ACC has been approved to hold an Accredited Register of Counsellors by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). This means that ACC has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate that our organisation meets all the rigorous standards that are laid down by the PSA.
The purpose of Accredited Registers, which apply to a wide range of healthcare practices in addition to counselling and psychotherapy, is to ensure public safety.
Education & Training Requirements
To join the Register a counsellor needs to have successfully completed at a minimum a level 4 diploma award in counselling which has validated by the Open College Network (OCN), Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and other recognised training Courses who are registered with Ofquall or a UK higher Educational Establishment. This typically will have involved 420 tutor contact hours and a supervised placement of 100 hours. Please note distance learning courses at any level: diploma, B.A., M.A. Doctorate, are not accepted as qualifying counselling training.
Equivalent Counselling & Psychotherapy Membership
Holding the following registered memberships indicate that your training and qualifications meet the standard required by ACC’s register. Please apply for registered counselling membership by completing the on-line registered counsellor application form at the end of this section.
• BACP Registered Member
• UKCP Registered Member
• NCS Registered Member
• COSCA Registered Counsellor Membership
• BPC Registered Membership
• ACP Registered Membership
• HCPC registered as a clinical or counselling psychologist or art therapist
Applying for an Equivalence Decision
If you do not have a level 4 diploma in counselling or one of the above listed professional registered memberships, you may want to consider an equivalence route. Please note there is a charge for this service.
Please see here for guidance document
Please see here for application form
Joining the ACC’s Accredited Register of Counsellors brings with it a commitment to safe practice and continuous professional development. These include maintaining professional indemnity insurance, undertaking supervision appropriate to your practice and level of accreditation and completing 25 hours of continuous professional development activities each year.
Qualified counsellors who are eligible for the Register and who are on a practice break may be able to join the Register in preparation for commencing practice. If this applies to you please contact the Registrar by telephoning the Head Office or by email email@example.com to discuss this with us. [Details of ACC’s practice break guidelines are available on the website in Counsellor Guidance Documents under the Professional Development Tab.]
If applying for Registered or Counsellor memberships you will be asked a number of safe practice and disclosure questions to which you must answer Yes or No.
When these questions are answered correctly we can then proceed with your membership – it is also very important that you do not press update/submit until you have answered ALL the safe practice questions.
If you have any other questions please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the office.