The average time taken to process an application for Accreditation is currently 18 weeks.
It is important that applicants allow this time when making their applications if they require their Accredited
status for another purpose, for example as a requirement for entry to a job role, or before they may Supervise a trainee.
There is no qualitative difference between provisionally accredited and fully accredited members.
Some applications might take longer if the Administration Team, Accreditation Liaison Officers (ALOs), or
Accreditor/s require further information from the applicant, or someone else associated with the application,
for example a Clinical Supervisor. In these circumstances, the Accreditation processing clock stops until the
requested additional information is received
The Administration teams in the office are exceptionally busy. It is helpful if applicants refrain from
contacting the office to chase progress of their applications, especially within the first 18 weeks, as this simply
slows the entire application process for all applicants. Applicants who telephone or e-mail the office, chasing the
progress of their application, will be referred to this page of the website. If, after reading the information
contained in this page, you believe you have a good reason for chasing the progress of your application, please
send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your reasons
The processing of applications generally follows these steps
1. Application Pack Received
The applicant is informed
The receipt of the pack is registered on the applicant's record on BABCP Member database
An electronic Accreditation Application Processing Tracker is completed, which will accompany the
application pack throughout its journey through the process, and is filled in at each stage by the relevant
officer handling the application pack
2. Administration Checks
Administration Checks usually take place within a working week. Administrators check the quality
of the application pack; that the correct forms have been used, that they have been signed and dated
appropriately, that the correct Reports and attachments are present, that the correct fee has been
paid. They also link records within the Member database and check the status of any Referees or
If there are any omissions or obvious problems, the Administrator will either ask the applicant
to provide missing components if this can be immediately or very simply rectified, or the application
will be returned to the applicant as ‘inadmissible' with recommendations for improving the quality of
the application pack
If there are no obvious problems, the application process continues
3. Accreditor Processing
Accreditor Processing is carried out by a panel of paid Accreditors. They are sent application packs via a digital dropbox.
Accreditors evaluate the claims made within the application, scrutinise evidence, and verify that Accreditation Criteria have
been met. Accreditors might at any time during processing contact the applicant or other parties to the application to seek
further information. Accreditors may only retain an application pack for 6 weeks whilst awaiting further information.
Accreditors liaise with each other and with the ALOs during the process
First Accreditor completes their stage of the processing, and makes a recommendation to the Second Accreditor
If an applicant does not provide additional information requested by either Accreditor within 6 weeks of the request,
the application will be considered 'withdrawn - applicant failed to respond'
Rarely, a significant problem will be identified at this stage which will require the First Accreditor to negotiate
withdrawal of the application with the applicant
The application pack is returned to the Administration team and queued for a Second Accreditor
Second Accreditor completes their stage of the processing
If the First and Second Accreditor agree that the applicant has not met Accreditation Criteria, or if
the application pack is of insufficient quality to validate the claims, the Second Accreditor will liaise with
the applicant and negotiate withdrawal of the application, and provide guidance on what would be required when
If the First and Second Accreditors disagree with each other, or if they feel the application is borderline,
an Accreditation Liaison Officer is engaged to complete an assessment of the application pack, and their decision
is passed back to the Accreditors. The Second Accreditor is responsible for negotiating withdrawal of the
application, if necessary
If an applicant who has been asked to withdraw their application refuses to do so, they will be formally
notified that they are not being awarded Accreditation, and on what grounds. They may appeal to the Senior
Accreditation Liaison Officer in the first instance. Should the Senior ALO uphold the Accreditors' decision,
the applicant may appeal to the Chair of the Accreditation and Registration Committee
If the First and Second Accreditors recommend Accreditation, their recommendation for award is passed to
the Administration team
4. Awarding Accreditation
The Administration team formally notifies the applicant of their success by letter.
Please note that after your application has successfully completed the process and you are awarded accreditation, your application
and any documentation will be destroyed. Please do not send original certificates and take copies of documents or information
you wish to keep.
If you make a request your application to be returned to you, you will need to do so before the accreditation process is
complete and you will be charged at the current postage rate.
If you have any queries about Accreditation, please contact the Accreditation Liaison Officers, by