Plan your Journey

There are many training routes to become a qualified counsellor. To help you plan your training we've created an infographic to show our training compared to the popular academic study route.


We’re aware it can be daunting taking the first steps in planning your counselling training journey, so we encourage you to complete 'How to Become a Counsellor: CPCAB’s Free Counselling Training Taster'.  This introductory taster is for anyone in the initial stages of exploring a career in counselling and aims to answer the following questions:

  • Is counselling training for me?
  • What is involved in counselling training?
  • What are the different types of counselling training?
  • Where should I start?

What you'll gain from each of our qualifications

Each of our qualifications offers something unique to support your personal development, expand your employment options or enable you to become a qualified counsellor.

It's time to take the next step on your journey to become a qualified counsellor. On this qualification you'll start to look at a range of counselling theories and continue to practise your skills with your fellow learners. As you prepare to move on to practitioner training at Level 4, you’ll be increasing your skills and knowledge, building on the learning you gained at Level 2. This qualification can enhance your employability and support you in roles such as mentoring, advocacy, health and social care or any role where you are helping people.