Accreditation is a process of assessment or review whereby an individual is assessed against pre-determined criteria and/or standards to show they have reached a certain level of competence or expertise in a particular subject.
ACC Accreditation is available to counsellor members who are engaged in regular counselling, having undertaken appropriate training, and continuing in supervised practice.
If you would like to apply for accreditation, you must be a registered counsellor with ACC, in supervised counselling practice and have valid in-date insurance at the time of application. Please log into your member’s account and you will then find the relevant documents for your application by following this link.
The Association recognises counsellors and psychotherapists work progressively towards accreditation and currently offers three types of accreditation:
For an overview of ACC’s Accreditation Criteria for each individual category of accredited membership, please see Accreditation Grid.
What if I already have accreditation with another professional body?
ACC currently recognises the accreditation of BABCP, BACP, COSCA, NCS and UKCP. To apply to transfer your accreditation as a counsellor or supervisor (for BACP senior accredited status as a supervisor) please complete our transfer form: Accreditation Transfer Application Form. The transfer fee can be paid online here.
Accreditation at all levels is valid for 1 year from the date of certification. Accreditation can be renewed, at the same level, for a further year by completing the online registered and accreditation renewal procedure.
When renewing accreditation, members are asked to provide a list of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities, undertaken during the previous year. Ten percent of all renewing applications are currently audited.
If further information or clarification is required about accreditation, please contact ACC’s Registrar at: firstname.lastname@example.org