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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 around 10000 accredited counsellor/psychotherapists.

Accreditation also gives direct entry on to the BACP Register of Counsellors/Psychotherapists.


BACP counsellor/psychotherapist accreditation is awarded to members who can meet the standard for accreditation. This standard is supported by the criteria for application. To become accredited, you must provide enough evidence to show that you can meet each criterion and that you can meet the overall standard for the scheme.


If this is your first visit to this page and you want to know more about accreditation as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, please click on the icon below to download our 'Guide to Applying' which takes you through the process and should answer the key questions you may have about the process.

pdf file Guide to Applying
pdf file Guide to Applying.pdf
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If you feel you are ready to apply, or you want to look in more detail, you will need an application pack to apply for accreditation. The pack contains an application form and information to help you make your application.  You will also find this helpful if you are applying on-line as it includes lots useful information. Click  here  to download a pack.  This includes all the criteria that you are required to meet.

If you want to use our online application system, we have produced a guide to help you use the system. 

pdf file Online Guide
pdf file Online Guide.pdf
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