What is the BACP Register?
The BACP Register is a public record of counsellors and psychotherapists who meet or exceed our recommended quality standards. These standards cover training, supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to our Ethical Framework.
It was the first psychological therapists' register to be accredited under the Professional Standards Authority's accredited register programme. This government-backed scheme aims to protect the public by helping them to choose health and care professionals who are competent and trustworthy.
The PSA Accredited Register scheme only applies within the UK and has no jurisdiction in either British Crown Dependencies or British Overseas Territories.
Benefits of registered membership
All your existing individual member benefits plus:
- use of the designatory letters 'MBACP' which show on the register as:
- Registered Member MBACP: registered membership is our main category for practising members and represents the standards that a client should expect from a therapist. To become a registered member you must have graduated from a BACP accredited course or passed our Certificate of Proficiency. This is the membership status that all practising members are required to achieve. Members in this category will have met the entry criteria set by the Register and have completed the online Register terms and conditions.
- Registered Member MBACP (Accred): accreditation is a quality status for experienced practitioners who can demonstrate high standards of competent and ethical practice. Becoming an accredited member involves a detailed application and assessment process
- Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred): senior accreditation recognises a practitioner’s experience, accomplishments and development within their specialist area
- a certificate of registration and a personalised logo that you can use to promote your practice
- free listing on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
- opportunity to advertise in our therapist directory (additional fee required)
To become a registered member, you must:
- already be an individual member of BACP
- currently be in practice, or have practised within the last three years
You must also either:
- have successfully completed and graduated from a BACP accredited course
- have passed our Certificate of Proficiency
As a member of BACP, you are bound by our Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and our Professional Conduct Procedure. You had to read and agree to these as part of your original membership application.
You should also read our Membership policies and protocols.
As a registered member, you must agree to the terms and conditions of the BACP Register. You'll have to recommit to these every year when you renew your membership. They include:
- ensuring that you have adequate supervision in place
- keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date through continuing professional development (CPD)
- recording all your CPD activities on the mandatory template
- having adequate, current and ongoing professional indemnity insurance
- providing evidence of your supervision, CPD and insurance for audit, if asked to do so
If you meet the requirements, you can join the Register now by logging into your account and completing the terms and conditions.
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 will need to select this option when you renew online. 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
Promoting your membership
Guidelines on how to use your designatory letters, logos and certificates (previously members' advertising policy).
Find out about BACP accreditation and how to apply for accredited membership