Prospective candidates

Qualification in Forensic Psychology (QFP) Stage 2 information for prospective candidates

This section contains useful information for candidates considering undertaking the QFP (Stage 2).


What qualifications in Forensic Psychology does the Society offer?
The Society currently offers Qualification in Forensic Psychology Stage 2 (QFP Stage 2) this qualification consists of two years' full time supervised practice (or part time equivalent). It requires that trainees provide evidence of applying psychology in forensic practice.


Why would I need this qualification?
If you want to practice as a Forensic Psychologist in the UK this is one of the main routes. By taking this route you will be able to apply for Chartered Membership of the Society, Full Membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology and be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Forensic Psychologist.
Stage 2 is also undertaken by overseas psychologists who want to practise as a Forensic Psychologist in the UK.
Only by registering with the HCPC, the statutory regulator, are you able to use the protected title Forensic Psychologist.


Am I eligible?
You will need to be a Graduate Member of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and have successfully completed a Society accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology.


What will I have to do?
The QFP (Stage 2) involves at least two years of supervised practice in which you will be expected to demonstrate several core competencies.
We would strongly advise reading the Candidate Handbookfor the QFP Stage 2 before enrolling. The step-by-step guide to becoming a trainee Forensic Psychologist provides an overview to the structure of the qualification and the core competences.


Are there any exemptions?
A candidate may enrol on the QFP (Stage 2) having already produced evidence of some of the competences required. In such a case the candidate might be exempt from demonstrating those particular competences again. Therefore partial exemption may be granted on the basis of competence developed and demonstrated prior to enrolling on QFP Stage 2 (but after the satisfactory completion of Stage 1). To apply for exemptions you will need to complete ourQFP (Stage 2) Exemption form.


How much will this cost?


How do I enrol?
We would strongly advise checking the Regulations and reading the Candidate Handbook before applying.

All documents are available to download using the link at the bottom of this page. If you require a hard copy of documents please write to Alex Johnson, Qualifications Officer, British Psychological Society, St Andrews House, 48 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7DR saying when you enrolled and including a cheque or a postal order for £12 (made payable to The British Psychological Society).

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