Are you a member yet? Membership is open to all and is the first step towards accreditation.
BABCP Level 2 accredited courses will allow you to meet all the requirements for accreditation - you won't need to work through the points below as they satisfy all of our criteria.
BABCP Level 1 accredited courses - meet our accreditation criteria in the sections below marked with *an asterisk. However there will be other requirements they don't meet. They have achieved Level 1 accreditation because they meet our standards in training quality.
Other courses - sometimes cost, location or other commitments may mean that it is more practical for you to complete a non-accredited course. It may still be possible to become accredited if you take one of these - the points below should help you choose.
Its important to contact the Directors of any courses you are considering and ask for their curriculum details.
Firstly, ask yourself if you want to get accredited at the end of your CBT training. if you do, this will affect some of the criteria you will need to look for in a course.
Why get accredited? This link in our Getting Accredited FAQs might help you decide on this.
If your aim is to become accredited, you will need to check that the training you take will ultimately allow you to meet the our Minimum Training Standards (MTS). This training will usually be a Post-Graduate diploma. However, there can be great variation between diploma courses and this section aims to help you choose courses that are more likely to lead to accreditation. It will still be very important for you to compare the course curriculum with our Standards to be sure you will be able to meet them after graduating.
If you aren't intending to get accredited with us, and you simply want to gain some CBT skills and knowledge, then you may not need to be so selective in your choice or length of training, and your own previous experience will be less important. However this section will still provide recommendations on how to check the quality of a course.
Our Minimum Training Standards are the criteria for accreditation. If you want to become accredited after the course, you should check how close the course comes to allowing you to meet these.
What if I need to top up my training to meet the requirements? This section in our Getting Accredited FAQs will give some details on the minimums you should look for on the course and what to do to make up any shortfall.
This will usually by a Post-Graduate Diploma in CBT specifically, on a University validated course.
COVID-19. Some exceptions to this have been put in place during the pandemic.
What if I need to top up my training to meet the requirements? This section on our Getting Accredited FAQs page will tell you what to do if the course falls a little short of these 200 hours.
To get accredited after a non-accredited training, you will need to give us evidence that all the trainers and supervisors who oversaw you are suitably trained qualified CBT themselves.
This means they will either be BABCP accredited practitioners, or clinicians who are trained in CBT to at least post-graduate diploma level, practising CBT for at least half lf their practice and receiving specifically CBT supervision .
Training and supervision on all our accredited courses is provided entirely by practitioners accredited with us.
CBT training should teach the fundamental theories and skills that underpin cognitive and behavioural therapy. This includes the best evidence-based treatments and core protocols for depression and anxiety disorders.
To meet the criteria for accreditation, the first 200 CBT taught hours of your training should be these core skills. To be certain the course covers these, you could check their programme details against our Core Curriculum. Some courses may be able to give you information on how much of this they meet.
To learn any skill, you have to practice it. As a trainee CBT therapist, ideally you will be on placement during your training. For accreditation, you will need to have completed 200 clinical practice hours that are supervised by a BABCP Accredited Therapist or equivalent.
Some courses provide the placements (e.g. IAPT courses), others you will have to find your own placement.
A substantial element of your learning within training comes from the supervision of your placement.
Supervision which is provided within the course will probably provide a more coherent learning opportunity than if your supervisor is not linked to the programme. External supervision is also likely to add to the cost of your training.
Live supervision (reviewing of audio or videotapes or sitting in a session) is essential for accreditation and there's evidence that this enhances your learning and skills as a therapist. It's worth checking if this is required for any course you are interested in.
Both of these are provided on all accredited courses by supervisors who are BABCP all accredited practitioners.
If you train on a course that requires less than this, you will need to complete the remainder before applying for accreditation.
Many other post-graduate trainings have to be paid for by the student or sometimes are partly funded by a commissioner or employer.
You can find out more about this on our Training in CBT page.