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Develop your career

Continual Professional Development (CPD) 

Once you’ve completed your core training, you may wish to specialise in a specific area. This may require additional training, for example courses in addiction or bereavement counselling.  Or you may wish to go into private practice and want training in setting up and running a business.

But even if you don’t need specific new skills, as a professional practitioner you should continually seek learning experiences to maintain, improve and broaden your competence and knowledge. Our Ethical Framework requires all BACP members to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date through regular CPD.

You can find out more about CPD and the resources we offer, including our CPD directory and online resources, in Introduction to CPD.


Counsellors and psychotherapists are not regulated by law, so we protect the public by maintaining a register of practitioners who meet our minimum standards of proficiency and good practice. The BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists was one of the first registers to be assessed and accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. 

All qualified and practising members of BACP have to register, or be working towards registration. You will have 24 months from the date of becoming an Individual Member to join the BACP Register.  


BACP accreditation is a widely-valued quality status for experienced practitioners who want to demonstrate their capacity for independent, ethical and competent practice. This is the next step for Registered Members who have been in practice for at least three years.  

You can find out more about eligibility requirements and how to apply in Accreditation scheme for individual practitioners.

We also have five Senior Accreditation schemes for practitioners who have extended experience within specialist areas of work.