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Qualification in Counselling Psychology

The Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP) is the independent route to training as a counselling psychologist, which is an alternative route to those undertaking a professional doctorate at university.

This is an integrated, doctoral level qualification which leads to eligibility for Chartered membership of the Society and full membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology.

Please note, this is a vocational course where you will be working in practice to meet the competencies required for the Qualification. You will also be required to complete the QCoP specific assessments, alongside your proposed core therapy and secondary model training if not previously completed and subsequently approved of in an application for accreditation of existing competence (AEC).

Both courses would need to be delivered by a University or relevant course provider at postgraduate level i.e. minimum level 7 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or level 11 (Scotland), with both your core therapy needing to meet a minimum of 350 hours and your secondary model course being at least 150 hours of teaching.

If you have any questions you can contact us by phone at 0116 252 9505 or email us at [email protected]


The Counselling Psychology Qualifications Board will be running Supervisor training workshops for those wishing to supervise on the new QCoP (post-2018) qualification and to refresh their QCoP pre-2018 training.

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

To be a supervisor you must be:

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

For those already supervising on QCoP (pre-2018) route, you will be required to complete a new Module 2 distance-learning training.

For those who are not already supervising on QCoP, you will be required to complete Module 1 & 2 distance-learning trainings.

Workshop Information

The next training session for new supervisors is scheduled for Tuesday 29 March from 2:00pm to 4:30pm.

The session will be held over zoom and further details will be provided two weeks prior.

Book your place on the 29 March training session now.

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