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Chartered membership (CPsychol)

The title of Chartered Psychologist is legally recognised and reflects only the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.

What this membership offers you

Becoming a Chartered Psychologist is the pinnacle of a practicing psychologist's professional career. Once you achieve Chartered status, you are legally recognised within your specialism and trusted to deliver the highest standards to those who need your services.

Member benefits

Once you become Chartered within your area of expertise, there’s a wide range of benefits available, including:

  • Ability to use the CPsychol title

  • Inclusion on our list of Chartered Members
  • Opportunity to advertise in the Directory of Chartered Psychologists and join one of our specialist registers
  • Exclusive use of the Chartered Psychologist logo
  • Digital and print subscription to The Psychologist, the BPS’s flagship publication
  • Exclusive discounts on a range of conferences and events

View the full list of member benefits.

We’re currently processing a high volume of new applications for people joining the BPS, plus helping our existing members who would like to join our various networks and registers. We currently estimate that it will take approximately eight weeks to process your application.   

How do I apply?

UK applicants

For UK-based applicants, you have one of the following to be eligible:

  • Achieved at least a 2:2 on an undergraduate honours degree (recognised as meeting Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership)
  • Have completed a society-accredited conversion qualification

Along with one of the following:

  • Have undertaken society-accredited postgraduate qualifications and training
  • Have appropriate postgraduate training and experience of teaching psychology
  • Have completed psychology research to doctoral level

If you’re applying for Chartered membership via the research or teaching routes you’ll need to supply two references.

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Non-UK applicants

For non-UK applicants, there are two application options available. 

Route 1 - Traditional Study

In order to follow this route, you need to:

  • Hold a qualification, or a combination of qualifications, which provide eligibility for GBC
  • Hold an additional postgraduate qualification in psychology at least equivalent to a UK masters degree
  • Have relevant supervised training and experience undertaken outside the UK equivalent to UK professional doctorate level
Route 2 - Teaching/Research

In order to follow this route, you need to:

  • Hold a qualification, or a combination of qualifications, which provide eligibility for GBC
  • Have appropriate postgraduate training and experience of teaching psychology
  • Or have completed psychology research to doctoral level

If you’re applying for Chartered membership using the non-UK, research or teaching options, you will need to supply two references.

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Costs to apply

Membership subscription is £141.60 per year, plus a non-refundable application assessment fee of £41 for existing members, or £78 for non-members.

Our membership runs on a 12 month cycle. You will be asked to renew your membership with us every 12 months from the date you first joined.

If you pay for your membership by Direct Debit, your membership will automatically renew every 12 months from the date you first joined.

Payment

There are a number of ways you can pay your subscription:

  • Online card payment (preferred)
  • Bank transfer
  • By phone

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Frequently asked questions
  • Which membership grade am I eligible for?

    Each membership grade has differing eligibility requirements which can be found on the relevant pages for each membership type.

    Eligibility for our membership grades is primarily based on society-accredited academic qualifications and experience, or their non-UK equivalent.

    Each membership grade has differing eligibility requirements. For further information, please visit the relevant pages for each membership grade.

    Please be aware that the information on each membership grade page provides a general guide to eligibility, it is not exhaustive.

  • What documents do I need to provide?

    You will need to provide copies (we don’t require originals) of your psychology qualifications.

    Transcripts (the list of subjects and grades) are required for all undergraduate, conversion and non-UK qualifications.

    For any documents not in English translations are required.

  • How much is society membership?

    Find out more information about our membership fees.

    Our current rates of subscription and membership fees are as follows:

    Core subscription fees

    Chartered members / Fellows / Associate Fellows: £141.60

    Graduate members: £141.60

    Two reductions are available to Graduate members:

    1. If you graduated within the last five years from the qualification giving eligibility for Graduate membership: £70.80
    2. If you are a current postgraduate student or enrolled on a society qualification: £38.04

    Student members: £27.48

    Affiliates: £105.80

    e-subscribers: £12.60

    Non-refundable application processing fees (payable On First Application)

    All non-refundable application fee payments are subject to a 6 month time limit, in which all requirements for your application should be submitted. If you have not provided all of the requirements for your application, or have not continued with your application after such time, you will be required to pay the non-refundable application fee again.

    Chartered Members (non-members): £78

    Chartered Members (Graduate Members upgrading): £41

    Fellows: £56

    Associate Fellows: £41

    Graduate Members: £37

  • How can I upgrade my membership?

    Current Student members can complete the Graduate membership application process online. Graduate members looking to upgrade should complete the relevant Chartered membership application form.

    You will not be charged an application fee for upgrading from Student to Graduate membership. Apply to upgrade to Graduate membership or Chartered membership

  • How do I join a member network?

    Members can find information and how to apply on our Member Networks page. 

    View more information and download the application form.

    If you’re applying for Graduate membership and would like to join one, or more, of the Member Networks you can add these as part of the application process, each network carries an additional fee.

    If you’re applying for Chartered membership the application form enables you to join Member Networks at the relevant grade.