Benefits of retired membership


This category is open to existing members, and those whose membership has lapsed within the last three years, who are not currently in practice and do not intend to practise in the near future. It's not intended for those who are taking a short career break and intend to practise within the next 12 months (for example those on parental leave).


As a member of BACP you'll be bound by our Articles of Association and our Professional Conduct Procedure. You must also agree to abide by the values and principles of our Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions

You should also read our Membership policies and protocols

If you start practising again you must let us know and return to full membership. You'll also need to join the BACP Register within 24 months. Contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.

How to apply

To transfer your membership, download and complete the form below:

Retired membership application form (pdf 42KB)


Membership subscriptions run for a year and are reviewed annually. The annual membership fee for retired members is subsidised, so no further reductions are available.

Renew your retired membership

Your membership lasts for 12 months. We'll send you a renewal notice about six weeks before your renewal date. You'll need to complete a declaration, to 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 retired membership

If you’ve allowed your membership to lapse, you may not have to complete another application form if you wish to re-join us. Please email or contact us to discuss your options.