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IACP - ACA Recognition of Accreditation 

As and from 16th June 2017 an agreement is in place between the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Irish Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) on recognition of their respective accreditation schemes. 

 ACA and IACP will accept each other’s accreditation decisions with respect to individuals under the following conditions:

(i)                  This is not an automatic process and in order to advertise as having dual membership, a counsellor/psychotherapist must have membership of both ACA and IACP.

IACP Applicants

(ii)                 IACP Accredited Members who wish to take advantage of this agreement must first apply for membership of ACA as an individual member and pay the appropriate membership fee. Information of how to apply can be obtained on the ACA website

(iii)               The IACP applicant must then progress to the ACA Register by following the steps described on the ACA membership application form.  Once on the Register as an ACA Member, having accepted the ACA membership terms and conditions, an IACP Accredited Member will become eligible for ACA member status.

(iv)               An IACP Accredited Member who is unsuccessful in attaining ACA Accreditation will be subject to a 12 month moratorium [calculated from the date of notification] before making a further application for accreditation. 

(v)                 An IACP applicant will be required to provide to ACA with evidence of;

  • Current IACP membership of good standing
  • Current IACP accreditation status
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts
  • Due date of IACP accreditation renewal
  • Documented post qualification Supervision history

(vi)               Successful IACP applicants will receive an open-ended Certificate of Accreditation, valid with an annual authentication letter which will include the renewal date.  Renewal requirement details are available at

ACA Applicants

(vii)              ACA Members who wish to take advantage of this agreement must complete the IACP – ACA Recognition of Accreditation Application Form available on IACP website:

(viii)            Having completed the form and accepted IACP terms and conditions, an ACA Member will become eligible for IACP Accredited status.

(ix)               An ACA Member who has previously been unsuccessful in attaining IACP Accreditation will be subject to a 12-month moratorium [calculated from the date of notification] before making a further application for accreditation under this agreement. 

(x)                 An ACA applicant will be required to provide to IACP with evidence of;


  • Current ACA membership (Level 3 or Level 4) in good standing
  • Current ACA accredited qualification status
  • Due date of ACA accreditation renewal
  • Proof for a signed supervision contract with the Supervisor who is acceptable to IACP (IACP, BACP, IAHIP accredited)

(xi)               Successful ACA applicants will receive an IACP Certificate of Accreditation. Renewal requirement details are available at 

(xii)              ACA Accredited Members who wish to take advantage of this agreement must have also successfully completed IACP Garda (Police) Vetting process details can be found at

Information Sharing

ACA will notify IACP of all Members who join ACA through this Agreement for the purposes of statistical monitoring.

IACP will notify ACA of all Accredited Members who join IACP through this Agreement for the purposes of statistical monitoring.

Where a Counsellor/Psychotherapist is granted accreditation or membership on the basis of this Agreement, all the benefits normally associated with each organisations’ membership/accreditation status will be conferred upon the applicant.

A Counsellor/Psychotherapist who takes advantage of this Agreement will be required to ensure that they are working within the applicable Code of Ethics and Practice / Ethical Framework / Scope of Practice and will be subject to the respective organisations Professional Conduct Procedure.

Where a complaint is made against a Counsellor / Psychotherapist, the complaint will be dealt with by the appropriate organisation.

Both organisations will inform the other of membership being withdrawn or regarding any sanctions given to members as outcomes of Complaints Procedures / Fitness to Practice Investigations / Garda (Police) Vetting being unsuccessful, depending on the current legislation of both countries.

This document will be periodically reviewed by both organisations to ensure best practice is applied to the Agreement.

This MoU will be held in standing for a period of 3 years. At the end of such time, both ACA and IACP will review accreditation standards and procedures and renew the MoU as necessary.

This MoU is non-binding and can be terminated at any time, by either party, with four week’s written notice. 

How to apply:

To apply for IACP Accreditation ACA - IACP Recognition of Accreditation Scheme, please complete the form available  for download on the left of this page. 

Also, please note that you will be required to complete the process of the IACP Garda Vetting to become a member of IACP. To apply for the vetting please contact Grace Duffy, IACP Accreditation Supervisor on . 

For more details on the scheme, please contact the IACP Accreditation Department on 01 230 3536. 



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Timeframe for statutory registration


Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.


The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.


Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.



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