CPCAB Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5)


Before You Apply


The Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling training programme is designed to give learners

the knowledge, skills and competencies (from an integrative mindfulness-based experiential therapy perspective), to work as self-employed counsellors in independent practice. It also equips learners with the knowledge and skills required to deal with client assessment, referral and routine evaluation in an organisational context.


Entry requirements: 

Candidates must have successfully completed the Fast Track Foundation Course in MBET in addition to the CPCAP Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or its equivalent. Applicants will be required to produce a reference from their counselling supervisor and/or course tutor commenting on their suitability for undertaking this level of training. 


Personal counselling: 

Candidates need to have completed a minimum of 40 hours of personal counselling by the end of the course. This can include counselling undertake prior to the start of the course, but a minimum of 10 sessions of personal therapy must be undertaken while on the course. Most trainees will need more than 10 hours of therapy to meet their individual and professional needs. The centre holds responsibility for ensuring that therapy is received from an appropriately qualified therapist.

Client work requirements: .

A minimum of 60 hours of formally-contracted counselling (one-to-one) with at least 3 clients (aged 16 and over) as an independent practitioner is required.

For more information, see 'PC-L5 Guidance to Client work Experience' on the CPCAB website.

Supervision requirements: 

Candidates are expected to have arrangements in place for their own external clinical supervision which meets BACP (professional body) requirements. The training centre holds responsibility for ensuring that appropriate supervision is in place. The supervisor will be required to complete a report evidencing that the candidate is working at the appropriate level.


Internally assessed candidate portfolio and an externally assessed case review (3000 -3500 words).


Successful candidates may work towards accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and/or more advanced training. The qualification has been mapped by CPCAB to UKCP requirements. TC-L4 combined with PC-L5 can provide a pathway towards individual practitioner accreditation with UKCP as an accredited psychotherapist.


£2415 excluding CPCAB registration & assessment fee 

£675 deposit on enrolment with instalment options

Date(s) / Times:

Next Academic starts: September 2022 & ends April 2023

Days / Times: Saturdays / 10.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 17.00

Class size: Maximum 15

Location: Remote (Via Zoom) and Class room based Delivery

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