Certification Steering Committee Update

AASECT Certification Updates

Using CE credits when applying for original AASECT Certification:

CE credits no longer expire after five years when used as documentation when applying for original  AASECT Certification. However, during the review process of certification applications, reviewers will assess how current an applicant’s CE credits are and may ask for more information and in turn have the option to require more current CE credits, if needed. For example, if an applicant submits CE documentation that is more than 10 years old, the reviewers would potentially ask questions to ascertain if the applicant was up-to-date in their knowledge and best practices and make recommendations to the applicant accordingly.


Preventing Misinterpretation

To protect the consumer, especially potential applicants for AASECT Certification, from misinterpreting advertising and thinking that taking an AASECT approved course will yield automatic AASECT Certification, the following was BOD approved:                                                                                                                                                  

AASECT approved programs or providers must include in their advertising the following statement: “Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification.” 


Counselor Supervision

For Counselor Supervision – A total of six hours of supervision/ month can be counted towards AASECT Certification. Previously, only a total of four hours of supervision/ month were allowed.


Clarification of the term 'character reference'

A character reference, for the purposes of AASECT Certification, is from someone outside the applicant's immediate work setting, from someone who has known the applicant for a minimum of two (2) or more years (example: former teacher, former employer or employee, clergy member, someone with whom the applicant has had a working relationship). Do not use family members or significant others, relatives, personal friends, business partners.


Jo Marie Kessler, MS, NP, CSE, DST

Chair - Certification Steering Committee


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