Professional Body Recognition:
The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) is Ireland’s largest counselling and psychotherapy professional body. IACP requires that education providers offer training in counselling and psychotherapy to a minimum of a Level 8 Degree standard. With over 4,000 members, IACP represents the interests of counsellors and psychotherapists in Ireland. Our BA (Hons) Degree has been validated by IACP. IACP recognition is associated with quality and high standards in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, and many jobs (e.g. HSE) require accreditation along with a recognised academic qualification.
QQI Academic Validation:
All QQI validated programmes in counselling and psychotherapy must adhere to the 2014 QQI Counselling and Psychotherapy Award Standards. QQI have validated the following IICP College programmes, which have all been written to these award standards (click award for more information):
- Level 6 Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies (Special Purpose Award)
- Level 6 Higher Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies (Major Award)
- Level 7 BA Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Major Award)
- Level 8 BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Major Award)
- Level 9 MA in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Major Award)
- Level 9 MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (Major Award)
Protection for Enrolled Learners
This programme is covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of IICP College ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded. Current PEL arrangements consist of a 2% levy on course fees. IICP do not pass the cost of this on to learners.
The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) is an association of independent, private and quality providers of higher education. College membership of HECA necessitates that providers offer a minimum of a Level 7 Degree on the National Framework of Qualifications, which are validated by QQI.
CORU – Future Developments:
While counselling and psychotherapy will be regulated by CORU in the near future, CORU has yet to appoint the registration board or publish the minimum education requirements for the professions of counselling and psychotherapy. This process is underway and there is much debate about what these minimum standards may eventually be.
It is worth noting, that to-date, of the seven professions that have been regulated thus far, a Level 8 Degree has been the minimum level of qualification required. IICP College welcome the move for statutory regulation and, as soon as CORU decide upon their minimum education requirements for our profession, IICP College intends to apply for formal course approval with CORU.
We look forward to an update on the current situation regarding Regulation of Counselling and Psychotherapy from Ginny Hanrahan, CEO of CORU, who is guest speaker at the IACP Conference this October (click for more info).