Accreditation Submission Extensions

Accreditation Submission Extensions

First Accreditation Audit

Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists are expected to submit their First Accreditation Audit 12 months after their Accreditation award. You should show 12 months of supervised practice – these don’t have to be consecutive months if you have had a break in practice.

Delays of less than a month

You can submit your Audit up to four weeks after your First Accreditation Audit date without an extension. 

Delays of more than a month

You should submit an Extension Request Form in all of the following circumstances - 

  • you have had a break in practice of more than one month
  • you became accredited before your CBT practice was in place - you should request an extension which is equal to the length of time between your Accreditation being awarded and starting your CBT practice
  • you aren’t able to meet the First Audit requirements by one month after your due date

We will give you an extension based on the information you have given us, but do please include on the form your estimate of how long you think you will need. 

Delays of more than two years

The usual maximum extension is two years. If you haven’t submitted your First Audit within this timeframe, your accreditation will lapse and you can reinstate using our Return to Practice policy. 


Your Reaccreditation will always be due on the same date every year. If you have Supervisor and/or Trainer Accreditation, they will be due on the anniversary of your last award.

Breaks in practice

  • A year or less out of practice - you can still sign your Reaccreditation Annual Declaration and you don’t need to inform us of your leave.
  • Between one and two years out of practice - please send us a Leave of Absence form with evidence. Once we have processed it, your Reaccreditation date will be rolled over to the same date the following year.
  • More than two years out of practice – you will need to lapse your accreditation as the maximum period for Leave of Absence is two years. You can reinstate your accreditation using the Return to Practice policy when you restart.
  • Periods out of UK practice- Practitioner Accreditation applies to CBT practice in the UK, Ireland and its territories. You must submit a Leave of Absence form if you are out of the country for longer than 12 months, even if you are working remotely with clients from the UK.

Problems meeting requirements 

If you have been in practice but unable to meet the Reaccreditation requirements, please email us at and we will discuss how to proceed

Overdue Submissions and Fees

If either your First Accreditation Audit, your Reaccreditation annual Declaration or any fees are substantially overdue and you haven’t contacted us to discuss the delay, you may lose your accredited status and you will need to apply for Return to Practice.

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