The Profession

Increasing Awareness, Understanding, and Appreciation of Rehabilitation Counseling

The Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) designation is an important one in the field of rehabilitation counseling for individuals with disabilities. It signifies a level of career–specific education, a demonstrated understanding and application of key competencies, and a commitment to ongoing career training and development. Individuals are measured and certified via a stringent CRC Examination and an ongoing certification renewal process as governed by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

CRCC actively educates and promotes the importance of the CRC designation to facilitate:
  • Individuals with disabilities making informed decisions when seeking qualified and professional rehabilitation counselors;
  • Universities and colleges supporting the rehabilitation counseling profession with appropriate communication, curriculum, and testing to student populations;
  • Managers in employment settings understanding the added qualifications associated with the CRC credential in their hiring and staffing practices, and;
  • Recognition and acknowledgement by legislators and lawmakers of the importance of qualified, professional rehabilitation counseling services in maintaining and increasing access for individuals with disabilities.

CRCC Representation and Collaboration

CRCC is an active participant in conferences, summits and leadership meetings representing both the rehabilitation and general counseling professions. In addition, CRCC provides information to a variety of organizations and publications to showcase rehabilitation counseling, promote the profession, and highlight the value and need for rehabilitation counselors. Publications include:
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH); US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
  • Health Care Careers Directory; American Medical Association (AMA)

Highlights of Current & Recent Activity

CRCC Position Statement on Legislative Advocacy

April 2015

CRCC recently adopted a position statement regarding its stance on various issues related to legislative advocacy.

Click here to view and print CRCC Position Statement on Legislative Advocacy

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

June 2015

Focusing on the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) regulations, found in 34 CFR 361.18, CRCC submitted comment, requesting the RSA give careful consideration to CRCC's recommendations and to amend the proposed rules to uphold knowledge and skills requirements based on decades of empirical research. To read the complete letter as submitted to RSA Commissioner Janet LaBreck, click here.

April 2015

On April 16th, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor issued five notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) related to WIOA. Of particular interest to CRCC, are rules related to the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) standards found in the NPRM relating to the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program. The proposed rules related to the CSPD describe the relevant personal skills required to have a 21st-century understanding of the evolving labor force and to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Specific language is under Statute 361.18, located in the first column of page 21114 of the Federal Register document. Click here to access the proposed regulation regarding CSPD standards.

The RSA (Rehabilitation Services Administration) has developed a presentation on the NPRMs that includes an overview of each NPRM and how to comment on a NRPM. Click here to view the RSA Presentation.

The current deadline to provide comment is June 15, 2015. CRCC is carefully reviewing the NPRM specific to CSPD and will be responding. All certificants are encouraged to submit comments as well. Instructions to do so are described in each NPRM published in the Federal Register.

August 2014

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) announced the development of an open email box designed for comments and inquiries regarding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014, replacing the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. RSA will use these inquiries and comments in the development of technical assistance tools and resources, as well as to compile a list of frequently asked questions regarding the implementation.

CRCC submitted its comments to RSA, advocating for regulations to be established in a manner that maintains the highest level of nationally recognized qualifications for both agency and contracted vocational rehabilitation counselors.

Click here to view the CRCC August 14, 2014 News Brief.

Click here to view CRCC's comments submitted to RSA.