Renewing your membership

All membership subscriptions run for 12 months. We’ll send you a renewal notice by post about six weeks before your renewal date and email reminders just before your expiry date.

To renew your membership, log in to the website and go to My account. Here you can accept the terms and conditions of your membership category, let us know any changes to your personal details and pay your membership fees.

Once you’ve been an individual member for 24 months, you won't be able to renew your membership unless you've joined the BACP Register. If you need to take the Certificate of Proficiency, you must sit it within this time or there may be a fee.

If you don’t manage to renew within your renewal period, your membership (and any accreditations or additional subscriptions) will expire at midnight on your renewal date.

You can still go online and renew for up to 31 days from your renewal date.

Reinstating a lapsed membership

If you don’t renew within 31 days, but are within three years of your last renewal date, you can complete reinstatement forms to get your membership up and running again. Your membership will start again from the date we process your documents.

You need to complete the appropriate reinstatement forms for the membership category you were previously in. You can download forms from our website for:

For student membership and individual membership, please email us at or call 01455 883300 and we’ll send you the forms you need.

If your membership expired more than three years ago you’ll need to complete a new application. Contact us to update your details and find out how to apply.

Changing your membership category

Upgrading from Student member to Individual member

Once you've successfully achieved your qualification it's easy to upgrade - you don’t need to fill out a new application.

You can either:

  1. log in to My account and upload a copy of your qualification certificate. This lets us know we need to check your information and approve your upgrade request.
  2. email a copy of your qualification certificate to

If you don’t have your certificate, due a delay in gradation for example, we can accept a letter from your place of study which confirms you've successfully completed and achieved your qualification. This must be on the college or university's headed paper and signed by your course tutor or administrator.

Please give us 10 to 14 working days to process your upgrade request - we'll always try to process it quicker if we can. We'll email you when your upgrade is so check your email inbox or junk folder.

Upgrading from Individual member to Registered member MBACP

Once you are an individual member, you have up to 24 months to join the BACP Register.

To do this you need to have:

  1. successfully completed and graduated from a BACP accredited course
  2. successfully passed our Certificate of Proficiency online assessment

We'll tell you what your route to the Register is when we approve your individual membership application, and we'll send regular emails advising you of your next steps.

Changing from Registered member MBACP to Registered Accredited or Registered Senior Accredited member MBACP

Accreditation is a voluntary step, so we don't expect all members to complete it.

Accreditation is a quality standard for practitioners who wish to showcase their skills and experience. It is awarded through an in-depth application and assessment process.

Transferring to Retired member

Retired membership is for those who have not practised within the last three years and are not intending to practise for at least the next 12 months as a minimum. You can also use it if you're taking a long career break from the counselling profession.

To help you decide if this is the right category for you, you can check the definition of ‘practice’ and ‘practitioner’ in the Ethical Framework glossary as the terms can include activities such as teaching, research, coaching or using counselling skills in another role.

If you feel this is the correct category for you, just complete the form on the Retired members page and we'll transfer your membership for you.