THE Allied Health Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (AHPCZ) has introduced a new set of rules and requirements for individuals willing to conduct work as HIV testing and counselors.
The regulations according to AHPCZ, will improve professionalism and accountability in the field of HIV counseling and testing through ensuring that all practitioners who take up the duty are fully qualified and certified for task.
In a circular, AHPCZ registrar, Ms F Maziriri said it was now illegal for one to use the name counselor without being registered by the council and failure to abide by the new regulations would attract consequences.
“The AHPCZ a statutory body registered through the Health Professions Act (Chapter 27.19) wishes to inform all members of the public, training institutions and employees that with effect from the 31st of August 2018, a register was established for counselors.
“Registration qualifications are as follows: Diploma in Systematic Family Counseling, Advanced Diploma in Family Therapy, Diploma in HIV and Counseling, Diploma in Christian Counselling, Bachelor of Science Honours in Counseling and other counseling related qualifications,” said Maziriri.