Membership Frequently Asked Questions

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

Applications for membership take up to 28 days to process from the date we receive your completed application form. We will email you to confirm your application has arrived.

New applications

Download and print out the Membership Application Form,complete the Direct Debit mandate and post back to us with your completed application form. We can then make arrangements for your membership fee to be paid by Direct Debit.

If you need a Membership Application Form sent to you by post, email us at with your postal address and we'll post one out to you.

Existing members

Download and print out our Direct Debit mandate to set up new bank details. Complete and return in the post to us.

Is there a charge for setting up a Direct Debit?

No there isn't a charge.

How many instalments will my Direct Debit be taken over?

It can be taken either through ten monthly instalments or in one single annual payment - you can specify your preference on the application form or Direct Debit mandate.

When does my Direct Debit go out? Can I change the date it goes out?

The Direct Debit is requested on or around the 25th of each month.  This is a static date and cannot be changed.

Membership cards for the forthcoming year are normally sent within approximately ten working days after your subscription payment has been received and processed. If you are paying by Direct Debit, your card will be sent after the first payment has been received by BACP.

Receipts for payments can be printed from the members area of the website.

This will be issued to the address we currently hold for you six weeks prior to your renewal date. If you change address please make sure that you let us know so we can update our records.

Registration does not replace accreditation. 

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

Accreditation is the hallmark of an experienced practitioner and allows you to demonstrate your capacity for independent, competent, ethical practice. Visit our accreditation pages to find out more about accreditation.  

Therapy Today is issued every month with the exception of January and August and is mailed out between the 15th and 20th of the month. Other divisional journals are issued quarterly.

You must complete your course - including the 100 hour placement - and graduate before you can become an Individual Member. To upgrade your membership, please send us a copy of your graduation certificate (not the original). Or you can send us a letter on headed paper from your place of study confirming that you have successfully completed and graduated from your course.