Select the category of registration that best fits your situation and begin to gather information required on the corresponding application form.
We accept applications in full only. Your application form must be formatted into one document (ie. we cannot accept pictures of individual pages).
The NSCCT recognizes 2 categories of Licensed Registrants. Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidates have completed a graduate degree in counselling or related field and are licensed to practice under supervision of a fully licensed Registered Counselling Therapist who has undergone approved supervisor training. Registered Counselling Therapists are licensed to practice independently after successful completion of their candidacy period (2 to 5 years).
Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate (RCT-C)
You should apply to be registered as an RCT-C if you hold a graduate degree (Master’s or PhD) in counselling or a related field.
You will be required to propose a Supervisor to work with you during your Candidacy. You can find a list of pre-approved Supervisors here: Schedule of Approved Candidacy Supervisors S-03.0(Policy Candidacy-Supervision-SC-01.0-1)
If you hold a current license in another regulated Canadian province or territory (i.e., currently Ontario, Quebec or New Brunswick), you can have your license transferred to Nova Scotia under the terms of the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). Several provinces are in the process of becoming regulated. You can check for updates at Regulation Across Canada.
Registered Counselling Therapist
You should apply to be registered as an RCT if you were registered as an RCT-C and have now completed all of the requirements of your supervised candidacy period (see Policy R-10.0 Transfer of Registration Category RCT-C to RCT)
The NSCCT recognizes 3 categories of Affiliate Members. These memberships are designed to allow persons who have an interest or attachment to the NSCCT, to participate in and support the work of the College.
Associate Members support the College’s objectives and activities, and may be eligible to serve on certain College committees.
Retired Members continue to share their experience and expertise in support of the College’s mandate. In addition to being able to serve on certain College committee, retired members retain eligibility to vote at the Annual General Meeting.
Student Members are enrolled in a graduate level counselling degree program and can use this opportunity to begin to establish themselves as professionals.
Please refer to the Schedule of Fees (S-01.0) to find the payment that must accompany your application.
Applications are reviewed and approved by the Registration Committee, who meet once monthly after Board Meetings. Please see the list of Board Meetings for 2021 dates linked below. Therefore, it is pertinent to understand your application must be remitted in full 2 business days prior to the date of the meeting. Note: you do not need to attend any meeting. You will be notified the outcome of your application the week following the Registration Committee meeting.