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Categories of Membership:
Please note, following the launch of the BACP Register, our membership category structure has been changed to align with the requirements of the Register. Therefore the Member MBACP and Associate Membership categories are now closed for new applicants and those whose membership has lapsed for a period of over 3 months.
Student Member £70.00
As a student member it is likely that you are at the start of your counselling and psychotherapy career and also new to BACP. It is our intention to guide and support you as you progress to our Registered Member MBACP category and hopefully to become an accredited member of BACP.
Student membership is available if you are undertaking face to face classroom tuition on a minimum of a one year full time or two years part time counselling and/or psychotherapy course that has a supervised placement with a minimum of 100 contact/client hours as an integral part of the course.
Student Member Application
Student Membership Application Booklet
Individual Member £152.00
If you have successfully completed, face to face classroom tuition, and graduated from a minimum of a one year full time or two year part time counselling and/or psychotherapy qualification that included a supervised placement with a minimum of 100 contact/client hours as an integral part of the course you are eligible to join BACP as an Individual Member.
You will then have up to 24 months to progress to the Registered Member MBACP category.
Individual Member Application
Individual Member Application.pdf
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Membership Application Booklet
Membership Application Booklet.pdf
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Registered Member MBACP £152.00
To progress to the Registered Member MBACP category, and have your details on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, you must have graduated from a BACP accredited course, or have graduated from your above course and successfully completed the BACP Certificate of Proficiency. Registered Members are required to abide by the Registers Terms and Conditions.
This is the recommended level of membership that the public should be looking for when seeking a therapist and members in this category may use the designation "Registered Member MBACP". For further information regarding the BACP Register, please follow this link: http://www.bacpregister.org.uk/.
Accredited Member- Registered Member MBACP (Accred) £168.00
Being an accredited member of BACP demonstrates to employers, the public and your peers your capacity for independent, competent, ethical practice and your commitment to on-going continuous professional development.
Once you are an Individual Member of BACP you can start to work towards becoming a Registered Accredited Member. The criteria can be found at http://www.bacp.co.uk/accreditation/ or by contacting our Accreditation department. As a Registered Accredited member of BACP you will be able to use the designatory letters "Registered Member MBACP (Accred)."
Senior Accredited Member- Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred) £168.00
If you are already accredited as a counsellor/psychotherapist, you can apply for one of our Senior Accreditation schemes - Practitioner, Supervisor, Children & Young People or Healthcare. As a Registered Snr Accredited member of BACP you will be able to use the designatory letters "Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred)."
You can find out more about Senior Accreditation by visiting the relevant section of the website.
Fellowships may be awarded to members who have achieved distinction in their field of counselling and/or psychotherapy or who have given distinctive services to BACP.
Reduced rates of membership:
BACP offers subsidised membership rates for members. In order to qualify for the reduced rates, members must be in receipt of a state benefit, including state pension (tax credits are not included) or unwaged with no personal income. For more information please contact BACP customer services on 01455 883300.
Please ensure you put sufficient value in stamps on your envelope when returning your application as it may weigh over the standard postage charge.
Please note as of 1st April 2014 the fees are as follows:
Student Member £74.00
Individual Member £156.00
Application forms received after the 1st April 2014 will be required to pay the new fee.