Register of applied psychology practice supervisors (RAPPS) - frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of being on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS)?

Being on the Register confirms that you have supervisory skills. You will receive a certificate confirming your registration, and Trainees looking for a supervisor can use the online search facility.

Can I supervise trainee applied psychologists if I don't join the Register?

At this time there are no plans to exclude people from supervision if they are not members of the Register. The current accreditation criteria for applied psychology training programmes suggest that supervisors should have been trained in a series of skills that are the same as those required for membership of the Register. This means that we would expect the vast majority of psychologists supervising trainees will be eligible to join the Register.

How much does it cost to register?

An initial application must be sent with a supporting payment of £85. This payment consists of a £50 application fee and the first year’s subscription payment for the Register of £35. This £35 must then be paid annually to maintain your entry on the Register.

What do I need to do to join?

The training route requires you to have completed a Society-approved training course. Society approved training courses include the 4 part training offered through the Society’s Learning Centre and some Society accredited DClinPsy courses.  If you wish to confirm that a specific training course confers eligibility, contact the BPS Learning Centre: tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925 or email: 

Who will I need to support my application for registration as a supervisor?

If you are applying via the 'grand-parenting' route your application should be supported by your own supervisor and a further Chartered professional colleague. Your referees must attest to your delivery of supervision for a minimum of one year in the last five years. If you are applying via the training route, your referee should be a senior professional colleague who can provide a supportive professional reference.

How long is my membership for?

Membership initially lasts for five years. When you apply to renew your registration you need to demonstrate that you have been actively practising as a supervisor and have been engaged in relevant CPD. Minimum requirements will be published by the Society in due course.

Revalidation of your entry will be likely to need verification by a credible referee such as your own supervisor, a senior colleague or a manager.

Can I be removed from the Register?

There are a two ways an individual's name can be removed from the Register:

  • If an individual fails to provide the necessary documentation or payment for their membership renewal.
  • If any person on the Register is suspended or removed from membership having broken the Society’s Member Conduct Rules.