European Association for Counselling

Accreditation

accreditation

Montecatini Italy

EAC the European Association of Counselling (EAC) has empowered a number of European Counselling Organisations to recommend their suitably trained and qualified Counsellor members to the EAC. On their recommendation the EAC will award the recommended counsellors with the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation (ECCac).

European Accreditation

ECCac was developed and launched to demonstrate that the holder has received a high standard of education and training in counselling. They have reached a level of ethical practice that qualifies them to be recognised as European Counsellors

Accreditation Long Term Aim

Elsewhere in this site members of the public can search for and find qualified European Counsellors in their own country and area.

ECCac, will in time be used to help evaluate counselling qualifications across national borders and thus facilitate the mobility of Counsellors in Europe.

The EAC has many National Associations that have been approved to train counsellors to attain the ECCac. The EAC welcomes the opportunity of working with any Counselling Association within Europe that shares the same high objective of training and ethical practice as set out in this website.

The certificate took over six years to develop. The committee included representative from eleven countries with representations from the major counselling modalities. It is therefore inclusive with an emphasis on agreed competencies and personal development as an integral part of supervised practice. The standard is continually under review to ensure that the bearers of the Certificate represent the highest status of Counselling for the benefit of the public throughout Europe.

Birth of the EAC

When the EAC was founded in 1992, at a meeting in Montecatini, its main aim was to develop with partner organisations throughout Europe minimum standards for Counsellor training. At the time there was very little guidance as to the standards of education and ethical practice someone should reach to enable them to offer a professional service to those who needed help.

The accreditation committee that was formed to combine the standards of all Counselling Associations to initially set a minimum standard and ultimately a very high standard of training in theory and practice. All EAC accredited Counselling Associations work to the standards that have been set.

At first, the only way that the EAC was able to develop this standard with the cooperation of its affiliated organisations was through the development of National Associations representing different countries in Europe. They followed this route for their first 20 years and are grateful for the excellent support and help they have received from the highly developed Counselling Organisations that exist in some European Countries.

Increasingly the public are growing more aware and demanding of higher standards of counselling throughout Europe. To this end, although it has been endorsed that the only pathway to the recognition of a European Accredited Counsellor has been through National Associations, the EAC now seek to work closely with European Organisations and Counsellor Training Organisations so that they too may work toward the European Accreditation Certificate for their members.

Accreditation Award

The present criteria for the award of the ECC(acc) Certificate is, the application must be made through an EAC approved association/organisation and you must be a full member of that association/organisation and a full paid up ordinary member of the European Association for Counselling.

You must have worked as a practicing Counsellor for a minimum of 3 years. This period commences from the date you saw your first client. You must hold professional indemnity Insurance, although we do not need to see this certificate your application will act as proof that you have it in place.

A student should present evidence-based information to prove that they undertook 300 hours of course work including theory and skills, plus 150 hours of client face-to-face work. Supervision of these client hours is set at 10%.They should be able to prove 50 hours of personal development within their chosen model of practice. Post graduation the applicant needs to complete a further evidence-based 450 hours face-to-face client practice. Supervision is set at 10% for these hours. Plus a further 100 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Counselling organisations affiliated to the EAC will make sure that all candidates comply with the EAC Accreditation criteria and then they will sponsor the applicant to the EAC for the award of the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation.

In addition to a certificate Accredited Counsellors may enter their business details into the on-line Accredited Member Register

European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation

European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation

You can get a FREE copy of the EAC Professional Training, Accreditation and Ethical Charter by completing your name and primary email address in the registration box at the bottom of this page.

PTSAC Handbook

PTSAC Handbook

European Accreditation

71 thoughts on “Accreditation

  1. Elizabeth L.

    ι would be grateful if you could provide me with access to the Professional Training Handbook.

    Kind regards,

    Elizabeth L.

  2. Lydia Michael - Tatti

    Hello
    I am interested in a copy of the EAC Professional Training, Accreditation and Ethical Charter please

    and I am also interested about information regarding the European Certificate of Counselling Accreditation. About eligibility requirements & necessary steps towards it.

