Registration with UKAHPP

Ordinary Member (Registered)

UKAHPP Register of Humanistic Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors

– Registration Criteria –

The UKAHPP welcomes applications from counsellors and psychotherapists working in the UK in the category of Ordinary Member, the entry level to the UKAHPP Register of Humanistic Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors (the Register).

Applications from Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors in good standing on an existing PSA Accredited Register will be fast tracked.

A. Registration Criteria

Registration is open to applicants who have successfully completed a recognised training in Humanistic Psychotherapy or Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Applicants are required to provide evidence as to how their training:  

  • Is at level 5 or above of the Quality Assurance Agency: Framework for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies (Diploma of Higher Education, Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma) As other frameworks exist and may vary, applicants must demonstrate how their training equates to level 5 of the QAA
  • Includes 400 hours of tutor contact
  • Includes least 100 hours of supervised practice in a recognised area of therapeutic practice.
  • Includes 1 hour of supervision to 6 hours of client contact at a recognised placement(s).
  • Includes 30 hours of personal therapy.

In addition applicants are required to:

  • Hold Indemnity Insurance
  • Undertake at least 250 hours of Continuing Professional Development over a 5 year period with a minimum of 20 hours per year.
  • Be in practice in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Be in receipt of supervision appropriate to their practice and provide a Supervisor’s Statement
  • Have a Therapeutic Executor arrangement
  • Complete a Notification of Practice and Annual Renewal Declaration Form and ID data relevant to their practice as required by UKAHPP.
  • Have their name and professional standing, including complaints and sanctions if applicable, published in the public area of the UKAHPP website.
  • Declare any upheld or current complaints about their practice and any criminal convictions prejudicial to their fitness to practice.
  • Declare that their health and character (physical and mental) is of sufficiently good standing to enable them to practice safely and effectively.
  • Abide by the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles and Code of Practice and for their practice to be accountable under the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure

B. How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted on the latest version of Application Form (see link below) in black ‘Arial’ font and returned with supporting documents as a ‘PDF’ email attachment to Handwritten applications are only accepted with prior arrangement with the UKAHPP Administrator. Applications can be submitted by post to:

The Membership Secretary

C/o The UKAHPP Administrator





C. Check List

Please ensure you complete all sections of the application form (most recent version) including:

  • Evidence of level 5 UK QAA qualification – PDF attachments
  • Personal statement about your practice and how it is ‘Humanistic’
  • Indemnity Insurance evidence
  • Complaints and conviction details (if applicable)
  • Supervisor’s Statement – signed by supervisor and supervisee
  • Signed Declaration
  • Non-refundable fee of £150 – cheque made payable to ‘UKAHPP’.

D. Unsuccessful Applications

In the event of an unsuccessful application, a written request can be made to the Membership Secretary for the decision to be reconsidered by the Membership Committee, with evidence as to how identified criteria omissions have been complied with. The Membership Committee’s decision will be final.

E. Additional Information

As from November 2017 applicants must hold UKAHPP Ordinary Membership (Registered) before they can apply for UKAHPP Accredited Membership in the category of Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. Those who currently hold UKAHPP Accredited and Affiliate Membership in the category of Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor will automatically be entered on to the register.

Applications are open to those employed as a School or Student Counsellor with a recognised child agency or education authority, which meet the published criteria and can evidence that their employment provides training, management and supervision separate from line management.

The UKAHPP does not accredit Child Psychotherapists and Counsellors, however it will include on the register Child Psychotherapists and Counsellors, registered as such on an existing PSA Accredited Register.

Previous registrants are eligible to re-apply for UKAHPP registration in accordance with current requirements.

If a registrant has exceptional safety concerns, they should be brought to the attention of the UKAHPP Registrar’s who has the authority to exclude the registrant’s name from being included in the publicly available register for safeguarding purposes.

The UKAHPP will hold information provided by applicants in accordance with Data Protection requirements and will delete information relating to unsuccessful applications from its records 18 months following submission.

F. Public Protection

To enhance public protection and the promotion of confidence in the register, the UKAHPP will share and seek information about the professional standing of applicants and registrants, from other register holders and professional organisations.

It is good practice to investigate the professional standing of any seeking entry to the register following a ‘termination order’ by the UKAHPP or another register holder.

G. Restoration of Registration

If a person’s UKAHPP Registration has been terminated under the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure they may submit an application to re-register not less than three years after the date of their termination. The former Registrant is required to submit:

  • A statement demonstrating learning about the issues resulting in their termination.
  • A report from a Registered Supervisor with UKAHPP Psychotherapist or Psychotherapeutic Counsellor Accreditation in support of their re-registration

The application will be assessed by a special committee prior to normal verification. The committee will include:

  • UKAHPP Membership Secretary – or their deputy
  • UKAHPP Ethics Committee Chair or their deputy
  • UKAHPP Registrar – or their deputy
  • Two UKAHPP Registered Members
  • Additional Members with special knowledge may be co-opted as necessary

In addition to standard requirements, the committee may apply special conditions on the ex-registrant’s practice, if re-accreditation is approved.

An ex-registrant can make one application for re-registration in any 12 month period.

July 2018