Becoming a Counsellor

CPCAB qualifications allow you to study part-time to become a counsellor. They're tried and tested, and regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England, Qualifications Wales in Wales and the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

What qualifications do I need?

To work as a counsellor you'll need a minimum of a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. This qualification will prepare you to work as a counsellor and join a recognised professional association, for example BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), NCS (National Counselling Society) or ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors). To take this qualification you'll need to have completed our Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills plus our Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies.

How long will training take and how much will it cost?

It can take up to 4 years to complete the qualifications needed to become a counsellor.

Each of our qualifications consists of Guided Learning Hours (GLH), which are the taught hours for the qualification. There is additional study required away from the classroom.

We would love to be able to give a guide price for training but course fees are set individually by each centre depending on many factors such as class sizes, staff team size and location. It's best to check several centres to find a centre which suits your requirements and budget.

Am I ready for counselling training?

Counselling training is not suitable if you're currently experiencing a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological distress. Courses involve experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and personal developmental activities.

Will my existing qualifications count?

Your prior learning may allow you to move on to CPCAB qualifications. When you know where you would like to study, contact your chosen training centre and their tutors will let you know if this is possible and which qualification you should enrol on.

Can I do my training online?

Training centres may offer our qualifications in a classroom (face to face), in an appropriate virtual space (online) or a mix of both (blended) - it varies. Use our Centre Finder to select a training centre and contact them to find out if they are right for you.

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