CPCAB is a UK awarding body that is managed by professional counsellors, trainers and supervisors. Now in our 19th year of operation, we are the only awarding body in Europe to specialise in the field of counselling. We are one of the largest awarding bodies in this field, with about 130 Recognised training centres across the UK (we also have some centres in other countries) and around 10,000 candidates registered with us annually.
We are recognised (approved) by the Office of the Qualifications & Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) to offer qualifications from level 1 to level 6 on the QCF. This recognition means that:
We offer a range of VQs in the field of counselling and human relations. These are:
The award of these qualifications is linked to our external verification and external assessment service.
Our modular, nationally-available range of qualifications enables trainees to stay with one coherent system for the whole of their training. All of our qualifications are based on a user-friendly model of practitioner development and proficiency.
We offer a great deal of support to centres, including:
Our downloads section of the website contains guides and proformas aimed at supporting centres and tutors in relation to CPCAB qualifications.
We place an especial emphasis on Working with Difference and Diversity (WDD) and have a long-term commitment towards helping to create a diverse (multi-cultural) and community-based profession – fostering an approach through which practitioners return, post-training, to work in the community in which they are based. In this vein we seek to extend tutor (and trainee) awareness of issues relating to WDD, such as those concerning cultural and class backgrounds, age, colour, gender, sexual orientation and disabilities.
All CPCAB qualifications include specific learning outcomes on working with difference and diversity. CPCAB has become one of Europe’s leading awarding bodies for the training of Black and Asian counsellors.