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Introduction to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  

Your learning does not finish when you qualify as a counsellor or psychotherapist. 

Professional practitioners should continually seek learning experiences to maintain, improve and broaden their competence, knowledge and skills, ensuring they can practise safely, effectively and legally within an evolving scope of practice.    

BACP requirements for CPD 

Our Ethical Framework requires all our members to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date through regular CPD. 

To become a BACP Registered Member, you have to formally commit to undertaking CPD and to plan, record, review and reflect upon your learning in a structured way.  

Find out more about the Register requirements for CPD 

What is CPD? 

CPD, or lifelong learning, is not just about formal training. It can take place through a wide range of activities in various contexts, and may include both personal and professional development. You are in charge of your own learning and set your own development goals according to your needs, situation and goals. 

CPD activities can include: 

  • Formal education lectures, seminars and courses
  • E-learning CPD modules
  • In-service training, work shadowing or mentoring
  • Attending or presenting at conferences and workshops
  • Committee work or participation in special interest groups
  • Updating your knowledge through books, articles, TV, radio, internet

For further information, please see: 

pdf file Registrant's guide to CPD
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CPD resources 

BACP provides a range of professional CPD resources to support your learning and development, available at discounted rates or free of charge to BACP members. 

  • BACP events
    Conferences, workshops and professional development days on a wide range of topics. 
  • Webcasts
    Live and on-demand webcasts of conferences and events from BACP and other organisations.
  • CPD pilot platform
    Our new online CPD resource offering themed video e-learning packages.
  • CPD directory
    A searchable directory of CPD activities from other providers across the UK and worldwide.
  • Good Practice Resources
    Series of free publications on key topics in counselling and psychotherapy, based on current research and evidence, developed in conjunction with members and experts in the field.
  • Competences and curricula
    Competence frameworks and training curriculum for counselling and psychotherapy specialisms.