Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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The IACP has grown since 1981 to become the largest association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ireland. 

Education is at the heart of our association. We aim through IACP Course Accreditation to set a standard of excellence for courses of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Prospective students can be assured that courses accredited by the IACP are of a high professional standard. Our standards and regulations have been established over time to regulate and uphold professionalism within the area of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

The Education Section provides information on IACP Course Accreditation for prospective Students, Trainees and Courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy. It outlines the list of current IACP Accredited Courses, the Criteria for Course Accreditation, the Accreditation and Re-Accreditation Process for courses, FAQs for students / courses and up-to-date information on IACP Research.


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 the purpose of 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 regarding applicants presenting for First Time Accreditation would be a Degree / Post-graduate Programme in Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 8 on NFQ. 


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Timeframe for statutory registration


Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.


The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.


Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.



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