Program Overview


Next school board cohort: TBD
Next distance cohort: September 2024
Next information session: Wednesday, July 17th, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. (online via Zoom)


Schedule: One evening per week and alternating Saturdays or Sundays
Duration: 15 to 18 months*
*Duration varies according to each candidate’s experience and availability.


The Special Care Counselling AEC (JNC.1G) is made of 26 competencies. To receive your AEC, you will have to be evaluated for all competencies.

Download the checklist.

Cluster A: Adoption of Professional Behavior – 4 competencies

  • 019N – To examine the job functions of a Special Care Counsellor
  • 019X – To Abide by the Code of Ethics of the Profession
  • 019P – To Become Familiar with Community Resources and Services
  • 019R-1 – To examine biopsychosocial issues: human development across the lifespan

Cluster B: Relationship Building With Client and Work Team Members – 5 competencies

  • 019W – To Associate Approaches, Objectives and Techniques with Specific Adjustment Problems
  • 019S – To Gather Information about the Client’s Behaviour
  • 01A9 – To Interact With Clients From Cultural and Ethnic Communities
  • 019Q – To Communicate With Clients and Members of a Work Team
  • 019Y – To Establish a Helping Relationship
  • 01A1 – To Act as a Facilitator for Groups of Clients or Work Teams
  • 019Ta – To Design Developmental Activities

Cluster C: Protection of One’s Well-being & That of Clients With Adjustment Problems – 3 competencies

  • 01A4 – To Protect One’s Personal Well-Being
  • 019V – To Assist a Client in Need of Help
  • 01AB – To Intervene in a Crisis

Cluster D: Intervention Planning – 3 competencies

01A8 – To Develop an Intervention Plan
019U – To Evaluate the Ability of the Client’s Living Environment to Provide Appropriate Support
019Tb – To Design Clinical Tools

Cluster E: Client Intervention – 9 competencies

  • 019R To examine biopsychosocial adjustment issues
  • 019Z To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients with an intellectual disability.
  • 01XX To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients with autism.
  • 046T To carry out activities for young people with learning or language difficulties.
  • 01A0 Carry out adaptive & rehabilitative activities for clients with a physical or neurological disorder.
  • 01A2 To carry out activities for older individuals who are no longer autonomous.
  • 046U To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for young people with adjustment difficulties.
  • 01A6 To carry out rehabilitative activities for clients with mental-health and drug-addiction problems.
  • 01A7 To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients who are socially excluded or who are perpetrators or victims of violence.
  • 01AA To Carry Out Adaptive and Rehabilitative Activities for Clients who are Re-entering Society or the Workplace

Cluster F: Design and Implementation of Prevention and Rehabilitation Plans – 2 competencies

  • 01A5 – To analyze the relationship between social phenomena and adjustment problems
  • 01AC – To draw up and carry out an integrated intervention project

How to Apply

This program is provided in English. All information, seminars and study materials are in English.

1. Sign up to attend an Information Session

The first step is to sign up and attend an information session, during which the RAC Pedagogical Counsellor will explain the admission requirements, how the program works, and the application process. This will help you decide if a RAC service is right for you, and whether you are eligible.

This step involves submitting a current résumé which reflects your prior and/or current experience and skills in the field of Special Care Counselling. Refer to this document for guidance: Preparing Your Résumé.

2. Submit your Application Documents

After attending an Information Session and submitting your resume the next step is to submit your application documents. For a list of the required documents, please consult this Checklist.
You can access Omnivox to register here: Omnivox
A $75 Registration Fee is part of the total fee for the RAC Process, and is nonrefundable.

3. Submit your Application Documents

After submitting your application, your file will be assessed and once all documents have been confirmed, you will receive an e-mail that includes a Self-Assessment Form (SAF). The SAF will help you to assess your prior knowledge and skill level for the service, and it must be completed before proceeding. Refer to the Preparation Guide for the SAF to help you fill it in. Please note: You are not permitted to refer to the SAF Guide during the Validation Interview. Send the completed form to us by following the directions in the e-mail.

4. Attend a Validation Interview

Once you have returned your Self-Assessment form, a Content Specialist will contact you to schedule a Validation Interview. [During the pandemic, and depending on government regulations, the Validation Interview will be conducted online via Zoom.] During the Validation Interview the Content Specialist will ask you a number of questions about the same topics you wrote about in your Self-Assessment Form. The Validation Interview will help the Content Specialist identify your strengths and limitations in the field. The Content Specialist will recommend acceptance if your prior experience, knowledge and skills are strong enough to admit you to the RAC SCC service.

RAC Process

Learn more about the RAC process.

Although not an admission requirement, please see the new French-language requirements for AEC programs in English.


Maximum $575*

*There are no additional fees to use online resources, receive support from content specialists, or to attend seminars and work sessions. Maximum cost is only applicable to Quebec residents.

Further details

To take advantage of the RAC process, candidates must pay certain fees. The fees are based on the number of evaluations that a candidate has to complete, and may vary from one person to another.

  • $30 admission fee (non-refundable)
  • $45 for a necessary file analysis (non-refundable)
  • $40 per competency (up to a maximum of $500)

Maximum total: $575

Please note that the fees above include all activities related to the RAC services. No additional fees have to be paid to:

  • Attend a seminar on a specific topic
  • Consult the online resources
  • Participate in job preparation activities
  • Participate in expert-led group activities

An additional $45 file analysis fee will apply if a candidate desires to change program.


Click here to access the online resources for this program.

Continuing Education – F-151
Champlain College Saint-Lambert
900 Riverside Drive
Saint-Lambert, Québec
J4P 3P2