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Getting Accredited FAQs

Want to train in CBT?

Guidance on how to start your post-gproraduate training is on Training in CBT

Do you have a background in mental health?

Check if you have a Core Profession. These are specific qualifications in mental health which you need prior to your CBT Training.

Otherwise, please read through the KSA Guidelines. You will need to complete a KSA portfolio if you don't have core profession.

If there are some KSA criteria you don't meet, you can work on getting training and/or experience which will allow you to meet them.

If you don't have any mental health training or experience at all, you will need to get this under your belt this before you can start on CBT training or an accreditation application.

Which CBT training?

If you completed a Level 2 BABCP Accredited Course, go straight to L2 Provisional Accreditation Application.

If you completed any other CBT training, continue with the guidance on this page.

Read the Guidelines

Read through Provisional Accreditation Guidelines. This will take time but it is the only way for you to find out if you meet the criteria for accreditation and prepare to complete the application.

You may find it helpful to also refer to the Minimum Training Standards (MTS) , particularly the at-a-glance version.

What if I need to top up my training to meet the requirements? There is FAQ on this below which explains how you may be able to make up any shortfall

Gather evidence and start completing the form

Collect evidence of your training, trainers credentials, case studies and supervised cases. The Provisional Accreditation Guidelines will give you more information on what is needed. 

Start filling in the Provisional Accreditation Application Form. Don't expect to do it in one go! Look at the example within the Guidelines.

Get help if needed

Accreditation Liaison Officers are experienced in helping with specific enquiries about your application at any stage of the process. It can be a good idea to discuss your application with your supervisor or team leader if appropriate. Contact Accreditation.

Ask for Reports and References

Ask your supervisor to complete a Supervisor's Report. If you have been with your current supervisor for less than six months, ask for one from your previous supervisor too.

Find another CBT practitioner to provide your Professional Reference. They should know your current practice.

Examples of how to fill in both of these are on the Provisional Accreditation page.

Either your Supervisor's Report or Professional Reference should be from a BABCP member.

Submit your Application

The Instructions for online submission include details of how to submit and pay for your application. It also provides alternatives to signatures if your supervisor or referee(s) are not able to provide them.

The process takes an average of eighteen weeks from the date you pay.

Accreditors review your Application

Your application will go to two Accreditors. They will contact you if they have any questions about your application.

More details about what happens to your application are on Application Progress Check.

Provided the Accreditors are happy with your application, you will receive an email saying you are provisionally accredited and your name will appear on the CBT Register.

Once you're accredited...

One year on - apply for Full Accreditation.

This will be due twelve months after you gained Provisional Accreditation, but it's worth checking the Full Accreditation Guidelines [PDF]straight away so you can start keeping your supervision and CPD logs. 

Post Accreditation Guidance gives you some further practical pointers. 


If you want to get accredited, there are two main questions you need to ask yourself -

  • Do I have the right mental health background? Our Core Professions and KSA pages are the best places to start with this.
  • Does my CBT training meet the Minimum Training Standards? These are our criteria for accreditation.  There are a number of different routes to achieving this- 

Possible CBT training routes to Accreditation

  • Level 2 BABCP Accredited Courses – these meet all the Minimum Training Standards (MTS) and provide the most straightforward route to accreditation.
  • Level 1 Accredited courses - you will need to complete some additional requirements to meet the MTS after one of these courses
  • Non-accredited courses - eg a post-graduate diploma in CBT, a clinical psychology doctorate with a substantial CBT component, a CBT training course completed in another country  
  • A combination of substantial post-graduate University-validated CBT training courses
  • Starting from scratch? If you have yet to start post-graduate training in CBT – please go to Training in CBT

What If I need to top up my training to meet the requirements?  There is a section on this further down this page to help you with this. 

Questions?

It is for you to compare your training with the MTS. You will need course handbooks, curricula, timetables etc for this.  If this is difficult, there are other sections on this page which will also help you with this. 

If you have specific questions once you have done this, please contact accreditation@babcp.com.

Provisional Accreditation - you can apply for this once you have evidence that you meet the criteria as long as you are in CBT practice.  

Level 2 Provisional Accreditation - you can apply for this if you completed a Level 2 BABCP Accredited course.  You can apply as soon as you have your certificate or the course has sent us a pass list for your year.  You don't have to be in practice to apply.

There is no time limit in which to apply after your training has finished on either pathway. 

There is no time limit to applying for accreditation after completing your training.

CBT training hours and experience

If you completed your training a long time ago, it may be more difficult for you to provide evidence of meeting the Minimum Training Standards (such as course timetables, handbooks, CVs of trainers.)

If so, please create a timeline of your training and experience, providing evidence of this where you can, and where you can’t, a counter-signatory or a number of counter-signatories can be used to attest to your claims. For example, signed statements from Course Directors or peers you trained with confirming course curricula, or signed statements from others who can attest to your qualifications, the content of your training, your experience, etc.

