Once you start your online application, you won't be able to save it before you submit it. So please check you meet all the requirements for student membership and read the following guidance before you start.
Make sure you have the following documents ready to upload before you start. We accept Word, PDFs or JPEG files.
Submitting the correct evidence will help us to finalise your application quickly, without us having to contact you for further information.
A copy of official correspondence, such as a utility bill or bank statement, clearly showing your name and current address and dated within the last six months. We can accept electronic versions.
Your proof of address must match the address you give on your application.
A copy of a letter on headed paper from your place of study, dated within the last 12 months.
The letter must:
- give the title and start and end dates of the course
- state your year of study
- confirm that you are currently undertaking classroom tuition
- confirm that the course includes an integral supervised placement of at least 100 client contact hours
- be signed by the course administrator or tutor (letters signed ‘per pro’ will not be accepted)
We can't accept learning agreements, enrolment emails or student finance letters as evidence. We may accept an offer letter if your course has not yet started, but this must confirm all the details of your course.
Please use our example student evidence template (pdf) to check your letter has all the information we need.
If you're taking a training course outside the UK, you must provide a copy of your course handbook or transcript so we can assess the level of training. Any evidence you provide should be translated into English by a certified translator.
An official document or bank statement that clearly shows the benefit you receive. This must show your name and be dated within the last 12 months. We can also accept clear screenshots or photos if this evidence is online.
If you're claiming because you receive Council Tax Benefit, this must be Council Tax Support or Benefit due to income. We cannot accept council tax discounts - such as for sole occupancy or student exemption - for the reduced fee.
Check our Reduced fee policy if you want to make sure we can accept your state benefit.
Any relevant information and documents to support any disclosure under our Membership disclosure policy
You can find the appropriate forms in our Membership policies.
An official document or copy of your qualification that entitles you to use a title such as Dr, Rev or Sir.
If you have any queries about the evidence required to complete your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online application form works best with Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. We’d recommend updating to the latest version of your browser before starting your application.
Some users have had difficulties completing the form on an Apple Mac so please use a different type of desktop or laptop device if possible.
As part of your application, you'll be asked if you want to join a BACP division or subscribe to our CPD hub.
We have seven specialist divisions representing and promoting different areas of interest within the profession. Each division publishes a quarterly journal and provides member-only benefits, including specialist resources and events.
Our CPD hub provides many hours of online video and audio resources for your continuing professional development.
These subscriptions are in addition to your BACP membership fee.
You'll need to sign up for a free website account to access the online application form.
If you already have a log in to the website, please do not create another one. If you can't remember your password, please use the Forgotten your password link to get a new one.
When you’re ready, start your application by clicking on the Log in to purchase or Apply button at the top of the page.
If you subsequently withdraw your application, and there was no error on our part, we will deduct an administration fee of £20 from any refund.