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How do you find a competent counselor or mental health provider? How do you distinguish one counselor from another? Seeking information about a professional's educational background and credentials is one way to start the process of identifying qualified mental health professionals. Students considering a program of study can learn much by knowing that a program is or is not accredited. Clients can have assurance that graduates of accredited programs have completed a preparation program that meets or exceeds national standards. This chapter presents information about two major aspects of quality control in mental health professions-accreditation of preparation programs and credentialing of providers. The terms "accreditation" and "credentialing" are often confused: preparation programs are accredited; individual professionals are credentialed (e.g., they have a license or a certificate).