Certification Renewal Guide

Download Certification Renewal Guide

Preview text

Certification Renewal Guide



Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

CRC-Master Addictions Counselor

Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

CRC-Clinical Supervisor

The CRC Certification Program is accredited by NCCA. 1

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction & Inquiries


Section 2: The Certification Renewal Program


CRC Career Pathways

Section 3: Guidelines for Certification Renewal


Renewal Procedures

Notification of Renewal Deadlines

Failure to Renew


Re-Application Following Discontinuation of Application Processing or Revocation of


Section 4: Continuing Education


Renewing Through Continuing Education

Section 5: Domain Focus Areas


Ethical Standards and Practices in Rehabilitation Counseling

General Rehabilitation Counseling

Section 6: Professional Development


Post-Approval of Continuing Education

Certificate with Designation

Renewal Requirements for CRCs who hold the MAC Adjunct Designation

Renewal Requirements for CRCs who hold the CS Adjunct Designation

Section 7: Extensions


30-Day Extension

12-Month Extension

Extension Fees

Section 8: Appeals Process


Requesting an Appeal

Section 9: CRC Retirement Designation


Section 10: Fees


Renewal Through Continuing Education Fees

Extension Fees

Retirement Designation

Written Certificate Verification

Replacement Certificate

Section 11: Frequently Asked Questions

17 2

Section 1: Introduction & Inquiries
Thank you for your interest in the certification renewal process.
The acronym CRC® is used throughout this guide to refer to the designation Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. CRCC® is used to refer to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.
Individuals who wish to pursue certification renewal should refer to this guide as it contains information to help guide individuals through the renewal processes.
As information in this guide is updated periodically, please access the guide directly from the CRCC website to view the most recent version. Be sure to read carefully before completing an application.
CRCC uses email and first-class mail to maintain contact with all candidates. It is the candidate’s responsibility to update their contact information, making any changes necessary.
Please contact CRCC with any questions:
Phone: 847-944-1325 Email: [email protected]

Reproduction of this guide, in whole or in part, is expressly prohibited without written consent from CRCC.

Recommended citation: Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. (2019). CRC Certification Renewal Guide. Schaumburg, IL: Author.

CRCC® is a registered service mark of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. All rights reserved.

CRC® is a registered certification mark of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. All rights reserved.

The CRC certification mark must be used consistently with the scope for which the certification was granted and in accordance with all applicable use policies of CRCC. Unauthorized, fraudulent, or misleading use of the CRCC or CRC marks may result in legal or other actions, which may include but are not limited to, revocation of CRC certification.


November 1, 2021


Section 2: The Certification Renewal Program
CRCC believes that individuals certified as rehabilitation counselors (CRCs, CCRCs, CRC-MACs, and CRC-CSs) should continue to expand their skills in order to enhance the quality of the services they provide. Certified rehabilitation counselors are encouraged to build on the demonstrated specified levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities addressed by the education and employment requirements and the initial certification examination. They are also required to provide evidence of continuing competence through the completion of courses and other activities that will help them more effectively serve their clients. CRCC requires certification renewal at five-year intervals. Participation in continuing education throughout the five-year intervals is expected; participation in courses and programs sponsored by recognized continuing education providers affords a credible mechanism to support continuing competence and acceptable standards of quality in practice. The continuing education clock hour credits associated with these activities is mapped to the same specified levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities addressed by the certification examination. CRCC conducts a role and function study every five years to ensure the CRC certification process accurately reflects the practice of rehabilitation counseling.

itional career pathw ay inform ation.

CRC Career Pathways
A CRC is the only professional counselor educated at the graduate level and who has demonstrated a breadth and depth of knowledge and skill necessary to serve individuals with disabilities across a wide range of disabling conditions.

The career opportunities for rehabilitation counselors are far-reaching and may cover a multitude of pathways and work settings.

Whether you are new to the field or have years of experience, CRCC encourages you to renew your certification and consider the career pathways available to you.


