What is Accreditation?
The European Association for Counselling (EAC) is the professional body for counselling in all European Member States.
Established in 1992 by Counselling Associations throughout Europe it was set up to raise and maintain the profile and training for counselling as a profession.
This is to protect clients and counsellors, minimise the danger of malpractice and support the development of counselling in European Member States.
In addition to drawing up criteria for the basic standard for training counsellors, it was decided to agree the standards required to offer European Accreditation underpinned by the EAC Ethical Charter of Practice which all members subscribe to.
By being accredited a counsellor demonstrates to the public that they have been assessed and considered to have attained a substantial level of training and experience, is professional; competent and bound by a code of ethics.
Accreditation is part of a counsellors professional development and requires a counsellor to prove the quality of their practice to show that they meet the criteria set to be considered suitable to be awarded the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation.
The EAC also recognises that the accreditation process must offer protection for the counsellor as well as the public.
This is why the EAC established the Professional Training Standards and Accreditation Committee (PTSAC) who through detailed discussion with EAC appointed Counselling Associations across Europe developed the criteria and will continue to monitor the appointment of Eurapean Accredited Counsellors.
The EAC is aware of the wide diversity of counselling across the European Member States regarding practice, training and experience of counsellors.
Because of this the ECCac is under constant review to make sure that the qualification is current and demonstrates that a holder of the ECCac is achieving high standards of practice and has not just qualified for a piece of paper that shows they can complete an application form.
EAC awards the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation (ECCac) to EAC ordinary members who can meet the standard for accreditation as agreed by the Governing Board and the PTSAC.
The qualification level is set out on the accreditation page of this website.
To become accredited, a counsellor must be sponsored by an EAC approved association for counselling; provide enough evidence to show that they can meet the criteria and that they can meet the overall code of practice for the qualification.
Why is accreditation important
Accreditation enables clients, employers and colleagues to recognise proven, competent practitioners.
This means that the selection of a counsellor or therapist can be based on an informed choice and not speculation.
EAC Accredited members are able to enter their business details and professional qualifications into the on-line EAC Register of Accredited Counsellors.
This section and application form only applies to members of the EAC who are applying for the evidenced-based European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation.
In order to apply for accreditation, you must be a current ordinary member of the EAC and your Ordinary Member fees must be up-to-date.
Accreditation by the EAC is for those who have undertaken the necessary practice and supervised practice as set out elsewhere on the website and in the PTSAC Handbook.
Members must be accredited by their chosen EAC Accredited professional body. Who will confirm that the accreditation standard has been reached by sponsoring the applicant and completing their part of the application form.
Application Form – What will I need to provide?
In the application process, you may be asked to provide evidence and information to verify that your experience matches the standards set by the EAC Accreditation Committee.
The standard has been verified by the General Assembly of the EAC in its efforts to provide a quality and recognised standard of service to the public.
Usually, accreditation by your Association/Organisation is enough evidence to supply.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that all information requested is complete prior to the application being submitted to and considered by the accreditation committee.
The process cannot be started until all fees as shown on the application form have been cleared by the recipients Bank.
What will I receive?
When the application is successful the applicant will receive two certificates:-
- An Ordinary Member Certificate (renewed annually on cleared Membership Fees)
- An Initial Accredited Member Certificate (renewed by receipt annually on cleared current EAC Accredited Member Fee)
Annual renewal of Accreditation
When a memeber renews their membership of the EAC they will renew their accreditation.
It is essential to maintain practice hours, supervision hours and CPD qualification to renew an accreditation.
Once a member has been accredited they will need to re-accredit annually.
Continuity of practice, regular supervision and CPD are necessary for the maintenance and development of therapeutic skills and ability.
Accredited members will need to confirm that during that year they have conducted a minimum number of hours practice, received monthly supervision and undertaken a minimum number of hours of Continuing Professional Development.
What qualifies as CPD?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the ongoing development of skills, theoretical understanding, personal development and practice.
CPD enhances professional standards and ensures an up-to-date professional service to clients.
- Attendance at conferences, seminars and workshops
- Further training
- Writing original articles, reviews or similar
- Reading journals
- Relevant committee work (no more than 10% of total CPD requirement)
- Research related to delivering training (no more than 10% of total CPD requirement)
What evidence will I need to offer if I am audited?
Every year a percentage of the EAC Accredited members are subject to an audit procedure by the Accrediting Committee.
When an Accredited Member is audited they will have to provide proof of their activity to ensure that they still meet the EAC criteria for accreditation.
This includes certificates of attendance at events; evidence of their learning and the impact of the CPD undertaken on their practice. Plus, details of the number of hours client face-to-face time and counselling supervision for the year.
Their sponsoring Association/Organisation will be asked to confirm their application
How do I apply?
By completing this application form you agree to be bound by the EAC Charter for Ethical Practice, Statutes, Operating Regulations and any other EAC regulations in force at the time.
Details can be found on this Web site and in the PTSAC Handbook which is available for download by leaving their name and primary email address at the base of this page.
The application form can be completed on-line and by printing your name where the form requires your signature this will be accepted as your electronic signature and will hold the same value as a physical signature on a hard copy application form.
Please press “SUBMIT” key after completing the form and then click on PayPal Button to pay your fees.
For Payment of Fees Accreditation fee includes Membership Fee Via PayPal please press “Blue Key” below once you have sent your form to administration.
If you wish to pay your fees through your bank account please contact for full instructions.
Please remember that your membership will not be active until EAC has received your cleared funds either through PayPal of your Private Bank account.
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