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As the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK with almost 44,000 members, BACP aims to increase public understanding of the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy, raise awareness of what can be expected from the process of therapy and promote education and/or training for counsellors and psychotherapists.
BACP has two membership categories open to new applicants.†
Student Member £78
As a student member it is likely that you are at the start of your counselling and psychotherapy career and also new to BACP. It is our intention to guide and support you as you progress to our Registered Member MBACP category and hopefully to become an accredited member of BACP.
Student membership is available if you are undertaking face to face classroom tuition on a minimum of a one year full time or two years part time counselling and/or psychotherapy course that has a supervised placement with a minimum of 100 contact/client hours as an integral part of the course.
Individual Member £162
If you have successfully completed, face to face classroom tuition,†and graduated from a minimum of a one year full time or two year part time counselling and/or psychotherapy qualification that included a supervised placement with a minimum of 100 contact/client hours as an integral part of the course, you are eligible to join BACP as an Individual Member.
You will then have up to 24 months to progress to the Registered Member MBACP category. You can find†further information on the†BACP Register website.
If you have previously held membership of BACP you may not be required to complete an application form to re-join us. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Customer Services team on 01455 883300 to discuss the options available to you.
Retired Member category
Our Retired Member category is available for current BACP members who are no longer practising yet still wish to retain links with BACP and benefit from selected services. For further information and to request an application form please email email@example.com or†contact us. Please note that as the Retired Member category is subsidised, further reductions in fees are not available.
Please note BACP only accept evidence of core practitioner training which is primarily based in counselling and/or psychotherapy. Qualifications based in the following (including but not limited to) will not be accepted for membership:
There may also be occasions where BACP requires additional information in the form of a course handbook or transcript (a list of subjects taken and grades earned) to be submitted to support your membership application. Where applicable, BACP also requires any documents not in English to be translated by a certified translator.
Any qualifications that are studied by online/distance learning are not accepted for membership with BACP.
Reduced Rates of Membership
BACP offers subsidised membership rates. In order to qualify for a reduced rate, you must be in receipt of a state benefit (including state pension) or unwaged with no personal income. Tax credits and Child Benefit are not included.
Reduced rates cannot be retrospectively applied to previously paid subscriptions and evidence will only be accepted at the point of application or membership renewal. Please note our Retired Member category does not qualify for reduced membership rates.†
Membership Card: Membership cards for the forthcoming year will be sent once 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 made.
Receipts: Receipts are not issued unless specifically requested. Receipts for payments can be printed from the members area of the website.
Benefits of BACP Membership
Find out more about the†benefits of being a BACP member.
Fellowships may be awarded to members who have achieved distinction in their field of counselling and/or psychotherapy, or who have given distinctive services to BACP.
If you would like to discuss becoming a member of BACP or have any questions about applying and the application form/process, then please†contact us.
We look forward to you becoming a member of BACP!