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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
Current Fees £6,631.20 (£5,526 + VAT)
Fees from 01st of January 2019 £5,708.00 (£4,757 + 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.

Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 2) (2012) – closing 7th December 2018

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

For further details consult the Candidate Handbook.

If you have any queries about the Qualification in Occupational Psychology (stage 2) (2012) please email [email protected]

Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 2) (2019) – Launching 1st March 2019

The Qualification in Occupational Psychology (QOP) (Stage 2) has recently undergone a restructure following an in-depth consultation with co-ordinating supervisors, assessors, candidates and members.

We are pleased to announce that the new structure of QOP has been approved by HCPC and will be launching in March 2019.

The QOP (Stage 2) (2019) is predicated on four Standards, set by the British Psychological Society, which underpin all activities undertaken by a competent, independent occupational psychology practitioner.

These Standards inform the specific learning outcomes for the award, against which all candidates are assessed.

Candidates will demonstrate the Standards across three competency submissions and a viva examination. The first two submissions are formative, and the final submission and viva are summative.

The portfolio of evidence that candidates submit will demonstrate the acquisition of skills in relevant working contexts under appropriate supervision. 

  • The deadline to enrol on the current Qualification in Occupational Psychology (QOP) (Stage 2) will be Friday 7th December 2018

  • We will be accepting enrolments onto Qualification in Occupational Psychology (QOP) (Stage 2) (2019) from 1st March 2019

There will be a series of training events for Assessors and Supervisors running from November with more information and dates being announced soon.

The Occupational Psychology Qualification Board will be launching the Qualification in Occupational Psychology (QOP) (Stage 2) (2019) at the Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference 2019.

If you have any queries about the Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 2) (2019) please email [email protected]

Training for new and existing Co-ordinating Supervisors for the new Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 2) (2019)

Do you wish to become a Co-ordinating Supervisor for the NEW QOP (Stage 2) (2019)?

The Occupational Psychology Qualifications Board will be running a training workshop for those wishing to supervise on the new QOP (2019) qualification.

This training is a requirement that needs to be completed by anyone wishing to supervise candidates on the new qualification.

The workshop is open to those not currently supervising and supervisors who supervise on the current QOP but also wish to supervise on the new QOP (2019).

The day will provide information and an opportunity to have a discussion about this role on the new qualification.

It will also provide an opportunity to meet with others who are currently involved in supervising the training and practice of candidates on the Qualification in Occupational Psychology.

To become a supervisor for the QOP (Stage 2) (2019) you will need to be:

  • Chartered
  • HCPC Registered
  • Full member of the Division of Occupational Psychology (normally for at least two years).

If you meet that criteria stated above, you will then need to complete:

  • This Supervisor training workshop
  • Two distance learning modules

Once you have signed up for the Supervisor training workshop, I will forward the training modules on to you for completion.


7th December 2018 (full day)


BPS offices, Leicester


Anyone wishing to supervise on the new QOP (2019) qualification


Download the QOP Supervisor Workshop Booking Form and return it to [email protected]

Please note: the Occupational Psychology Qualifications Board will be running more workshops around the new qualifications in the New Year.

If you require more information about the workshop or about the requirements to become a supervisor please do not hesitate to email [email protected] or call 0116 252 9516

The first step is to consult 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.

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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