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Find Your ACA Fit

Our membership tiers are designed to reflect who you are as a professional and where you are in your career. Learn more about how we support counseling professionals through the years.

  • At this stage in my career, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve ACA and give back so that the future generations of counselors can be successful too.  

    Amanda M. Evans, PhD

    • Student Membership Tier
    • New Membership Tier
      New Professional
    • Professional Member
    • Regular Membership Level
    • Retired Membership Tier

Membership Requirements

Individuals who are enrolled at least half-time in a regionally accredited college or university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Applicant must provide documented proof of program participation on university/college letterhead [e.g., current academic year unofficial/official transcript, current semester registration or current academic year (degree program) acceptance letter]. Documentation proof must be submitted via email to within one week of applying for student membership status.

  • Masters – Membership term is up to two years. An additional year may be granted with proof of continued registration and/or special circumstances.
  • Doctoral – Membership term is up to four years (unless proof is provided indicating program allows more time for completion).

$105 Annual Dues

Individuals who have graduated with a master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university recognized by CHEA within the past twelve months.

$105 Annual Dues (one year only)

Individuals who hold a master’s degree or higher in counseling or a closely related field from a college or university that was accredited when the degree was awarded by one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

$189 Annual Dues

Individuals whose interest and activities are consistent with those of the Association, but who are not qualified for Professional membership.

$189 annual dues

This tier is only available with five continuous years of ACA regular or Professional membership in good standing immediately prior to retirement.

You cannot join this membership tier online. To verify eligibility, please contact Member Services at 800-298-2276 or

$105 annual dues

Become an ACA Member

We are the only organization committed to advancing the profession and career path of counselors through advocacy efforts, learning and continuing education, member savings programs, networking opportunities, and more. You deserve to be connected to this unique community throughout your education experience, practice setting and overall professional journey. We are here for you!

Want to print our application? Download the General or Student membership application. Read Membership FAQs.

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Illiana Navarra-Bueno, LPC


Illiana Navarra-Bueno, LPC

ACA is a community of diverse, vibrant counselors and educators who are changing lives and the world at large. Illiana Navarra-Bueno is pursuing her doctorate and advocate for mental health-care services to be affordable and accessible for all.

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