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Become a Counselling Therapist


Welcome to our online educational platform, catering to post-secondary students in the pursuit of expanding their academic horizons. We offer a comprehensive Counselling Skills Diploma program, which you can embark on at any point throughout the year.


This mostly self-paced online program is approved by the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists (ACCT) up to the Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) level.


Our Counselling Skills program is 8 months and 770 hours and can be completed online at your own pace. The program fee is $8700.00, with interest-free payment plans available. Books are an additional $900.00  Detailed Course Outlines

We have recently transitioned to using Moodle, the world's most widely used learning platform trusted by institutions such as the London School of Economics, State University of New York, Microsoft, and the Open University.

Our Associations with other Schools and Groups

As an Associate School with ACCT, Orca Institute is offering this program to meet ACCT's RTC (Registered Therapeutic Counsellor) membership requirements.
We recommend that our graduate students become members of ACCT.

ACCT Membership Benefits

  • Client’s Private extended medical insurance plan coverage (depending on plan and company)
  • Be well-positioned for possible Counsellor Regulation in BC and other non-regulated provinces.
  • Qualifies members to advertise in Psychology Today and Counselling BC.
OTG Students

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Opening to Grace Training, which allows OTG graduates to receive training recognition and course exemptions towards our Counselling program.

Canadian Armed Forces Funding

Did you serve in the Canadian Armed Forces and plan to attend Orca Institute? If you have at least six years of service, you could be eligible for funding from Veterans Affairs Canada to cover your tuition and other expenses.

Financial Aid

Government Financial assistance is available for eligible students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants through the Canadian and provincial government student loan programs. Apply to Student Aid BC, or go to the Student Aid website for your Province or territory.

Métis Employment Services, Work BC, and other similar groups have funded our students. Please inquire to your group to see if we are covered by them.