• 05/10/2021 2:48 PM | Katelyn Klapper (Administrator)

    AICEP's Certification Confirms a Committment to Professional Standards

    We are seeing a continuing shifting of the tides toward the importance of credentialing for educational consultants. Now is the time to earn the CEP certification or renew your certification. 

    In much the same way that the ‘Varsity Blues’ college admissions scandal resulted in updated legislation in the State of California, there is also a groundswell of attention in a variety of states (including Utah, North Carolina, and Oregon) to further regulate the field of therapeutic placements. The State of Oregon is currently considering legislation which will have direct consequences on how referring professionals work with therapeutic placements in the state.

    SB 749, currently working its way through the OR Legislature, 

    “Requires residential care referral agent to be registered with Department of Human Services. Imposes certain requirements on residential care referral agents. Makes residential care referral agent mandatory reporter of child abuse. [Makes violation of certain provisions unfair trade practice.] Declares emergency, effective on passage.”

    In its current form, this bill proposes requirements for any referring professional involved in therapeutic placements who a) lives in Oregon b) has clients who reside in Oregon and/or c) refers a client to a therapeutic program in Oregon to not only pay a $750 license and registration fee to the State of Oregon (every two years), but must also comply with a comprehensive list of requirements, disclosures, and contractual obligations. While cost considerations of this bill could possibly slow its progress, the increased focus on professionals of all specialties within educational planning is only growing. 

    To our knowledge, the leadership of IECATCANATSAPNACAC, and HECA, as well as program representation from COPA, (all of which are membership organizations), are aware of this proposed legislation, and are in various stages of institutional responses, and we applaud and support their efforts on behalf of their membership.  

    AICEP is not a membership organization, but AICEP does provide a pathway for referring professionals to obtain, and maintain, the highest level of professional certification available in our field. As more attention is paid to educational and therapeutic consulting, in both traditional and non-traditional settings, we encourage all referring professionals to further their own commitment to ongoing education, professional development, and upholding the highest ethical standards by becoming or renewing your status as a Certified Educational Planner. AICEP welcomes all Referring Professionals, including members of IECAHECATCA, as well as those who remain unaffiliated, to reach out and learn more about formal certification.


  • 04/02/2021 6:33 AM | Erika Smith (Administrator)

    A Reflection on Recertification, by Dr. Erin Avery, AICEP Commissioner

    My, how time flies. It has been another five years since I recertified. Like measuring my life by the ages of my growing children, sometimes I stop and think, “How can five years possibly fly by so quickly?” As my oldest child prepares to leave home in September, I pause to reflect on my two decades as an educational consultant and my decade as a Certified Educational Planner. 

    A client, contemplating the shifting sands of higher education, remarked last week, “We need you now more than ever, Dr. Avery.” To that, I say that I need AICEP more than ever. Not only do I make a point to share with each and every prospective client that I am among a group of professionals in my field that supremely values continuing education, so much so that I would commit to 75 campus visits to fulfil my recertification requirements. I am also proud to share that I passed an exhaustive assessment that validated my college and boarding school knowledge by a committee of my peers.

    To say that being a CEP is “the gold standard of educational consultants” is no exaggeration. If one peruses the paperwork that recertification entails, one will note the many ways that we can document our professional development. For me, teaching for the past eight years in the UC Irvine Certificate in Educational Consulting program counts toward my recertification as well as having published my first book this year. I also have completed much community service with a local girls’ middle school which also has a place in the documentation. In addition to teaching, publishing articles and community service, leadership of all kinds can be used toward fulfilling recertification goals. So there are many ways to demonstrate our growth and professional mastery in our field.

    Please consider joining us in our efforts to set the highest standard for the field through our commitment to continued professional development and certification. Your clients will attest that your consulting is worth its weight in gold.



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