Work Setting
• Colleges & Universities • K-12 Schools

Areas of Specialty
• Student Disability Services • Teaching • Transition Services • Job Development/Job Placement • Career Counseling


Work Setting

• Rehabilitation Services


• Social Security Administration

• State Rehabilitation Agencies

• Veteran Benefits Admin

• Veterans Health Admin

• Workforce Development Centers

• Correction Facilities

• Department of Mental Health

• Department of Youth Services

• Department of Veteran Affairs

• Native American & Alaskan

Community Work Programs
Areas of Specialty


• Vocational Rehabilitation • Vocational Evaluation • Employee Assistance Program • Veteran’s Vocational Rehabilitation
• Mental Health Counseling
• Job Development/Job Placement
• Return-to-Work Coordinator


Work Setting
• Nursing & Residential Care Facilities
• Rehabilitation Hospitals • Medical & Rehabilitation Centers • Mental Health Centers • Psychiatric Facilities • Hospice Facilities
Areas of Specialty
• Independent Living Services • Life Care Planning • Substance Use/Addictions
Counseling • Cognitive Rehabilitation • Case Manager • Crisis and Trauma Counselor • Mental Health Counseling

The career of a rehabilitation counselor is far-reaching and
may cover a multitude of pathways and work settings.
Several career options are represented in this diagram, however, additional options
are also available.

Work Setting
• Private Rehabilitation Companies (for profit and notfor-profit)
• Private Practice/Self-Employed • Workers’ Compensation
Agencies • Insurance Companies • Business & Industry
Areas of Specialty
• Business Relations • Career Counselor • Return-to-Work Coordinator • Forensics • Marriage & Family
Counseling • Job Placement/Job
Development • Mental Health Counseling

Work Setting
• Independent Living Facilities • Centers for Individuals with
Developmental Disabilities • Not-for-profit Agencies
View the full Career Pathways diagram here.

Areas of Specialty

• Independent Living Services

• Life Care Planning

• Marriage & Family Counseling

• Cognitive Rehabilitation • Case Manager • Job Development/Job Placement

or add ay f

• Mental Health Counseling




Visit https


Section 3: Guidelines for Certification Renewal
CRCC does not condone or engage in discrimination based on age, arrest record (including expunged criminal history), citizenship, color, disability (mental or physical), ethnicity/ ancestry, genetic information, language (if unrelated to their duties), marital status, military status (including unfavorable discharge), national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other additional class protected by applicable law, including applicable County or City ordinances. CRCC respects the privacy of its certificants. View the CRCC Privacy Policy on the CRCC website. The CRCC certification renewal program allows certificants to extend their certification status as a CRC, CCRC, CRC-MAC, or CRC-CS. This renewal of certification is based on the documentation of 100 clock hours of approved continuing education, of which a minimum of 10 clock hours must be in ethics.
Renewal Procedures
A certification renewal application will become available via My Account on the CRCC website approximately four (4) months prior to the valid-through date printed on the certificate. To complete the renewal process, certificants must:
1. Log in to My Account on the CRCC website. 2. Update the contact information section with any changes 3. Document the completion of 100 clock hours of continuing education, including a
minimum of 10 clock hours in ethics. Continuing education must be submitted via My Account on the CRCC website. 4. Submit the renewal application. Once the required clock hours of continuing education have been documented, the renewal application will become available. Certificants may access the renewal application in the My Account section. Click the credential in the My Certifications and Renewals section and complete and submit the renewal application. The submission includes payment of the non-refundable certification renewal fee.

