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College counseling expertise is in growing demand, and school counselors can increase their marketability by gaining the skills in the Professional Program in College Admission Counseling. Add to your existing background in counseling by familiarizing yourself in all areas of the college advising process, including admissions requirements for public, private, local, national and international institutions; financial aid options and planning; techniques to advise special populations; self-appraisal instruments and interpretation; planning for college admissions tests, essays and recommendation letters; and uses of technology in college and career planning.

Stacey Ho,
Professional Program in
College Admission Counseling


Required Courses
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
EDUC X369.3 College Admissions Advising A 4 Classroom Available
EDUC X369.4 College Admissions Advising B 4 Classroom Not Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants must provide evidence of their Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential or master's degree in counseling. If you do not have a background in counseling and are still interested in this field, please visit the Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum consists of 2 required courses for a total of 8 semester units (120 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable program registration fee.

You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the Award of Completion, you must maintain an overall minimum 3.0 grade point average, with a grade of B or better in each course. All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the program.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Professional Program in College Admission Counseling, complete these three steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.
  3. Participation in this program requires verification of your PPS credential or master's degree in counseling. After registering for the program and prior to completing the second course in the curriculum, submit the official sealed transcript or official verification of your degree or credential to:

    UC Berkeley Extension
    Department of Education—CACP
    1995 University Ave., Suite 110
    Berkeley, CA 94704-7000

    All non-U.S. transcripts must be accompanied by a foreign transcript evaluation. The most basic evaluation is acceptable; there is no need for a class-by-class report.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated cost of $2,000 (not including course materials or one-time program registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the program coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your Award of Completion. Send an email to or call (510) 642-1172. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your award will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the Award of Completion.


Online Information Session

Learn how these programs, taught solely in the classroom, provide you with the necessary skills and training to help students in their quests for higher education or career fulfillment, while advancing your own career in advising. This online information session was originally recorded on Sept. 3, 2014.