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Accreditation assessment process and outcomes

As soon as we receive your accreditation application, we will send you an acknowledgement by email. 

Our accreditation office team will check your submission to make sure that you meet all the eligibility criteria and have completed the application correctly. We will contact you if we have any queries.

Once your application passes this stage, we will send it for assessment by our professional assessors. We will then write to you with their decision, which will either be successfuldeferred or unsuccessful.

The checking and assessment process takes around three to six months to complete. 


If your application is successful

We will send you a Certificate and letter of authentication confirming your status as Registered Member MBACP (Accred) or Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred). 

You will also be able to download your personal BACP Registered Accredited member logo for use on your promotional materials. Please make sure you read the Members advertising policy for information on how this can be used.

You will need to renew your accredited membership, including your accreditation declaration and your registration, every year. Each time you renew, we will send you a new authentication letter, valid for the following year. However, you will only receive one copy of your Certificate to cover the full duration of your accreditation.

Please keep your Certificate and letters of authentication safe as we have to charge an administration fee for copies. 


If your application is deferred

If our assessors decide that you have not fully met the accreditation criteria, your application will be deferred. We will send you a detailed assessment report explaining why you have not met the criteria and what you need to address in a resubmission. 

Find out more about making a resubmission.

If you do not make a resubmission within six months of the date of your assessment report, your application will be considered to be unsuccessful. We do not send you any reminders.

If, after assessment of your resubmission, you are still assessed as not having fully met all the criteria, your application will be considered out of date and will be destroyed. You will be sent another assessment report detailing the reasons for the assessor’s decision. 


If your application is unsuccessful

If you are unsuccessful, you will not be eligible to re-apply for accreditation for 12 months. This is to allow you time to reflect on your practice, talk with your supervisor and undertake additional CPD if required.

Failure to gain accreditation does not mean that you are a ‘bad’ practitioner or are not working ethically. It only means that you were unable to demonstrate to our assessors that you were meeting the standard at this time. Often unsuccessful applicants have just applied too early in their career or have rushed through their application.

If you think that the assessment procedure has not been followed correctly, or that your application has not been fairly assessed, you can appeal against an unsuccessful decision. 

Find out more about our accreditation appeals process.