IAPT Course Accreditation


BABCP is working with IAPT and the IAPT Accreditation Oversight Group to accredit all the new high intensity training courses set up under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme. Below is a description of the process involved for accreditation of High Intensity Courses.

Accreditation of IAPT Courses

The National Implementation Plan for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has recognised the requirement for the training programmes for the High Intensity Therapy Workers to be formally accredited. This accreditation will be led by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) which already has a system in place for the accreditation of CBT Training in the UK.

An Oversight Group of accreditation of IAPT training has been established with representatives of key professional and stakeholder bodies which will have responsibility for reviewing this process at the end of the academic year. Accreditation will ensure that the training provided meets both the demands of the IAPT core curriculum, whilst also meeting BABCP minimum requirements for training as a CBT practitioner. The expectation is that all successful trainees, who have completed the High Intensity courses, will be able to apply for individual accreditation as a CBT Therapist at the end of their course and contribute as fully trained staff in the IAPT sites in the future.

Agreement has been reached that the accreditation process will be run jointly with IAPT and will have two phases. The first phase will be a scrutiny of the course's current documentation, carried out by members of BABCP/IAPT Course Accreditation Panel. This will enable the Panel to see how the course plans to deliver the programme and the supervision resources that it has available, both within the course and in collaboration with the expansion sites. The second phase of the accreditation process will include a site visit by the Accreditation Panel. This will not be dissimilar to the format of the current CBT course accreditation process but one difference will be that we will also be looking at how courses are mapping their curriculum, and developing competences through skills-based training and supervision, from the national IAPT curriculum.