Guidance on the use of Society designations and titles

Members are encouraged to use their designations as an important benefit of membership.  They send out a powerful professional message about their status, experience and professionalism.

Below are the different grades of membership and how to use their designations.

Graduate members

Graduate members are entitled and encouraged to use their designatory letters MBPsS after their name.  For example:

Ms. A. Smith MBPsS

Chartered members

Chartered members are entitled and encouraged to use the designation CPsychol after their name and the term ‘Chartered Psychologist’.  For example:

Dr. A. Smith CPsychol
Chartered Psychologist

Honorary members

Honorary members are entitled and encouraged to use their respective designations of HonMBPsS (Honorary Life Member) or HonFBPsS (Honorary Fellow), in addition to any other designations they may have.  For example:

Dr. A. Smith CPsychol HonMBPsS
Chartered Psychologist

Dr. A. Smith CPsychol HonFBPsS FBPsS
Chartered Psychologist

Associate Fellow

Associate Fellows of the Society may use the designatory letters AFBPsS, in addition to any other designations they may have.  For example:

Dr. A. Smith CPsychol AFBPsS
Chartered Psychologist

Fellow

Fellows of the Society may use the designatory letters FBPsS, in addition to any other designations they may have.  For example:

Dr. A. Smith CPsychol FBPsS
Chartered Psychologist

The Society does not award any alternative membership designations and titles to those listed above.  Any member found to be in breach of this guidance may be held to account under the Society’s Member Conduct Rules.

If you have any queries about the use of designations and titles, contact our Membership Team.

Email: membership@bps.org.uk

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9911

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