Updated – November 2023
APL – Accreditation of Prior Learning is a process through which an individual may be awarded credit for informal and formal learning experiences. The term encompasses both Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
APCL – Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning. This term denotes the recognition of learning that has been previously assessed and certificated by an education provider (for example, by another Registered Training Establishment).
APEL – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning. This term denotes the recognition of learning acquired outside formal education and training systems (for example, through work experience).
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process through which an individual may be awarded credit for formal or informal learning experiences. Recognition of learning from life experiences, paid or unpaid roles and previous courses, for example:
- A person who has a child with special educational needs or disabilities gains learning from caring for that child which would otherwise be unrecognised.
- A person who has worked as a mental health worker for ten years may be deemed to have prior learning experience.
- Personal therapy or counselling undertaken prior to commencement of training with ECPT
- Clinical practice hours undertaken prior to commencement of training with ECPT
What does APL Involve?
* Identifying what someone already knows and can do.
* Assessment of that person’s existing knowledge against course learning outcomes or application criteria.
The underlining principle of APL is that all experiential learning can be quantified in terms of academic credit.
ECPT APL Guidelines
Previous Training and Experience
As part of the application for training process, applicants may include elements of APL to demonstrate their suitability for embarking on training including relevant previous psychotherapy training undertaken elsewhere, work experience, personal experience, clinical practice hours and personal therapy/counselling hours already accrued. The experiential or certificated learning must be no more than 5 years old. If so, the applicant must provide evidence of how they have kept their knowledge up to date.
APL will be assessed by the APL panel prior to interview stage against training application criteria in our prospectus, ECPT curriculum content and UKCP/HIPC/PCIPC requirements. The outcome of the APL application will be discussed with the applicant, Course Director and another trainer during the interview stage of the application process. At any point the applicant may be asked to provide further explanation or information about anything they have requested be considered through an APL process.
Should an applicant who has completed some training with another training establishment wish to join ECPT to continue their training they may be accepted onto the training at different points dependent upon the outcome of the APL application.
Applicants applying to join the Diploma in Integrative & Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (DITAP) part way through their training through an APL process would be measured against HIPC Standards of Education & Training (SETs) to ensure training requirements have been met up to this point.
Applicants applying to join the Diploma in Integrative & Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling (DITAPC) part way through their training through an APL process would be measured against PCIPC Standards of Education & Training (SETs) to ensure training requirements have been met up to this point.
The ECPT TA Training Pentagon (Debbie Barker 2017 © copyright) will also be used to consider each applicant’s suitability to join the training and will inform the decision process.
A decision will be made as to which training year the applicant may join. This will be based on previous training, qualifications and experiential learning and will be at the discretion of the APL panel, Course Director and trainer. Please be aware that if an applicant has no previous Transactional Analysis training, they would be required to complete our core TA theory year regardless of previous training and experience.
Enrolment must be for at least one academic year. This is due to the nature of the course in which processes, relationships and content need time to develop.
Should the applicant not fulfil the requirements to commence training the Course Director and trainer will provide guidance on how this may be achieved.
Previous Clinical Practice Hours
Previous clinical practice hours included in an APL process must have been supervised at a ratio of 1:6 with a UKCP (or equivalent) accredited supervisor in a modality congruent with ECPT trainings (Humanistic/Integrative).
Previous Personal Therapy/Counselling Hours
Previous therapy/counselling hours included in an APL process must have been with a UKCP (or equivalent) accredited practitioner in a modality congruent with ECPT trainings. The maximum previous therapy allowed through an APL process is 50% regardless of when undertaken. Please be aware that students must be in therapy throughout training irrespective of previously allowed hours.
Any accrued personal therapy/counselling or clinical practice hours accepted through an APL process will be confirmed and deducted from the full, qualification requirements. Please be aware that this would be an individual situation in respect of an applicant’s experience. Also, ECPT reserve the right to disallow previous accrued hours if not compatible with training requirement criteria. A record of this decision will be held within an applicant’s student record for the duration of training.
Please note an applicant can APL onto a training course with up to 50% of prior learning.
ECPT APL Application Procedure
- Applicant to complete ECPT training application form as usual
- Applicant also completes the APL application form which can be accessed via a link within the training application form. The applicant needs to provide detailed information around previous certified or experiential learning, accrued personal therapy/counselling or clinical practice hours they wish to be considered as part of the APL process and submit both together to ECPT Admin team.
- The information in the APL application will be reviewed by the APL panel against ECPT training content, UKCP/HIPC/PCIPC Standards in Education and Training and requirements and a decision made as to APL allowed.
- References will be requested from previous training establishment to verify training already completed and suitability to continue training.
- The applicant will attend an interview with the Course Director and a second trainer where the applicant will be informed of APL which has been allowed.
Students may wish to follow an APL process once they have commenced training if not done during the application phase, and this is allowed up to the end of the first year of training with ECPT. Beyond this point APL will not be considered. Please complete and submit an APL application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be reviewed by the APL panel as above and in consultation with your trainer. A decision of allowed APL will then be forwarded to the student and a record will be kept within their student record for the duration of training.
ECPT can allow up to 50% of prior learning and experience and this is at the discretion of the APL panel and trainers following UKCP requirements.
Students considering completing the 3 year Diploma in Integrative and TA Psychotherapeutic Counselling and taking a break from training before returning to complete the Diploma in Psychotherapy, need to be aware that there would be a two year gap before training could recommence. This is due to the alternating content of the final two years of training – it would not be possible to take a year out and then return. Please take this into consideration when deciding on which training route you would like to take and your overall training and career development plan.
You may appeal against a decision on an APL process only by introducing new information. Please email email@example.com to initiate an appeal.
Last reviewed November 2023