    I have gained the Diploma in Integrative Counselling in Greece from the Athens Synthesis Centre.

    thank you in advance
    Lydia

    1. webmaster Post author

      Hello Lydia, if you go to this URL you can download the PTSAC booklet http://eac.eu.com/ptsac/trainingstandards.pdf

      Regarding the EAC Accreditation the necessary steps toward accreditation with the EAC are:
      Ordinary Membership of the European Association for Counselling
      Basic Criteria:-
      300 Hours Theory
      150 hours Supervised practice some of which will be during the theory course being studied
      50 hours CPD

      To qualify for EAC Accreditation is evidence based:
      450 hours supervised practice post graduation
      100 hours CPD
      Completion of Accreditation Application form on the website.
      This application contains a great deal of information.

      I hope this helps but if you require further information please contact me I am always here to help.

      regards

      Webmaster

  3. Elenaz

    Hello,

    I just finished my Master’s in Counselling and am interested in becoming accredited with the EAC. Could you please let me now which organizations are linked to the EAC?

    Best,
    El

  4. Elena Grishina

    Hello, I would like to have a copy of the E.A.C. Professional Training Book, please.
    Thank you.

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Elena The quickest way to obtain a copy of the Professional Standards and Accreditation booklet is to complete your details in the request box at the bottom of EAC web page. You will then automatically receive a link to the up to date version of the booklet.

      regards

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hi Enrique
      Presently the award of the ECCac is awarded to Counsellors who have reached the required standard of training with the Counselling Association who hold their registration. I am also sending you an email regarding this.

      regards
      Webmaster

    1. eacweb Post author

      The easiest way to get a copy of the Professional Training booklet is to enter your name and primary email address in the box at the bottom of each page. You will then receive a link so you can either read the booklet on line of print off your own copy. Any problems just let me know please. Your name and email address are encrypted and safe they trigger the automatic mailing and are not available to any 3rd party.

      regards
      EAC Webmaster

  5. GOYGOYSI ELENA

    Please send me a free copy of EAC Proffecional Training, Accreditation and Ethical Charter

  6. Dr Platrites Kyriakos

    Please provide me with a copy of EAC Training Standards Accreditation and Ethical Charter and let me know if there is a national delegate of EAC in Cyprus Republic.
    Kind Regards
    Kyriakos

    1. jesfrig

      Dear Dr Kyriakos,

      Thanks for your enquiry. I have forwarded your query to our administration and they will answer you soon. Kind regards Jesmond

  7. Lidia Di Gaspari

    Hello,

    I would really appreciate receiving a free copy of the EAC Professional Training, Accreditation and Ethical Charter.

    Thanks a lot!
    Lidia

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Lidia

      The easiest way to get a copy of the booklet is to put your name and email address into the box located at the bottom of a page you will then get an email containing a link to enable you to download the booklet immediately.

      regards

      Webmaster

  8. Nicola Conte

    Dear Sirs,

    I would like to receive copy of the EAC training and certification. Thanks. Nicola.

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Nicola

      The easiest way to get a copy of the booklet is to put your name and email address into the box located at the bottom of a page you will then get an email containing a link to enable you to download the booklet immediately.

      regards

      Webmaster

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Alex

      The quickest way to download the PTSAC booklet is to put your name and email in the box at the bottom of any page on the site from there you will receive a down link that will enable you to download the booklet direct to your computer

      regards

      Webmaster

    1. eacweb Post author

      Many thanks for your enquiry, the quickest way to get a copy of the booklet is to put your name and email address in the box at the bottom of this page and you will receive a download link.

  9. Marilyn Evans

    Hi,
    Can I have details regarding membership of European Association for Counsellors.
    I am member of IACP and working as psychotherapist/counsellor in Ireland.

    kind regards,

    Marilyn Evans

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Marilyn I have passed your enquiry onto administration you will hear from them shortly

      regards

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Tulasi Everything is available on the website if you require anything specific please come back to me at

      regards

      Webmaster

  10. Alan Buckle

    Hi could you please send me details regarding European of Counselling Accreditation
    Regards A Buckle

  11. Nadia C.

    Dearest Team,

    Thank you to provide me with your handbook to understand the principles of your organization.

    I started officially my activity 2 months ago, not sure if this is enough to begin the process of applying to the accredition counselling certicate. Can you please clarify?

