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Pre-Accredited Membership

preaccredited membership of IACP

Pre-Accredited Membership is available to those who have successfully completed an IACP Accredited Course and who are actively working towards Accreditation.

A Pre-Accredited Member may use the title "Pre-Accredited Member IACP" (exact phrase only) on documentation. They may not represent themselves as an Accredited Member and may not use the initials MIACP. Pre-Accredited Members are required to abide by the IACP Code of Ethics and Practice and are subject to the IACP Complaints Procedure.

Membership of this category does not guarantee IACP Accreditation.

IACP charge a reduced pro-rata fee during the year for Pre-accredited Membership, which will bring your membership cover up to 31st December. The normal membership rate applies for the following year.


IACP Garda Vetting

It is an IACP requirement that all Pre-Accredited Members must have current and valid IACP Garda Vetting. The cost for IACP Garda Vetting is €30.00 and this cost is included in the processing fee.

Vetting applications may take from 4 weeks up to 20 weeks. Waiting time depends on the level of demand in the National Vetting Bureau at the time of application. If an application is not complete, incorrectly completed or additional information is requiredthe processing time may be longer. For more information, click here.

CPD Requirements

It is an IACP requirement that all Pre-Accredited Members log 10 hours of CPD per annum.  For more information, click here.


Eligibility for IACP Student and Pre-Accredited Membership will apply to applicants whom are currently attending, or have qualified from, IACP Accredited Courses only. Applicants from Non IACP Accredited courses, including applicants from outside Ireland, may still apply for First Time Accreditation by applying directly to the Accreditation Committee (once they have completed all the necessary client hours etc.) 

The main benefits of IACP Membership

Formal recognition of your qualifications and experience through our accreditation process.

Representation: The IACP champions the contribution of Counsellors, Psychotherapists and the profession. We strongly lobby (Government, Political parties, Department of Health and Children, Health Committee’s, Allied Health Professions and other National Bodies) on key issues and priorities. The central aim of the Statutory Regulation of Counselling and Psychotherapy forms a large part of this work. We also influence policy development and plans through Responses and Submissions. 

Continuing Professional Development (Free Members Seminars): IACP provide a number of free seminars and webinars for members annually.

Publicity: One of IACP’s main aims is to inform the public of the benefits of Counselling and Psychotherapy. We do this through our public relations and communications strategy which concentrates on attendance at public events, press releases, interaction with the media and direct advertising. All of our communications work highlights the importance of Professional Standards and the services that IACP and its members offer the public.

IACP Workshops at reduced Rates: IACP supports the provision of workshops countrywide by the IACP regional committees. These workshops cover a wide range of interesting topics.  Members receive a discounted rate for all IACP Regional Workshops

Quarterly Journal: The IACP journal  'the Irish Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy' including articles, ‘Notice Board’ and Advertising is sent to members four times a year.

Attendance at AGM: The AGM is a good opportunity for you to ensure that you are fully informed of current policies, standards and activities. It is also a great opportunity to network with colleagues and fellow members.

Reduced rate to attend the IACP Annual Conference: The new annual conference is a great opportunity to meet other members, to hear keynote speakers, attend the Gala Dinner with Carl Berkeley Memorial Award and take part in different Counselling & Psychotherapy workshops.

Awards: Members are eligible for nomination for Carl Berkeley Memorial Award that recognise outstanding contribution to the development of counselling and psychotherapy.

Professional Support on Standards of Practice and Education: IACP assists with all types of member enquiries and puts you in touch with the right experts. Members can access a range of information from the office, and can receive information (by speaking to someone, viewing online or by receiving printed guidelines) on practical, ethical and professional matters. Members can also access IACP publications ranging from the latest professional guidelines to public information leaflets. 

E-news: Regular e-mail circular containing information and employment / placement opportunities.

Reduced Professional Insurance: IACP negotiated professional indemnity insurance schemes. O’Brien Finlay: Qualified Therapist - €75 discount, Students - €160 discount.

Regional Support: Support and networking opportunities at regular Regional meetings nationwide.

Regional Participation: All members are also automatically members of their Regional branch and can network with local colleagues and help influence the Association’s priorities.

Reduced Rate Health Insurance: IACP members can avail of a VHI Group Scheme number 4375 and there are various discounts (minimum of 10%) depending on the scheme selected.

International Representation: The IACP represents members’ views internationally and continues to work with the BACP (with whom we have full reciprocity), the European Association for Counselling (EAC), the International Association for Counselling, Counselling in Scotland (COSACA) amongst others.

International Recognition: IACP members are also automatically entitled to become European accredited (EAC) Counsellors by joining EAC.

Welcome Pack: On joining members receive a “Welcome Pack” including a recent edition of the IACP quarterly journal, Important company information and an IACP pen.

IACP Membership Card: The IACP Membership card in conjunction with Countdown Ireland offers IACP members not only official recognition of their IACP membership but also the ability to benefit from a wide range of deals nationwide (effective from June 2018).

 membership route to accredited member of iacp

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