As an accredited member, you’ll be aligned to column B in the SCoPEd framework. This means you’ll continue to be recognised as a qualified, credible and ethical counselling or psychotherapy professional.

You’ll still be able to:

  • provide all the services you currently do
  • practise competences in other SCoPEd columns providing you have the right skills, knowledge, training and experience to do so

This is in line with our existing Ethical Framework, which states that BACP members must work within the limits of their competence.

Applying to become a BACP senior accredited member 

We’ve revised the eligibility criteria and application process for our senior accredited member category so that it aligns with column C standards of the SCoPEd framework. 

Accredited members who meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply to become a senior accredited member during the transition period, may do so via our temporary accreditation mechanisms if you have the right skills, knowledge, training, and experience to do so.  

You’ll need to meet all our revised senior accredited eligibility criteria and complete our new application form, providing details including: 

  • evidence that you have a Level 7 or equivalent counselling and/or psychotherapy qualification 
  • evidence of personal therapy or personal development work you have engaged in that has contributed to self-awareness and is applicable to therapeutic practice  
  • a personal statement giving evidence against a range of criteria that reflect the different competences within the SCoPEd framework, and 
  • a Supervisor’s statement 

Visit our senior accredited membership page for more details. 

The application fee will be £230, and financial support available for eligible members. 

If you are a BACP accredited member and also a UKCP or BPC member and are aligned to column C of the SCoPEd framework with one of those partners  please contact our customer services team for more information about the process for you to move to our revised senior accredited membership category, if you wish to do so. 

Please visit our Applying for senior accreditation FAQ page or BACP’s SCoPEd implementation period FAQs for more information.  

You can also view our SCoPEd: Transition period: what does it mean to members event which took place on 1 September 2023, which outlined the temporary accreditation mechanisms. This is available to view on our on-demand web page.

Looking ahead

Following the transition period, which is expected to finish in early 2026, all our membership category entry requirements will be fully aligned to the standards of the SCoPEd framework columns.

New accreditation routes to move between membership categories will be available at this point. These routes will consider training and CPD alongside other existing skills and experience. More details will be published in due course.

Please visit our SCoPEd FAQ page or contact customer services on 01455 883300 if you have any questions.