Provisional Guideline Clarifications: Non-University Validated CBT Courses

8 February 2018

At the 30th October 2017 BABCP Practitioner Accreditation Committee (PAC) meeting, a decision was taken to clarify the Provisional Accreditation application guidelines which now read:

‘The substantial majority of your taught CBT skills and theory hours should have been taught in a single, coherent and assessed post graduate programme of study from a University validated training course.’

(P12 Provisional Accreditation Guidelines)

University validation - also known as HEI (Higher Educational Institution) validation - is the process by which academic standards are maintained within Higher Education. Hence the rationale behind this proposed clarification is to ensure the continued maintenance of the quality and standard of CBT training, as benchmarked by the BABCP MTS which applicants for practitioner accreditation are required to meet.

We would like to emphasise that this is not a change – simply a clarification of what the usual standard ‘should’ be; the MTS, which have not changed since the last revision in 2012, read:

‘The minimum number of hours study required in the Cognitive/Behavioural elements of training is 450 hours of which 200 hours should be provided directly by recognised trainers, with documented expertise in CBT through a recognised course or other programme of study.

This will usually be a Postgraduate course, delivered by a higher education institution.’ (MTS 3.4)

If you completed a non-accredited and non-HEI validated CBT courses, you can still apply for Provisional Accreditation but do need to be aware of the above clarification to the Guidelines.

HEI validation is an issue BABCP has under review, for future reference and there may be changes to the Minimum Training Standards to reflect this at a future date. BABCP will endeavour to keep all members informed of any changes in advance.