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Course Accreditation Scheme  

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BACP's course accreditation scheme offers accreditation to counsellor/psychotherapist practitioner training courses of at least 400 face-to-face taught hours, which require an integral supervised placement of 100 client hours minimum.

Training providers, employers, prospective students and those already in training recognise BACP course accreditation as a mark of a good practitioner training course. For students and graduates, it offers a standard of practitioner training guaranteed to be accepted towards Student Member, Registered Member MBACP and Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation.

The scheme is for established courses which have experience of teaching and learning at all stages of the course, as indicated by some criteria and the visit stage requirements. For example the assessment team will want to meet final year students, examine work examples from all parts of the course and understand how placements work in practice. Please note that your course must have been through the whole teaching and evaluation process from recruitment and admissions to course-end and graduation before you can complete and submit your application to BACP.



Is the course eligible?

Use this quick guide to check if your course meets our eligibility requirements:

pdf file Eligibility Criteria A1-10
pdf file Eligibility Criteria A1-10.pdf
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What does the process entail?

Our flowchart shows all the stages in the process, from preparing your application, through to the visit stage and finally to the outcome:

pdf file Application & assessment process flowchart
pdf file Application & assessment process flowchart.pdf
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pdf file Quick Guide to Applying
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What resources are there to help with the application process?

We have produced a new range of resources to help you make your application. The general guidance will give you an overview of the requirements, advise on starting to make your application and how to put it all together. We also have a range of guidance notes which deal specifically with each section of the course accreditation scheme criteria.

pdf file General application guidance
pdf file General application guidance.pdf
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pdf file B1-B2 admission, teaching and learning
pdf file B1-B2 admission, teaching and learning.pdf
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pdf file B3 knowledge
pdf file B3 knowledge.pdf
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pdf file B4 client work (placements, application of theory to practice, supervision)
pdf file B4 client work (placements, application of theory to practice, supervision).pdf
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pdf file B5 professional context
pdf file B5 professional context.pdf
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pdf file B6 student assessment
pdf file B6 student assessment.pdf
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pdf file B7 course completion
pdf file B7 course completion.pdf
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pdf file B8 course evaluation
pdf file B8 course evaluation.pdf
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pdf file B9 accreditation of prior learning (APL)
pdf file B9 accreditation of prior learning (APL).pdf
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pdf file Table of contents example
pdf file Table of contents example.pdf
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pdf file Outcomes: decision and appeals
pdf file Outcomes: decision and appeals.pdf
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Current BACP Ethical Framework and Good Practice In Action resources

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Do we need an application pack?

These are the documents you will need to make your application. The scheme's criteria - officially titled 'Accreditation of Training Courses' and unofficially known as the 'Gold Book' lists all the requirements a course will have to meet in order to become accredited. All applications must be made on the course accreditation scheme application form, which takes you through the criteria one-by-one in order. You will also need to return a signed copy of the Terms & Conditions with your application. Please remember to notify us at least two months in advance before you submit your application.

pdf file Criteria for the accreditation of training courses
pdf file Criteria for the accreditation of training courses.pdf
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docx file Course accreditation application form
docx file Course accreditation application form.docx
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pdf file Terms & Conditions of course accreditation
pdf file Terms & Conditions of course accreditation.pdf
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docx file Table of contents template
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docx file Team member profile template ('CV')
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docx file Course team summary template (A5 - A6)
docx file Course team summary template (A5 - A6).docx
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docx file Application checklist
docx file Application checklist.docx
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Fees

The application and assessment process costs £2475 in total, payable in two stages of £1100 'Application Stage' and £1375 'Visit Stage'

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Essential information for courses which admit students via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures

APL procedures must be approved by BACP as part of the course accreditation process in order for those students admitted via APL to be able to claim a BACP accredited course upon graduation.

docx file APL and accredited courses students and graduates
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Additional resources - Professional Standards

Trainee placements with children and young people   BACP competencies and curricula BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (July 2016) Ethical Framework resources for trainers, supervisors and practitioners Good Practice in Action resources (BACP members)

We have mapped the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions against the criteria for Course Accreditation. Courses may wish to use this document as a reference point to facilitate embedding the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions into training courses, when up-dating or writing a training programme and/or when making an application for accreditation or for accreditation renewal.

docx file Mapping document: EFfCP to course accreditation criteria
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Course Accreditation and Professional Standards

The day-to-day running of the course accreditation scheme sits within the Professional Standards department at BACP. We coordinate the application and assessment procedures for first-time applications and renewals, as well as supporting accredited courses to maintain their accreditation as they develop, change and expand. We can also help you with your enquiries about gaining course accreditation with BACP. In addition, we help with queries about the accredited status of qualifications past and present. You can email us or call 01455 883302. BACP has an assessment team of Accreditation Assessors who work on all accreditation schemes, which is managed by the Accreditation Standards Manager.

Course Accreditation | BACP Professional Standards

 
       
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