Within this timeline, you will need to show how your training maps against the main headings of the Core Curriculum Reference Document [PDF]. This provides a guide to the expected content of core training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.

Accreditors assessing these applications will take into account long-term commitment to CBT CPD and practice, however you should still do all you can to provide evidence that you have met the Minimum Training Standards.

CBT Case Studies

You must have had four CBT case studies assessed and passed.  You can provide evidence of these in one or more of the following ways -

  • case study mark sheets from the course - this is the best option if possible
  • a letter from the course director confirming the number of CBT case studies which must have been assessed to pass the course
  • you can write additional case studies and have them assessed according the the guidelines below.  Ask the assessor to provide a mark sheet or a statement to confirm that they have been passed
  • if you completed less than four case studies on the course, you can use a mixture of evidence of the cases submitted on the course as well as recently marked ones
  • don't send entire case studies - if you studied on a mixed modality course, you can provide evidence that they were CBT specific by providing the title page
  • if you have no evidence of completing any case studies during your training, you can write new ones to be assessed now.  Ask the assessor to give you evidence that they have been signed off. This document will give you guidance on who can assess these and how they should do it - 

Case Study Marking Criteria [PDF]

Closely Supervised Cases

You must provide evidence of three closely supervised cases.  If you cannot get a signature from your supervisor during the course, you can provide other evidence such as signed supervision logs, or you can ask your current supervisor to sign to provide evidence of close supervision of four recent cases. Please refer to the guidelines below

Close Supervision Guidelines [PDF]

If your CBT training was not on a BABCP accredited course, or if you trained abroad, you may still be able to become accredited. You must currently be in CBT practice in the UK, its territories or Ireland to apply. 

Here are the steps you should take to work out if you can apply -

Check if you have a Core Profession, or if you need to complete a KSA.

Consult thMinimum Training Standards (MTS) and the Provisional Accreditation Guidelines [PDF] and work out if you can meet the criteria. You must be able to provide the evidence required  ie course handbooks, timetables, assignment marksheets, trainer qualifications etc

We need to know that your training covers the Core Curriculum - the expected content of core training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. Put together a document mapping out your training against the main headings of the Core Curriculum Reference Document [PDF]. This can be submitted with your Provisional Application. The Accreditors will use this to check if you have covered the essential areas in your training.  You will still need to fully complete the Application Form.

Once you meet all the criteria, apply using a Provisional Accreditation Application Form

Contact our Accreditation team if you have questions. As everyone has different elements to their training, only you can work out if you meet the accreditation criteria but we can answer specific questions to help.

A background in mental health abroad

Prior to your CBT training, you must have a BABCP recognised professional background in mental health. 

We call this a core profession. It's fine if this training and experience was in another country as long as you can provide evidence of your qualification, translated into English if necessary.

However you must be be registered or accredited with one of the relevant named UK bodies - we can't accept registration or accreditation in another country.

Alternatively, If you don't meet Core Profession criteria for one of these, you can demonstrate your mental health background in a KSA portfolio.

Overseas CBT training

If you completed your post-graduate CBT training abroad, you should follow the same guidance as for graduates of all non-accredited courses in the section below.

For Provisional Accreditation, you must have met the majority of the Minimum Training Standards (MTS) in a single, post-graduate CBT course.

You can then “top up” some training hours, case studies and supervised practice after your training to meet the MTS - 

Training hours

You must be able to provide evidence that you completed 200 hours of face to face training on CBT skills and theory during your training.

At least 100 of these must have been provided by appropriately trained and qualified CBT trainers within your post-graduate training course.

If you fall short of these hours, the accreditors will accept up to 100 additional training hours from other courses and substantial CPD events provided that -

  • They are CBT specific
  • They are at post-graduate level
  • They represent a progression of your learning (i.e. not repeating what you learnt in your initial CBT training)
  • They are delivered face to face by appropriately trained and qualified CBT trainers
  • They are a minimum of a day’s training
  • You can provide evidence of all of the above.
  • The content of your overall training will map against the Core Curriculum (below)

Core Curriculum Reference Document

We use the Core Curriculum [PDF] to assess the content of CBT trainings. Please put together a document which maps your training against the Core Curriculum - you must be able to show that you have had training in all of the main areas. This should be submitted with your application.

Case Studies

If you don't have evidence of having completed four case studies which were assessed during training, you will need to complete additional case studies before you apply for accreditation and provide evidence of their assessment. 

The case study marking criteria [PDF] gives guidance on this and who is a suitable assessor.

Closely Supervised Cases

If you don't have evidence of having completed at least three closely supervised cases during training - including live supervision, please provide evidence of this from your current practice.

Close Supervision Guidelines [PDF]

The accreditation process takes an average of 18 weeks from the date you paid.  It can be quicker at quiet times and take longer at busy ones, especially if your application includes a KSA portfolio.  

It may also take longer if the accreditor contacts you requesting further information.  If this happens, you will have a six week window in which to supply it.

You can find full details of the application process and how long it takes on Application Progress Check.

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