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Coaching Psychology Professional Recognition Route (PRR)

This route has been developed to ensure that coaching psychology practitioners who meet the level 8 standards to gain chartered membership for the BPS through their professional training and practice have the opportunity to do so.

The Coaching Psychology Professional Recognition Route (PRR) enables practitioners to draw upon their fullest professional experience and become chartered members of the BPS through evidencing their professional training and practice in coaching psychology.

Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence which shows that they have achieved the level 8 standards as set out in the applicant handbook.

Download the applicant handbook

Upon successful completion, applicant's details will be forwarded onto the relevant team to process the chartered membership upgrade. Applicants will also be eligible for, full membership of the Division of Coaching Psychology and to join the Register of Coaching Psychologists.

Achieving chartered status through this route enables use of the title Chartered Coaching Psychologist.

Benefits of undertaking this route

  • Formal recognition of your existing professional experience and competence
  • Upon successful completion, you will become a chartered member of the BPS and eligible to become a full member of the Division of Coaching Psychology, as well as being able to apply to join the Register of Coaching Psychologists

Is this route right for you?

The Coaching Psychology Professional Recognition Route is suitable for practitioners who possess three years' full time (or part time equivalent) coaching psychology experience and are seeking to gain formal recognition.

The accompanying flowchart should assist in identifying which route is most appropriate for an applicant, given their existing status and experience.

Consult our FAQs for more information

Once you have registered onto the route and settled your fees you will be added to our online platform, BPS Learn.

As this is a professional recognition route, you will need to include a narrative that outlines your professional journey and development over time as an independent and competent coaching psychologist.

You will be required to detail your training and experience, as well as any formal or informal learning and continuing relevant professional development, which will demonstrate how you meet the three years' training and experience requirement, your experience of working with a range of clients in a variety of topics, and how you have acquired, developed and applied your psychological evidence-based practice within coaching.

Please see the handbook for further information on what is required in your portfolio and how it is to be submitted.

Download the applicant handbook

  • Have the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC)
  • A minimum of three years full time (or part time equivalent) training and practising coaching psychology
  • Have a total of 690 days of coaching psychology relevant work/training comprising 160 days of applied work with clients
  • Have had at least 8 supervision sessions with a Chartered Psychologist in the past 2 years, with the Chartered Psychologist being on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) and at least 6 of the sessions with a Chartered Psychologist who specialises in coaching
  • Demonstration of the standards for chartered membership in coaching psychology

We recommend you read the handbook to view the full eligibility criteria and additional information before applying.

Download the applicant handbook

There are four submission dates each year.

You can apply at any point. It is expected that the PRR will take approximately six to nine months.

The portfolio submission deadlines are:

  • 01 January
  • 01 April
  • 01 July
  • 01 October

You will be able to register for your portfolio submission when you have completed your application and enrolment.

Please refer to the handbook for assessment key dates.

Download the applicant handbook


Member price: £2683 (+VAT)

Payments are made at the end of a registration window.

Please note that the initial fee for chartered membership and division membership is included within the PRR fee, up until your next membership renewal point, after which an annual fee will be due. Entry onto the register is optional and incurs an additional fee.

Joining the Register of Coaching Psychologists will incur additional cost and is optional.

How to submit your application

Complete an application form here

Once your application has been processed, and eligibility for the route confirmed, you will be provided with an invoice and later given access to the route via BPS Learn. You can then download all relevant forms and documentation.

Our Assessment & Awards Team are available to support with any other queries surrounding the Professional Recognition Route to Coaching Psychology.