PWP Registration & Membership Policy


PWP Registration & Membership Policy


This policy covers all activities that form part of the PWP Registration & Membership Process. In order for the policy to be effective, there are expectations for key stakeholders involved in the process.

It is the responsibility of the senior management staff in conjunction with the Practitioner Accreditation Committee and ultimately the Board of Trustees to ensure that this policy remain fit for purpose and ensure best practice.

Core Principles

BABCP promotes the safe and effective delivery of CBT principles and therapy skills. PWPs are specially trained to work with people who have common mental health problems such as anxiety disorders and depression, to support them in managing their recovery.

We recognise that PWPs are at the forefront of a number of emerging new professional groups who are applying cognitive behavioural principles in exciting and innovative ways and our aim is to expand our recognition of and support these emerging professions, which are revolutionising our approach to the delivery of psychological therapies in a number of specialist areas.

Entry requirements for BABCP PWP Registration

To be eligible for BABCP PWP registration an applicant must:

  • Be a BABCP member
  • Have graduated from a British Psychological Society (BPS) Accredited PWP training course/apprenticeship
  • Have six months’ experience of working within a specified system of care that ensures the right pathways of referral on/stepping up and good clinical governance; such as an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. The six months can include time spent working as a PWP trainee once you have commenced direct patient contact.
  • Be accountable for your professional practice to a senior member of your service.
  • Provide a signature of a statement of intent to sustained commitment to the theory and practice of PWP working.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic relationship and competence in the development, maintenance and ending of such relationships (evidenced via a PWP Supervisor’s Report to be submitted in advance of Register application).
  • Adhere to the BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics

Application process

  • The application process is via the BABCP website. This will include providing all relevant information such as personal details, place of work, qualifications etc.
  • All registrations require a PWP Supervisor Report to be submitted. This should be requested prior to an application for registration being made. The PWP Supervisor Report needs to be submitted within four weeks of the application for registration.

The Fees for a PWP Registration

  • The fee is payable at the point of online application for registration.
  • All ongoing fees are annual and payable on the anniversary of date joined. Payments can be made over the telephone or online, details will be provided as part of the membership journey. If payment is not received within one month of the request, your membership and/or registration will be lapsed.

Cancellation of Membership

In the case of someone who is BABCP PWP Registered, this can be cancelled one month from the date of joining or of the anniversary renewal date to receive a full refund. There is no reimbursement of fees if cancellation of membership/registration occurs within the membership year, however the membership will continue to the point of renewal and you will still have the member benefits.

Process for Refunds

Refunds will be payable via the payment method received. This is usually within 14 days from the date processed.

Re-joining BABCP

An applicant who has previously been a member of BABCP and/or PWP Registered who wishes to reinstate, is able to do so. If the applicant was previously expelled by BABCP, the application will be reviewed by the Standards Committee for a decision. 

Declaration or disclosures

Declarations and disclosures made as part of the BABCP application process and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. BABCP has the discretion to reject a membership application on the basis of the impact on its reputation as a charity and safeguarding obligations. BABCP is bound by the Equality Act 2010 and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

It may be necessary to refer an application to other areas of the organisation, including but not limited to the BABCP Standards Committee.

Refusal of Member

BABCP has the right to refuse membership for new members and re-joiners. This is in order to maintain its reputation as a professional membership organisation and charity, the decisions will be taken fairly and rationally, by reference to BABCP’s Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (or other applicable rules). A decision may be made on the basis of information contained in the application or in the case of re-joiners information held on file.

Data Usage

BABCP has a privacy statement which outlines what information and data we will hold about you as a member. This can be found on the BABCP website here.

An applicant who become PWP Registered will have their membership number and region included on a PWP Register.

It is the responsibility of the PWP Registered member to keep BABCP informed of any changes in their details.

Member Conduct

The BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics as published by the Association apply to all members of BABCP. It is the members responsibility to ensure that they understand these. Failure to adhere to the standards can result in the expulsion from membership of BABCP.


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