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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.

Our divisions and member networks allow our members to communicate and collaborate with like-minded people in various scientific, professional, regional and special interest groups

Divisions

Divisions help members to advance their professional interests, with a focus on training and practice and the development of professional knowledge and skills.

Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP)

There are several routes to Full membership of the DARTP, which must be assessed and verified through application and include:

  • Completion of a non-accredited research PhD identifiable as being based in psychology post-GBC
  • A minimum of 5-years’ experience as a teacher of psychology post-GBC
  • Considerable, identifiable experience as a researcher in psychology post-GBC
  • Completion of a non-accredited research PhD identifiable as being based in psychology, followed by a minimum of 5-years’ experience working in a university psychology department (GBC not required)

Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)

To be eligible for Full Membership of the DCP new applicants must have completed a Society-accredited Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy).

Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP)

To be eligible for Full Membership of the DCOP new applicants must have EITHER:

Division of Educational Psychology (DECP)

To be eligible for Full Membership of the DECP new applicants must have completed a Society accredited Doctorate in Educational Psychology.

Division of Forensice Psychology (DFP)

To be eligible for Full Membership of the DFP new applicants must have EITHER:

Division of Health Psychology (DHP)

To be eligible for Full Membership of the DHP new applicants must have EITHER:

Division of Neuropsychology (DoN)

To be eligible for Full Membership of the DON new applicants must have EITHER:

  • Gained HCPC Registration as a Clinical or Educational Psychologist & completed the Society’s Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology - QiCN (this route allows Members to join the SRCN)
  • OR, qualified as a Chartered Psychologist and subsequently gained a minimum of 2-years’ experience working in the field of neuropsychology

Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP)

To be eligible for Full Membership of the DOP new applicants must have EITHER:

Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP)

To be eligible for Full Membership of the DSEP new applicants must have EITHER:

Scottish Division of Educational Psychology (SDEP)

To be eligible for Full Membership of the SDEP new applicants must have completed an accredited MSc in Educational Psychology at a Scottish university, followed by the Society’s Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland).

In-Training Divisional Membership

Any psychologists enrolled on one of the accredited-training routes noted above are eligible for In-training membership of that particular Division (excluding DON & DARTP). 

Any psychologist undertaking a research PhD in psychology can apply for in-training membership of the DARTP.

There is no in-training membership grade in the DON.

For members who have completed Society accredited postgraduate professional training.

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.

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

Faculties

Both the Division of Clinical Psychology and the Division of Neuropsychology also have specific faculties which are open to members of the main division.

For further information on the existing faculties please visit their webpages.

To apply for faculty membership please download and complete the application form below:

Sections and Special Groups

To apply to join one of our existing sections or special groups please download and complete the application form below:

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

The Fellowship application fee is £56.

Further information about 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.

Please note: 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]

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

For further information about these awards please contact [email protected]

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.

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.

For more information on the award please visit the Science Council’s RSci webpages

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.

For more information on the award please visit the Science Council’s RSciTech webpages

What is EuroPsy?

EuroPsy is the abbreviation for the EFPA trademarked title of Registered European psychologist, and represents a European benchmark standard of psychology knowledge and skills.

It does not confer a licence to practise but can help to facilitate the mobility of qualified professionals across Europe.

In gaining the award you will receive certification from EFPA as well as being entered on to the EuroPsy Register.

More general information and details around the award can be found on the EFPA website.

What are the criteria to apply in the UK?

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 a full course of BPS accredited postgraduate training, which in turn will make you eligible for practitioner registration with the HCPC.

OR

  • You must be registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC and hold at least a Masters-equivalent degree in psychology. Typically those applying on this route will have gained HCPC registration through either grand-parenting or through internationally gained qualifications and experience.

EuroPsy is a practitioner award and therefore we cannot offer this to those individuals who are not eligible for HCPC registration.

A note on EuroPsy & Brexit

As EuroPsy is a European award rather than one specific to the EU, there won’t be any impact on our ability to continue to offer the EuroPsy award regardless of the outcome of Brexit.

How much will it cost?

Society Members Society Members can get EuroPsy registration free of charge, provided that they meet one of the criteria noted above.
Non-Members 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.

Transcripts of all of your degree qualifications, details of employment history and any professional registrations that you hold would also need to be provided alongside your completed application form.

In applying on this route NAC may also require additional evidence determined at their discretion in order to confirm that you meet the EuroPsy and EFPA regulations in full.

How to apply

To apply you must complete the EuroPsy application form.

This requires you to outline qualifications, experience and supervision relevant to your application.

Once completed please send your application to:

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

If you have any further questions please contact [email protected] or visit www.europsy-efpa.eu/

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