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 (PSA). This scheme includes counselling and psychotherapy and replaces all former plans for statutory regulation by the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC). Practitioners are not obliged to be registered in order to practise but registration is being seen as increasingly important for employment in the public sector.

Organisations that hold voluntary registers can apply to PSA to have their register accredited. This involves meeting standards of governance, setting standards for registrants (including education and training) and managing the register. Visit the PSA website to find out more about voluntary registration.

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