Historically, Chi Sigma Iota chapters had been able to offer professional development opportunities for National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) approved continuing education credit in partnership with their Counselor Education programs that held NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) status.
Currently, NBCC policy requires ACEP status for all continuing education providers. As a demonstration of NBCC’s value and support of CSI International and its chapters, in 2016 NBCC made special accommodations just for CSI chapters to continue to offer NBCC-approved credit without chapters having to apply for and maintain ACEP status separate from their Counselor Education programs. These accommodations are specific to:
1. CSI Chapters In Counselor Education Programs With Active ACEP Status
Active CSI chapters housed within Counselor Education programs that maintain active ACEP status may use the Counselor Education program’s ACEP number to co-sponsor (with the Counselor Education program) qualified professional development programs for NBCC credit.
2. CSI Chapters Within Counselor Education Programs Without Active ACEP Status
A CSI chapter may not offer professional development programs for NBCC credit if its Counselor Education program does not have ACEP status or has allowed its ACEP status to lapse.
A Counselor Education program that has never had ACEP status but that has an active CSI chapter can apply for NBCC ACEP status for free (waived application fee). The Counselor Education program Chairperson may submit the NBCC University Counselor Education Department Application directly to NBCC.
A Counselor Education program that has a lapsed ACEP status may reinstate the ACEP status for a discounted fee.
ACEP annual maintenance fees are discounted for Counselor Education programs that maintain active CSI chapters.
Each CSI chapter must work directly with the ACEP administrator within their Counselor Education program to comply with the NBCC Continuing Education Provider Policy, including:
- verifying that the professional development program qualifies for NBCC credit;
- advertising the program consistent with NBCC policy;
- confirming that presenters are qualified;
- ensuring that certificates and evaluations meet NBCC standards; and
- maintaining required records.
ACEP administrators of Counselor Education programs should contact NBCC’s Continuing Education Department at email@example.com or 336-547-0607 with questions about ACEP status or NBCC policy requirements. (CSI Headquarters cannot provide assistance regarding NBCC ACEP questions or concerns.)
We encourage CSI chapters to use this special member benefit to continue to offer quality professional development opportunities and NBCC-approved continuing education credit to their members and communities!