What is the BACP Register

The BACP Register is a public record of counsellors and psychotherapists who meet or exceed our recommended minimum 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.

Benefits of registered membership

All your existing individual member benefits plus:

Requirements

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:

Commitments

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.

See 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)
  • having adequate, current and ongoing professional indemnity insurance
  • providing evidence of your supervision, CPD and insurance for audit, if asked to do so

Process

If you meet the requirements, you can join the Register now by logging into your account and completing the terms and conditions.

Costs

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.

Renew your registered membership

Your membership lasts for 12 months. We will send you a renewal notice about six weeks before your renewal date.

You'll need to log in to your account to complete the membership and register terms and conditions, advise us of any changes to your circumstances and pay your membership fees. (If you pay by Direct Debit, your existing payment arrangement will continue unless you ask us to change it.)

Reinstate your registered membership

If you do not renew, your membership will lapse on your renewal date. You have up to 31 days to go online and reinstate your membership.

After 31 days, you will need to contact us and complete our reinstatement forms. Please email membership@bacp.co.uk