IACP: Accreditation Information

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A. Why Accreditation ?
Accreditation helps to ensure that practitioners are appropriately qualified and work to recognised standards of professional competence. Accreditation also assures the client that the practitioner will work within an agreed ethical framework and code of practice.

B. What Is Required To Apply For IACP Accreditation ?

  1. Applications are accepted only from those resident and/or practising in the 32 counties of Ireland.
  2. An applicant must fulfil the following criteria (a) be a fully paid up Associate Member of IACP (b) accept and work within IACP’s Code of Ethics and Practice (c) show serious commitment to ongoing professional and personal development (this could be indicated by participation in further courses, study, personal therapy and by attending workshops on counselling theory and practice) (d) Submit completed IACP Application Form with necessary documentation and original certification.

C. An applicant must:
Have completed a Core Counselling Course, which is a minimum of at least two years full or part time duration, which satisfies the criteria for course recognition by IACP including the following:

  1. A minimum of 100 hours of supervised individual client work during core course (where training commenced prior to September 1995, only 50 hours client work is required).
  2. A minimum of 450 course hours of staff-student contact, including skills, theory and self-development.
  3. A detailed study of at least one major school of counselling with an introduction to other schools/models of counselling for comparison and contrast.
  4. A minimum of 50 hours of personal therapy during training.
  5. Assessment of applicants for suitability before being selected onto course.
  6. Certification of having satisfactorily completed course.

NB. Courses may not be combined to make up a core course

D. After training an applicant must:

  1. Have completed *450 hours of individual client work with evidence of one hour of supervision for every 10 hours of counselling, of which at least 75% must have been in one-to-one supervision. Supervision of these 450 hours of work must not be undertaken with a supervisor, who either supervised the applicant while a student during training, or was involved as a core trainer or assessor on the core course.
  2. Have been in ongoing supervision in Ireland with the same supervisor for one year immediately preceding application.
  3. Supervisor’s report/ reports on all work covering the 450 hours must be submitted with Application.

* This 450 hours of counselling must cover a variety of presenting problems.

It is at the discretion of the Accreditation Committee to invite any applicant for an interview as part of the accreditation process.

E. Non-Recognised Course criteria
If the core course is not an IACP recognised course, it is essential to include with the application the course brochure giving the course details, which show that its criteria are equivalent to the IACP current criteria for course recognition. The details required of the applicant’s core course include:

  1. Name of the course and the training organisation.
  2. Starting and ending date of course.
  3. Entry requirements for the course.
  4. Qualification of staff.
  5. Number of hours of theory and skills training.
  6. Number of contact hours on the course.
  7. Number of supervised client hours as part of the course.
  8. Assessment methods used by the course

For advice on individual cases please see Information Sheet 10 “Accreditation Consultants”. See www.irish-counselling.ie for further information