State Branch of ACA

The North Carolina Counseling Association is NCs state branch of the American Counseling Association. NCCA works in conjunction with ACA to bring its members up to date information on the counseling profession. The North Carolina Counseling Association is dedicated to promoting the development of the individual professional counselor, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to improve the quality of life for North Carolina’s citizens. NCCA Membership is separate from the ACA membership. 

Dues Are Separate

While the North Carolina Counseling Association is a branch of the ACA, membership dues are separate.  Dues paid to ACA only cover ACA activities and NOT NCCA activities. 


How Membership Works

The membership year runs from July 1 to June 30.


The Division Dues

Divisions are available for current NCCA members only. Click Divisions to check them all out.

If you are not yet a member, you can join NCCA and join any/all divisions at the same time by clicking New Member – Sign Up.

If you have already joined or renewed your annual NCCA dues, you can add as many divisions as you wish by clicking on NCCA Divisions - Sign Up to get active.


Membership Categories & Annual Dues

  • Professional Member - 1 Year or More:  $80
    This membership is for individuals who hold a Masters degree or higher in counseling or a closely related field and have been in the profession for at least a year.

    Become a Professional Member Today! - CLICK HERE

  • New Professional Member - $40
    This membership is for individuals who graduated within the last year with a degree in counseling or a closely related field.

    Become a New Professional Member Today! - CLICK HERE

  • Student Member: $30
    (Carries all privileges) This membership is for individuals who are enrolled in a graduate program in counseling or closely related field.

    Become a Student Member Today! - CLICK HERE

  • Retired/Emeritus Member: $30
    (Carries all privileges of prior status) This membership is for individuals who previously held Professional or Regular membership and are no longer actively employed in providing counseling services.

    Become a Retired Member Today! - CLICK HERE

  • Academic Institution
    Allows academic institutions to activate student memberships as a group. The membership year for those under the student group membership runs July 1 through June 30. All related faculty members will be offered complimentary professional memberships. The university is responsible for sending NCCA the student graduate roster with those enrolled in their advanced degree counseling program as well as the faculty roster.

    • $1,200 - memberships for up to 50 graduate counseling students and 8 faculty
    • $2,200 - memberships for up to 100 graduate counseling students and 12 faculty
    • $4,500 - memberships for up to 200 graduate counseling students and 15 faculty

    Sign up for an Academic Institution Membership Today! - CLICK HERE

“Contributions or gifts to the North Carolina Counseling Association are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.  Dues payments are deductible by members as an ordinary and necessary expense.”  See §10701 of the Revenue Act of 1987. For income tax purposes, member dues paid are deductible as a business expense. However NCCA estimates that 0% of all dues paid go toward non-deductible lobbying expenditures. All members are advised that this percentage of dues paid is non-deductible for income tax purposes.