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

Professional Development

OPD Overview

Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) is the process through which members improve and broaden their skills, knowledge and expertise, and develop the qualities required for professional practice.

Examples of OPD include eLearning (online courses), conferences, courses, seminars and workshops. Supervision is not counted toward ongoing professional development.

OPD Policy

Please click here to view the ACA OPD Policy.

ACA members are required to undertake a minimum of 25 hours of relevant OPD each year. Professional development can be completed doing ACA-(or ‘approved’) endorsed events, and other relevant OPD that is not ACA-Approved. Approved events are listed here.

Recording of OPD is done online on your Member Portal. Upon renewal of your annual membership an audit is conducted to ensure you have attained your annual OPD requirement.

If the event is not listed on the website, it is considered not ACA-approved. As long as members receive a certificate of attendance, or attainment, as evidence of attending a OPD event, you can still claim points.

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