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


Proficient Membership: $240 per annum

Proficient is a non-practising membership with ACA. New applicants can not apply for Proficient membership.

Proficient membership is exclusively for existing ACA registered counsellors who are provisional, Level 1, 2, 3 and 4, who are taking extended leave and, therefore, wish to change to a non-practising membership. A period no shorter than six months will be granted for proficient members.

As this is a non-practising membership, an ACA registered counsellor must formally apply to be moved to this membership. Prior to returning back to practice, the member must reapply to be returned to their previous level of membership in writing via email. Proficient counsellors are not required to engage in regular supervision or Professional Development (OPD) while on proficient membership.

You can apply for proficient membership if you are:

  • Going On Maternity Leave for 6 months or more; or
  • Long Service Leave for 6 months or more; or
  • Sabbatical Leave ; or
  • Or Leave of absence from the Counselling field for 6 months or more

Proficient members must not practice counselling while on this membership either in private practice, paid or a volunteer capacity.

Existing ACA members wanting to change their membership to proficient can call the Administration Team on 1300 784 333 or email [email protected] to request the Proficient Membership Application Form.

For more information on Proficient Membership please refer to the ACA Scope of Practice pages 14 and 35

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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 [email protected].

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