The ACC Accredited Register is open to all ACC practising counsellor/psychotherapist members who meet the criteria to join the Register through one of the routes listed below.
Those who are not currently a member of ACC can join the ACC Accredited Register by first becoming an individual practising counsellor/psychotherapist member of ACC.
STOP PRESS – as from 19th January 2017 those who are already counsellor members of ACC will be able to apply directly online to join the Accredited Register of ACC
From April 2015, all potential new practising counsellor/psychotherapist members of ACC must be eligible for and agree to join the ACC Accredited Register as a condition of membership. A minimum of a Level 4 award or Diploma in Higher Education will be required.
Students on counselling or psychotherapy courses leading to a Level 3 or Level 4 award (or Certificate/Diploma in Higher Education) may join as a member of ACC without being on the Register at this time. However, ACC has a Student Register from September 2016 that is available to those on counselling/psychotherapy courses meeting specified criteria. Further details can be found here https://www.acc-uk.org/acc-membership/join-the-student-register.html.
For existing counsellor/psychotherapy members of ACC, there are several routes of entry onto the ACC Accredited Register, depending upon prior training and experience.
All applicants to the Register are required to meet certain criteria and agree to a number of terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are referred to as ‘Safe Practice’ questions and include agreement to the following:
(i) Being complaint free for a minimum period of 2 years;
(ii) Providing evidence of valid professional indemnity insurance in date at time of application;
(iii) Agreeing to meet ongoing supervision and CPD requirements;
(iv) Paying the correct membership and administration fee (includes an entry on the ‘Find a Counsellor’ online search tool).
The full list of of terms and conditions is provided here: Register Terms and Conditions
Members of the ACC Accredited Register are permitted to use the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) ‘Accredited Registers Quality Mark’. The ‘Accredited Registers’ logo appears alongside the ACC logo, as illustrated here: Registrants ONLY Logos
The Accredited Registers logo must not be altered or used by anyone who is not an authorised member of the ACC Accredited Register (or another Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority). The Accredited Registers logo must only be used in accordance with the outlined guidance.
The guidance can be accessed by following this link: Guidance on use of Accredited Register logo by the Professional Standards Authority
The Accredited Registers Communication Toolkit can be accessed by following this link: Toolkit link
__It should be noted that ACC Affiliated organisations and agencies and those who are not members of the ACC Register are not permitted to use the Accredited Registers logo.
The main routes to joining the ACC Accredited Register are summarised below:
ACC counsellor/psychotherapy members who already have accreditation at Accredited Counsellor (AC), Accredited Counselling Supervisor (AS), and Accredited Counsellor Manager (CM) categories are eligible for automatic entry to the Register upon completion of the Re-accreditation process and Registration application form.
ACC counsellor/psychotherapy members who already have accreditation at Accredited Counselling Practitioner (CP) level (i.e. 250 hours training at minimum Level 3 or similar award, plus 300 hours supervised practice experience) are eligible for automatic entry onto the Register upon completion of the Re-accreditation process and Registration application form. This route to Registration is available for a limited period (until 31st December 2017).
ACC counsellor/psychotherapy members who have completed a minimum Level 4 award or Diploma, Degree or Masters level qualification in counselling or psychotherapy (validated by a UK higher educational establishment), with a 100 hour placement as part of the course, are eligible for entry onto the ACC Register. Evidence of the award (certificates) will need to be provided, along with completion of the Registration application form.
The experience route is open only to existing counsellor/psychotherapy members of ACC (up to and including those in membership prior to 31st March 2015). This route will remain open for a limited period to enable transition of members on the former ACC Voluntary Register of Christian Counsellors (VRCC) and others, meeting the relevant criteria, onto the Register.
The specific criteria for the Experience Route are:
• Complaint-free or complaint not upheld for a period of 2 years (being on the present VRCC for a period of 2 years or more is desirable but not essential);
• 150 hours of training (this can be mixed but should have at least one block of at least 50 hours);
• To have been in supervised practice for 5 years or more and/or have 250 hours of supervised counselling practice;
• CPD – 10 hours/year for the last 3 years minimum and a commitment to meet the present annual requirement for CPD of 25 hours/year;
• Supporting statement of competence and safe practice from supervisor;
• Adequate professional indemnity insurance (in date at time of application);
Please note, the VRCC will not be open to new members of ACC from 31st March 2015. Present members of the VRCC may retain membership until the end of the transition period (31st December 2017), although they are encouraged to transfer to the ACC Accredited Register as soon as possible.
STOP PRESS – as from 19th January 2017 those who are already counsellor members of ACC will be able to apply directly online to join the Accredited Register of ACC.
To join the Register online you must already be a member of ACC. If you are not already a member then please do so by clicking here and selecting ‘Counsellor member UK’ and completing the necessary information. Once you have done this then Login as a member and click on the ‘The ACC Register’ on the left hand side and complete the form (you will need a scanned file of your highest counselling qualification; a scanned file of your insurance certificate and your last year CPD record unless just qualified. Your registration maybe delayed if these are not uploaded.)
Full information about applying to join the ACC Accredited Register and application forms are available from the ACC Registrar.
Please note, for those counsellors who are currently not in practice or taking a break from practice (for example, owing to extended parental leave, illness, retirement etc.), please contact the ACC Registrar for information on membership options. Information about Practice breaks is also avaiable when you are logged in as a member at click here
All current practising counsellor/psychotherapy members of ACC will need to join the ACC Accredited Register by the end of 2017. It is recommended, however, that those eligible to join the Register do so at their earliest convenience in order to fully benefit from being on an Accredited Register approved by the Professional Standards Authority.
For further information about the Accredited Register scheme and its benefits, please follow this: Link