Frequently Asked Questions
What qualifications do I need to practice as a counsellor?
You need to have a minimum of a Level 4 diploma in counselling.
How do I become a member of a professional counselling body such as the BACP, UKCP or NCS?
Membership in a professional counselling body requires that you hold a minimum of Level 4 in counselling and 100 hours of supervised practice.
Do any of the courses involve role play?
At Levels 2 and 3 you will be able to participate in 20-minute counselling role play sessions, observed by your tutor.
Do I need to have counselling myself to begin a counselling course?
Alternative training providers may specify personal therapy is required when studying at Level 4 or 5, however, this is not the case with our courses.
Do I need to study on a BACP accredited course to be a member of the BACP when I qualify?
Some diploma courses are accredited by the BACP, meaning you can join as a registered member of the BACP upon completion.
For any diploma course that is not accredited, you will need to pass a short multiple choice exam to qualify as a BACP member.
Please note: Our counselling courses are not yet accredited by the BACP, though you will still be able to progress onto a BACP-accredited diploma.
How do I become an accredited member of the BACP?
To become an accredited member of the BACP, you need to have 450 hours of counselling experience and 3 years of experience as a qualified counsellor.
During your BACP accreditation process, you will be required to complete several short assignments, submit a log of counselling hours and complete a case study.
When can I join the BACP or other professional body?
At the start of any diploma course, you can join the BACP (or other professional body) as a student member.
Why is our Level 2 counselling course 18 weeks?
Our Level 2 counselling qualification is skills-based and enables you to gain experience delivering a 20-minute session in a group of three.
The course is longer, giving you more time to work on delivering sessions before your end of course assessment.