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).

To help you decide if this is the right category for you, you can check the definition of ‘practice’ and ‘practitioner’ in the Ethical Framework glossary as the terms can include activities such as teaching, research, coaching or using counselling skills in another role.


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 0.1MB)


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.