Membership

Our Membership Options

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n order to be eligible for our individual membership, you must have life experience in your field, as well as academic work, to prove that you meet the qualifications required (a combination of 300 hours)

Types of membership:

Individual Membership
Institutional Membership
Diplomatic Membership

Find out if you qualify.

If you have a degree or 300 hours in one of the related fields of certification: Clinical, Education, Erotology, Somatic, Esoteric, Alternative Lifestyle, Adult Toys & Novelties and/or Erotic Filmography you may begin your Individual Certification application by clicking Apply below.

On this page, the term “Sexology” is defined as the multidisciplinary study of sex including the various disciplines such as sexual health, medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, theology, ……. (huge list of 30+ disciplines in Kinsey’s male sexuality volume)

On this page, the term “Credentials” is defined as education, training, experience in the field of sexology.

Our Internationally Recognized Individual Certifications...

Certified Sexologist

An ACS Certified Sexologist will have credentials that qualify them to offer sex therapy, sex counseling or sexological research and hold a doctoral level or terminal degree in their chosen field from an accredited or approved institution of higher learning. Those practicing in states requiring licenses to practice sex therapy, sex counseling, (often an extension of Mental Health Counseling or Marriage and Family Counseling or Psychology/Psychiatry licensing) may use their license in lieu of a doctorate.

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Education

An ACS Certified Sex Educator will have credentials that qualify them to offer instruction, training, and education in the field of human sexuality and sexology, such as professors and instructors, love coaches, sex coaches, seminar speakers, book authors and workshop facilitators. Competency must be demonstrated through academic and/or experiential training or equivalent in Sex Education.

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Erotology

An ACS Certified Erotologist will have credentials that qualify them for instruction, training, education, research or hands-on experience in the study of erotic expression, including ancient or cultural erotica and pornography. From published literature on aphrodisiacs, erotic fiction, philosophy, religion to instructional erotological manuals, competency must be demonstrated through academic and/or experiential training or equivalent in Erotology.

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Somatic

An ACS Certified Somatic Sexuality Specialist will have credentials that qualify them for instruction, training, education, or the equivalent in somatic sexual healing, erotic breath work, hypnosis, and working in the experiential touch therapy fields of sexological bodywork, sexual surrogacy, and touch therapies. Competency must be demonstrated through academic or experiential training or equivalent in Somatic Sexuality.

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Esoteric

An ACS Certified Esoteric Sexuality Specialist will have credentials that qualify them for instruction, training, and education in the skills and principles of Tantra, Spiritual Sexuality, Sacred or Divine Sexuality, and holistic approaches to sexual health. Competency must be demonstrated through academic and/or experiential training or equivalent in Esoteric Sexuality.

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Alternative Lifestyle

An ACS Certified Alternative Lifestyles Specialist will have credentials that qualify them for instruction, training, education, or the equivalent in the principles, ideology, and understanding of Alternative Lifestyles such as BDSM, Nonmonogamy, Swinger, Polyamory, Fetishism, and other erotic minority lifestyles. Competency must be demonstrated through academic and/or experiential training or equivalent in Alternative Lifestyles.

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Adult Toys & Novelties

An ACS Certified Adult Toys and Novelties Specialist an applicant will have credentials that qualify them for instruction, training, education, or the equivalent, such as retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and pleasure party consultants. Competency must be demonstrated through academic and/or experiential training or equivalent in Adult Toys and Novelties.

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Erotic Filmography

An ACS Certified Erotic Filmography Specialist will have credentials that qualify them for instruction, training, education or the equivalent, such as directors, producers, actors of sexuality documentary films, sex education instructional media, adult movies or media, podcasts, radio, or equivalent. Competency must be demonstrated through academic and/or experiential training or equivalent in Erotic Filmography.

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Sexual Health

An ACS Certified Sexual Health Specialist will have credentials for training, instruction, research or hands-on caregiving in order to demonstrate competency and academic knowledge in the field. From physicians, nurses, clinicians, educators and advisors, competency through training in subjects that include anatomy, safer sex practices, STD risks, reproductive health care, and psycho-sexual emotional issues relating to sexuality are all acceptable for certification in sexual health.

