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What is the Certificate of Proficiency?

The Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) is a free, computer-based, multiple choice assessment that allows members to demonstrate their awareness of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to be a professional counsellor / psychotherapist.  It is based on case studies of practice situations, all written by counselling and psychotherapy professionals.

The CoP establishes, for the first time, a standardised measurement of minimum competence, which all practitioners should have and which all clients have a right to expect. It enhances confidence in the profession of counselling and psychotherapy within the wider community.

Members who have not successfully completed a BACP Accredited course must pass the CoP before they can join the BACP Register.


Further information 

Booking your CoP assessment

The CoP assessment has to be taken in person in an invigilated environment. We hold frequent assessments events at 10 core locations across the UK.  We run morning or afternoon sessions, and Saturday sessions at most venues. 

Book your free CoP assessment 

Preparing for your CoP assessment

We will send you joining instructions and a full Candidate Preparation Guide around two weeks before your assessment. We will also send you a link to a sample assessment so you can log in and practise before the day. 

After your assessment

BACP moderates the results of all assessments. We will write to you with our decision within four to five weeks of your assessment.

We do not send results out to lapsed members. So if your membership is due for renewal before you receive your results, please do not wait to see if you have passed. 

If you are successful, you will be invited to join the BACP Register. You will need to complete your registration by accepting the Terms & Conditions.

If you are unsuccessful, you can book to take the assessment again. You can take the CoP up to three times. 

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Certificate of Proficiency, please contact us. Or you may find the answer in our Frequently asked questions.