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Inactive Accredited Member

Guidelines for Inactive Members

  • This category is open to Accredited Members who have ceased practicing (in a paid or voluntary capacity) and are up to date with their annual membership fees.
  • Inactive Membership applications must be received before an applicant’s renewal of accreditation date and cannot be applied for if that renewal date has already been deferred.
  • The period of Inactive Membership is valid for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 24 months.
  • Members can request to return to Active Status at any time between 6 and 24 months of their period of inactivity.
  • At the end of the 24 months an Inactive Member must apply in writing to the IACP to have their status changed to Active.
  • Inactive Members are not required to undergo monthly supervision or engage in CPD activities for the period of their Inactive membership.
  • Applications made for an additional period of Inactive Membership after the initial 24 months may be granted at the discretion of the Accreditation Committee.
  • Inactive Members will not be listed on the IACP Online Directory.
  • Subject to criteria being met, the processing time for an application is approximately 2 weeks.

To return to Active Accredited status Inactive Members must:

  • Set up a contract with an Accredited Supervisor in line with current Supervision criteria and attend at least one session with this supervisor before applying
  • Make an application in writing to the IACP which must be accompanied by written confirmation from your supervisor that a contract is in place
  • Provide a copy of current Professional Liability Insurance
  • Subject to criteria being met, the processing time for an application is approximately 2 weeks



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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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