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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, 3, or 4 years
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
Cost £7015 (£5846 + 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, as well as full membership of the Division of Occupational Psychology, and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 2) (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.

Please see the tabs above for more information on training, enrolment, assessment and forms needed.

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

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. 

The Occupational Psychology Qualifications Board will be running Supervisor training workshops for those wishing to supervise on the new QOP(2019) qualification and/or refresh their QOP 2010/2012 training.

The Supervisor training is a requirement that needs to be completed by anyone wishing to supervise candidates on the QOP.


To be a supervisor you must be:

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

For those already supervising on QOP 2010/2012 you will be required to complete a new module 2 online training

For those who are not already supervising on QOP, you will be required to complete module 1 & 2 online trainings.

2020 Workshop Information:

Date Location


Wednesday 03 June 2020 BPS London Office
Wednesday 01 July 2020 Online Zoom Conference Call
Monday 07 September 2020 BPS Leicester Office
Monday 07 December 2020 BPS London Office

The documents on this page are only available to candidates from the appropriate cohorts.

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Annual Progress Report

Change Documents

Handbooks and Regulations

Portfolio of Competence

Annual Progress Report

Change Documents

Handbooks and Regulations

Portfolio of Competence

Annual Progress Report


Change Documents

Competency and Progress Submissions

All competency and progress submissions must be uploaded via the following link:

For more information about how to put together and label the submission please refer to your candidate handbook.

QOP Chief Supervisor Clinic

We offer a telephone service for you to speak to the Chief-Supervisor directly regarding any queries relating to the qualification.

Appointments must be made in advance by booking online.

Find out how to book an appointment with the registrar clinic.

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