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Accreditation Scheme for Individual Practitioners

BACP accreditation is a quality standard for the experienced practitioner who can demonstrate high standards of competent and ethical practice. 
The accreditation process involves a detailed application and assessment procedure that takes around three to six months to complete. 
Accreditation is not specific to any particular modality. You will have to demonstrate your own personal understanding of the way you work and how you help your clients move forward towards a better sense of wellbeing and mental health. You need to have a self-awareness and understanding of the need for supervision to reflect in depth upon all aspects of your practice, in order to work as effectively, safely and ethically as possible. 
The BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions was formally adopted on 1 July 2016. All applications must be made on the accreditation form which references this and will be assessed using the new Framework. 


Who can apply?

To apply for BACP accreditation, you must: 

  • Be a Registered Member of BACP 
  • Have successfully completed a BACP-accredited or other appropriate professional training of at least 450 hours
  • Have been in practice for at least three years and completed a minimum of 450 supervised practice hours 
  • Have an ongoing supervision arrangement in place for 1.5 hours per month
  • Be covered by professional indemnity insurance 

Find out more about the eligibility requirements for individual accreditation


How much does it cost?

  • Standard application submission fee: £230
  • Reduced-rate application submission fee: £115

BACP members who pay the reduced membership fee are entitled to a reduced rate on their accreditation application. This only applies to your initial application.

You may also be entitled to a reduction if you will require additional support due to a disability. Please see Disability support.


How do I apply?

You will need to complete an in-depth application providing evidence of your training, practice and supervision. This includes a reflective practice section, asking you to write about your understanding of what you do, using examples from your practice. 

We have lots of resources to help you, including an online accreditation workshop

Find out more about applying for individual accreditation


What happens next?

When we receive your application, we will check that it is complete and let you know if there is anything else we need. It will then be passed to our professional assessors for assessment.

Find out about the accreditation assessment process and outcomes