Notification of Renewal Deadlines
CRCC will make every reasonable effort to send notification that a certificant can begin the renewal process. However, it is the individual’s responsibility to renew their certification by the valid-through date on their certificate.
CRCC asks that certificants pay particular attention to the various deadlines that occur during the certification renewal process. If schedules for requested information are not met, additional fees may apply.
Failure to Renew
Failure to renew a certification will result in the expiration of certified status. Should a certificant fail to renew their certification and pay all fees, they will be required to re-apply, meet the criteria in effect at the time of reapplication, and achieve a passing score on the certification exam.
When completing the renewal application, a certificant agrees that they will adhere to the CRCC Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors and acknowledge the information provided in their renewal application is accurate. If CRCC subsequently learns that a certification was renewed on the basis of false, misleading, or inaccurate information, it has the right to revoke or suspend that certification.
Furthermore, a certificant signifies their acceptance and understanding of the following statement: “Information submitted as part of the application for initial certification or certification renewal becomes the property of CRCC and will not be released to outside parties unless authorized by the applicant/certificant or unless required by law. Individual exam results are released to the certificant and are not released to any institution or employer. For research and statistical purposes only, data resulting from the initial certification and certification renewal process may be used in an anonymous/unidentifiable manner. CRCC does provide a database listing certificants on its website, which is updated periodically, for the use of the public. CRCC also receives and responds to requests for information about the certification status of those holding its credential.”
Re-Application Following Discontinuation of Application Processing or Revocation of Certification
Certificants who engaged in action that caused CRCC to terminate application processing or revoke an individual’s certification may re-apply after 18-months have elapsed. Reapplication does not guarantee a determination of eligibility.
CRCC welcomes the submission of a personal statement and/or documentation of affirmative educational or corrective measures taken to address the concern(s) that initially led to termination of application processing or revocation of certification.
Section 4: Continuing Education
At any time, a certificant may access My CE Report via the My Account Links on the right side of their CRCC account page. Certificants can verify the status of their continuing education submission(s) and the total number of clock hours approved and added toward the total 100 required clock hours.
CRCC strongly encourages certificants to submit documentation as activities are completed. Remember, there is no cost when submitting continuing education credits that are preapproved.

When renewing their certification, certificants must complete 100 clock hours of continuing education, of which a minimum of 10 clock hours must be in ethics. The dates of completion of the continuing education clock hours submitted for a certificant’s current renewal cycle MUST fall within their current five-year period. Certificants may only submit the same program one time.
Note: There is no requirement for clock hours in the Professional Development domain; if a certificant chooses to fulfill their continuing education requirement in the Professional Development domain, they can submit a maximum of 50 clock hours out of the required 100 clock hours.
When renewing, certificants must:
1. Ensure the continuing education activities used for certification renewal fall within the focus areas and are acquired within their five-year renewal period.
2. Gather certificates of completion or participation. 3. Access their account via My Account on the CRCC website. 4. Click the My CE Report under the My Account Links heading. 5. When the My CE Report: Continuing Education Transcript page displays, click the
+Add Credits button to add Pre- or Post-Approved continuing education. 6. Select the type of credits to report: Pre-Approved CE or Post-Approved CE. 7. When adding Pre-Approved CE, the certificate of completion will have a CRCC
approval number. a. Click the Pre-Approved CE button. b. Enter the number that appears on the certificate of completion/participation to search for the activity. Click the Next button. i. If an error message appears, click the Back link at the top of the window. ii. Re-enter the CRCC approval number on the certificate. Click the Next button. iii. If the activity still does not appear in the Search results, please contact CRCC at 847-944-1325 for assistance. c. Enter the activity date (the date the certificant began the activity). Use the calendar feature if this is easier. d. Enter the number of clock hours to claim. Note: the Course Max number to the right of the clock hours text box. Certificants may not claim more than this number. e. If additional pre-approved continuing education activities need to be added, click the Save & Add More button. f. If the certificant is finished adding pre-approved continuing education, click the Save button. g. A confirmation screen should indicate the credit has been added to the transcript. h. CRCC no longer requires certificants to submit their certificate of participation to claim pre-approved continuing education credit. i. If a certificant reviews My CE Report, the pre-approved continuing education credit will be included in the list of Pre-Approved Credits.
8. Adding Post-Approved CE. CRCC will also approve continuing education activities for individuals on a post-attendance basis. These activities may include (but are not limited to) workshops, seminars, self-study courses; the certificate of completion will not have a CRCC approval number. See pages 9-11 for other types of continuing education and the documentation required for each type. a. Save the required documentation to a computer’s desktop. It is required to upload a single document for each post-approved activity. If there are multiple documents, they must be saved as a single document. b. Click the Post-Approved button. c. Note: the clock hours must be a minimum of 1 hour.

