Updated – October 2021

 

Accredited Prior Learning (APL) Policy 

 This policy should be read in conjunction with the HIPC/PCIPC Standards of Education & Training SETs Documents and the HIPC/PCIPC CPD Policies 

This policy encompasses other UKATA RTE trainees and graduates and those who have undertaken some Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy training elsewhere. It also includes other UKCP/BACP integrative counselling and psychotherapy courses at diploma level 7. 

It covers applicants wishing to apply for training as well as graduates wishing to complete accreditation processes to gain registration onto the UKCP register. 

 

Definitions 

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). 

 Introduction 

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, existing strengths 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. 

 What does APL Involve? 

 * Identifying what someone already knows and can do. 

* Assessment of that person’s existing knowledge against course learning outcomes. 

 The underlining principle of APL is that all experiential learning can be quantified in terms of academic credit.   

ECPT APL Procedures 

 APL Procedure for application for core training 

As part of the initial application process, applicants may include elements of APL within their application form to demonstrate their suitability for embarking on training.  This will be discussed with the Course Director and another trainer during the interview stage of the application process and assessed against training application criteria (See ECPT Prospectus on our website).  At this point the applicant may be asked to provide further explanation or information about anything they have requested be considered through an APL process. Should the applicant not fulfil the requirements to commence training the Course Director and Trainer will provide guidance on how this may be achieved. 

The Course Director and Trainer hold authority to make the final decision around this APL process. 

 Please note an applicant can APL/APEL onto a training course with up to 50% of prior learning. 

APL procedure for application to join ECPT training part way through 

 Should a trainee who has completed some training with another training establishment wish to join ECPT to continue their training the following procedure will apply: 

 * The applicant will present a portfolio of work and essay to the Course Director.  

 * The applicant will attend an interview with the Course Director and a second trainer to consider the presenting portfolio and see that it meets the requirements of the APL. 

*  References will be requested from previous training establishment to verify training already completed and suitability to continue training. 

A portfolio of work could include: 

  • Work experience in counselling 
  • formal and informal education 
  • independent study. e.g. evidence of CPD 
  • other relevant experiences 

 The essay of 1500 – 2,000 words must be on a counselling/psychotherapy related topic or a reflective piece on their counselling/psychotherapy journey so far. 

 Criteria:

  • The topic is addressed in a lucid, relevant, rigorous and coherent way. 
  • The essay is well structured with themes/ideas/issues developed in a logical and consistent way. 
  • There is evidence of personal experience with reference to relevant literature. 
  • Clear use is made of appropriate concepts to analyse and critique experiences and issues. 
  • There needs to be evidence of a level of self-awareness. 
  • Clear distinctions between evidence and opinion should be maintained. 
  • The conclusion must draw together the main arguments enabling the reader to appreciate how these points have been reached. 
  • Relevant areas which have not been referred to (for lack of space) may include further issues or questions arising. 

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 in 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 in 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. 

 If the applicant satisfies the above requirements then they may be admitted to the relevant programme for Year 2, 3 or 4, at the discretion of the Course Director of ECPT. (This will vary depending on what previous training has been completed).  

In the event of an applicant failing to achieve entry the Course Director would advise on courses of study and appropriate experience that could be undertaken prior to the next application. 

 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. The Course Director holds authority to make the final decision around this APL process. 

 Please note an applicant can APL/APEL onto a training course with up to 50% of prior learning. 

APL Procedure for Accreditation and Registration onto UKCP Register 

 Graduates applying to gain accreditation onto the UKCP register as an accredited psychotherapist will be measured against HIPC SETs and must meet the following requirements before undertaking the accreditation process: 

  • Diploma in Integrative & Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (or equivalent relevant qualification) 
  • Minimum of 900 hours (comprising core training, supervision, mental health familiarisation placement and self and peer directed learning) 
  • 600 core training hours  
  • 450 supervised clinical hours (over a minimum of two years) 
  • 160 personal therapy hours 
  • Completion of Mental Health Familiarisation Placement 

 Graduates applying to gain accreditation onto the UKCP register as an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor will be measured against PCIPC SETs and must meet the following requirements before undertaking the accreditation process: 

 Diploma in Integrative & Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling (or equivalent) 

450 training hours 

450 supervised clinical hours (over a minimum of two years) 

105 personal therapy hours 

 ECPT will generally only accept graduates wanting to gain UKCP accreditation who have qualified with other training establishments whose training is assessed against HIPC SETs for psychotherapy and PCIPC SETs for psychotherapeutic counselling.  

Graduates from other training establishments 

Prior to the commencement of the accreditation process, graduates from other training establishments are required to provide: 

  • Details of their qualifications (Diploma name, dates etc)  
  • Name, address and telephone number of the training establishment attended 
  • A letter of recommendation signed off by their trainer confirming that they have completed all requirements of the training to gain qualification and this has been assessed against HIPC SETs. Also indicating the length of time since completion of training.  

 This must be submitted via email to the ECPT Accreditation Lead cherryrobson@ellesmerecentre.co.uk  

Once this information has been verified the graduate will be contacted via email by ECPT Accreditation Lead to invite the graduate to commence the accreditation process (See ECPT Accreditation Handbook for details). 

 If for any reason these requirements are not met and the accreditation process can not proceed, the graduate will be informed by the Accreditation Lead via email. 

 The Accreditation Lead holds authority to make the final decision around this APL process (advice may be sought from Course Director). 

Exceptional Circumstances 

 In exceptional cases, ECPT may consider applicants for the accreditation process from graduates who have gained qualifications which are not measured against HIPC SETs.  In these cases an independent process would apply.  This would entail the graduate providing more in depth details of their training and qualifications including: 

  • Details of their qualifications including a breakdown of modules taught and a summary of all assessment tasks undertaken 
  • Date training was undertaken 
  • Name, address and telephone number of the training establishment attended 
  • A letter of recommendation signed off by their trainer confirming that they have completed all requirements of the training to gain qualification. 

 This information would then be verified with the previous training establishment. The training content would be cross referenced against HIPC SETs (psychotherapy) or PCIPC SETs (psychotherapeutic counselling) to ensure adequate coverage to fulfil HIPC/PCIPC training requirements and the graduate would be invited to an interview with the ECPT Course Director and ECPT Accreditation Lead to discuss this. (The graduate will be provided with this policy and copies of the HIPC/PCIPC SETs in preparation for this).  Should it be decided that the graduate has not fulfilled the requirements to commence the accreditation process, they would be provided with the reasons for this and advised on courses of study, further training and appropriate experience that could be undertaken prior to the accreditation process.  

The Course Director and Accreditation Lead hold authority to make the final decision around this APL process. 

Please note a graduate can APL/APEL 100% of prior learning for accreditation if the above criteria are met. 

 APL Procedure for progression to Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA)  

Graduates wanting to progress to CTA status will be assessed against EATA, ITAA and UKCP standards.  Please visit the UKATA website for more in-depth information. 

 Please note ECPT would not hold any authority around this APL process.  It would be the graduate’s responsibility to contact UKATA for more information of their APL processes.  

 

Last reviewed Mar 21