    With all my best,
    Nadia

  12. Ana Maria Morais

    Please send me a copy of EAC Professional Training, Accreditation and Ethical Charter.
    Thank you!
    Ana Maria Morais

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Ana
      The quickest way to get the booklet is to leave your name and email address at the bottom of any page of the website. You will receive a download link for the booklet and will automatically receive any updates as and when the occur.

      regards

  13. anna

    I would like to receive a FREE copy of the EAC Professional Training, Accreditation and Ethical Charter.
    Thank you.

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Anna Best way to get your copy quickly is to put your name and email in the box at the bottom of any page of the web site, you will receive a download link by email.

      regards

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Grazyna The only way that you can become accredited through the EAC at this time is through one of our accrediting associations. The nearest to you would be either our Swedish Association of the UK Association. If I can help further please let me know.

  14. Xiaoxuan Qu

    Hello there, I have put down my name and email address for the Professional Training Handbook. Thank you very much.

  15. Monica Ricci

    I would like to receive a FREE copy of the EAC Professional Training, Accreditation and Ethical Charter.
    Thank you.
    MR

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hi Monica

      You can download a copy of the booklet by leaving your name and email address in the box at the bottom of every page on the web. This will trigger an email to you containing the link to download the booklet. If you have any problems please contact me.

      regards

  16. Liana Dugaro

    Good afternoon,

    I would be grateful if you could provide me with access to the Professional Training Handbook.
    Furthermore, I would like to know through which Organisations in Italy, where I live and practice as a Counselor and Coach, I could get the European Certificate of Counseling Accreditation. Thank you in advance for your feed-back.

    Kind regards,
    Liana Dugaro

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Liana

      Youy can access the PTSAC booklet by leaving your name and email address in the box at the bottom of every page of the site. This will give you a direct link to the booklet which you can read online of download.

      You can contact FederCounselling who are our approved National contact in Italy the address you require is for Chiara Veneri () if you have any problems please contact Administration at

      kind regards

  17. Mirjana Zecirevic

    Dear colleagues,
    I am writing you on behalf of Croatian association of reality therapy. Most of our instructors and supervisors have gained certificate from the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP).
    We train participants who have master degree in psychology, social work, medicine etc working in different areas.In Croatia we still do not have national counselling association.
    1. I am interested in the way our organization could become an EAC approved organization offering our participants possibility to gain EAC certificate.
    2. The other question is about the procedure for those candidates that already have EAP certificate – is it enough to get also the EAC certificate?
    I am going to download the EAC Professional Training, Accreditation and Ethical Charter to get additional information.
    Best regards
    Mirjana

    1. eacweb Post author

      Good to hear from you Mirjana the President is on holiday this week but I will be a having a conversation with him as soon as he gets back and will send you information then if that is OK.
      kind regards

      David (Communications Coordinator at EAC)

  18. Monica

    Hi,
    and first of all thank you so much for you availability and support.
    I’m an Italian Counselor and I was wondering if and How I can apply for an Accreditation.Being also the co-director of a counseling school here in Italy I would also like to know if I can apply for an accreditation for my school.
    Thank you so much,
    Monica

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Monica
      Many thanks for your enquiry may I suggest that you contact our National Coordinating Committee in Italy which is Federcounselling you can contact our representative Chiara Veneri at she will be able to give you the information you require. If I can help further you can contact me directly at
      regards

      David

  19. Adriana Nicolae

    Please send a copy of EAC Professional Training, Accreditation and Ethical Charter.
    Thank you! Best wishes!

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Adriana The quickest way to get a copy of the booklet is to go to the bottom of any page of the website and in the area shaded black just right of centre there is a box marked “Download Professional Standards” if you put your name and email address in this box you will receive a link to download the booklet. Any prtoblems just give us a call.

  20. A. Rae Sziklai

    Hello,

    I will be completing an accredited counselling Masters by the BACP in Manchester this fall. Can you tell me if this is transferable to EAC accreditation?

    Kind regards,

    A. Rae Sziklai

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Good to hear from you and I wish you every success in your Masters this Autumn. I am pleased to tell you that all BACP accredited counsellors are able to apply for the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation (ECCac) and I shall be delighted in guiding you in your application when you are ready.

  21. Jill Bamber

    Hi, please could you send me a copy of the Professional Standards and Training Booklet. Many thanks.

