Individual members who have not graduated from a BACP accredited course must pass the CoP before they can become registered. (If you've passed an accredited course you can join the Register now by logging into your account and accepting the terms and conditions.)

You have up to 24 months from becoming an individual member to join the BACP Register.

If needed, you can take the CoP up to three times. If you fail at the third attempt, your membership will be cancelled as you won't meet the minimum level of proficiency required for BACP membership. You can apply to rejoin us after six months, but you must sit and pass the CoP first.


The CoP has to be taken in person in an invigilated environment. We hold assessment events at 10 core locations across the UK:

  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Glasgow
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Norwich
  • Plymouth
  • Southampton

We run morning or afternoon sessions at most venues. The assessment takes two hours.

If you have a disability or special requirement that may affect you in getting to the venue or taking the assessment, please let us know when you book.

To book an assessment, search for a CoP event in your area and follow the booking instructions.

Online CoP assessments

As requested by members, we’re making the CoP available online, reducing the time and cost involved in attending an assessment centre.

From April 2018 you’ll be able to take the CoP assessment online from your home or place of work, monitored by remote invigilators. You’ll still need to book onto an assessment time and date - details will be published soon.

We’ll also continue to run a small number of assessment events around the country, while we work with you to develop this new way of taking the CoP.


The CoP assessment is currently free if you book before your registration deadline. You may have to pay if:

  • you miss the registration deadline and want to reinstate your membership
  • you failed the assessment three times and wish to rejoin BACP


About the CoP assessment

Before your assessment

The CoP is a computer-based, multiple choice assessment based on case studies of practice situations, written by counselling and psychotherapy professionals. It tests generic principles that apply across all ways of working, so you don't need to learn about specific theories or dates. We'll send you full joining instructions and a preparation guide around two weeks before your assessment. We'll also send you a link to a sample assessment so you can practise.

On the day

You'll need your membership number and password and photo ID, such as a passport or driving licence. If you don't bring ID with you, we'll take your photograph and ask you to send us a copy of an appropriate document.

We'll help you to login and make sure you understand how the assessment works. You'll also have a chance to practise beforehand. Most members find the assessment system easy to use.

After your assessment

We review the results of all assessments and will write to you with our decision within four to five weeks. If you pass, you'll be invited to join the BACP Register by completing the terms and conditions.

If you fail, you can book to take the assessment again. You can take the CoP up to three times.

We don't send results out to lapsed members. So if your membership is due for renewal before you receive your results, please don't wait to see if you have passed.

BACP Certificate of Proficiency

See what happens at a CoP assessment event.

BACP Certificate of Proficiency video transcript (opens in a new window)

Certificate of Proficiency - a how to guide

See what a sample case study looks like and how they are scored.

Certificate of Proficiency - a how to guide video transcript (opens in a new window)