkits
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  • Career consultations and access to job boards
  • ACA Connect online community
  • The Listening Post newsletter, exclusive to ACA members
  • Discounted registration for the annual ACA Conference & Expo and any virtual conference experiences
  • Annual national awards with monetary awards for winners

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  • Discounted rates on books through the ACA Store
  • American Counseling Association Foundation grants for members who apply for support
  • Discounted rates on rental cars, software, and other services (a complete list of partners can be found here)