Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate: Cert
USU offers a post-graduate advanced certificate for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Category R, which is sometimes required by employers for those wishing to work as rehabilitation counselors. The certificate, which can be completed in one year, prepares students to sit for the CRC exam for national certification, which USU students pass at a 94% rate on the first attempt. This certificate and subsequent CRC certification allows professionals who have advanced degrees in areas other than rehabilitation counseling to become certified and move into a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor.
Students pursing this certificate must already have a master's, specialist, or doctoral degree in a designated area (see "What It Takes" tab). Students complete eight courses for a total of 22 credits, all of which are completed online through USU's Regional Campuses and Distance Education program.
- Cert - Online
For online offering, please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state.
Regional Campuses and Online Learning:
The Certificate is offered via distance education nationwide. Students participate in live classes at home through the internet.
This certificate and subsequent CRC certification can allow professionals who have advanced degrees in areas other than rehabilitation counseling to become certified as vocational rehabilitation counselors. They are employed in a variety of settings, including:
- Public sector
- Community rehabilitation
- University disability resource centers
- Veteran’s Administration
- Independent living centers
- Mental health centers
- Addiction centers
- Insurance agencies
- Workers’ compensation
- Private practice
- Litigation and forensic settings
- Workforce services and other human resource centers
Students who are interested in obtaining the certificate do not apply through the university's admissions office. Instead, students should contact the Special Education and Rehabilitation Department, which will review their qualifications and admit students to the program.
To be eligible for the certificate program, applicants must have a master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree in one of the following areas:
- Behavioral health
- Behavioral science
- Disability studies
- Human relations
- Human services
- Marriage and family therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Social work
- Special education
- Vocational assessment/evaluation
Students must also have at least 36 months of acceptable employment experience, including a minimum of 24 months under the supervision of a certified rehabilitation counselor.
Applications for the program are accepted year-round.
The cost for the entire program is $9,152 or $416 per credit hour. No financial assistance is available at this time.
Trenton Landon, PhD, Michigan State University
Area: Professional development of counselors, clinical supervision, ethics, rural rehabilitation, social inclusion of persons with disabilities
Office: EDUC 322
Kathleen Oertle, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Area: Transition, cross systems collaboration, access, equity, and opportunities in education and employment, program evaluation
Office: EDUC 316
Jared Schultz, PhD, University of Northern Colorado
Director of Rehabilitation Counseling Programs Area: Counseling techniques and supervision in rehabilitation, rehabilitation research priorities, philosophy applied to disability
Office: EDUC 303
Phone: (435) 797-3478
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
Utah Rehabilitation Association: The URA is a recognized chapter of the National Rehabilitation Association. It is a private, nonprofit organization with the goal of providing quality rehabilitation for persons with disabilities. USU has a student chapter of the URA.