Provisional Accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Provisional Accreditation is the first stage of accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP.

The second stage is to apply for Full Accreditation 12 months after the award of Provisional Accreditation (or 12-18 months if you completed a Level 2 BABCP Accredited Training Course.) Your Provisional Accreditation will lapse if you do not make your Full Accreditation application in that time or contact the BABCP to discuss any delay.

Provisionally accredited therapists appear on the CBT Register UK. They may practise and supervise in the same roles as fully accredited therapists, depending on experience.


  • You must have BABCP membership
  • You must first have a mental health Core Profession or demonstrate the equivalent through completing a KSA portfolio.
  • The application form will need to provide evidence that you meet the Minimum Training Standards (MTS).
  • It is possible to meet some of the MTS after your training if necessary: Meeting Additional Requirements
  • You must supply a Supervisors Report and a Professional Reference. At least one of these must be provided by a BABCP member

Making an Application

Members who have completed a BABCP Level 2 Accredited CBT training course, will need to use the Level 2 Provisional Application form.

Others should use the Provisional Application below. There is no time limit after graduation from your CBT training for applications.

Accreditation is up to an 18 week process. Please contact the office only if you have not heard about your application after that amount of time. We are not able to expedite applications.

If the accreditors require further information during the processing of your application, you will have a six week period in which to provide it. If the information is not provided within that time, the applicant will be asked to withdraw their application.

Provisional Application Forms and Guidelines

Please ensure that you carefully consult the Guidelines. Completed application forms and evidence should be posted to the address on page 1 of the form.

Provisional Accreditation Application Form

You must complete ALL relevant sections of the form and it should be signed within one month prior to receipt at BABCP office

Provisional Accreditation Guidelines

Refer to this guide when making your application for Provisional Accreditation - it gives important instructions that must be followed

Supervisors Report

Supervisors Report

This must be completed by your current CBT clinical supervisor. This document should be completed and signed within one month prior to your application submission

Supervisors Report Sample

This example is an aid to completing the Supervisors Report

Professional Reference

Professional Reference

This must be completed by a professional other than your current clinical supervisor who has completed your Supervisor's report. The Professional Referee must be CBT trained and experienced, and knows your current CBT practice. This document should be completed and signed within 3 months prior to your application submission

Professional Reference Sample

This example is an aid to completing the Professional Reference

Additional Pages

Criterion 3: CBT Training

Additional page if you require extra space to log CBT Training information for your application

Criterion 4: Supervision

Additional page if you require more space to log your Supervision for your application

Additional Information

Case Study Marking Criteria

This document establishes standards and criteria for the assessment of written case studies where the assessment takes place outside the regulations of an academic body.

Close Supervision Guidelines

This document is produced as a guide for those providing close supervision to be used as evidence for the purposes of Provisional Accreditation.

Knowledge, Skills & Attitudes (KSA) Supplement

KSA Applicants are those who do not have a relevant recognised Core Professional training or qualification.

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