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hi Jill
      The fastest way to access a copy of the Booklet is toput your name and address in the download box at the bottom of any page of the website, you can get immediate access to the booklet that way. We do not have hard copies.

      kind regards

  22. Stefan Eikemann

    Please send me a copy of the EAC Professional Training standards, Accreditation and Ethical Charter

    thank you very much
    Stefan Eikemann

    1. eacweb Post author

      Thank you for your enquiry Stefan. The easiest way to access the booklet is to place your name and email address in the box as indicated at the bottom of any web page. This wiill automatically feed you the links instead of waiting for a human to acknowledge your request.

      Hope this helps, any problems drop me an email at

  23. Nanilii Gallegos

    I’m in my last three semesters of Graduate school were I’m studying to receive my Licensed Psychology of Counseling (LPC). Once I have finished school and taken the cacrep exam, I was planning on moving to Europe, hopefully Spain to work as a counselor. I understand that I have to meet the standards for the European Certificate of Counseling Accreditation (EAC). What I need is information about the EAC, along with information about whether or not I will have to take extra courses once I go there. I would also like to know how I can start looking for, researching, and applying for jobs in Europe, preferably Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France.

    Thank You,

    Nanilii Gallegos

    1. eacweb Post author

      Thank you Nanilii for your comments I have passed your comments over to our Executive Committee for their guidance. In brief if you are moving to Europe we would suggest that you enrol as a member into an EAC accredited Counselling organisation (a member of our executive will be able to help you by sending you details) they will then be able to guide you on what is required to become an accredited counsellor with them. Once you have achieved the required criteria the European organisation will nominate you for the award of the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation. There is a great deal of information regarding the EAC on this site should you require any further information perhaps you would like to send your questions to they will gladly help you as much as possible.
      Although it is presently being updated you may like a copy of the current Professional Standards and Training Booklet. To obtain one just enter your details into the box at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions.
      As it is the holiday period here please allow a little time for a member of our executive to get back to you
      I wish you every success in your future career.
      regards
      David

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Michele

      I have passed your request over to the administration who will contact you soon regarding the contacts we have in Italy.

    1. eacweb Post author

      I believe you are seeking information regarding the Accreditation Criteria. I have passed your enquiry over to our administration who will get back to you in the next few days. basically you must be a member of one of the EAC accredtited organisation, If you are accredited with that organisation you can submit the evidence of your accreditatio together with your evidence to the EAC administration dept on who will pass your informaion to the PTSAC committee. Many thanks for your enquiry should you have anymore question please let me know.

      David

  24. guglielmo Sacchini

    I have qualified and been practicing as a counselor in the UK for a few years now .
    I am wanting to move to Brussels and work there , but I know that the law is different there .
    Would my being a member of your organization allow me to work there legally?
    Would you also send me a a copy of the booklet , thank you
    Kind regards
    Guglielmo

    1. eacweb Post author

      I have passed this over to our administration they will send you a copy of the booklet and get the best contact for you in Brussels. Hope this helps.

  25. Leo Ziegler

    To Whom It May Concern

    Please advise me on the accreditation process and requirements.

    I understand that Austria is not (yet) member of the EAC.

    Could you please inform me how I can become accredited in that case.

    Sincerely,

    Leo Ziegler
    Lebens- und Sozialberater (=State licenced Counsellor)
    Glasauergasse 34
    A 1130 Wien
    (Austria)
    E-Mail:

    1. eacweb Post author

      I understand Leo that you have had contact with administration I trust that they were able to help you.

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Anthony
      As I said to Dimitrios all you have to do is go to the footer in any page and leave your name and email address when you press submit you will receive an email with the links for downloading the booklet.

      This booklet is under revision and the new version will be launched on the website as soon as it is prepared.

      kind regards

  26. Dimitrios-Foivos Charitopoulos

    Hello,

    Can I have a copy of the E.A.C. Professional Training Book?
    Can I become a member by providing a reference of a psychiatry that I volunteered as a counselor for some years. Will I be eligible for the European certificate? If yes, where should I send it? If no, what else do I need?

    Regards,
    Foivos

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Dimitrios

      Regarding the The Professional Training Handbook all you need do is to enter your Name and Email address in the box in the footer of each page that will trigger an email giving you download instructions. The handbook is currently under review but the basics are the same it is just being brought up to date in some areas, when the new version is complete it will be available from the site.

      Regarding your interest in the European Certificate of Counselling Accreditation. Presently this is only available through Organisations linked to the EAC if you let me know where you live and practice I will let you have the correct details.

      Kind regards

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