d. Enter the program/activity name that appears on the certificate of completion/ participation.
e. Enter the activity date (the date the certificant began the activity). Use the calendar feature if this is easier.
f. Enter a brief description of the activity. g. Select the Credential Type. h. Select the Method of Instruction. i. Enter the number of clock hours to claim in the General or Ethics text box. Note
the Course Max number to the right of the clock hours text box. Certificants may not claim more than this number.
i. If a certificant holds the MAC designation, they may enter the number of Addictions Counseling clock hours here, too.
ii. If a certificant holds the CS designation, they may enter the number of Clinical Supervision clock hours here, too.
iii. If a certificant is claiming Continuing Education in the Professional Domain, they may claim a maximum of 50 hours here, too.
j. Upload the required documentation from the computer’s desktop. k. If a certificant has more post-approved continuing education activities to add,
click the Save & Add More button. l. If a certificant is finished adding post-approved continuing education, click the
Save & Checkout button. m. A confirmation screen should indicate their credit has been added to their
transcript. n. The certificant will automatically advance to the Shopping Cart to pay the post-
approval review fee(s). o. The certificant’s post-approved credit will appear in My CE Report, the status of
Verified will be “No” until CRCC staff reviews and approves the credit.
Notes: CRCC charges a review fee for each activity a certificant adds to My CE Report. Post-approved CE will be deleted from the certificant’s record if the review fee has not been paid within 45 days of submitted the activity.
Section 5: Domain Focus Areas
The continuing education activities used expand and enhance rehabilitation counseling practice are mapped to the same domain focus areas addressed by the certification examination. The domain focus areas are continually validated through ongoing role and function studies.
When a certificant completes continuing education specific to the ethical standards and practices in rehabilitation counseling domain, they will see this credit in the Ethics CE area of their transcript. Continuing education credit for other domains will display in the General CE area of the transcript.

Ethical Standards and Practices in Rehabilitation Counseling
CRCs and CCRCs are required to complete a minimum of 10 clock hours in ethics within every five-year renewal cycle. Clock hours in excess of the 10-hour requirement will be tabulated in the overall 100 clock hour total.

General Rehabilitation Counseling
Content Includes: • Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (for guidance, visit the domain subtopics) • Counseling Theories, Techniques, and Evidence-Based Practice • Group and Family Counseling • Crisis and Trauma Counseling and Interventions • Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability • Assessment/Evaluation, Occupational Analysis, and Service Implementation • Career Development and Job Placement • Business Management (Previously known as Demand-Side Employer Engagement) • Community Resources and Partnerships • Case Management • Health Care and Disability Management • Research, Methodology, and Performance Management

View all sub-content topics on the CRC Exam Knowledge Domains web page.

Section 6: Professional Development
Certificants may elect to claim continuing education credit for activities reflecting a more personal experience for self-development.

A maximum of 50 clock hours are allowed within the certificant’s five-year period of certification. Professional development encompasses those activities intended to enhance a certified individual’s overall abilities with respect to their professional skills and the delivery of services to individuals with disabilities. Activities that may be used as professional development include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

• Computer Applications and Technology related to:

• Transferable skills analysis

• Report writing

• Placement programs

• Record keeping

• Assessment programs

• Information services

• Communications

Note: Computer applications & technology training on Microsoft® or similar products is not acceptable.

• Development of curriculum for rehabilitation counseling coursework • Development of legislation or regulations • Editorial review of rehabilitation counseling publications • Internship/fieldwork supervision of students in a graduate-level rehabilitation
counseling program (must be face-to-face; a maximum of 50 clock hours is allowed over five years) • Research (qualitative and/or quantitative research, including dissertation research, that is disseminated and/or distributed and is related to rehabilitation counseling or counseling) • Service to a national- or state-based rehabilitation counseling membership organization (e.g. American Rehabilitation Counseling Association [ARCA], International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals [IARP], National Council on Rehabilitation Education [NCRE], National Rehabilitation Counseling Association [NRCA])

Note: Service to organizations providing services to consumers is not acceptable.


Preparing to load PDF file. please wait...

0 of 0
Certification Renewal Guide