Applied Counselling Certificate Program (ACC)

Self Declaration Forms
Self-Declaration of an Adult Criminal Record | Self-Declaration of a Child Abuse Registry

While completion of this program increases competence in counselling skills, it does NOT confer professional counselling status.

If you are seeking a professional degree, contact the Faculty of Social Work, the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts, or the Department of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education.

The Program

The ACC Program consists of a General Stream and/or Specialization in Addictions Studies. The ACC is offered from September to April in a variety of extended formats. We also offer a Summer institute from June to August where courses are offered in either a 3 or 5 day format.

The General Stream consists of (210 hours) of required courses and (100 hours) of elective courses. The capstone course is normally taken near completion of the certificate program.

Admission requirements

If you work with people in a counselling or helping capacity, either as a paid employee or as a volunteer, you are eligible to apply.

Eligibility does not necessarily mean that admission to the program will be granted. Since the program is designed to develop skills, it is important that you have an opportunity to practice skills learned with actual clients on a regular basis.

A letter of reference verifying the practice opportunity or permission of the Program Director may be required. An interview may also be requested as part of the admission process.

Class size is limited. Please apply early to ensure a place in the program. Personal unsuitability may require that a student not be admitted to the program, or that s/he withdraws from the program.

Extended Education undertakes to ensure that all persons admitted to the program have not engaged in behavior that is regarded as physically and/or mentally harmful to others. Final acceptance into the program requires that you complete and submit the Self-Declaration of an Adult Criminal Record and Self-Declaration of a Child Abuse Registry. Failure to submit the forms will delay the admission process as your application will not be finalized nor will you be able to register for courses until the form is received by Student Registration and Records. If you have a criminal record or outstanding charges, you will be informed of the admission decision as soon as possible. If you are on the Child Abuse Registry, you will not be eligible to register in the program. Prior to graduating from the program, you are required to submit an official Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry with your Application to Graduate form.

If you are interested in finding volunteer placements we can help. We have formalized agreements with Klinic, Hospice Manitoba, and Osborne House. Students who complete these volunteer training placements can also receive elective credit in ACC.

For more information contact the Program Administrator.

Criteria for personal suitability:

  1. Willingness to reflect critically on personal values and attitudes (i.e., racism; sexism) and not to carry any values that are discriminatory into the counselling process in the classroom setting.
  2. Readiness and preparedness to actively participate in the program as learners. The program is not intended to be therapeutic; it is expected that participants have dealt with traumatic issues, in some manner, prior to entering the program.
  3. Willingness and preparedness to participate and demonstrate the skills learned (attending, listening, empathy, and probing) in small group exercises and practice situations.
  4. Willingness to address and resolve individual and/or group conflicts in a helpful and respectful manner throughout the program.
  5. Maintain professional and ethical behaviors according to counselling code of ethics.
  6. Disclose any criminal conviction and child abuse record that may occur while in the program.

Students need to pass both the theoretical/clinical components and the suitability criteria to pass the course.


Program progression

Unless otherwise noted, Counselling Skills Level I is a prerequisite for all required and elective courses and normally the screening course in the program. The Capstone course is normally taken towards the completion of the certificate program.

However, all courses in the ACC are screening courses. The program normally takes 18 months to three years to complete but must be completed within five years from initial registration into the program.

It is possible to complete the whole program of (310 hours) within a two-year period.

Degree Credit

The Applied Counselling Certificate Program has been granted transfer of credit recognition by the Faculty of Social Work.

Graduates of the program with a minimum C+ average who are accepted into the Faculty of Social Work are eligible for 3 allocated credits for (SWRK 2080) Interpersonal Communication Skills, and 6 unallocated credit hours in the Bachelor of Social Work Program.

The shelf life of the Applied Counselling Certificate Program for the granting of credit in the BSW is 9 years.

The Applied Counselling Certificate Program has also been granted transfer of credit recognition by the Faculty of Arts. Please contact the Program Assistant for more information.


All required courses are graded on the U of M letter grade system following established evaluation procedures, and a determination of the student’s readiness to proceed.

Students must pass the Criteria for Personal Suitability in order to continue in the program. Coursework is evaluated on the following criteria:

  • attendance
  • class participation
  • demonstrated skill competency and/or
  • successful completion of assignments

Students will receive a letter grade. A minimum grade of 2.5 (C+) is required in each course.

