In 2016, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) established a requirement that all entry-level counselor preparation programs, regardless of specialty area, consist of a minimum of 60 semester credit hours or 90 quarter credit hours. The deadline for implementation of this 60 credit hour requirement was July 1, 2020.
Since the adoption of the 2016 Standards, some stakeholders have expressed considerable concerns about the requirement to move to a 60 credit program by 2020. These concerns have been raised not only by counselor educators within CACREP-accredited programs, but also by counselor educators in programs aspiring toward CACREP accreditation.
Based on those concerns, the CACREP Board of Directors has extended the deadline from 2020 to 2023 for the implementation of the 60 credit hour requirement (2016 Standard 1.J).
For more information, please see the special announcement that CACREP issued on February 9th.