Welcome to the BACP guide to the Certificate of Proficiency.
The Certificate of Proficiency will provide members of BACP with a route of entry onto the BACP Register. It is a computer-based assessment that reflects competent practice within counselling and psychotherapy.
In the Certificate of Proficiency you are given a series of case studies and asked to make decisions based on the information given. The assessment is multiple-choice and you'll be given a time limit in which to complete it.
Upon arrival at your chosen Assessment Centre, please make your way to the assessment room which will be signposted. Please ensure you bring with you your login details, which will have been sent to you once your place has been confirmed, and present these to one of the BACP representatives present at the assessment.
The assessment lasts two to two and a half hours and this includes some time to work through a sample case study. You won't need to be familiar with specific theories, dates etc as part of the assessment but will need to be familiar with some aspects of professional practice eg indicators of self-harm or suicidal ideation. In advance of the day you will be able to access a link to a sample case study for you to work through which will be given at the end of this video. Once you've taken a seat the BACP representative will let you know when you can begin.
You should see this screen in front of you. Using your login details, enter your user name and password and then select login. You will now be taken to a screen where you can choose to work through an edited version of the sample case study. This won't be scored but gives you a further opportunity to familiarise yourself with the system before you start your assessment. Confirm that you're ready to start and you'll be able to begin.
You will notice that there is a timer at the top of the page. Now that you've started you won't be able to pause the timer. For the sample you will have 15 minutes to complete the case study. Please ensure that you read all the information on the page carefully.
You will notice that there is only one tab available as this is a sample case study. Below this you can see the sections to a case study. You must complete a section before you're able to move to the next.
In the case studies section you will find some background information on the case study you are currently on. It will give you your client’s name and some brief background information. Throughout the duration of the case study this information will be on display in this area.
Below this you will find the question for this section. Please ensure that you read this carefully. Once you have read the question please follow the instruction below and make sure that you scroll down the page as there may be more options below.
You'll notice that when you select an answer, a pop-up dialogue box asks you to confirm that you want to select this option. If you click cancel or close the dialogue box, nothing will be selected. Alternatively, if you are happy that this is one of the answers you wish to select, then please click on to OK. Please note that once you have clicked OK you cannot change this selection so ensure that you read the option carefully.
You will now notice that some further information has been given. This gives you more relevant information about the client and will assist you when deciding which options to select in subsequent sections. As you have been instructed to choose as many options as you want on this section, please pick as many options as you think are correct.
Once you have made your selections, you need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and select complete question to move on to the next section.
You can't select any more options once you've moved on to the next section, so confirm that you want to complete the section by clicking OK.
You will now be taken to the next section - section B. This will still be about the same client but you will be presented with a new question, Again, please read this carefully.
This time you will have noticed that you are asked to choose only one option. If you don't select the correct answer you will be asked to please make another selection until you have chosen the correct one. When the correct answer is chosen, once you've confirmed your selection, you will automatically be moved on to the next section.
You can go back to previous sections and view your selected answers by clicking on these tabs. You will notice, however, that you can't make any changes. You can click on to go to current question to return to the section you are working on or, alternatively, click the section tab you were on from the top.
Certain options may carry no useful information at this time and will therefore give you no further information. Continue to pick only those options which you feel are appropriate.
Always remember to read each question and all the options thoroughly before making any choices.
Once you have finished your sample case study, click on to return to your list of events. You will now be taken back to the main page where you may start your assessment. Click on to confirm start and a dialogue box will pop up to ensure that you're ready to begin your assessment.
You will now have started your assessment. Please note the extra case studies at the top and also the longer time given for your assessment. Work through your assessment in the same way you did with the sample. Once you finish a case study you will be made aware that you are moving on to the next one.
Once you've come to the end of your assessment, choose complete question as before. You will then be taken on to the end screen and your assessment is complete.
Once your assessment is finished, please gather your belongings and exit the assessment as quietly as possible as other people may be still working on their assessments.
Please remember that BACP representatives will be available to assist on the day. We wish you all the best for your assessment.