All questions

Top Rated   Most Recent
  1. Am I eligible to receive funding?
    Individual financial assistance may be available. To find out more contact your nearest CPCAB training centre or the Open University or read our guide to fun...
  2. How much does the Foundation Degree in Counselling cost?
    Course fees are set by individual training centres: you need to contact your nearest training centre to find out how much the CPCAB qualifications will cost....
  3. I already have a degree - can I start at the level 4 diploma?
    The qualifications required as entry to the Level 4 Diploma are CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counsell...
  4. How do I join a voluntary register?
    CPCAB candidates can potentially access the following counselling registers accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) in the following ways: ...
  5. What is voluntary registration?
    At the end of 2012 the new Accredited Voluntary Registration (AVR) scheme for health care professions was launched by the Professional Standards Authority (P...
  6. What is the difference between CPCAB and BACP?
    CPCAB is an awarding organisation – also known as an awarding body or examination board which awards qualifications – whereas BACP is a professional membersh...
  7. Why is my CPCAB course not accredited by BACP?
    CPCAB offers qualifications which are assessed to a national standard. These qualifications are regulated by Ofqual (the qualifications and examinations regu...
  8. What qualifications do I need to become a counsellor?
    Counselling is not a statutorily regulated profession which means the title of ‘counsellor’ is not protected by law. This means that even an individual with ...
  9. How do I start the Foundation Degree in Counselling?
    Your Foundation Degree study will begin with CPCAB's Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4). But before you start the foundation degree, you will...
  10. Can I study the Open University's D171 instead of CPCAB's Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies as the entry to the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling?
    D171, the Open University's module entitled “Introduction to Counselling” was discontinued at the end of 2015-16. However, if you have already achieved this mod...
  11. Can TC-L4 placement hours consist of work I do with children?
    All candidates must undertake sufficient client hours to demonstrate their ability to work with adults. In practice this means that only a proportion of client ...
  12. Can the Relate L4 and L5 qualifications be used towards the Open University Foundation degree?
    No. They are not on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and are not credit-rated. Even if they were on the RQF they would not be equivalent in size ...
  13. Can I transfer credit from CPCAB qualifications to a University course?
    Although all CPCAB qualifications are credit rated these credits are not equivalent to HE credits or CAT (Credit Accumulation and Transfer) points. Howev...
  14. How many credits are CPCAB qualifications worth?
    All CPCAB regulated qualifications have a credit value and are on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Their individual credit values can be found i...
  15. I wish to make a formal complaint – where do I start?
    If you have any concerns at all about your training, we strongly recommend that you try to sort them out informally if at all possible, as soon as you can; once...
  16. How much will it cost me to train as a counsellor via CPCAB?
    There is no a simple answer to this question. It takes at least 3-4 years to train as a professional counsellor and this is done by achieving a series of qualif...
  17. How long will it take to complete the Foundation Degree in Counselling?
    As each centre structures their own training programmes, they will vary slightly but as a guide it will take about 2 years to do the CPCAB Level 4 component ...
  18. Do I have to do the courses leading to the Foundation Degree in Counselling in any specific order?
    Yes. Please follow our step-by-step guide to the Foundation Degree in Counselling for full details of the order courses must be completed in.
  19. I am moving to another country, where I will be seeking employment or wishing to engage in further study. How will CPCAB qualifications be rated in terms of equivalence in that country?
    The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) offers an overarching framework for establishing equivalence across qualifications in Europe. CPCAB qualification...
  20. Can candidates with the Relate L4 progress to the CPCAB L5 qualifications?
    No. The Relate qualifications offer a specific training for working for Relate, they are not equivalent to a generic counselling training qualification for work...
  21. Can Relate qualifications be used towards any HE qualifications?
    Yes. Candidates with Relate L4 and L5 qualifications can progress to Relate's own Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy and MA programme (offered at Donc...
  22. I have a diploma from another awarding organisation so can I do the Open University Foundation Degree?
    The Open University only accept CPCAB levels 4 and 5 as the qualifications that are suitable for their Foundation Degree. Diplomas from other awarding organisat...
  23. I've lost my CPCAB certificate. Can I have a replacement?
    Yes - complete form CR8 which explains what identification is required and the administration fee that is chargeable.
  24. I have just completed CPCAB's xxxx qualification. What letters can I put after my name?
    It is not usual to put anything after your name until level 4 has been reached. The normal letters for the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) is “Dip.Co...
  25. Is a psychology degree an acceptable entry qualification for the Level 4 diploma?
    A psychology degree is a knowledge based qualification which requires a high level of academic ability. Counselling is a relational activity which depends on pe...
  26. What would tutors be looking for at the TC-L4 interview?
    In addition to successful completion of the CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies courses or ...
  27. Where is my nearest training centre?
    CPCAB qualifications are delivered in FE Colleges, Adult Education Centres and Private Training Centres. Use our training centre finder to find your nearest CPC...
  28. What qualifications are equivalent to CSK-L2?
    The CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2) is made up of 90 GLH (Guided Learning Hours). This is the time spent in the classroom and should no...
  29. If I already have counselling qualifications do I have to start at level 2?
    If you have already gained counselling skills and theory qualifications with a minimum of 150 GLH with another awarding organisation, it may be possible to star...