WHY BE CERTIFIED?
- The Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board recognizes specialized skills, knowledge, and experience in problem gambling counselling. Certification with CPGCB ensures problem gambling clients and their families that they receive quality assistance from ethically sound, trained, and experienced counsellors who specialize in problem gambling.
- The Canadian Problem Gambling Certification board is a link to a growing network of quality education and research within the field of problem gambling within Canada. To assist problem gambling counsellors, maintain their standards of skill and knowledge, the CPGCB allows trainers and educators to have their courses, workshops and conference materials advertised, pre-approved and made available to certified Canadian Problem Gambling Counsellors through our website.
- Canadian Problem Gambling Counsellors are often eligible to receive discounted rates on gambling specific workshops and conferences.
WHO MAY BE CERTIFIED?
- All applicants must meet the Standards Criteria set by the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board. Any individual working in the field of problem gambling counselling may apply to become certified a Canadian Problem Gambling Counsellor (CPGC).
- This designation may be applied for by those counselling both problem gamblers and/or their family members.
- Applicants may include addictions counsellors, social workers, private counsellors, credit counsellors, family and youth counsellors.
- Canadian and International applicants are welcome to apply for CPGC certification
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
- A complete application package can be mailed, emailed, or downloaded from our site.
- Complete your application and submit with a partial fee of $100 (non-refundable)
- A committee of certified members will review your application and notify you of your results within eight weeks.
- Upon written approval of acceptance, the balance of $200 is required.
- Following receipt of payment, you will receive your certification certificate by mail, and will be legally entitled to use the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification, CPGC designation.
- Initial approval certifies a counsellor for a two-year period. To ensure problem gambling counsellors stay current in their profession, all Canadian Problem
Gambling Counsellors must meet the Re-Certification Criteria every two years to maintain their certification status.
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To ensure that counsellors continue to maintain current knowledge and skills within the field, counsellors are required to re-certify every two years to continue their Canadian Problem Gambling Counsellor designation.
Two months prior to renewal date, counsellors will be forwarded a re-certification notice and an application form for re-certification. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing and receipt of renewed certification.
- Every two years 32 hours of approved, verified specific education is required of which a minimum of 18 hours must be gambling specific. The remaining 14 hours may be in related fields such as treatment methods and models, and/or other areas of addiction and mental health.
- Approved education credits must have been earned no longer than 24 months prior to re-certification due date. Education hours may be obtained from workshops, conferences, seminars, webinars, online courses or formal education opportunities.
- Proof of education attendance to be included with re-certification application.
- A non-refundable re-certification fee of $200 must be submitted with the recertification application.
RE-CERTIFICATION EDUCATION CREDIT OPTIONS
If the individual designed, researched, and presented the thesis, they may be granted a maximum of 20% of total education hours. The candidate would be responsible for the submission of a thesis executive summary and proof of completion/graduation from the sponsoring institution.
ONLINE COURSE/CORRESPONDENCE COMPLETION:
The applicant will provide a course outline stating the number of hours required to complete the course, the form of evaluation, the final grade, and a short report on the value of this particular learning. The candidate will then be eligible for a maximum of 1 education hour per approved online hour to a maximum up to 15% of your total educational hours.
The candidate will submit an outline of the workshop and a report as to the time spent on research and design tasks. The applicant will then be eligible for a maximum of 5% of the total education hours towards certification.
The candidate will submit an outline of the presentation and include a minimum of 5 completed/signed evaluations from participants of this session. The applicant will then be eligible for a maximum of 5% of the total education hours.
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