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.

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

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.

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