Welcome to the Become a Member section of the National Counselling Society website.

This section is designed for people who are applying for individual membership.

Please use this section to find out all the benefits, criteria and how to apply.

The National Counselling Society recognises the experience and skills that each individual can bring to our profession and you will find this is reflected in our application process. You can read the testimonials from some of our current members.

The National Counselling Society provides an easy to understand application process. In this section we provide you with all the information that you need to know about applying to become a member. Irrelevant of your membership grade, the Society only has one fee and this will remain the same even if you wish to upgrade in the future.

You can click on the following to download our brochure and find out much more about the Society and the wide range of benefits available.

Our Application Ethos

We aim to avoid a needlessly complicated ‘tick box’ style of application in preference for a more holistic approach to your experience, practice and qualifications. We are holders of a Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register of counsellors and we give clear guidance about what you need to do to become an Accredited Registrant if that is your goal. You may have been in practice for some time, and your training route may have been different from current requirements. We will refer such applications to our Professional Standards Committee for an individual assessment, thus ensuring that applicants who meet the relevant standards for safe, competent and ethical practice need not be excluded.

How To Apply

  1. Discover our great selection of membership benefits.
  2. Whether you have just started on a course of studies or have been practising counselling for years — you will be guided to the appropriate membership grade. Tell us if you are already a member of another relevant professional body and we may be able to  offer you an equivalent membership grade.
  3. Apply Now — request or download an application form.
  4. If you have any questions about your application — contact us

Please click here for our audio application form


I'm Registered with another organisation, what can the NCS do for me? 

Alongside our unique ethos, we have a range of membership benefits for anyone joining the Society. If you have membership with another organisation that holds Accredited Register status under the Professional Standards Authority, we will be able to recognise the process you have already gone through in order to obtain membership. We will provide an equivalent grade to membership with the Society, for example you will need to hold registrant status in order to be placed on the Society Register. This avoids needless completion of additional paperwork as some verification will already be in place via your existing membership (please note you will need to complete an application form, filling out only the necessary sections as guided by signposting for those who hold membershp elsewhere and would like the equivalent membership grade).

Unfortunately if your membership is not obtained via another Accredited Register organisaiton, we will not be able to offer equivalent routes to membership as we are unable to verify their standards. 


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