To apply to the one-year certificate program in career and college counseling, you must be a full-time employee at a high school.

Independent career counselors are not eligible to apply to the program. However, if you are also a full-time employee at a high school and can provide a guarantee that you will continue to work with the school for two years after the completion of the program, you may apply for the program.

Application Requirements

To apply successfully to the program, candidates must:

  1. Have permission from their school to participate (download sample permission letter).
  2. Provide commitment from their school to establish a full-time counseling/career guidance office on its premises.
  3. Physically attend all four weeks of the residential program in various cities across India, and dedicate approximately five hours every week for online work throughout the course of the program.
  4. Agree to fund their travel and airfare to the four residential program locations.

Application and Selection Process

For successful application, candidates must fulfill ALL criteria mentioned in the application requirements.

The last date to apply to the program is 5 September each year, for a start date in September.

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuition Fee

The program is offered completely free of cost.


Participants will have to fund their travel (airfare, ground transport, etc.) to the four residential program weeks at partner universities themselves. Participants are expected to reach the host university by Sunday evening for the program commencing Monday morning. The module will run until the afternoon of the following Saturday.


Accommodation is provided by host universities from Sunday through Saturday for each of the four residential program weeks. For any additional nights outside these program dates, candidates will need to arrange for their own accommodation.

Important note: In everything we do at the IC3 Institute, the safety and well-being of our program participants is our top concern. Due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in India, we at the IC3 Institute have decided to transition the first two residential weeks (September 2020 and December 2020) to online weeks. For the residential weeks scheduled in April 2021 and June 2021, we are committed to conducting those weeks in-person at different universities in India however it will remain contingent upon the prevailing situation at that time.