BABCP Accreditation

BABCP offers accreditation for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists, Supervisors, Trainers and Psychological Wellbeing practitioners. BABCP also accredits CBT training courses at two levels.

Before applying for accreditation you must first be a fully paid up BABCP member. To join visit:

News and Updates


Change from Reaccreditation to Maintaining Quality and Standards of Practice (MQSP)

Please be aware that BABCP is currently changing from a process of reaccreditation to a new methodology for Maintaining Quality and Standards of Practice (MQSP).

There is therefore an immediate cessation of the existing reaccreditation process from 14th December 2016.

As such, we will no longer be able to accept applications for reaccreditation as Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer or Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP). Members who are due to reaccredit from this date onwards will remain accredited and on the register until the implementation of the MQSP from 1st May 2017. Following this, members will be notified in advance of the date they will need to make their online self- declaration of MQSP. This will be anniversary date of their original award of accreditation. Members will then remain accredited after the change to MQSP until they are due to make their online self -declaration.

Applications for Reaccreditation currently in process with BABCP (ie have been received by the office up to 14/12/2016) will be processed as normal, but will only be issued with a certificate valid up to 1st May 2017.

We acknowledge that this may impact on members who are due to make an application for Reaccreditation shortly, but ask that the decision of the board and rationale for this is taken into consideration. Please see the below letter from BABCP president Chris Williams for further information, which is also being sent to all members via email today.

For further information please see the link below; Maintaining Quality and Standards of Practice Announcement letter from BABCP president Chris Williams which is also being sent to all members via email today.

Maintaining Quality and Standards of Practice Announcement

New Accreditation Phone Service Times:

Following feedback from members and with more resource in place, we are pleased to inform you of an increase to the service offering members-only accreditation advice.

The phone service this week will be on: (Updated: 16/01/2017)

Monday: 10am - 12pm

Tuesday: 1pm - 3pm

Thursday 2pm - 4pm

To use the service, please call 0161 705 4304 then press option 1.

The spread of the new service means there will only be one Accreditation Officer available to take calls during each session – and this could affect availability and waiting times when busy.

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBP)
Level 2 Provisional Accreditation

Following discussion between Course Accreditation Committee and CBT Practitioner Accreditation Committee it has been agreed that a variation be made to the process for those who have graduated from Level 2 accredited CBT trainings which will make the provisional accreditation application stage more simple.

  • Graduates from BABCP Level 2 accredited trainings are now able to make an application for Level 2 Provisional Accreditation straight or shortly after passing the course and before taking up a CBT position.
  • In this case, the course will provide to BABCP a list of students who have passed following confirmation by external examiner. Please do not apply before you have been told by your course that you have passed and the list has been sent as it may delay your application if sent before BABCP have been notified.
  • You may also apply using this application form if you have completed a Level 2 accredited training in previous years, providing that you provide evidence of course completion. Please check that your course was accredited at the time of your training and graduation (Link to level 2 courses page).
  • You do not need to provide any supervision evidence or supervisor/professional reference reports.

The new process will require applicants to provide evidence of;

  1. Core professional training or KSA
  2. Accountability to a senior for a period of one year after completion of either:-
  3. Core professional training or after date of the final piece of evidence used towards KSA
  4. Confirmation of Level 2 course attended and completed and;
  5. Declaration for submission of full accreditation within 18 months – (and other declarations as itemised on the Level 2 provisional accreditation application form.)

Once provisional accreditation has been awarded via this route, successful applicants will have a period of 12 to 18 months to submit for full accreditation in line with the declaration signed.

Click to access CBP Level 2 Provisional Accreditation application form and Criteria and guidelines.


Expressions of interest are invited for a new title which is being offered by the Association of ‘Extended Practitioner Accreditation’.

The title will be available to applicants whose CBT Practitioner Accreditation has lapsed by virtue of their ceasing clinical practise, but who are continuing to offer supervision and/or training. It will apply for a period of two years from the date of the last client session or from formal notification to relinquish accreditation.

Please note: There will also be a restriction to individuals who are providing supervision/training on Accredited courses, since these are the only circumstances in which CBT Practitioner Accreditation is actually a requirement. All other supervisors and trainers whose Accreditation has lapsed will continue to be able to provide those services.

To avoid any misunderstanding, this new service is NOT restricted to those who are Supervisor and/or Trainer Accredited, though of course these would also lapse in the event of stopping clinical practice.

Please send your request to the BABCP Accreditation Liaison Officers at with the subject line “Extended practitioner accreditation” in the first instance, stating when you ceased clinical practice and when would like the two year period to commence. Please provide information on how many hours of ongoing practice in supervision and/or training you expect to be providing and with which course(s) you are associated.

Thank you for your interest.

Accreditation Services
October 2016

Accreditation Enquiries Policy

The current BABCP policy is for all Accreditation-related enquiries to be made via the Accreditation Contact form

This is for two reasons.

Firstly, email contact provides a record of the communication that can be referred back to, which is often needed in the case of complex detailed enquiries.

Secondly, it is a resource issue in terms of efficient allocation of accreditation department resources to various areas and to keep costs down.

Following consultation with the membership, however, BABCP also provides a Members telephone service for Accreditation queries. The service is facilitated by Accreditation Liaison Officers (ALOs) in the Bury office.

It is expected that members will have already consulted the information and guidelines available on the BABCP website for answers to basic queries before utilising this service. The ALOs do not expect applicants to use the service to ask basic application or administration questions about the process.

Please see the new accreditation phone service times.

To use the service, please call 0161 705 4304 then press option 1.

For non member enquiries, please send an email via the Accreditation Contact Form.