The Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Exam is developed and regulated by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification or CRCC. It is designed to measure knowledge regarding public regulations, laws, and delivery systems for rehabilitation services in the U.S.
Who is Eligible?
Eligibility is based on your ability to meet the requirements of one of the following categories:
- Have a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling or Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from a CACREP accredited RCE or CLRC program and an internship of at least 600 clock hours in rehabilitation counseling with direct patient contact and was supervised by an on-site CRC, or
- Have a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from an institution not accredited by the CACREP or CORE and an internship of at least 600 clock hours in rehabilitation counseling with direct patient contact and be CRC supervised or have 24 months of experience with at least 12 months of CRC supervision, or
- Have a Master’s in Counseling from a CHEA accredited institution with at least 2-3 graduate courses in medical aspects of disabilities, psychosocial aspects of disabilities, and multicultural issues; 3 grad courses in assessment, occupational information or job placement, and case management and rehabilitation services plus 36 months of experience with 12 months under CRC supervision; or one grad course in assessment, occupational information or job placement, or case management and rehab services plus 48 months of experience with 12 months under CRC supervision; or 60 months of experience with 12 months under CRC supervision, or
- Doctorate in Counseling or Rehabilitation Counseling from a CHEA accredited institution with 2-3 grad courses in medical aspects of disabilities, psychosocial aspects of disabilities or multicultural issues and an internship with 600 hours at the doctoral level in a rehabilitation setting or 12 months of experience under CRC supervision, or
- Be enrolled in a Master’s program from CACREP accredited institution with 75% of the coursework completed by the first of the month prior to your exam and an internship of 600 clock hours under CRC supervision and be able to graduate within 12 months of the application deadline, or
- Master’s or Doctorate in Counseling or Rehabilitation Counseling from a CHEA accredited institution with 2-3 courses in medical aspects of disabilities, psychosocial aspects of disabilities and multicultural issues or have taught any courses in a rehabilitation counselor program and have 36 months of full-time experience in a rehabilitation counselor education program before earning your degree, or
- Master’s in Counseling from a CHEA accredited institution with 2-3 courses in medical aspects of disabilities, psychosocial aspects of disabilities, and multicultural issues with an expired CRC certification
- Master’s Specialist, or Doctoral Degree in specific majors related to rehabilitation and/or counseling from a CHEA accredited institution with specified coursework and 36 months of experience with 24 months under CRC supervision
There is a $400 fee due at the time of application. Other fees may apply.
When and Where is it Taken?
This exam is administered during three specific testing windows each year: in March, July, and October. Application deadlines are on the 15th of the fifth month before. Choose from over 300 Prometric test sites nationwide.
Make sure to schedule your exam as soon as possible to ensure your preferred testing session. Space is limited and is filled on a first come, first served basis.
Rescheduling and cancelation are available for a fee anytime before the last 48 hours prior to your exam. To make these changes, contact Prometric as soon as possible. Changes cannot be made during those last 48 hours.
Accommodations can be made upon request for those with disabilities and cannot test under normal conditions. You will need to provide supporting documentation for approval.
What Can I Bring?
Arrive at least 15 minutes before your exam so you can check in. You will need a valid, government-issued photo ID with your signature and full legal name to get in. Those who arrive late will not test that day and must reschedule.
Personal items are not permitted and are to be left in a designated locker during the exam or risk being dismissed and your scores voided. These include:
- Cell phones/electronics
- Study materials/paper
You will be provided with writing materials at the testing site.
What is Covered?
There are 175 multiple choice questions on this exam, with 25 of them being unscored pretest items. These will be scattered throughout and unidentified as such.
You will have four hours to finish including a short tutorial before the exam and a survey afterward. You will get a 60-minute break after the first section.
Below is a list of the 12 knowledge domains or main sections included on this exam and the weight they are given:
Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice – 9% of the exam
Counseling Theories, Techniques, and Evidence-based Practice – 16%
Group and Family Counseling – 3%
Crisis and Trauma Counseling and Interventions – 4%
Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability – 11%
Assessment, Occupational Analysis, and Service Implementation – 15%
Career Development and Job Placement – 9%
Demand-side Employer Engagement – 6%
Community Resources and Partnerships – 9%
Case Management – 7%
Healthcare and Disability Management – 5%
Research, Methodology, and Performance Management – 6%
How is it Scored?
You will receive your score report at the end of your exam at the testing site. This will be indicated as a pass or fail status only. Failing candidates will also see diagnostic information.
Your official and more in-depth results packet will be mailed to you about four weeks after your exam. If you passed this packet will include your wall certificate and credential information, as well as certificate renewal criteria.
Retesting is available during one of the two subsequent testing dates. You will need to re-apply and submit a retesting fee.
How Can I Prepare for the CRC Test?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!