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Individual Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation

‘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.

Please CLICK ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING HEADINGS for more information:

Applying for Accreditation  - access the application pack or the online application webpages, the guidelines

New Online Workshop  - to go straight to the e-learning 'Accreditation Application Resource' - access is free to all BACP members

Eligibilty Criteria  - training, previous & current practice and supervision requirements 

Reflective Practice Criteria  - understanding what's needed and access the guidelines

Assessment Process & Outcomes  - processing time, successful, deferred, unsuccessful, appeal, logo

Supporting your Supervisee  - guidance for Supervisors in helping their supervisees through the accreditation application process

Accreditation Fees - current application submission costs 

Disability Support - our guide on how we are able to help if you need this support

Have you been DEFFERED - click here to access information about Tele-surgeries

If you are RENEWING your accreditation, please click here:  Annual Renewal & Audit

Find out about how you can REINSTATE your accreditation, please click here: Reinstatement of Accreditation


Why become BACP Accredited?

Accreditation is not for the newly qualified practitioner. Its is a quality standard for the mature, experienced practitioner who wishes to demonstrate their knowledge, experience and understanding of what they do and why, and there is no better way than to become BACP Accredited.  BACP is the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, and its accreditation standard, arguably the most widely recognised.

Because the accreditation standard is not specific to any particular modality of counselling/psychotherapist, you will have to prove your own personal understanding of the way in which you work, based on a minimum standard of training and practice, and how you help your clients move forward towards a better sense of wellbeing and mental health. You will also have to show that you have a self-awareness and understanding of the need for supervision to maintain your own personal mental health, as well as that of your clients. You will also have to demonstrate your commitment to maintaining continuing professional development to ensure you continue to grow and refresh and develop your knowledge base.   

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 - Counsellor/Psychotherapist
  • Practitioner - working with Children & Young People
  • Practitioner - working in the Healthcare sector
  • Supervisor - working with individuals
  • Supervisor - working with groups 

  Click  here to go to the Senior Accreditation webpages for further details.

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