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Maternity, Sickness, Sabbatical & Other Leave

Accreditation is of current practice. Members are required to be in practice at the time of Accreditation applications (except Level 2), Reaccreditation and Reaccreditation Audit.

However members may remain accredited for up to two years whilst on a leave of absence from CBT Practice and should notify BABCP and provide evidence of the leave using the form below.

Download: Leaves of Absence Notification Form [Word]

Definition of Leave of Absence

Members are entitled to take time out from clinical practice. You are not expected to demonstrate any supervision or CPD during this time.

You should complete the form above if you are a provisionally or fully accredited member and if any of the following applies to you:

  • Maternity/Paternity leave
  • Practice Leave
  • Sabbatical
  • Sick Leave more than one month
  • Change of role to a non-clinical / CBT position
  • You are practising CBT outside of the UK, its territories or Ireland
  • You are not practising CBT for at least 50% of your psychotherapeutic practice
  • You have less than two CBT client contacts a week

This does not refer to normal holiday entitlement or other leave of less than one month. You may submit the form in advance of your leave if known.

Duration of Leave of Absence

Leaves of absence may last up to two years. After that time, the member would be requested to lapse their accreditation and apply for Reinstatement of Accreditation. This is a much easier process than applying for Accreditation initially.

Payments During Leave of Absence

During all Leaves of Absence, you will be required to continue to pay your BABCP membership fees and the separate £52 Accreditation maintenance fee at the usual time each year. If you prefer not to pay these, you may lapse your accreditation and Reinstate when you return to practice.

Leave of Absence during Provisional Year

If you are provisionally accredited, the due date for your Full Accreditation will be extended so you can show twelve months of supervised practice – the twelve months don’t have to be consecutive.

If your Provisional Accreditation is extended in this way, you will need to continue to pay £52 Maintenance of Accreditation fee each year on the anniversary of your Provisional Award.

Leave of Absence and Reaccreditation

If you are fully accredited, you will not be invited to make your online Declaration for Reaccreditation whilst you are on leave - you will remain accredited and be invited to reaccredit twelve months later. Your Reaccreditation date will usually be on the anniversary of your Full Accreditation.

Please see About Online Declaration for further information.

Reaccreditation Audit

You will not be invited for Audit whilst on a Leave of Absence. If BABCP is unaware of your leave and you are invited for audit during this time, you will be given a new Audit date once you have returned to work.

If you are selected for Random Audit of Reaccreditation, you will be asked to submit twelve months details of CPD and supervision. If you have been on leave of absence during the twelve months, please note this on the submitted forms – you will not be expected to demonstrate any CPD or supervision in that time.

Please see Reaccreditation Audit.


Members who have permanently retired from clinical practice should not reaccredit but inform BABCP that their practice has ceased. If you are continuing to teach or supervise CBT, you may apply for Extended Accreditation, which can last for up to two years, otherwise you will be required to lapse your accreditation when you retire from practice.

During your Extended Accreditation period, you will need to continue to pay £52 Maintenance of Accreditation fee each year on the anniversary of your Provisional Award.