A grade of incomplete (INC) may be assigned if minimal competency is not achieved.

A grade of Fail will be assigned if incompletes (INC) are not successfully completed by the date agreed upon by the instructor and the student, or if the student does not successfully meet other criteria.

Summer Institute: (April - August)

The Summer Institute is an opportunity for students to take courses in the concentrated format.

  1. Speed up completion of your Certificate
  2. Catch up on missed courses by taking one or two courses in the Summer Institute

Students need to know that they will be expected to :

  • Read course material and/or text prior to the first class.
  • Devote most of the week to their coursework because of the concentrated nature of the delivery.
  • Students taking summer courses need to allow time between courses to integrate the content with their practice.

Residence on campus is available for out-of-town students.

Note: As there are prereadings and in some cases pre-assignments for the Summer Institute, student should normally register at least two weeks prior to the start of classes to receive their materials so that they can prepare for their courses.

Counselling Skills Level II April 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 2014
Caring for the Caregiver May 3, 10, 24, 2014
Working with Groups June 16-19, 2014
Counselling Skills Level III* * July 28-31, 2014
Counselling Theories July 21-24, 2014
Working with Families July 7-10, 2014
Understanding Family Violence August 25-28, 2014

*Counselling Skills Level I is the prerequisite.

** Counselling Skills Level I and II are the prerequisites.

How to Apply to the ACC Program

To apply, complete and submit the Application to Enter Certificate Program along with the $50 application fee ($75 for international students). We will send you a welcome letter when your Application has been approved. Final acceptance into the program requires that you complete and submit the Self-Declaration of an Adult Criminal Record and Self-Declaration of a Child Abuse Registry.

If you are ready for your first course, you can also submit the Course Registration Form and tuition payment at the same time. If we do not approve your Application, we refund your tuition. You can register for courses online once your application has been approved.

With your U of M student ID you can login to the Student Access Site (SAS) to look up your confirmation of registration for each course in which you register. It provides important details about the course such as dates, times, location, required textbook, etc. Any changes to this information are updated at the SAS.


Students must successfully complete all required and elective courses and maintain 2.5 (C+) or higher in each course to receive the Applied Counselling Certificate.

It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with the graduation requirements of the program in which they are enrolled.

The Continuing Education Application for Graduation form as well as the official Vulnerable Sector Search and Child Abuse Registry Search documents must be submitted to the University of Manitoba Extended Education prior to the completion of your last course. The Official Vulnerable Sector Search and the Child Abuse Registry Search are required as a condition of graduation from the program and must accompany the Application for Graduation. Information on how to acquire these documents can be accessed here or will be sent to you when you register for the program. If you did not identify a history of criminal behaviour on the self-declaration form and you have a criminal record, your graduation date will be postponed until the situation is resolved.

Important Notice- there have been changes to the Vulnerable Sector process that may require a longer period of time for your application to be approved. If you are planning to graduate from the ACCP, it is strongly recommended that you complete the application process well in advance of your graduation date to avoid disappointment. If we do not receive your criminal record check in a timely manner, we are not able to grant your certificate until such time as it is received. For more information, please see the following link:

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association

Applied Counselling Certificate students are now eligible to become mebers of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA). The original inclusive Counselling Association for Psychological Counsellors in Canada.

The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) is a Canadian non-profit Society registered in accordance with the National Corporate Registry of Canada. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors which is elected annually by the members of the Association. CPCA Members are Registered Professional Counsellors and Master Practitioners of Counselling Psychology who have received the RPC and/or MPCP designations upon meeting competency-based criterion for membership.

Since their founding in 1990, the CPCA has been dedicated to the promotion of public confidence and trust in the counselling profession in Canada. The CPCA serves the public from coast to coast. Please visit vist the CPCA web site for more information on how to become a member.

For more information:

Janine Drennan
Program Administrator
(204) 474-6661
Toll free:1-888-216-7011 ext. 6661
Fax: (204) 474-7660

Laura Friesen
Program Assistant
(204) 480-1407
Toll free:1-888-216-7011 ext. 1407
Fax: (204) 474-7660