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Course Accreditation Process

This section is aimed at courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy considering applying for first-time IACP Course Accreditation.

The flowchart displayed below outlines the steps involved in the Course Accreditation Process.

Course Accreditation Process chart

Once Accreditation is awarded, courses are accredited for six years subject to ongoing monitoring and adherence to the IACP Course Accreditation Criteria. The Course Accreditation Officer is available to support and guide you through each step of this process. Within the Education section, it is possible to download the Course Accreditation Criteria, Accreditation Application Form and email any queries you may have during the application process.


Raising Course Accreditation to Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 8 on NFQ. 
The IACP would like to notify you of the increase of the minimal requirement for Counselling & Psychotherapy (for accreditation and course accreditation) to Degree/Post-graduate Programmes Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This change will be implemented on 1st September 2018. 

Any Degree/Post-graduate programmes in Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 8 applying for IACP course accreditation must be validated by QQI/University and meet other IACP clinical requirements (as per IACP course criteria 2015). 

This requirement would apply to all IACP accredited courses which are commencing on and from 1st September 2018. 

Also, as of 1st September 2024, the minimum qualification requirement for First Time Accreditation applicants would be a Degree/Post-graduate Programme in Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 8 on NFQ. 


Organisation Membership

Course Providers must be IACP Organisation Members before applying for first-time accreditation.


The course is responsible for ensuring that it understands, meets, and meets all course accredited status requirements. Where IACP suspends or withdraws accredited status from a course, it is a matter between the Course Provider and its students. IACP has no liability to students on a course where it suspends or withdraws its accredited status.  The Course Provider of the course will be responsible to the students for any detriment caused to them due to the course losing its accreditation.




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