We’ve two membership categories open to new applicants:
To join us as a Student Member, you must be undertaking a minimum of a one year full time or two years' part time counselling and/or psychotherapy course. The course must be face-to-face classroom tuition and include an integral, supervised placement with a minimum of 100 contact/client hours.
To join us as an Individual Member, you must have successfully completed and graduated from a minimum of a one year full time or two years’ part time counselling and/or psychotherapy course. The course must have been face-to-face classroom tuition and have included an integral, supervised placement with a minimum of 100 contact/client hours.
Student Members can upgrade to Individual Members when you complete your course, including the 100 hour placement, and graduate. You do not have to complete a new application form - just 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.
To be eligible for BACP membership, your core practitioner training must be based in counselling and/or psychotherapy. Qualifications based in disciplines such as psychology, hypnotherapy, social work, coaching etc will not be accepted for membership.
If it’s unclear, we may require additional information such as a course handbook or transcript. We will also require translations, by a certified translator, of any documents not in English.
We don’t accept any qualifications gained through online or distance learning.
How to apply
To apply, please download the application form and appropriate guide below:
Membership application form
Student Member application booklet
Individual Member application booklet
As part of your application, you must read and agree to our:
You should also read our:
You’ll need to provide a letter from your place of study, or a copy of your graduation certificate, and references from both a professional sponsor and a referee to support your application. Full details are given on the application form.
Here are some tips and common mistakes to avoid when completing your application.
What happens next?
To ensure BACP membership continues to signify high professional standards, we individually vet and verify every membership application. Please allow up to 28 days for your application to be processed.
Any errors or omissions may delay your application, so please double check you’ve completed everything before submitting your form.
We’ll send you your membership card when we write to confirm that your application has been successful.
Advertising your membership
You can use your membership of BACP to promote your practice, subject to certain conditions. Please see our members’ Policy on Advertising for the correct way to use designatory letters, descriptors, logos and web links.
Members advertising policy