General FAQs

What is the purpose of the certification process?

In an effort to protect the public, CRCC has developed a credentialing process. Persons who earn the designation of Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) must meet acceptable standards of quality in their practice and have the requisite educational and professional background. To become certified, rehabilitation counselors must achieve a passing score on the CRC examination.

How is the certification examination developed?

CRCC ensures that its certification examination remains valid and relevant with current practices in the field through an in-depth Job Analysis Study. This scientifically conducted research is undertaken every five years to determine the roles, functions, knowledge, and skills of rehabilitation counselors. Additionally, new examination items are continuously created and added to the certification examination. Certification examination items are periodically reviewed and updated to ensure currency of the exam.

Why should universities use the CRC certification examination as their comprehensive examination in rehabilitation counseling?

If you are considering use of the CRC Exam as your program’s comprehensive exam, here are some fast facts to consider:

  • Students must apply for the CRC certification in accordance with the process described in detail in the CRC Certification Guide. The exam cannot be used as a comprehensive exam independent of the CRC certification process.
  • There is no additional charge to the student or to the university.
  • In the event a student does not achieve a passing score, the student would not be able to re-take the exam until the next test administration. Alternatives for students may need to be available.
What should Program Coordinators at universities know about using the CRC Exam as a comprehensive examination?

Computer-based testing and issuance of score reports to candidates at the test site makes the CRC certification examination attractive to universities wishing to use it as their comprehensive examination in rehabilitation counseling. Scores are provided to candidates at the test site following completion of the exam, making them available in plenty of time for graduation in most cases. For more information, visit the CRC Exam as a Comprehensive Exam page.

Can you review my transcripts so that I can be assured that I am eligible to sit for the exam?

While CRCC is unable to pre-review information in order to determine eligibility for certification, we do recommend that you review the information in the CRC Certification Guide in order to make a reasonable self-assessment as to your eligibility before choosing to submit an application. The Guide contains a listing of the various eligibility categories along with definitions for required coursework and employment experience.

How do I get a duplicate Certificate?

CRCC will be pleased to issue a duplicate certificate upon receipt of a written request and payment of the $25.00 fee associated with the transaction. Mail your request and check to CRCC, 1699 East Woodfield Road, Suite 300, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Check must be made payable to CRCC.

How do I get a receipt for fees paid?

Please forward a request to CRCC at Upon receipt of such request CRCC will email you an Account Statement which will represent fees paid.

I was previously a CRC and let my certification lapse. How can I get recertified?

Category K is designed specifically to assist former CRCs who wish to become certified again. You will need to meet the criteria in effect at the time of application, submit your application, and once CRCC determines your eligibility, take and achieve a passing score on the CRC Exam. See the CRC Certification Guide for complete details, including information on Category K.