Registered members who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to become accredited when the SCoPED transition period opens in February 2024.
Benefits of accreditation
Accreditation has many benefits. It can be a valuable developmental opportunity as your career progresses, and a consolidating form of self-reflective CPD.
As well as your existing member benefits, accredited members:
- can use the designatory letters 'MBACP (Accred)'
- receive a certificate of accreditation and a personalised logo that you can use to promote your practice
- have professional recognition of the quality of your practice
- have evidence of your knowledge and development as an experienced practitioner
To apply for accreditation during the transition period you'll need to submit evidence that you meet all our training, supervised practice, supervision and reflective practice requirements by completing our online application form when the transition period opens in February 2024. You'll need to provide details including:
- your current way of working
- case material of your practice
- a supervisor's statement
You need to be a registered member and meet the following criteria:
You must have completed and graduated from a BACP accredited course, or professional counselling or psychotherapy training that:
- included at least 450 hours of tutor contact hours, over two years (part-time) or one year (full-time)
- included a supervised placement as an integral part of the training
- covered theory, skills, professional issues and personal development
- required an assessment of your competence at the end
Supervised practice requirements
You need to be in practice when you apply for accreditation and have:
- been in practice for more than three years
- completed 450 hours of supervised practice over three to six years, with at least 150 of these after completing your practitioner training
- been supervised for at least 1.5 hours a month throughout this period
You need to have a current and ongoing contract for counselling or psychotherapy supervision for a minimum of 1.5 hours for each month you're practising.
All BACP members need to read and agree to abide by our Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and our Professional Conduct Procedure on an annual basis. As an accredited member, you'll also need to agree to the terms and conditions of the BACP Register every year.
You should also read our Membership policies and protocols
How to apply
Accreditation requires a detailed application and assessment process which can take up to six months to complete. You'll need to complete our online application form when the SCoPEd transition period opens in February 2024 which requires:
- evidence of your training, practice and supervision
- completion of a detailed reflective practice section demonstrating your understanding of what you do with examples from your practice
We believe all members should have equal access to apply for accreditation. If you identify as living with a disability or learning difference, we can offer additional support to help remove any barriers you may experience with the application process.
The cost to apply for accreditation during the SCoPEd transition period will remain as £230 and financial support is available for eligible members.
Membership subscriptions run for a year and are reviewed annually.
If you’re receiving certain state benefits or have no personal income, you may be entitled to pay a reduced fee. You'll need to select this option when you renew online. Please see our Reduced fee policy.
If you're a UK tax payer, you may be eligible to claim tax relief on your membership fees.
Renewing, reinstating or changing your membership
How to renew your membership, reinstate your membership if it's lapsed or change your membership category
IACP and BACP recognition of accreditation
BACP and the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) have a connection with each other’s counsellor and psychotherapist accreditation schemes.
Promoting your membership
Guidelines on how to use your designatory letters, logos and certificates (previously members' advertising policy).