Membership Categories & Criteria

Fellow Member

  • Fellow membership shall be conferred through nomination and approval at Annual General Meeting.
  • Fellow membership shall be jointly nominated by at least three (3) Fellow, Master Clinical or Clinical members and proposed as an agenda item at Annual General Meeting.
  • A Fellow member shall have fulfilled all the following requirements:
    1. Be a member in good standing
    2. Holds the Master Clinical Membership for a minimum of ten (10) years.
    3. Has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of counselling knowledge or practice either by research, teaching, publications or clinical work (Published journal papers, chapters, books, conference presentations, established clinical practice, teaching awards etc).
    4. Has performed distinctive service to the Association (Executive committee, Subcommittees, Organising committees, Standing committees etc).
  • Fellow members shall be entitled to use the post nominal letters: FSAC

Master Clinical Member

  • The Master Clinical membership is granted through application to and approval by the Executive Committee.
  • Application for Master Clinical membership is via the online portal and  supported by at least three (3) Fellow, Master Clinical or Clinical members.
  • Application for Master Clinical membership is to be accompanied by documentary proof of training and supervision hours conducted by applicant.
  • A Master Clinical member shall have fulfilled all the following requirements:
    1. Be a member in good standing
    2. Holds the Clinical Membership for a minimum of five (5) years.
    3. Holds the registration on the SAC Register of Counsellors for a minimum of 4 years.
    4. Has conducted 100 hours of training / supervision in counselling.
  •  Master Clinical members shall be entitled to use the post nominal letters: MMSAC

Clinical Member

  • Clinical Membership is granted through online application and approval by the Executive Committee.
  • Application for Clinical Membership is done via the online portal and supported by two (2) character referees.
  • A Clinical Member shall have fulfilled all the following requirements:
    1. Completed an SAC Recognised Programme or its equivalent (refer to more submission details below); and
    2. Achieved 600 hours of face-to-face counselling; and
    3. Completed 60 hours of Clinical Supervision
  • Clinical members shall be entitled to use the post nominal letters: CMSAC
Application Requirements
  • You will need to upload the following documents in PDF/JPG format on the portal:
    1. Passport Photo;
    2. Certificate(s) and corresponding transcript(s);
    3. Letter of current employment and corresponding job description (strongly encouraged);
    4. 600 hrs face-to-face counselling hours
      1. Clocked within the most recent 24 months; up to 36 months (at the point of application)
      2. Hours must be broken down into individual sessions according to year; and
      3. Log sheets must be individually endorsed by your Head of Agency on each page
        • Please ensure that your name and total number of hours is clearly printed on each page of the log sheet
    5. 60 hrs of Clinical Supervision
      1. Clocked within the most recent 24 months; up to 36 months (at the point of application)
      2. Hours must be broken down into individual sessions according to year
      3. Log sheets must be individually endorsed by a SAC Registered Counsellor or SAC Registered Clinical Supervisor (preferred) on each page
      4. If you have multiple supervisors, please note that no combination of supervisors into the same log sheets are allowed. Log sheets must be signed individually by each supervisor on each page i.e. supervisors are not allowed to sign off on behalf of other supervisors.
      5. If your supervisor is not SAC registered, we would require a copy of curriculum vitae (CV) of that supervisor (subject to approval by the SAC Register Board)

Please note that w.e.f 1 January 2015, the ratio for Group Clinical Supervision versus Individual Clinical Supervision is 70:30, i.e. equivalent to a maximum of 40 hours of Group Supervision and a minimum of 20 hours of Individual Supervision.

  • Additional documents to upload for a non-SAC Recognised Programme:
    1. SAC Counselling Log sheet documenting 100 hrs face-to-face and 10 hrs of Clinical Supervision (hours to be broken down into individual sessions) achieved in the midst of programme; and
    2. Detailed description of programme, including but not restricted to module descriptions, duration per modules, etc. available on official website or entry documents.
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Provisional Clinical Member

  • Provisional Clinical membership is granted through application to and approval by the Executive Committee.
  • Application for Provisional Clinical membership is via online portal and supported by two (2) characters referees.
  • Application is to be accompanied by a declaration of intent in working towards registration on the SAC Register of Counsellors on the online portal (3-year timeline).
  • A Provisional Clinical member shall have fulfilled all the following requirements:
    1. Be a member in good standing;
    2. Has completed an SAC Recognised Programme or its equivalent (refer to more submission details below); and
    3. Is working towards registration on the SAC Register of Counsellors (3-year timeline).
  • For Provisional Clinical membership application, you will need to upload the following documents in PDF/JPG format on the portal:
    1. Passport Photo;
    2. Certificate(s) and corresponding transcript(s); and
    3. Letter of current employment and corresponding job description (strongly encouraged).
  • Additional documents to upload for attainment of a non-SAC Recognised Programme:
    1. SAC Counselling Log Sheet documenting 100 hours face-to-face and 10 hours of Clinical Supervision (hours to be broken down into individual sessions); and
    2. Detailed description of programme, including but not restricted to module descriptions, duration per module(s), etc. available on official website or entry documents.
  • Once  your Provisional Clinical Membership is approved you are to clock 600 hours of face-to-face counselling within the next consecutive three (3) years and 60 hours of Clinical Supervision in order to qualify to apply to be listed on the Register of Counsellors. Please note that w.e.f January 1 2015, the ratio for Group Clinical Supervision versus Individual Clinical Supervision is 70:30, i.e. equivalent to a maximum of 40 hours of Group Supervision and a minimum of 20 hours of Individual Supervision.
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Allied Member

  • Allied membership is granted through application to and approval by the Executive Committee.
  • Application for Allied membership is via online portal and supported by two (2) character referees.
  • An Allied member shall have fulfilled all the following requirements:
    1. Holds an undergraduate / postgraduate degree in Counselling, Human Services, Psychology, Social Work or its equivalent; and
    2. Is working in a counselling-related position
  • For Allied membership application, you will need to upload the following documents in PDF/JPG format on the portal:
    1. Passport Photo;
    2. Certificate(s) and corresponding transcript(s); and
    3. Letter of current employment and corresponding job description (strongly encouraged).
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Associate Member

  • Associate membership is open to any person with a keen interest in counselling and holds a qualification at the tertiary level.
  • Associate membership is granted through online application to and approval by the Executive Committee.
  • Application for Associate membership is via online portal and supported by two (2) character referees.
  • Overseas and international practitioners may apply to in this category of membership.
  • For Associate membership application, you will need to upload the following documents in PDF/JPG format on the portal:
    1. Passport Photo
    2. Certificate(s) and corresponding transcript(s)
    3. Letter of current employment
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Student Member

  • Student membership is granted through application to and approval by the Executive Committee.
  • Application for Student membership is via online portal and supported by two (2) character referees.
  • Student members shall be undertaking a SAC Recognised Programme at the time of application.
  • Application is to be accompanied by a Letter of Acceptance from the educational institution in which s/he is enrolled.
  • For Student membership application, you will need to upload the following documents in PDF/JPG format on the portal:
    1. Passport Photo; and
    2. Letter of Acceptance of an SAC Recognised Programme by the educational institution.
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