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What is Annual Re-Accreditation?

Annual Re-accreditation is the process by which IACP members become re-accredited on an annual basis (as opposed to having this done every 5 years). 

Why has it changed to annual Re-Accreditation at IACP?

As and from 1st of January 2016 the IACP accreditation will be processed on an annual basis, arising from a vote of members present at the IACP 2014 AGM.

IACP believe that Annual Re-accreditation is a necessary and positive step in the protection of clients, support of therapists and the development of the profession of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

How will IACP help me through this?

IACP are committed to making it as easy as possible for members. Dedicated staff members from the Accreditation Department will be on hand to assist members with all queries in relation to Annual Re-Accreditation.

Please contact Iwona Blasi, Clare Kavanagh or Jackie O’Donovan with any enquiries you might have or call 01 - 230 35 36. 

How much will it cost?

The processing fee for the renewal of IACP accreditation is €20 per year.

The processing fee for the renewal of IACP Supervisor accreditation (including therapeutic accreditation) is €30 per year in total.

NB: There is no increase to your annual charge or processing fees resulting from this change. 

When will it happen?

 As and from 1st of January 2016 the IACP accreditation will be processed on an annual basis.

What will I have to do?

Nothing. At some point in 2016 you will be contacted by an IACP staff member via email with all instructions regarding Annual Re-accreditation. 

Will my Accreditation Date remain the same?

You may be given a new accreditation date to facilitate the introduction of Annual Re-accreditation. If you do get a new date, it will be later in the year. You will still remain accredited at all times during this process.

I got accredited in recent years (2012-2015). Do I have to complete the Annual Re-Accreditation form in 2016?

Yes. All the members will be asked to renew their accreditation in 2016, even those who have gone through the process of accreditation in recent years. From 2016- ALL IACP members will have to complete the renewal form on an annual basis and their accreditation will be valid for a period of 12 months. 

My current certificate of accreditation states that it is valid until 2020. Does it still apply?

No it does not. As and from January 2016 ALL members will be accredited on an annual basis and the accreditation will only be valid for 12 months from the allocated application date.

I have paid my application processing fee in recent years (2012-2015). Do I have to pay this fee again in 2016?

No. Any processing fee that has already been paid in recent years will be credited to future processing fees as appropriate. 

If my renewal of accreditation is due in 2016 do I have to complete the client work / supervision / CPD details for the last 5 years?

No. As of January 2016 – you will be asked to complete the details of client work / supervision/ CPD for the previous 12 months only. You must keep the records of your work / CPD as you may be selected for an annual IACP audit.

Also, your Supervisor should be shown the full record of work/ CPD from the previous years (if applicable) when signing off your form for re-accreditation. 

Do I need to supply IACP with CPD Certificates?

No. Do not send in CPD Certificates with your Application Form. 


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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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