Guide for Preparing Your Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate Application

Please read this entire document before starting your own application for the membership category, Registered Counselling Therapist–Candidate. There are four forms that will be used for this application:

  1. Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate Application (Form 1) – Word | PDF
  2. Practicum Description for RCT-Candidacy Application (Form 2) – Word | PDF
  3. Professional Reference Forms (2 are required) (Form 3) – Word | PDF
  4. Graduate Degrees Obtained In Canada (Form 4) – Word | PDF
  5. Graduate Degrees Earned Outside Canada (Form 5) – Word | PDF

Interprovincial Transfers under the Agreement on Interprovincial Trade (AIT) (note at this time only licensed individuals from Ontario and Quebec may use this form)Word | PDF


The following notes are provided to assist you through the process.

A. Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate Application

Print form 1 and complete all areas – Word | PDF

Arrange for a Criminal Record with Vulnerable Sector Check to be completed by visiting your local police service (Municipal Police Force or RCMP Detachment) to complete the form and pay the fee.The original document, with embossed certification seal, must be submitted to NSCCT and will be kept in your file. (If you wish to have a copy of this document for your files, copy it before mailing with your application.) Document should be less than three months old when submitted with your application to NSCCT.
Note: Processing times can vary greatly so allow sufficient time to have yours ready with the rest of your Application.

Requirements regarding Supervisor’s credentials and experience are found in section E on page two of this guide. Familiarize yourself with these requirements and discuss with the person you wish to act as your Candidacy Supervisor before submitting his / her name in your Application.
Note: applications must have the proposed supervisor’s information and signature before they are sent to NSCCT.

All graduate level courses are to be recorded in Part C of the RCT-C Application. As course names may vary among institutions, you may find the generic Graduate Course Descriptions helpful in comparing course content.

If your graduate degree was obtained from an academic institution outside of Canada, contact the Registrar for information about what additional information may be required for your application. Include in your query the degree you obtained as well as the name and location (including country) of the institution.


B. Practicum Description for RCT-C Application

Print Form 2 and complete all areas – Word | PDF

Ask your practicum supervisor to provide this review of your practicum experience as part of your graduate degree in counselling therapy.

If your practicum supervisor is not available to complete this form, you may ask your onsite supervisor for assistance with this task. This completed form, signed by your practicum or alternate supervisor, is to be sent to NSCCT by that person.


C. Professional Reference Forms

Print two copies of Form 3 and have them completed – Word | PDF

Provide either a print or electronic copy of this form to two counselling therapist professionals. These persons may be counselling educators or clinical supervisors who know your counselling skills and competencies, and are in a non-compliant relationship with you. Advise them to send their completed, signed form to Registrar, NSCCT 1-5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Upper Tantallon, NS, B3Z 4R5. Only original print copies will be accepted. If you would like to have a copy of this reference document for your own files, ask your reference provider to make a copy of this for you before mailing. Encourage your reference provider to complete this form in a timely manner as applications that are not complete cannot be considered for evaluation.


D. Graduate Degrees

1. Obtained In Canada:
Print one copy of Form 4 and complete all areas – Word | PDF
If you obtained your Masters level degree in a ‘counselling therapy education program’ in Canada, complete form 4 and submit with your application.

2. Obtained Outside Canada:
Print one copy of Form 5 and complete as appropriate – Word | PDF
If your degree was obtained from an institution outside Canada, complete this form, enclose any required documents, and submit with the rest of your RCT-C Application.


E. Supervisor Qualifications:

As a Candidate you will need to accumulate experience under an approved Supervisor. It is the applicant’s responsibility to find a suitable supervisor.

The following criteria are to be considered when seeking an appropriate person for this role:

1. Candidacy Supervisors must have their Registration, Masters level degree (as a minimum), and have been active practicing members of their profession for a minimum of three years in Nova Scotia after having attained their professional Registration or license.

2. Supervisors must currently have active practicing status with their regulatory body in Nova Scotia and possess adequate professional liability insurance.

3. Registered Counselling Therapists (RCT’s) who have the above qualifications may be proposed for the role of Supervisor. Individuals who are not registered with the NSCCT, but are either Psychologists registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology(NSBEP), or Registered Social Workers (RSW) on the Private Practice Listing of the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers (NSASW) with MSW degree as a minimum academic requirement, can be considered as Supervisors for Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidates. In all cases, the Registration Committee will approve Supervisors on a case by case basis.

4. As of November 1, 2014 all supervisors must have training in supervision. The NSCCT has two workshops in supervision that are offered several times a year (introduction to supervision and intermediate supervision). Supervisors must demonstrate that they have completed at least the introductory workshop, have completed training in supervision at the graduate level through coursework or a supervision certification, or have taken a workshop on supervision that is acceptable as an alternative. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis by the Registrar with the participation of the Registration Committee.

In addition, the following criteria apply:

  • On-site Supervisors from Masters degree practica are not eligible to act as Candidacy Supervisors.
  • The supervisory relationship between Candidate and Supervisor must be ‘at arm’s length’ from one another.
    1. Supervision does not include peer supervision by a person of equivalent qualifications, status, and experience.
    2. Nor does it include current or former family members, or others where the personal relationship interferes with or makes challenging the establishment of a professional relationship.
    3. Supervisors in administrative relationships to the Candidate, whose position involves evaluating job performance or assessing case management, are not suitable for evaluating the quality of therapy given to a client.

Note: Choice of Supervisor to propose for approval by the NSCCT Registration Committee is an essential part of your application. Please do not forward your application before you have a Supervisor to propose.