How to become a counsellor?

There are multiple routes to becoming a registered counsellor however, the most common is the CPCAB levels and training. Starting at Level 2 and then progressing onto Level 3. Once you have completed Level 3 you can then go onto Level 4 (once Level 4 is completed you can work as a counsellor privately or NHS. 

How long does it take to become a counsellor?

It all depends on the route you take, but with the CPCAB route it can take up to 4 years depending on the path. If your training centre offers Level 2 and 3 fast track it can take around 3 years. Check on the CPCAB centre finder to see which centres offer which levels and paths.

Is it self funded or can you get a government grant?

Again it depends on which route you take, with the CPCAB Levels 2 and 3 are often self-funded but most training centres offer payment plans. Sometimes depending on the training provider Levels 3 and 4 can have some form of funding, but you will have to check with the CPCAB and training provider. 


Please go to AC.Aspiringcounsellor on Instagram and check out the 'helplines' section of the highlights. I have also included a help page on this website for anybody who can not access Instagram. If you are unable to find the right charity/organisation for you please direct message me and I will do my best to assist you. 

Can you offer advice or counselling?

Currently no, I am a helper (trainee counsellor) I do not have the knowledge or qualifications to offer you any professional support while completing my studies. Meaning my limits of ability need to be maintained. 


Want more information regarding the BACP and the Ethical framework? Please visit their website. 

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