How to apply

We can currently only accept applications on a paper application form. Please download and complete the form below and return the original and a copy to us by post. We cannot return any submissions after assessment, so make sure you keep a copy.

Accreditation application pack (doc 0.2MB)

It requires a lot of time and thought to complete an application, but we have several resources to help you.

Accreditation application guide (pdf 0.2MB)

Accreditation application guide criteria 6 to 7 (pdf 0.26MB)

Accreditation application guide criterion 8 (pdf 0.3MB)

Accreditation application guide criterion 9 (pdf 0.3MB)

Online accreditation workshop

This accreditation workshop was delivered by BACP accreditation assessors to a live audience of registered members. Although filmed in 2014, the videos and FAQs still provide useful information and explanation for anyone completing an accreditation application.


  • Standard application submission fee: £230
  • Reduced-rate application submission fee: £115

If you pay a reduced membership fee, you're entitled to a reduced rate on your accreditation application. This only applies to your initial application.

If you have a disability and require additional support to complete your application, you can apply for a fee reduction of £45. Please email explaining what support you will need. You must claim the reduction before you pay your application fee.

Assessment process and outcomes

It takes us around four to six months to check and assess an accreditation application.

When we receive your form, we'll email you to confirm it's arrived. We'll check to make sure you meet the eligibility criteria and have completed the application correctly. We'll contact you if we have any queries.

If everything is ok, we'll send your application to one of our professional assessors. They will complete a report and we'll write to you with their decision.

Your application may be:

  • Successful
    This means you will become Registered Member MBACP (Accred). We'll send you a certificate and letter of authentication and you'll be able to download a personalised logo to use on your promotional materials.
  • Deferred
    This means you have not met all the criteria in full and should make a resubmission. We'll send you a detailed assessment report explaining which criteria you failed to meet and what you need to do to meet the required standard.
  • Unsuccessful
    This means that you have not shown us that you meet the standard at this time. It does not mean that you are a 'bad' practitioner or are not working ethically. Often unsuccessful applicants have applied too early in their career or have rushed their application. You will not be able to reapply for 12 months, which will give you time to reflect on your practice, talk with your supervisor and undertake additional CPD if required.


If your application is deferred, you have up to six months to submit additional information and have your application reassessed. You only need to address the criteria which were not met in your application - as detailed in your assessment report.

You should send us two copies of your resubmission by post, together with the completed cover sheet sent with your deferral letter or available below.

Resubmission cover sheet (doc 79KB)

If you don't make a resubmission within six months, we'll consider your application unsuccessful. You can reapply for accreditation at any time, but you'll have to complete a new application in full.

If your resubmission still does not meet all the criteria in full, your application will be unsuccessful. We'll send you a further assessment report explaining the reasons for our decision.

Help with your resubmission

  • Resubmission guide
    Your assessment report will provide all the information you need to make a successful resubmission. You can also download our guide below:

    Guide to making a resubmission (pdf 0.2MB)

  • Tele-surgeries
    If you have specific questions about your application or your assessment report, you can book a 30 minute one-to-one tele-surgery with an assessor. We usually offer 16 tele-surgery slots each month which book up very quickly. Each session costs £30, please call us on 01455 883304 to book.

    Guide to tele-surgeries (pdf 0.26MB)


If your application is unsuccessful, you can appeal if you think that either:

  • the assessment procedure has not been followed correctly


  • your application has not been fairly and properly assessed against the published criteria

Disagreeing with the assessor’s decision or wishing to submit new information are not grounds for appeal.

The fee for an appeal is £195.

You must send your appeal in writing to the Senior Accreditation Assessor within two months of receiving our decision. You should give the grounds for your appeal (either 1 and 2 above), and you can include up to 600 words commenting on your application or the assessment report. We cannot accept letters or additional information from third parties, such as your supervisor or line manager.

Your appeal will be sent to an appeal panel. Their decision is final and we will send you a copy of their report.

If the appeal panel agrees with your appeal, it does not necessarily mean you will become accredited. This will depend on what your appeal was about and what their findings were.

If they reject your appeal, you cannot reapply for accreditation for 12 months. If you reapply, we will treat it as an entirely new application, but please tell us about your previous submission and appeal on the application form.

Further information

If you have any questions about the accreditation application process, please email or call 01455 883304. Our accreditation office team are not assessors and can only help with queries relating to the process, not the content of your application or assessment reports. If you wish to speak to an assessor directly, you should book a tele-surgery.