Our competence frameworks set out the knowledge, skills and abilities required to deliver specific therapeutic modalities, or to work effectively with particular client groups or certain therapeutic contexts.

They are developed using a mixed-methods approach which has been informed by the Roth and Pilling (2008) methodology. The development approach includes a comprehensive review of the research literature and identification of relevant practice manuals, textbooks and teaching materials. The process is overseen by an expert reference group.

The accompanying user guides describe the applications and uses of the competence framework, and its advantages for practitioners, trainers, employers and commissioners.


Our curricula are underpinned by a corresponding competence framework. They offer training providers a framework for delivering comprehensive training courses to give practitioners the required competences for working within a particular context or with a certain client group. Each curriculum includes a set of subject areas which outline the content required for the training programme.

The curricula are designed to be flexible to meet the varying needs of training providers and practitioners. The subject areas are not intended to be delivered as separate units or modules within a sequential format as many interlink and some may underpin all elements of the course, for example ethical and professional practice. Trainers may teach the content of the subject areas in the order that best suits them and their students.

Watch this short video to find out more about our competence frameworks and how they can be used to support practitioners, supervisors, trainers and services

Copyright and permissions

All our competence frameworks, user guides and training curricula are copyrighted with all rights reserved. We have developed these resources to help BACP members in their practice development and to support the development of training courses. Permission to use these resources is defined under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

You can find information about when you are permitted to use works without having to apply for permission in Exceptions to copyright.

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