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Individual Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation Scheme

‘To demonstrate the capacity for independent, competent, ethical practice’

Accreditation enables clients, employers and colleagues to recognise proven, competent practitioners. This means that the selection of a counsellor or therapist can be based on an informed choice rather than speculation. To date, BACP has over 11,000 accredited counsellor/psychotherapists.

BACP counsellor/psychotherapist accreditation is awarded to members who can meet the standard for accreditation by demonstrating that they meet the criteria which sets that standard. There is a full application that needs to be completed and assessed to show that practitioners are meeting each gold-standard criterion.

A BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist has demonstrated a commitment to high standards and enable the public to have confidence that the practitioner works ethically and is trained and qualified. BACP Accredited counsellors and psychotherapists have surpassed registration standards and have demonstrated mature competence in counselling/psychotherapy training and practice.

Are you a Practitioner looking at becoming Accredited?

From 1 September 2014, anyone wishing to apply for, or reinstate, BACP Accreditation will first need to be on the BACP Register.  

There is a very useful 'Guide to Applying' which we would encourage you to read through - it takes you through the process and should answer the key questions you may have about the process of gaining BACP individual accreditation as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. 

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When you feel you are ready to apply, or you want to look at the criteria in more detail, you will need an application pack. This contains all the information you need to complete and submit an application - it is presented as a word document in which you can type in to and save on your computer. Download and application here  

Are you ready to Apply for Accreditation?

You may be ready as soon as you meet the eligibility criteria - having successfully completed at least 450 hours of tutor-led professional training with student placement, have a minimum of 450 hours of practice supervised to at least 11/2 hours per calendar month, been in practice for at least three years (can include placement years), are BACP Registered and are in current practice. Please go to the Accreditation Application process webpage for further details and to make a start.  Click here

Are you already Accredited and looking to become A Senior Accredited Practitioner or Supervisor?

Once you have been in practice as a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist for two-three years, you may be eligible to apply to become Senior Accredited. There are currently five senior categories and you may apply for any or all of them. The different categories each require a separate application and are for - Practitioner (General, working with Children & Young People or working in the Healthcare sector) or Supervisor (working with individuals or groups). Click here  to go to the Senior Accreditation webpages for further details

Are you looking for information on the Accreditation Annual Renewal & Audit Process?

All accredited and senior accredited members are required to submit and annual renewal form, which forms part of the annual membership renewal form - please do look out for this section on the form that you will receive annually through the post. Please note that the BACP Register annual renewal process is a separate process. Please go to the REnewal of Accreditation webpage for further information by clicking here.

Are you looking to Reinstate your Individual Accredited status?

If you have allowed, or decided, to let your accreditation lapse and now wish to reinstate that accreditation, there are two routes to do this without making a whole new application. The two forms that need to be completed and submitted, cover lapses of less than three years and for lapses of more than three years. For more information  please click here