Counsellor Training Frequently Asked Questions
Is the school accredited?
Yes, accredited by PCTIA since 2005; granted Certification Designation through the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Private Training Institutions Branch in 2016. Students are eligible to apply for Federal and/or provincial student loans and other types of tuition assistance.
What can I expect after I enroll?
The education model used at the KCPC is based on the belief that experience is the greatest teacher. Students learn through hands-on skill development exercises in simulated counselling settings. Self-awareness is also an important part of the learning experience.
Who are the instructors?
Instructors are highly trained professional counsellors with graduate degrees in counselling related fields. They encourage students to develop their natural abilities and interests, while learning to apply a wide variety of effective counselling theories and skills.
Who are the students?
The adult students come from varying backgrounds: some have been out of school or the job market for a number of years, others may be recent graduates of high school or university seeking the job-related skills necessary to begin a new career. The common bond between all students is their genuine desire to help others and a strong motivation to find employment as mental health providers.
How do students learn counselling skills through Distance Education?
KCPC's unique approach to distance learning gives students the opportunity for hands-on skill practice, interactive assignments, video demonstrations, and career development opportunities through volunteer placements in a community or private mental health setting.
How does a diploma compare with an University degree?
The instructors, courses and textbooks at the Kelowna College are comparable to those offered a the undergraduate University level; at KCPC the one year Diploma program (984 hours) focuses on vocational training; theories and skills required for entry-level employment. A University degree requires a minimum of four years and focuses on a broad range of subjects. Transfer credits for courses taken at KCPC may apply toward a University degree at the discretion of the University Admissions Department.
What about job opportunities?
Prior to graduation, students develop an individualized career plan that includes a portfolio of practical job skills. Although we cannot guarantee employment, KCPC grads are prepared to work within a broad range of public agencies; many choose to enter private practice, or apply their training in other business endeavors. Wherever their career paths lead, our graduates bring with them in-depth understanding, up-to-date skills and the professional competency to assist clients with a variety of mental health concerns.
Can graduates join a professional association and earn a professional designation?
Yes! Upon completion of the Diploma program graduates can join the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) and qualify for liability insurance coverage which is required if setting up a private practice. After 2 years of supervised practice, graduates may earn the designation of "Registered Professional Counsellor" (RPC).
How long does it take to complete the program?
Students can complete the Diploma Program in one year or a Specialized Certificate in seven months. Each course is 3 weeks (60 hours) in length. Individual courses may count toward Professional Development credits.
When does the next program begin?
Courses are scheduled on a continuous cycle. New students can join at the beginning of any course.
What is the cost of tuition?
Tuition for each per course: is $780 (Distance Learning) or $1050 (Full time on-campus instruction). Tuition includes textbooks and course materials. Talk with your Admissions Advisor for suggestions about funding options.