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The Wider Psychological Workforce Register is an individual registration scheme for psychological practitioner roles that are currently not regulated by law.
Individual registration provides a recognised framework that demonstrates registered practitioners have the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to practise.
It provides employers and the public assurance that competency, safe practise and high standards are maintained through a code of practise, continuing professional development and supervision requirements to maintain registration.
There are a number of roles on the register, these include::
Wellbeing Practitioner roles:
Associate Psychology roles:
Find out more about registration of these psychological practitioner roles across the four nations and our work with NHS England and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) on the registration scheme.
If you’re not already a member of the BPS then you will need to join as a graduate member or an affiliate subscriber before requesting to join the register.
To join as a graduate member, you will need to have achieved at least a 2:2 and passed the empirical project in an undergraduate degree accredited by the society, or have completed an accredited conversion course.
What is the cost of graduate membership?
If you graduated within the last five years from the qualification giving eligibility for graduate membership the fee is £70.80.
Standard graduate membership fee is £141.60.
If you are not eligible to join the society as a graduate member, you can join as an affiliate subscriber.
What is the cost to become an affiliate subscriber?
To join as an affiliate subscriber the cost is £105.60.
To find out more information about membership grades or to join the society, visit our join us page.
As well as being a member of the society, to join the Wider Psychological Workforce Register you will need to meet the requirements listed for the specific role you would like to register for.
Completion of a BPS accredited PWP training programme (search our list of accredited PWP programmes).
Confirmation of current employment in a specified system of care
In order to meet requirements for individual registration, PWPs will operate within a clearly identified stepped-care pathway such as an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service returning data to NHS Digital in England. This means that the service within which they work will allow seamless stepping-up and stepping-down of treatment. Registrants will be delivering evidence-based interventions across the adult age span, working with common mental health problems and long term physical health problems with a psychological component. They must be receiving case and clinical supervision for their work. They will also use routine outcome measures. This will be evidenced through the provision of a supervisor reference.
Six months experience of working within the specified system of care that ensures the right pathways of referral on/stepping up in a stepped-care pathway and good clinical governance.
The six months can include time spent working as a trainee.
Minimum clinical practice requirements
In order to ensure that all PWPs practice to the high standard we expect and maintain versatile competence, a minimum of two hours clinical practice per week is required to meet registration criteria. This clinical practice must include both assessment and treatment at Step 2 and delivery must be via live interventions e.g. telephone, video or face to face. Computerised CBT can be undertaken but cannot be included in these two hours.
Adult IAPT services commissioned to work with ages 16+
PWPs working in services that are commissioned to provide adult IAPT for patients aged 16-18 are eligible to register and must be working within the specified system of care outlined.
Eligibility for PWP provisional accreditation
Registering as a PWP with the BPS provides eligibility for BABCP’s Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA) condensed portfolio for provisional accreditation.
A registrant will either register as a CAAP-Child (working with children and young people as their specified client group), or a CAAP-Adult (working with adults as their specified client group), depending upon the training they have undertaken.
The requirements to register as a CAAP are:
Completion of a BPS accredited CAAP training programme (search our list of accredited CAAP programmes).
Confirmation of current employment as a CAAP. In order to meet requirements for individual registration, CAAPs will work with specific or particular client groups delivering psychological assessments, formulations, interventions, evaluation and research within their scope of practise. CAAPs work is limited to a defined range and severity of problems experienced by a particular client group, and will be carried out with the support and under the supervision. Clinical supervision of CAAPs is provided by clinical psychologists or in circumstances judged appropriate by the Health Board Professional Lead for Psychology, may be delegated to other applied psychologists or CAAPS with two years post qualification experience and the relevant supervision training (NES Training in Generic Supervision Competences for Psychological Therapies NES:GSC is required).
Six months experience working as a CAAP and with the population you have trained to work with. This six months can include time spent working as a trainee.
Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria above before applying to the register.
To apply to the register, you must complete one of the application forms below and return it via the link specified.
This will incur a one off application fee of £27.
As part of the registration process, applicants are required to read and agree to abide by the Fitness to Practise Framework.
If you meet all the requirements for registration and your application is successful you will then be asked to pay the required registration fee:
Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP, CWP and EMHP): £50
Associate Psychologist (CAAP and CAP): £62
To remain on the register you will need to pay the appropriate registration fee annually. You will be invoiced at the same time each year, or you can choose to set up a Direct Debit with us.
If, for any reason, you choose not to renew your registration, your member benefits will remain unchanged and you will continue to be charged the relevant annual amount based on your member grade.
Once your application is approved and you have paid your registration fee you will appear on the register so that members of the public or employers can search to see if you are listed on the register.
The register will display your name, unique register ID, registered role and location of your employing organisation
To remain on the register you will need to pay the registration fee annually, which you’ll be invoiced for each year around the anniversary of your joining.
The registration fee is £50 for Wellbeing Practitioner roles (PWP, CWP and EMHP) and £62 for Associate Psychology roles (CAAP and CAP).
You will also need to meet the required supervision and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities for your role.
You can record your supervision and CPD activities on the MyCPD platform which is available to all members and can be found under your account profile on the BPS website.
A supervision and CPD audit will take place every two years. This audit will be on approximately 5% of individuals or 20 registrants, whichever is greater, on the register for each role.
Those selected for audit will be contacted via email with further information on the submission requirements.
You will receive a reminder three months before your registration is due for renewal and will have three months to make the payment to continue your registration. If we do not receive your renewal payment your registration will lapse and you will no longer appear on the register.
By paying your registration fee you confirm that you continue to meet the requirements to be registered with the role and continue to abide by and operate within the Fitness to Practise Framework for the Wider Psychological Workforce Register.
If you need to take a Leave of Absence please download and complete the Leave of Absence Form.
The society seeks to deliver the best possible service to its members and the public.
In doing so we intend to consider fairly all complaints received about our members, products and services, including our staff and volunteers acting on behalf of the BPS, in an open and transparent way.
For the Wider Psychological Workforce Register, the society will investigate issues relating to the fitness to practise of registrants in line with its objectives of maintain public protection.
The Complaints Procedure: Guidance for registrants provides further information about how the BPS manages fitness to practise complaints concerning registrants.
If you can’t find what you need, please contact the Complaints Team by emailing us at [email protected] or phoning us on 0116 252 9919.