National Association For Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy

FAQ's
1. Do I need to submit CPD evidence when applying for first time accreditation?

If you have graduated from a recognised course and are building up your 450 hours within a 5 year time frame and receving the appropriate supervision, we will not ask for evidence of CPD since you graduated.

2. How do I apply for Student Membership

Please click on the following link to Create a new Account https://www.napcp.ie/Account/SignUpFreeAccount


Once you have done this, please click on the following link and choose “Apply for Student Membership” in the “Membership” box https://www.napcp.ie/Home/Index

3. Can I work with u18s as a Pre-Accredited member?

You must have completed additional training in this area before commencing work, and we will require a certificate when applying for Accreditation.  Also, your insurance must cover you to work with u18s.

4. I am in second year of Masters but have completed 100 client hours at a ratio of 5:1. Can I apply for Pre-Accredited Membership?

No, you must wait until you receive your results.  If, however, you change supervisor after completing the 100 hours at a ratio of 5:1, any hours subsequent to this can be counted towards your hours for Accreditation.

5. How do I become Accredited with the NAPCP

While working towards Accreditation, Pre-Accredited members must meet the following criteria:

  • Have professional indemnity insurance.
  • Have completed a core Counselling/Psychotherapy course, accredited by the NAPCP.
  • Have completed a minimum of 50 hours of personal therapy during training.
  • Have completed 450 hours of client work with evidence of one hour of supervision for every 10 hours of counselling.
    • Client work may consist of couple, family or group Counselling/Psychotherapy hours as 25% of the required 450 post-trainee hours.  The other 75% of hours must be individual Adult Counselling/Psychotherapy.
    • Up to 25% of the 450 hours can be with clients who are under 18 if all the criteria and competencies listed in the NAPCP standards for working with U18s are met. There must be proof provided of completion of a minimum certificate level additional qualification to work with children & adolescents.  A copy of the certificate will be required when applying for Accreditation.
    • Remote supervision via telephone or online is accepted for Pre-accredited Members.  As there are current COVID restrictions in place, there is no limit on this until further notice.

For all details regarding the Accreditation process, please click https://www.napcp.ie/Membership/described?page=3

Accredited Membership
6. How do I change my account details

Click "Login" on the top menu bar.  If you have not logged in before, click "Request New Password" and type the email address you use for NAPCP.  You will then get an email with a link to update your password.  After you have done that, go to the top Menu bar and select My Account, View my Account.  Your membership details are in the top section.  If you are an Accredited member, then scroll down to see your Directory details and there you can edit anything you want, including uploading a photo.  Remember to click Save!

7. How many client hours do I need to complete to become Accredited?

Once you become Pre-Accredited, you then need to complete 450 client hours with supervision at a ratio of 10:1.

8. What do I have to do to become a Pre-Accredited member?

You must have completed an NAPCP recognised course along with the required 100 client hours and supervision at a ratio of 5:1.  If you are completing a Masters which requires 200 client hours at a ratio of 8:1, you cannot become Pre-accredited after 100 hours.  You must complete 20 supervision hours.  Then you can start working on your Pre-Accredited hours, however you must graduate from the Masters before you become a Pre-Accredited member.

Pre-Accredited Membership
9. Is there a charge for student membership?

  • No there is no charge for becoming a student member.

10. How do I find a suitable Supervisor?

You can find a supervisor on our online directory.  If you cannot find a suitable one, you are also able to use a supervisor accredited with the IACP, APCP, IAHIP, BACP and ACI.

11. Can you recommend a counsellor?

We do not recommend any particular counsellor.  Please look at our Directory Here

12. Can you have the same Supervisor after training while building up your hours?

No, you must change your supervisor when you become Pre-Accredited.

13. How much Supervision do I need?

While training – 1 in 5 hours
After training – 1 in 10 hours
Post Training – 1 in 20 hours

14. Group Surpervision

While training – 1 to 1
Post training – half and half
Not more than approx 4 people in group

15. How often do you need to have supervision i.e. monthly?

Depends on case load but minimum once a month.

16. Supervision (for Therapists and Student Therapists)

17. What Courses are recognised by our Organisation?

Here is a list of accredited courses.  If your course is not on the list, we can review it to see if it meets our criteria.

NAPCP Accredited Courses
18. Where can I find a Supervisior/Counsellor on the website?

Go to our Directory, see here.

19. How do I become Accredited with NAPCP?

Firstly, you must join as a Pre-Accredited member and have:

  1. Successfully completed all practical and skills modules of your degree course
  2. Completed at least 100 trainee hours in counselling practice and been supervised at a ratio of 5:1
  3. Completed a minimum of 15 hours of your own personal therapy

Once you become Pre-Accredited, and are working towards Accreditation, you must complete 450 hours of individual client work with evidence of one hour of supervision for every 10 hours of counselling.  Supervision of these 450 hours of work must not be undertaken with a supervisor, who either supervised you while a student during training, or was involved as a core trainer or assessor on the core course.


20. How long do I have to complete my 450 hours after graduating?

Applications for First Time Accreditation are accepted between 1-5 years following the successful completion of a core course.  In special circumstances, this period may be longer, but this will be at the discretion of the Accreditation Committee.  If this is the case, please submit a letter with your application explaining why you have not submitted an application within the 1 to 5 year period.