The January 2022 version of the SCoPEd framework has now been agreed and published, but nothing changes at this stage for BACP or our members.

We will continue to work with our partners in the SCoPEd partnership over the course of 2022, and we have jointly committed to:

  • conducting an impact assessment of the SCoPEd framework
  • creating a shared set of principles – based around fairness, inclusion and transparency – for implementing the framework
  • working towards agreed shared ‘titles’ which are not included in this version
  • agreeing transparent and evidence-based mechanisms for members and registrants to progress between the columns of the framework as they develop their training, skills, knowledge and experience throughout their professional journey

Now that the framework has been published, BACP’s next steps are set out below:

Step 1

It is up to individual bodies, including BACP, to decide whether and how to adopt the SCoPEd framework. 

The decision as to whether BACP will adopt the framework will be made by BACP’s Board.

Step 2

If the SCoPEd framework is adopted by BACP, we would spend around a year integrating it into our existing systems and processes.

This would include refining our existing membership categories and accreditation standards so that they more closely align with the SCoPEd framework, along with agreeing new mechanisms to offer access to the different columns.

This is when we would be able to better answer specific questions from individual members about what SCoPEd means for you.

Existing training, qualifications and experience would still be valid, and you would still be able to progress from one membership category to another during the transition period.

Step 3

We would then have a clearly defined transition period.

During this time we would work with members to make sure where you would be represented in the new framework reflects your skills, qualifications, training and experience.

There would be clear guidance and mechanisms in place to support this.

Step 4

After this transition period everyone applying to become a member would have a clear view of how BACP membership categories and standards align to the framework. At this point, the transition period would end, and training course providers will be able to identify the competences and training standards they deliver using a common framework.