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BACP Professional Accreditation Schemes

BACP accreditation is a widely-valued quality status for practitioners, organisations and training courses, designed to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development.

It enables clients, employers and practitioners to make an informed decision when choosing a therapist, service or counselling / psychotherapy training.

All our accreditation schemes require current and ongoing membership of BACP. 

Accreditation Scheme for Individual Practitioners

This is the next step for Registered Members who have been in practice for at least three years and want to demonstrate their capacity for independent, ethical and competent practice.

Find out more about individual accreditation

Senior Accreditation Scheme for Individual Practitioners 

This is for BACP members who have been accredited for more than three years and want further recognition of their extended experience and knowledge within their specialist area of work.  We currently have five Senior Accreditation schemes: 

  • Practitioner - Counsellor/Psychotherapist
  • Practitioner - Counsellor/Psychotherapist for Children and Young People
  • Practitioner - Counsellor/Psychotherapist for Healthcare 
  • Supervisor - of Individuals
  • Supervisor - of Groups 

Find out more about senior accreditation 


Accreditation Scheme for Services

This is for organisations that provide therapeutic counselling/psychotherapy services either as their sole service or as part of a portfolio of mental health and wellbeing services. Organisations must have a minimum of three qualified practitioners providing distinct counselling/psychotherapy services. 

Find out more about service accreditation 

If you are looking for an accredited service near you, please see our Accredited Service Directory,


Accreditation Scheme for Courses

This is for training providers offering professional counsellor/psychotherapist practitioner training. Courses must include at least 400 face-to-face taught hours and an integral student placement with a minimum of 100 hours supervised client work.

Find out more about course accreditation

If you are looking for an accredited course, please see our Accredited Course Directory