Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)

Approved Clinical Supervisor

Upcoming Changes to ACS Credential Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2016, CCE will implement a number of changes to the ACS application requirements. The ACS will require five years and 4,000 hours of mental health practice experience. The alternate entry option will no longer be available. The training course requirement will increase to 45 clock hours.

In addition, the continuing education (CE) maintenance requirement will increase to 20 clock hours every five years for all ACS credential holders.

History of the ACS

The ACS was originally created by NBCC in 1997. In January 2001, the ACS transitioned to CCE to open the credential to mental health professionals who have obtained licensure or certification in a discipline other than counseling. Under NBCC, only National Certified Counselors (NCCs) were able to qualify for the credential.

Why become an ACS?

The ACS credential attests to the educational background, knowledge, skills, and competencies of the Approved Clinical Supervisor.

The ACS credential serves the following purposes:

  • Identify mental health professionals who have met national professional supervision standards;
  • Promote the professional identity, visibility and accountability of clinical supervisors; and
  • Encourage the professional growth of clinical supervisors.

New Online Training for Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Credential

The Department of Counseling and Educational Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro*, ranked third nationally among counseling programs by U.S. News & World Report, has created a 30-hour online training course for the Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential.

This course fulfills the specialized training requirement for the ACS credential. In many states, an individual can hold the ACS to provide independent clinical supervision services.

As well as meeting the training requirement for the ACS, this course provides 30 NBCC-approved continuing education clock hours. The cost of the training is $400.

Learn more or register for the online training course today!

*The Department of Counseling and Educational Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.