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Individual Certification Requirements:

Academic or Professional Development Training in meeting one (1) of the follow criteria:

  1. Transcript, Diploma or Certificate of Graduation from an Academic Program focused on the above studies (to be approved by the ACS Board of Examiners); or
  2. Transcript(s) documenting 300 hours of academic training related to the field of above studies; or
  3. Documentation of two years of full-time work as a Sexologist, Sex Educator, Academician or Researcher in the field of above studies; or
  4. Life experiences such as filmmaking, author of books, blogs, articles, adult toy retailers, pleasure party consultants and entrepreneurial endeavors. (Eligibility for academic credit based on life experience will be determined at the discretion of the ACS International board.); and
  5. Submission of a completed online application on our website, along with a non-refundable application fee of US$300.00 paid via PayPal upon submission of application. (You will be required to upload copies of required documentation in the online application.)

Certified Members will receive:

  • An attractive certificate, with your name and membership status, suitable for framing.
  • 3 year membership in The American College of Sexologists International.
  • The use of “ACS” following your name and degree(s) to show membership status.
  • The option of listing your name, specialties and contact information on The American College of Sexologists International website (www.AmericanCollegeofSexologists.org), if you checked the box above.
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Our Institution Program Membership...

An ACS Certified Institute Program will have credentials that qualify them to offer training related programs in Human Behavior, Public Health, Sex Education, Relationship, Love, Intimacy or Sex Coaching, Sexology, Erotology, Somatic, Esoteric, Alternative Lifestyle or Adult Toys and Novelties.

Applications for Institutional Program Membership that do not fit into one of the above categories may be referred to the ACS Board of Advisors, which may approve or reject membership status at their discretion.

Institution Program Certification Requirements

The institute, college or school may be located on a campus or online with training to meet the follow criteria:

  1. Programs related to Human Behavior, Public Health, Sex Education, Relationship, Love, Intimacy or Sex Coaching, Sexology, Erotology, Somatic, Esoteric, Alternative Lifestyle, Adult Toys & Novelties or Erotic Filmography
  2. Copy of catalog documenting the program with a minimum of 300 hours of academic training related to the field of above studies.
  3. Institutional Program Certification will be good for three (3) years from date of issue.
  4. A renewal application with a $200.00 fee will be required every three (3) years thereafter to retain Institutional Program Membership status.
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Our Diplomatic Membership...

Diplomatic Certification demonstrates to your peers, competitors, staff, clients and community that you are a dedicated professional in the field of sexology and wellbeing, recognized worldwide. This certification helps open doors to potential career opportunities.

“Diplomatic Membership” Requirements:

  1. A certified member in good standing of The American College of Sexologists for a minimum of nine (9) years, and
  2. Submission of the Diplomatic Application form, and
  3. Documentation of work and accomplishments in the field of Sexology since originally certified by ACS, and
  4. Completion and submission of the reference form by three individuals, two of whom are currently members in good standing with ACS, and are knowledgeable of your work and accomplishments in the field of Sexology, and
  5. Submission of a US$300.00 non-refundable application fee via PayPal, and
  6. Diplomatic certification will be good for three (3) years from date of issue. A renewal application and a US$200.00 fee will be required every three (3) years thereafter to maintain Diplomatic status.

Diplomatic Membership gives you:

  • An attractive Diplomatic Certificate, with your name, membership status, and Diplomate number, measuring 11” X 8.5” suitable for framing.
  • The use of “DACS” following your name and degree(s) to signify your Diplomatic status.
  • The option of a “special listing” of your name, specialties, contact information and Diplomatic status and Diplomate number on The American College of Sexologists website
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Why Choose Us?

1. Internationial Recognition

The ACS is recognized worldwide for its rigorous standards in granting certification for training in sexology and erotology. The approved schools and institutions on our comprehensive list of qualified organizations provide you with the expertise you need to fulfill our certification, which opens doors to opportunities globally in the field of sexuality. A certificate from the American College of Sexologists International means that students, interns and professionals have not only met the requirements of training, but that they are a member of a community committed to the sexual health and well-being of world citizens everywhere.

2. Several Certifications Offered

ACS offers certification in Clinical Sexology, Education, Erotology, Somatic Sexology, Esoteric Sexology, Alternative Lifestyle Sexology and Adult Toys & Novelties. A formal degree or 300 hours in one of the related fields will qualify you for an ACS certification, and you can refer to our list of approved institutions to learn more about the courses and programs offered in this field. For more information on the programs we certify, click here: GET CREDENTIALS

3. Free Directory Listing on our website

As a courtesy to our membership, we provide the service of listing each name on our roster free of charge. Our philosophy is that sharing ideas in the growing study of sexuality aids in the promotion of sex positivity globally, so we encourage our members to reach out to each other, learn from each other, and create new pathways to strengthen the discipline.
If you prefer to stay anonymous, we respect your wishes and will not post your name on our directory listing.