Can I train to be a counsellor via distance learning?

There are different types of distance learning. CPCAB’s regulated qualifications are only provided through in-person training in a classroom, or through online synchronous delivery where you will have real time tutor and peer contact throughout your learning hours.  As specialists in the field of counselling education, it is CPCAB’s position that core counselling training should take place either in-person, or through excellent quality synchronous online training.
Candidates studying online CPCAB qualifications can be reassured that their qualifications meet the required standards at the chosen level of training.  Our practitioner qualifications are mapped to the requirements of counselling and psychotherapy professional associations and to relevant occupational standards.
Distance learning which doesn’t involve real time contact with tutors and peer learners is generally considered insufficient to train as a counsellor. Counselling is a relational interaction, and it is difficult to gain the skills and competencies you will need if you study through an asynchronous distance format.
We continue to advise that any online or distance learning people do with other awarding organisations should fully meet the requirements and competences needed at each qualification level.  Other online and distance learning courses may not meet these requirements and so candidates will not gain their preferred professional membership/accreditation at the end of their training.  In addition, poor quality online/distance learning may not provide the competencies needed to work safely and ethically with clients, and they may prevent your progression to higher level qualifications.