Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions

Make a selection from the headings below to view the answers to these popular questions.

Accreditation is the hallmark of an experienced practitioner and allows you to demonstrate your capacity for independent, competent, ethical practice. It offers a kite-mark status for individual practitioners, professional training courses and therapeutic service providers who are able to demonstrate that they meet a wide range of criteria set to recognise high standards of knowledge, experience and development. Visit our accreditation pages to find out more about accreditation.

Registration doesn’t replace accreditation.

All practising BACP members must be registered, or working towards registration. Visit the BACP Register website to find out more about registration.

The accreditation application process takes approximately four to five months to complete from the date we receive the application.

A BACP accredited course has been assessed by us against detailed criteria. Accredited courses offer quality training to a high standard, which is recognised by employers, colleagues and prospective clients. Visit our Accredited Course Directory to find out more and to view accredited courses in your area.

No, you don’t need to complete an accredited course to apply for individual accreditation.
The Application Accreditation Resource lists alternative routes to accreditation under the Eligibility and Routes to Entry section.

No - only registered members of BACP are eligible to apply for accreditation.

No - only registered members of BACP are eligible to apply for accreditation, so you’ll need to become a registered member first.

This normally takes about three weeks from the date of receipt of your correctly completed accreditation declaration and payment of your membership subscriptions.

Accreditation renewal is automatically aligned with membership and the register renewal each year. You will need to complete your accreditation renewal form and go online at to renew your registration.

In our accreditation literature, we use the term ‘collated copy’ to mean numbered and in order. This makes it easier for you to check that all your evidence has been included and easier for us to check that your application is complete.