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Enhance Your Membership

There are several ways to further enhance your membership with the BPS, including becoming a recognised Fellow, or Associate Fellow, or by joining one of our many networks and divisions.

A Fellowship is recognition of significant contribution to the advancement or communication of psychological knowledge or practice either by research, teaching, publications or public service, or by organising and developing the work of others.

It is the highest title a member can apply for.

The Society encourages applications from members who work within all settings including the NHS, prison services, social care, education, business, sport those who work in independent practice settings or within academic institutions.

The Society believes the title should be attainable by members across all areas of the discipline and the revised guidance and application information, which sets out the criteria for the award, also provides examples of who may be eligible. 

Eligibility

To be awarded the status as a Fellow of the Society, you will:

  1. either be an Associate Fellow or can satisfy the Board of Trustees that you possess the requirements for Associate Fellowship; and
     
  2. satisfy the Board of Trustees that you have the following additional qualifications:

i) been engaged in work of a psychological nature (other than undergraduate training) for a total period of at least 10 years; and

ii) possess an advanced knowledge of psychology in at least one of its fields; and

iii) made an outstanding contribution to the advancement or dissemination of psychological knowledge or practice either by your own research, teaching, publications or public service, or by organising and developing the work of others.

Benefits

As a Fellow you can:

  • use the title FBPsS - this is the highest designation the Society can bestow, showing your significant contribution and understanding of the discipline
  • become a Full member of one of our divisions and other professional groups of the Society
  • apply to become a Chartered Scientist (CSci)
  • and more…

Subscription fees and payment methods

Our schedule of fees and payment methods can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Apply/nominate

You can apply, be nominated or nominate another member to become a Fellow of the Society.

The criteria required is provided in our application or nomination for a Society Fellowship document below:

To apply, download the application form and send it, along with all the essential materials, to:

The British Psychological Society
St Andrews House
48 Princess Road East
Leicester LE1 7DR

If you have any further queries, please contact the Membership Team:

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9911

Email: [email protected]

The title Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) is awarded in recognition of several years' experience and contribution to the field of psychology.

Eligibility

You may apply for this title if you have satisfied one of the following conditions since first becoming eligible for graduate membership:

  1. Achieved eligibility for full membership of one of the Society's divisions and been successfully engaged in the professional application of a specialised knowledge of psychology for an aggregate of at least two calendar years full-time (or its part-time equivalent); or
  2. Possess a research qualification in psychology and been engaged in the application, discovery, development or dissemination of psychological knowledge or practice for an aggregate of at least four years full time (or its part time equivalent); or
  3. Published psychological works or exercised specialised psychological knowledge of a standard not less than in 1 or 2 above.
  4. You must normally be engaged in work of a psychological nature at the time of your application.

Benefits

As an Associate Fellow you can:

  • use the AFBPsS title. This is a mark of experience, competence and reputation of psychological knowledge through the field
  • if you are already a Chartered Member of the Society, apply to become a Chartered Scientist which entitles you to use the prestigious CSci designation.
  • and more.

Subscription fees and payment methods

Our schedule of fees and payment methods can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Process

  • For this grade, certificates are not required as the main eligibility criteria are based on time spent working in psychology.

Application form

To apply, please send a completed application form to:

The British Psychological Society
St Andrews House
48 Princess Road East
Leicester LE1 7DR

Any queries, contact the Membership Team:

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9911

Email: [email protected]

Network and communicate with like-minded people in scientific, professional, regional and special interest groups

Divisions

Divisions help members to advance their professional interests.

They focus on training and practice and aim to develop psychology as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.

Full divisional membership

For members who have completed Society accredited postgraduate professional training.

In-training divisional membership

For those who hold, or wish to appy for, the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), and are enrolled on Society-accredited postgraduate professional training.

General divisional membership

For members who are not eligible for full or in-training divisional membership.

Other Member Networks

As well as its divisions, the British Psychological Society has other types of Member Networks such as branches, sections and special groups.

For further information on each of our member networks please visit their webpages.

To join one of these groups, download and complete the application form below:

Contact us

If you have any queries, contact the Membership Team:

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9911

Email: [email protected]

Science Council Awards

The Society is able to confer the following designations on behalf of the Science Council.

