The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) is a National progressive professional peak association of counsellors and psychotherapists with over 11,000 individual members


Level 3 Membership: $320 per annum

A Registered Counsellor Level 3 has graduated from an ACA-accredited course of study in counselling at the following AQF levels. For a list of ACA Accredited courses visit:


  • Bachelor of Counselling (AQF level 7) plus evidence of 75 hours post-qualification supervision
  • Master of Counselling (AQF level 9) plus evidence of 75 hours post-qualification or
  • ACA Accredited Course at Bachelor AQF level 7 or Master AQF level 9 with evidence of 75 hours post-qualification supervision hours.

What do I need to apply for Membership:

  • Certificate or Testamur of qualification certified by a JP (Justice of the Peace)
  • Full Academic Transcript of qualification certified by a JP (Justice of the Peace)
  • Evidence of 75 hours post qualification supervision hours – Letters from past and present supervisors on company letterhead signed and dated are approved, workplace logbooks signed by supervisors are also approved.

Please note: A Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Counselling AQF level 8 are not eligible for level 3 membership.


The ACA Scope of Practice page 15 states:

Qualifications: ACA does not accept qualifications in psychology, social science, social work, welfare, mental health, education, theology, genetic counselling, financial counselling, rehabilitation counselling, or hybrid qualifications.

Membership Requirements

Additionally, once you are approved as an ACA Registered Counsellor must complete at minimum 10 hours of professional/clinical supervision and 25 points in Professional Development (OPD). SUPERVISION AND OPD IS MANDATORY FOR ALL ACA PRACTISING MEMBERS.

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Become a member of the largest Counsellor registration body in the country. If you require more information please download the ACA Scope of Practice, call 1300 784 333 or email

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