It is that time of year again when the Society has to show that it continues to meet the important standards of the Professional Standards Authority in order to maintain being an Accredited Register holder. As part of gaining the Accredited Registers quality mark we have to prove that we are committed to public protection, and development of the profession.

Being an Accredited Register holder, demonstrates the Society's register meets the same robust standards as other counselling registers accredited under the programme, and this has been independently verified by the Authority. As such, The National Counselling Society believes that all Accredited Registers should be seen as equal.

Upon submission of our renewal, the Authority decide whether to accredit and award the quality mark, accredit it with conditions, or defer the application whilst they seek further information.

The Authority can make recommendations and include the following:

- Learning points - things that will improve the operation of a register

- Instructions - actions that the organisation should take to improve practice - but which do not affect its suitability for the quality mark

- Conditions - changes that must be made before the organisation can hold the quality mark.

The Authority will check if organisations have acted on learning points as part of their annual review of accreditation and will stipulate a timeframe for any instructions or conditions to be implemented.

As part of last years renewal The National Counselling Society were issued a learning point to make the grade levels clearer to the public. Such information helps us to ensure we continue to develop and be the best we can.

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