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What is CACREP accreditation—and what’s the importance of attending a CACREP-accredited program?

Interested in receiving your master’s or doctoral degree in counseling? Go for the gold standard: a CACREP-accredited program.

Whether you’re interested in an on-campus CACREP-accredited program or a CACREP-accredited online program, CACREP accreditation ensures you’ll receive a high-quality graduate-level counseling education that will give you the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career that effects positive change in your life and the lives of others.

First things first: What is CACREP?

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, commonly known as CACREP, is a specialized accrediting body that assures graduate counseling programs—both on-campus and online CACREP-accredited programs—throughout the United States and the world meet standards within the counseling profession.

Why is CACREP accreditation important?

CACREP accreditation signals that a program’s content and quality have been evaluated and meet strict, consistent standards set by the profession. Choosing a CACREP-accredited program also means the curriculum contains the academic knowledge necessary for professional licensure in many states.

What is the value of CACREP accreditation?

CACREP-accredited programs assure students—and the public they will one day serve—that a program’s curriculum includes appropriate counseling coursework and skill development. It also ensures that the program is stable, both professionally and financially.

Why should I attend a CACREP-accredited program?

Whether you’re considering attending a campus-based or online CACREP-accredited program, there are many benefits to graduating from a program approved by CACREP.

Benefits of graduating from a CACREP-accredited counseling program include:

  • Access to more employment opportunities.
  • An advantage when applying to doctoral degree programs.
  • A streamlined state counseling licensing application process.
  • The skills and credibility to maximize your impact on the counseling profession.
  • The opportunity to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) exam prior to graduation.

Additionally, completing a CACREP-accredited program can prepare you for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), the certification exam to become a licensed counselor.

Ready to enter a CACREP-accredited counseling program? Learn about Walden’s CACREP-accredited online programs: MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.


Walden University’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision; MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; and MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CACREP accreditation is a requirement for licensure in many states. The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited as a mental health counseling program under the 2001 standards.

Note on Licensure: The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling programs are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure.

The PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed counseling professional.

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