Individual Certification Membership

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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