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Members of AARC share a passion and commitment to the advancement of measurement and evaluation in all settings. They represent a diverse range of professions including:

  • school and college counselors
  • career counselors
  • rehabilitation counselors
  • community mental health professionals
  • counselors in private practice
  • counselor educators
  • state and district test administrators
  • test publishers
  • program evaluators
  • researchers

Benefits of Membership

All members enjoy the following benefits:

  • A subscription to Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, the division's quarterly journal that publishes research as well as practical and innovative articles of relevance to assessment specialists. Regular features include "Methods Plainly Speaking" in which technical methods for the study of assessment instruments are explained, and reviews and evaluations of new or revised tests and other assessment instruments are featured.
  • A subscription to Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, the division's biannual journal that provides counselor educators, researchers, and other mental health practitioners (including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and addiction counselors) with outcome research and program evaluation practices for work with individuals across the lifespan. It presents topics such as: treatment efficacy, clinical diagnosis, program evaluation, research design, and outcome measure reviews.
  • A subscription to the division newsletter NewsNotes. NewsNotes is published quarterly and provides state, regional, national, and international news and information, legislative updates, and special articles of interest to assessment specialists.

Updated Online Access for AARC Journals

Since moving to our new publisher, we have been transitioning on how members get online access to MECD and CORE. To get access, you will do the following:

  1. Go to

  2. In the upper right corner, click "Member Login"

  3. Enter your login (email address) and password (ACA Member Number). If you forgot your password, you can get another one by clicking here.

  4. Once logged in, you should be in the Membership Dashboard.

  5. Under Membership Links you will see a link for the MECD and one for CORE.

  6. You should be redirected to Taylor and Francis and have access to the journals


  • Discounts on Professional Liability Insurance. AARC, through its affiliation with the National Professional Group is able to extend to its members professional liability insurance coverage at very attractive rates.
  • Opportunities to interact with leaders in assessment, measurement, and evaluation through state associations, national conferences, and committee activities.
  • Opportunities to develop your leadership skills by becoming an AARC committee member or officer.
  • Opportunities for your work to be recognized through the AARC Awards program.

Levels of Membership

Professional Member
Available to any individual who holds a master's degree or higher in counseling or a closely-related field from a college or university accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Professional members enjoy full voting privileges.

Regular Member
Available to those individuals whose interests and activities are consistent with those of the American Counseling Association (ACA), but who are not qualified for professional membership. Regular members enjoy full voting privileges.

New Professional Member
A New Professional is someone who has graduated with a master's or a doctorate within the past 12 months. Status is good for one year.

Student Member
Available to any individual currently enrolled in a graduate degree-seeking program in counseling or a closely-related field at least half-time. Student members are not eligible to vote.

Retired Member
Available to any individual who has retired and has been an active member of ACA for the past five consecutive years.

How to Join

  • If you would like to join both ACA and AARC or add AARC to your existing ACA membership, please click Here or call Member Service at 800-347-6647 x222
  • Membership Questions? Please contact our Membership Chair.

Membership Costs

For new or renewing ACA members, the cost to join AARC is $40.00 for professional and regular members, and $30.00 for student, new professional, and retired members.



Caroline O'Hara

AARC continues to promote leadership and advocacy in the domains of assessment and research in professional counseling. This active and dedicated division encourages professional development across multiple levels (e.g., practitioners, counselor educators, and students). Whether it is through AARC's annual conference, resources, or awards, AARC supports continued professionalization and enhances competence for counseling professionals.

Caroline O'Hara