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Eligibility requirements for individual accreditation

To apply for BACP accreditation, you must meet the following criteria: 


BACP membership requirements

You must be a Registered Member MBACP before you can apply for accreditation. 

Training requirements 

If you have not completed a BACP-accredited course, you will need to provide evidence that you have completed professional counselling / psychotherapy training that: 

  • Included at least 450 hours of tutor contact hours
  • Took place over at least two years (part-time) or one year (full-time)
  • Included a supervised placement as an integral part of the training
  • Covered theory, skills, professional issues and personal development
  • Required an assessment of your competence at the end 

You can use more than one course to meet these requirements, but you cannot include: 

  • Short CPD training
  • Courses which are not considered core practitioner training for counselling and psychotherapy, such as EMDR or hypnotherapy
  • Courses that offer a certificate of attendance, achievement or completion, without any assessment 

If you work with children and young people, please see BACP's Revised Statement on Students working with CYP which affects how your placement hours are counted. 


Supervised practice requirements

You must be in practice when you apply for accreditation. You must also have: 

  • Been in practice for more than three years (these do not have to be consecutive years)
  • Completed at least 450 hours of supervised practice, accumulated over three to six years (which don't have to be consecutive). At least 150 of these hours must have been after successfully completing all your practitioner training.
  • Been supervised for at least 1.5 hours a month throughout the period of practice submitted

 You can count practice hours accumulated from the date you started your placement, as long as this was supervised for at least 1.5 hours a month.


Supervision requirements

You must have a current and ongoing contract for counselling/psychotherapy supervision for a minimum of 1.5 hours for each month you are practising.

You can have more than one contract in place to meet this requirement, even if they relate to your practice in different agencies. It can also include a combination of individual and peer supervision.