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.
Please note, all those wishing to apply for first time accreditation (or to upgrade accreditation level) must be a registered counsellor with ACC, in supervised counselling practice and have valid insurance, in-date at the time of application.
Please read this page and the specific details for the level of Accreditation.
If you would like to apply for accreditation, you will need to be an ACC registered counsellor and logged in to the members’ area of the website – you will then find the documents you need for your application at https://www.acc-uk.org/publications/training-and-development-documents.html.
The Association recognises counsellors and psychotherapists work progressively towards accreditation and currently offers Three types of accreditation. Click on the links below to see a more detailed list of the qualifying criteria for each type:
For an overview of ACC’s Accreditation Criteria for each individual category of accredited membership, please click here: 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 at https://www.acc-uk.org/publications/products.html.
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 (available by logging into the Members’ Area of the ACC website http://www.acc-uk.org/log-in).
When renewing accreditation, applicants 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 by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org