  • CSci Chartered Scientist

    CSci represents a single chartered mark for all scientists, recognising the highest levels of professionalism and competence in science independent of discipline.

    We are currently reviewing our application form and process for Chartered Scientist status and as such are unable to accept new applications at the current time.

    If you have any queries relating to this then please contact the Membership Team on 0116 252 9911.

  • RSci Registered Scientist

    RSci not only provides recognition for those in scientific and higher technician roles as professionals in their own field, but can also be a springboard to recognition as a Chartered Scientist.

    This award provides a means of demonstrating a level of experience and professionalism without having reached Chartered level, and would be of particular benefit to Graduate Members working in psychology-based careers.

    You can find more information on the award through the Science Council’s RSci webpages, and through our application form (.doc and pdf).

  • RSciTech Registered Science Technician

    RSciTech recognises science technicians as professionals, delivering the skilled technical support our increasingly complex infrastructure requires.

    Applicants for this award need only be at least an Affiliate subscriber to the Society, and currently working as a technician in a psychology-based role.

    You can find more information on the award through the Science Council’s RSciTech webpages, and through our application form (.doc and pdf).

If you would like any more information about these awards contact Liam Gallagher in the Society Membership Team directly.

Europsy

EuroPsy represents a European benchmark standard of psychology knowledge and skills. It does not of itself confer a licence to practise but can help to facilitate the mobility of qualified professionals across Europe. 

More information can be found on the EuroPsy webpages.

To apply for the EuroPsy award through the Society, you must meet at least one of the criteria noted below:

  • You must be eligible for Chartered Membership of the Society on the basis of BPS accredited postgraduate training

    OR

  • You must be registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and hold at least a Masters-equivalent degree in psychology

To apply you must complete the EuroPsy application form. This requires you to outline qualifications, experience and supervision that you have undertaken.

The Society will then take up references from supervisors as part of your application.

How much will it cost?

Society members who meet the criteria above will be eligible to apply for EuroPsy at no cost.  Applications from non-members will be subject to a fee of £415.

All applications from non-members will also be subject to individual assessment and consideration by the BPS National Awarding Committee (NAC) for EuroPsy.

If you have any further questions please contact [email protected]

Directory of Chartered Psychologists and the Directory of Expert Witnesses

You can advertise your services and contact details to the public via the Directory of Chartered Psychologists and the Directory of Expert Witnesses.

Please note you must be registered on the Directory of Chartered Psychologists to be eligible for the Directory of Expert Witnesses.

To apply please dowload and complete the form below:

Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy (ROPSIP)

To apply to be on the Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy, download and complete the appropriate application form below:

Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS)

To apply to join the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors please complete and return the application form below:

​Register of Coaching Psychologists

This register has been developed to provide recognition for Coaching Psychologists, allowing them to differentiate their services and gain acknowledgement of their expertise.

If you wish to apply to join this register please download and complete the application form below:

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Register

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme was created to provide improved access to evidence-based psychological therapies for people who require the help of mental health services, particularly those presenting with anxiety disorders and depression.

Further information about the IAPT programme and its workforce is available on the NHS website for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.

Central to the delivery of the programme is the IAPT-trained workforce of psychological therapists, comprising two core roles - Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) and High Intensity Practitioner (HI).

If you wish to apply please download and complete the IAPT Register application form below:

External Examiners / VNC Examiners

This searchable list includes details of members who have expressed an interest in providing services as an external examiner and/or viva examiner.

Click here to search the list, or contact [email protected] for more information on how to be included.
 

Become a Voluntary Careers Speaker

The Directory of Voluntary Careers Speakers (DVCS) lists Society members who are happy to give careers talks to schools and other institutions.

Becoming a Voluntary Careers Speaker is a great way to share your knowledge and personal experience and to help inspire the next generation. It is also a great addition to your CV.

We welcome contributions from all Chartered and Graduate Members of the Society.

If you choose to attend an event we can provide you with a selection of the Society’s careers materials and other promotional leaflets.

Once you become a Voluntary Careers Speaker your profile will be available to view on the internet by members of the public.

To join the DVCS please download and complete an application form, then return it to:

Freepost RTGU-UTJY-LRJA 
The British Psychological Society 
St Andrews House 
48 Princess Road East 
Leicester 
LE1 7DR

For further information about the DVCS contact the Society’s Help Desk.

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