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Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 2)

The Qualification in Occupational Psychology (QOP) (Stage 2) is the independent route to training as an occupational psychologist. It enables you to undertake your training while you are working in the field and acquiring valuable practical experience in a range of settings.

Duration 2 years minimum (or part-time equivalent)
Enrolment (entry) requirements Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership

Society-accredited MSc in Occupational Psychology

Access to a suitable placement (paid or voluntary)
Start date Flexible
Fees £6631.20 (£5526.00 plus VAT)

The flexibility of the qualification means that there are no restrictions on the type of work that you are doing, so long as you can demonstrate how it is relevant to the competencies underpinning the qualification.

This is a doctoral level qualification which leads to eligibility for Chartered membership of the Society, Full membership of the Division of Occupational Psychology, and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK.

The QOP (Stage 2) involves structured supervised practice over a period of minimum 2 years. Your supervised practice will build upon the academic components of your MSc by requiring the development and demonstration of skills in an applied setting.

During this time you will develop your skills to doctoral level in at least five of the areas of occupational psychology and the consultancy cycle, so that you are competent to practice independently as an occupational psychologist in a range of settings. 

You will also receive supervision and support of a Co-ordinating Supervisor who will act as your mentor throughout your training on the qualification, in addition to support from the Society’s Qualifications Office.

In addiition you may also choose to engage additional supervisory support for specific aspects of your supervised practice.  

For further details, please see the Candidate Handbook.

For more information on the benefits of training independently, please click here.

The first step is to read the Candidate Handbook and make sure you fulfil the entry requirements of the qualification.

The next step is to contact a Co-ordinating Supervisor using the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).

Supervision with your Co-ordinating Supervisor is an important part of your training on the qualification and, therefore, it is advisable to contact more than one Co-ordinating Supervisor before agreeing terms.

Your Co-ordinating Supervisor will be able to explore with you how you might develop and demonstrate the competencies within your current job or placement. 

Once you have secured a Supervisor, the next step is to complete the enrolment application forms located on the Forms and Handbooks tab.

The Candidate Handbook will guide you through the process, and if you have any queries, the Qualifications Team is available to help via email and telephone.

Assessment consists of two parts, the submission of an annual progress report demonstrating that you are on track with completion of the qualification and receiving appropriate support, and the submission of a portfolio of competence entries demonstrating that you have developed the competencies to the necessary standard in your chosen areas of work and across the consultancy cycle.

Your Co-ordinating Supervisor is available to support you in preparing your submissions, although this does not constitute a formal assessment of your work.

If you have any queries, please contact us here

Phone: +44 (0)116 252 9505

Email: [email protected]

Postal address:
The British Psychological Society
St Andrews House
48 Princess Road East

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