Continuing Professional Development Policy


This is generic policy applicable to all UKAHPP categories and classes of registered and accredited membership. It should be read in conjunction with the UKAHPP Code of Practice, the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles and relevant registration and Accreditation requirements.

The fundamental purpose of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is to enhance public protection and confidence by improving professional standards and practice.

All UKAHPP members in practice are required to undertake on an ongoing basis a mixture of CPD activities which support the maintenance and advancement of their fitness to practice as a Humanistic practitioner. As such all Humanistic practitioners will be able reflect on their CDP experience and evidence how CPD learning has informed their professional practice.

The UKAHPP has a universal CPD requirement applicable to all Registered and Accredited Members of at least 250 hours in any five year period, with at least 20 hours in any single year.

The Range of CPD Activities

As newly qualified practitioner may have different needs than a more experienced or semi-retired practitioner, the range of CPD activities is flexible to allow for differing personal and professional needs and circumstances. All UKAHPP members, without exception, are required to meet CPD relevant to their practice, registration and accreditation requirements.

A member’s CPD should be relevant to their current practice and although an appreciation of other models and approaches is encouraged the member’s core Humanistic model or approach must be kept up to date. The UKAHPP does not support CPD activities where there is intention or expectation that a member will work with members of the public outside the scope and competence of their core training, Registration and Accreditation.

Consultative Supervision is a registration and accreditation requirement in its own right and may be included as part of a practitioners CDP requirement – particularly peer and group formats.

Though some employers may develop their own CPD programme for staff, members are encouraged to take an active role in determining their professional development, by ensuring that their registration and accreditation needs are accommodated within such programmes.

Members are encouraged to maintain a portfolio of activities which may include:

  • Attendance at lectures, workshops, conferences, professional meetings etc.
  • Paid or voluntary service secondment, exchange or placement with allied organisations on a regional, national or international basis.
  • Research opportunities.
  • Distance learning resources – reading, video, journals, on-line conferencing.
  • External Moderator to a related organisation.
  • External Examiner to a related course.
  • Course tutor/trainer
  • Course development consultant.
  • Serving on the governing body or holding formal office with a professional organisation in filed relevant to the member’s practice.
  • Committee work – accounting for only 10% of annual CPD hours.
  • Mandatory training.
  • Providing supervisor as service to other professionals
  • Community/charity work in a relevant filed.
  • Personal therapy.
  • Spiritual practice and relative life experience.
  • Private study/projects
  • Peer group meetings

Monitoring Procedures

All Registered and Accredited members are required to submit an Annual Declaration and Notification of Practice Renewal Form on an annual basis, which includes a declaration that CPD requirements have been undertaken.

The UKAHPP Registrar’s Office will conduct a random sample audit of Annual Declaration Forms, whereby members are required to present evidence of certain practice requirements, including CPD activities. It is recommended that members maintain a portfolio of their CPD activities – certificates of attendance etc.

The UKAHPP Registrar has the authority to suspend or recommend the removal of a member’s and name from the UKAHPP Register of Humanistic Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors – which will also have implications for Accredited Members.

All Accredited members in practice (without exception) are required to complete a 5-yearly Re-Accreditation process, and participate in a peer review group where their CPD activities will be discussed.

Breaks in Practice

Life circumstances may bring about breaks in practice, whether due to illness or a planned sabbatical. If a member is out of practice for more than 3 months they are required to inform the UKAHPP Administrator. If a member is out of practice for more than 6 months their registration will be automatically suspended. They must inform the UKAHPP Administrator when they have returned to practice and must complete a period of CPD before their registration can be re-instated.

For breaks in practice of over 6 months a refresher training or appropriate CDP must be agreed with the UKAHPP Registrar and Accreditation Committee as necessary.

Breaks in practice exceeding 18 months require evidence that the member has undertaken 12-18 month CPD training programme agreed with the UKAHPP Registrar and Accreditation Committee.

Breaks in practice may effect a member’s re-accreditation.

Those members who also hold UKCP registration will be governed by the appropriate published UKCP Continuing Professional Development Policy.

Version Control

Version Status Description Date
1.1 Agreed  Setting a generic policy for all registered and accredited members December 2017