Become A Certified Peer College Advisor (CPCA®)

High School CPCA

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What is a High School CPCA?

A High School CPCA (HS CPCA) is a high school student leader who is recruited and trained to assist professional school counselors and college counselors on a high school campus. High School CPCAs co-lead a college-going team of 20 high school students from all grade levels.

College-Going Teams Co-Lead by HS CPCAs

As a CPCA, you will guide each student on your team through the process of developing their 10-year personal strategic plan of action (education & career plan) to guide their efforts to accomplish their education and career goals. Additionally, you will work with each student to ensure they are competitive applicants for admission to their top choice and best-fit postsecondary educational institutions.

Furthermore, HS CPCAs organize monthly college visits to help students experience a range of two- and four-year college campuses and identify what type of setting works best for them.

How to Apply

In order to become a High School Certified Peer College Advisor (HS CPCA), you will first need to complete and submit the Notice of Intent to Apply to Become a CPCA Form. Additionally, the next step is for you to download, review, and complete the steps outlined in the High School CPCA Guidebook and Become A CPCA Process Flowchart. If you have questions about becoming a High School CPCA, please contact the NAPCA Headquarters at 310-361-8585 or email us at Support@NAPCAonline.org.

College CPCA

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What is a College CPCA?

A College CPCA is a part-time or full-time two-year or four-year college student leader who is recruited and trained to assist professional school counselors at local high schools and academic counselors at community colleges.

College CPCAs Partner with High School & Community College Counselors

College CPCAs partner with community college counselors to help students transfer from a two-year college to a four-year college/university. In addition, college CPCAs partner with high school counselors to help their students from all backgrounds (including students with disabilities) build their college and career aspirations. They also help high school students develop a clear path to navigate through the complex processes of applying to, securing financial aid and scholarships, and enrolling into a regionally accredited two- or four-year college or career and technical training certificate or licensure program, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades. Additionally, college CPCAs help students register and complete college entrance exams and search for two- or four-year colleges that match their future education and career goals and fit their financial, social, and cultural needs. College CPCAs work to tie college-going into the life of a high school, devise creative approaches to reach and connect with high school students, and most importantly, open the eyes of students and their families to the possibility of using college or postsecondary career or technical training to be prepared to enter and succeed in high skilled careers or trades.

College-Going Teams Co-Led by College CPCAs

College CPCAs co-lead a college-going team of 20 high school students (CPCA to student ratio is 1:10). College CPCAs guide each student on their team through the process of developing their 10-year personal strategic plan of action (education & career plan) to guide their efforts to accomplish their education and career goals. Additionally, College CPCAs work with each student on their college-going team to ensure they complete the critical steps to enroll in some form of postsecondary education. College CPCAs use a high-touch method, giving each student in their “college-going team” 18 – 36 hours of one-on-one peer college advising throughout the nine month school year. Furthermore, College CPCAs organize monthly college visits to help students experience different types of regionally accredited higher education institutions and identify what type of setting works best for them.

Four-Year University Transfer Teams Co-Led by College CPCAs

College CPCAs co-lead a four-year university transfer team of 20 community college/two-year college students (CPCA to student ratio is 1:10) that they are accountable to and work with each student in their four-year university transfer team to ensure they complete the critical steps to successfully transfer from a two-year college to a regionally accredited four-year college or university. College CPCAs use a high-touch method, giving each student in their “four-year university transfer team” 18 – 36 hours of one-on-one peer college advising throughout the nine month school year. Furthermore, college CPCAs organize monthly college visits to help students experience different types of regionally accredited higher education institutions and identify what type of setting works best for them.

How to Apply

In order to become a College Certified Peer College Advisor (College CPCA), you will first need to complete and submit the Notice of Intent to Apply to Become a CPCA Form. Additionally, the next step is for you to follow and complete the steps outlined in the College CPCA Guidebook and Become A CPCA Process FlowchartIf you have questions about becoming a College CPCA, please contact the NAPCA Headquarters at 310-361-8585 or email us at Support@NAPCAonline.org

Benefits of Serving as a Certified Peer College Advisor (CPCA®)

As a Certified Peer College Advisor, student leaders will:

  • Earn a Service Learning Scholarship Award to help pay for college.
  • Gain the tools, hands on experience, and resources to become better prepared and a competitive applicant for admission to your top choice college.
  • Earn certificates in “Peer College Advising” and “College and Career Readiness”.
  • Receive a certificate recognizing the total number of community service hours completed as a CPCA.
  • Receive Academic Credit through their enrollment in NAPCAs CPCA Service Learning Elective Course. In California, CPCAs will receive academic course credit that counts toward the “g” college prep elective of the UC/CSU a-g requirements. (varies by high school).
  • Gain the satisfaction of making a difference in your school, community, and country.
  • Develop the knowledge, confidence, and practical leadership skills required to achieve your educational and career goals.
  • Help reduce your peers stress and anxiety with respect to completing the steps needed to effectively apply to and enroll in two- or four-year colleges and universities.
  • Demonstrate – to your peers, families, and community – your dedication and commitment to helping more students in your community enroll and complete some form of postsecondary education or career/technical training, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers and/or trades.