Welcome to the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), the accreditation association for university and four year college counseling services. The basic purposes of IACS are to encourage and aid these services throughout the United States and internationally to meet high professional standards, and to provide the profession and the public with information about those services.
IACS is committed to furthering the visibility of counseling services on university and college campuses and improving their quality. To that end, IACS has evolved standards that define professional excellence and has established criteria for accreditation which reflect these standards. As demands for accountability increase, professional peer review is vital.
Please read more about our standards here
A Brief History
It all started in 1949 with a newly formed committee within the National Vocational Guidance Association, which developed a set of guidelines to maintain the quality of vocational counseling agencies. The American Personnel and Guidance Association (now known as the American Counseling Association - ACA) was created in 1952 and this organization took over the responsibilities of the committee to evaluate new applying centers and review previously approved agencies. The committee started producing directories of approved entities every two years.
In 1957, the Committee was renamed the "American Board on Professional Practices. Just like before, through the years, the function of the Board changed and evaluation functions expanded and included more than just vocational counseling. The Board devoted a year of study to developing standards for the counseling professional and their name changed to the American Board on Counseling Services in 1961.
The American Board produced a directory of approved counseling services every two years from 1964-1970. There was a set criteria for professional practice and the organization would go and evaluate different types of practices to determine credibility. Eventually the criteria grew and three different sectors (universities and four year colleges; Junior Colleges; and Private counseling services) with their own set of guidelines were designed for this purpose. The International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) was established in March 1971 to be a separate structure to administer accreditation programs, but still remained an affiliate of ACA until 1993 when IACS became an independent organization.
2013 National Survey in Three Sections
The National Survey of College Counseling Centers 2013 is now available:
Contact us if you are interested in past surveys. These are
available upon request.
Application Forms and Directions
For your convenience, we’ve gathered all the forms you need for applications. You can access application forms and directions here