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Student Membership (Year 1 Students Only - Before Seeing Clients)

student membership of IACP

As a student member, it is likely that you are at the start of your counselling and psychotherapy career and also new to the IACP.

The IACP will guide and support you as you progress in your training to become an Accredited Member of IACP.

By becoming a Student Member of the IACP, you agree to adhere to the IACP Code of Ethics and Practice. This upholds a high standard of care among students and professionals to ensure the public's protection and helps to guide your own training and practice throughout your career.

Student Members may use the title Student Member IACP (an exact phrase only) in their documentation. They may not use MIACP or SMIACP.


Applicants must be currently attending an IACP accredited course to be eligible to apply for Student membership with IACP.

A list of IACP accredited courses can be viewed on our website here: 

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 post training etc.) 

To begin your IACP Student membership application:

1.    Click on the ‘Apply Now’ tab on the right side of this page.

2.    Following payment completion, check all inboxes (including spam/ junk folders) to receive a link to your online application form. If applicable, your Garda vetting application forms will be attached to this email.

3.    Complete and submit your online application form, where you will be required to attach a letter from your college to confirm your current enrolment in an IACP accredited course.

4.    You will then receive an email acknowledgement of your application.

5. Applications are reviewed by the Administration Officer. If there are no queries on the application this process will take approximately 1 month. If there is a query on the application, you will be notified by email. 

Student Membership Fees

All IACP memberships run from January 1st to December 31st each year.  The cost of IACP Student membership is €84 per annum.

If you apply for membership during the year, a reduced pro rata fee will apply and will cover membership only until December 31st. The full membership fee will apply for the following year.

If you would like a list of these pro rata fees, please contact .

IACP Garda Vetting

It is an IACP requirement that all Student Members who are no longer in the first year of their studies, must have current and valid IACP Garda Vetting. A processing fee of €30 applies per IACP Garda Vetting application.

The IACP are responsible for their own Garda vetting of all members, regardless of whether they have recently been vetted through another organisation.

Once you complete year 1 of your training, you will be contacted by the IACP Garda Vetting Officer with an invitation to complete the IACP Garda Vetting. 

Benefits of IACP Student Membership

The sooner you join the IACP, the sooner you can avail of the benefits and services that membership provides.

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. 

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

Continuing Professional Development (Free Members Seminars):
 The IACP provide several free seminars and webinars for members annually.

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.

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

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.

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 receive information (by speaking to someone, viewing online or 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. 

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

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

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

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.

IACP Membership Card: The IACP Membership card, in conjunction with Countdown Ireland, offers IACP members official recognition of their IACP membership and the ability to benefit from a wide range of deals nationwide (effective from June 2018).

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