The Association for Psychological Therapies offers the following levels of accreditation for practitioners of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, intended to provide a clear and transparent record of the level competence you are maintaining and to be of high relevance to employers.
The accreditation is given weight by over 125,000 professionals having attended APT courses and thereby gained APT accreditation in their course-subject at levels ranging from 1 to 5, from introductory to advanced.
You might consider levels 1 to 3 as being where you are acquainting yourself with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. At levels four and five you might reasonably describe yourself as specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Always assuming that you have a relevant underpinning professional qualifications such as psychology, psychiatry, mental health nursing, occupational therapy, or social work.
The Levels below refer to the accreditation you acquire by attending APT training, or by submitting a record of equivalent training you have received from elsewhere for verification by the APT (note, the training must have been completed within the last 3 years).
APT Accreditation, Level 1 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending APT's CBT Essentials course.
Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by attending a refresher course, sitting an online refresher or by submitting evidence of practice and reflections thereon. (There is a form available for this, click here.)
APT Accreditation, Level 2 means you have received training as in Level 1, and also passed the APT's online exam in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
APT Accreditation, Level 3 means that you have Level 2 accreditation and
- EITHER have attended at least a further 3 days training in CBT or a qualifying subject (qualifying courses from the APT include: any of the APT's 3-day courses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT Essentials, Motivational Interviewing, ACT Essentials and Compassion-Focused Therapy Essentials).
- OR can submit evidence of having undertaken formally supervised practice of CBT for at least 6 months since attending CBT Essentials or equivalent.
Level 3 accreditation lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by submitting evidence of practice and reflections on that practice, with the prevailing fee. (There is a form available for this, click here.)
APT Accreditation, Level 4 means you have Level 3 accreditation and have attended a minimum of at least 3 additional days qualifying training, which will probably be APT's CBT Masterclass or equivalent.
Level 4 accreditation lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by submitting evidence of CBT practice and your reflections on your practice, with the prevailing fee. (There is a form available for this, click here.)
APT Accreditation, Level 5 requires you to have Level 4 accreditation in CBT and additionally submit a set project to an acceptable standard. The purpose of the project is to illustrate that you can effectively apply the knowledge and skills gained from your training to a clinical situation. The pass level for this is demanding, in that the project needs to be at a standard that could be published on this site as an example of APT's Level 5 accreditation in CBT.
Level 5 accreditation is renewable by submitting evidence of practice and your reflections on it, with the prevailing fee. (There is a form available for this, click here.)
The majority of our mental health training courses are provided this way - we come to you and train a group of up to 15 people for an all-inclusive fee.
Obtain APT-quality input at a time that is convenient to you and minimises the need for 'cover' normally associated with training.