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Course Accreditation Process

This section is aimed at courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy considering applying for first time IACP Course Accreditation.

The flowchart displayed below outlines the steps involved in the Course Accreditation Process. 

Once Accreditation is awarded courses are accredited for six years subject to ongoing monitoring and adherence to the IACP Course Accreditation Criteria.

The Course Accreditation Officer is available to support and guide you through each step of this process. Within the Education section, it is possible to download the Course Accreditation Criteria, Accreditation Application Form and email any queries you may have during the application process.

Please Note:

Raising Course Accreditation to Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 8 on NFQ. 

The IACP would like to notify you of the increase of the minimal requirement for Counselling & Psychotherapy (for the purpose of accreditation and course accreditation) to Degree / Post-graduate Programmes Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This change will be implemented on 1st September 2018. 

Any Degree / Post-graduate programmes in Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 8 applying for IACP course accreditation must be validated by QQI/ University and meet other IACP clinical requirements (as per IACP course criteria 2015). 

This requirement would apply to all IACP accredited courses which are commencing on and from 1st September 2018. 

Also, as of 1st September 2024, the minimum qualification requirement regarding applicants presenting for First Time Accreditation would be a Degree / Post-graduate Programme in Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 8 on NFQ. 

Organisation Membership

Course Providers must be IACP Organisation Members before applying for first time accreditation.

Responsibility / Liability 

The course is responsible for ensuring that it understands, meets and continues to meet all requirements for course accredited status. Where IACP suspends or withdraws accredited status from a course, it is a matter between the Course Provider and its students. IACP has no liability to students on a course where it suspends or withdraws its accredited status.  The Course Provider of the course will be responsiblie to the students for an detriment caused to them as a result of the course losing its accreditation.



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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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