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UpdateApril 2015 No. 50

Spring has sprung!

The recent run of gorgeous spring weather has worked miracles in our leafy part of Somerset. It’s a joy to be able to eat outside, admire the flowers ... and drive home in daylight!

We hope you are all enjoying the change of season and the opportunity to put the dark winter months behind us again for a while.

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)

We are delighted to announce that COSCA have reviewed the CPCAB/Open University joint foundation degree and agreed that it meets the requirements for individual membership of their register. We hope this will lead to increased interest from Scottish centres as we receive many enquiries from interested students ‘north of the border’ who are frustrated by not having CPCAB training within travelling distance.

TC-L4 graduates will also be interested to know that even without the foundation degree, their qualification offers them the opportunity to apply for ‘organisational membership’ of the COSCA register, where they are working within a COSCA-approved agency. For more details see the COSCA website at

External Assessment

Dates for external assessment windows for the 2015/16 academic year are available on the CPCAB website, together with the remainder of dates for this year. See for the timetable.


Dates and venues have been arranged for 2015/16 tutor standardisation. For a summary of dates and standardisation requirements see

Funding approved

We are pleased to announce that CPCAB’s Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (500/7938/4) and Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (600/5104/8) have been approved for public funding in 2015 and 2016. This follows the recent review of all qualifications submitted for public funding to the Skills Funding Agency and the consequent short delay in their appearance on the 2015-16 Qualifications Catalogue. Our level 4 qualifications, Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (500/8088/X) and Diploma in Life Coaching (601/2608/5) were approved for funding at the end of last year.


For those tutors who have delivered/are delivering CPCAB qualifications during the 2014/15 academic year, we hope you have enjoyed the exercise!

It would help us if you could spare just a few minutes to complete a Tutor Feedback Form for each CPCAB qualification you have taught since September 2014. You can include your name and centre details if you like, or keep your feedback confidential.

Your comments will help us to continue to introduce improvements to our qualifications.

Many thanks and best wishes, Jackie Rice (Qualification Service Co-ordinator)


Reproduced by kind permission of Off the Leash.