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BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists

BACP is committed to raising and promoting the standards of training, ethical practice and competency in counselling and psychotherapy.

Through our Register, we set and enforce high standards for our members, both for initial registration and for maintaining their registered status.  We also investigate complaints through our professional conduct process. All practising members of BACP must join the Register or be working towards registration. 

To become registered, therapists must either have passed a BACP-accredited course or our own Certificate of Proficiency.  They also have to agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Register, which include our Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. These require members to have appropriate supervision and undertake continuing professional development. 

More experienced members may choose to go on to our accreditation scheme, which requires them to demonstrate even higher levels of knowledge, experience and development. These are indicated as accredited members on the Register. 

The Register is governed by a lay Register Advisory Board and supported by a team of specialist staff. Find out more about the Register Governance.

Accredited Registers

BACP was one of the first organisations to be assessed and accredited under the Accredited Register scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (the Authority). 

This means that our Register meets the Authority’s high standards of governance, standard-setting, education and training, management, complaints and information. 

Accredited registers are promoted by the Department of Health and the Authority as the first place to look for practitioners.  It is their intention that registration on an accredited register will become a requirement for some employment opportunities.