The National Counselling Society is a not for profit organisation whose primary role is the advancement of counselling and a part of this role is the support and encouragement of all our training providers.

We believe that achieving recognition of your courses is essential, as it gives confirmation of your professional standing to both your peers and your students and gives your organisation a voice in the future of our profession.

We Accredit courses which provide a full training in counselling and which meet our Training Standards. We Quality check other courses such as individual workshops, shorter foundation courses or distance learning courses.

 

Training Provider Application Process

Accredited Training Courses

For those training courses that have fully demonstrated to the Society high standards of course content and delivery, and are considered to develop students who are safe, competent and ethical to practice. You must demonstrate a commitment to the NCS Code of Ethics. Accredited status is granted for a period of 5 years (and subject to annual renewal)

Routes to Course Accreditation

You offer an in-depth course of counselling training and can demonstrate that the course meets our Training Standards.

You have completed the full application process (details below).

Applying for Course Accreditation

Successful completion of an NCS Accredited course is one of the Routes to becoming an Accredited Member and to being accepted on to the Society's Register.

As course accreditation can provide a route onto the Society's Accredited Register, applicants should be aware that this is a robust process which can take some months to complete.

Applicants for Course Accreditation will be training providers.  Awarding bodies or professional organisations who wish to have their qualifications or members considered for NCS Recognition are welcome to contact the Society for an initial discussion.

The NCS approach to course accreditation is to adopt an easy to understand process for training providers which commences with an informal or initial conversation of how the course may or may not meet the Society's assessment criteria.  This initial conversation enables trainers to determine which level of Society course recognition to apply for and decide whether elements of the course would need improvement to meet Society standards.

Subsequent to this initial enquiry, should the preliminary indication provide that a course may be suitable for accreditation, the formal process begins with a request for documentation and the formal assessment commences.

The NCS values the qualitative and subjective in counselling training alongside the quantified tests employed against the appropriate sets of standards.  The overall determination for accreditation shall be whether or not the course under review will graduate counsellors who are safe, competent and ethical to practice.

In devising its Standards, the society has consulted:

  • ENTO National Occupational Standards for Counselling Units 2007 4th draft CLG1-CLG21

The Procedure

We advise all potential applicants for Accreditation, of courses to first have an informal discussion with the Society in order to assist your application and help you through the process.

Following an informal discussion, training providers should complete and return the 4 documents below.

a.) Complete in full Appendix A

b.) Complete in full Appendix B You should, using this document as a guide, clearly signpost with specific page number and document references the places where your course meets the Society's standards. Writing "see attached documents" or similar will delay your application.  

c.) Society Terms and Conditions – please contact the Society’s Deputy Chief Executive for these, either via email: deputyceo@nationalcounsellingsociety.org or call 01903 213262. These will be sent to you and you will need to sign to confirm that you agree to them.

d.) Standing Order Mandate Form – complete this form which we will send to your bank to process. The initial payment of £500 is non-refundable.

Send the above 4 documents to the Society, by post, with all requested materials and supporting evidence.  Electronic submissions alone cannot be accepted.  All documents submitted must be page numbered and clearly titled.

We will need to receive completed versions of the 4 documents, supporting materials and your payment will have been received before we can commence the assessment process. Electronic submissions alone cannot be accepted.  All documents submitted must be page numbered and clearly titled.

Please send these documents, together with the requested supporting evidence to the address listed below (we recommend sending all documents via signed for/recorded delivery):

FAO Deputy Chief Executive

National Counselling Society,

19 Grafton Road,

Worthing,

BN11 1QT

If you are unsuccessful we will provide you with learning points so that you can re-send the necessary information

The Process

The Society will review the materials sent to support your application and if necessary, will revert to you with any issues that need clarification or further consideration.   If, after the document and application review, the Society believes your course to be suitable for accreditation, a site visit will be arranged.

At the site visit the Society will go through relevant questions related to our standards in more depth and will take the opportunity to meet with staff and possibly with students.

After the Site Visit our Professional Standards Committee will hold an Accreditation Panel meeting to make a decision on course accreditation.  The committee may take the following action:

  • Accredit the course with no further requirements
  • Impose conditions before accreditation can be accepted
  • Accredit the course with Action Points (steps the course provider must take within a reasonable time)
  • Accredit the course with Learning Points ( steps the course provider is advised to take )

Accreditation

Following the panel's decision, and the fulfilment of any conditions, your course will be accredited and you will be formally notified.  Accreditation is subject to the course meeting the Terms & Conditions and is renewed on a yearly basis.  The Society may make further site visits and take other reasonable measures to ensure that the standards of accreditation continue to be met.

One important condition for this process is worth mentioning to all applicants: it is important that students and potential students are not misinformed about the accreditation process or given to understand (e.g. through promotional material) that the course is likely to be accredited or will be accredited by the Society.  Accreditation should only be communicated after the decision of the Professional Standards Committee.

Fees

  • The annual accreditation fee is £400 payable at the time of accreditation renewal.

Other levels of NCS recognition for courses

For those courses which do not fully meet the requirements to become an accredited course the Society offers the opportunity to have the course quality checked or to have Advanced Specialist Training status Further details for these levels of recognition are listed below.

We advise all potential applicants for Advanced Specialist Training recognition or Quality Checking of courses to first have an informal discussion with the Society in order to assist your application and help you through the process.

Quality Checked

This can be considered for anything from individual workshops, shorter foundation courses or distance learning courses.

We can consider individual workshops for CPD purposes on a per workshop basis.  You must demonstrate a commitment to the NCS Code of Ethics.

Fees for this course recognition is as follows:

  • Up to 1 Day Face to Face: £50 annually per course
  • Between 1 Day and 50 Face to Face Hours: £100 annually per course
  • More than 50 Face to Face Hours: £150 annually per course
  • Online only: £100 annually per course

Please complete and return the QC Application Form below together with the relevant QC Standing Order Mandate below and return them both along with any evidence requested, to the below address (we recommend sending all documents via signed for/recorded delivery):

FAO Deputy Chief Executive

National Counselling Society,

19 Grafton Road,

Worthing,

BN11 1QT

Advanced Specialist Training status

Specialist courses aimed at practitioners who already have a substantial amount of training/qualification may be suitable for Advanced/Specialist training status. You must demonstrate a commitment to the NCS Code of Ethics.

The general criteria for this category is listed below:

  1. The course will be specifically aimed at qualified/experienced practitioners of counselling, psychotherapy or a closely related activity such as coaching.
  2. The course will be recognized by the NCS as suitable for established practitioners with a solid grounding in clinical skills and theoretical knowledge.
  3. The course will offer extensive support to practitioners in developing a specialist area of work, for example working with Children and Young People or Counselling Supervision.
  4. It will normally contain at least 50 hours of face to face training.  Blended learning courses can be considered.

Fee for this course recognition

  • £150.00 annually per course

Please complete and return the Advanced Specialist Training Application Form below together with the Advanced Specialist Training Standing Order Mandate below and return them both along with any evidence requested, to the below address (we recommend sending all documents via signed for/recorded delivery):

FAO Deputy Chief Executive

National Counselling Society,

19 Grafton Road,

Worthing,

BN11 1QT.

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