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Chartered Membership (CPsychol)

The title of Chartered Psychologist is legally recognised and reflects only the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.

Chartered membership provides a number of benefits, including:

  • use of the title CPsychol and inclusion on the List of Chartered Members
  • the opportunity to advertise in the Directory of Chartered Psychologists and/or join one of our Specialist Registers
  • the exclusive use of the Chartered Psychologist logo
  • Subscription to The Psychologist (print and digital)
  • discounts on conferences and events

To be eligible for Chartered Membership you must have:

  • achieved at least a 2:2 on an undergraduate honours degree (recognised as meeting Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) or have completed a society-accredited conversion qualification

Along with one of the following:

  • have undertaken society-accredited postgraduate qualifications and training

  • have appropriate postgraduate training and experience of teaching psychology

  • have completed psychology research to doctoral level

If you’re applying for Chartered membership via the research or teaching routes you’ll need to supply two references.

There are two routes available for non-UK applicants to apply for Chartered Membership.

Route 1 - Traditional Study

Applicants must:

  • hold a qualification, or a combination of qualifications, which provide eligibility for GBC

  • hold an additional postgraduate qualification in psychology at least equivalent to a UK masters degree

  • have relevant supervised training and experience undertaken outside the UK equivalent to UK professional doctorate level

Route 2 - Teaching/Research

Applicants must:

  • hold a qualification, or a combination of qualifications, which provide eligibility for GBC

  • have appropriate postgraduate training and experience of teaching psychology

  • or have completed psychology research to doctoral level

If you’re applying for Chartered membership via either the non-UK, research or teaching routes you’ll need to supply two references.

Please be aware: we are about to launch our new CRM system, which will provide you with a much better user and member experience.

The CRM will go live the week beginning 25 October.

If you are intending to apply for chartered membership before then, please complete this submission of interest form and we will contact you as soon as applications re-open.


Membership subscription is £134 per year plus a non-refundable application assessment fee of £41 for existing members, or £68 for non-members.

Our membership runs on a 12 month cycle. You will be asked to renew your membership with us every 12 months from the date you first joined.

If you pay for your membership by Direct Debit, your membership will automatically renew every 12 months from the date you first joined.


There are a number of ways you can pay your subscription

  • Online card payment (preferred)
  • Bank transfer
  • by phone

Eligibility for our membership grades is primarily based on society-accredited academic qualifications and experience, or their non-UK equivalent.

Each membership grade has differing eligibility requirements; for further info please consult the relevant pages for each membership grade.

Please be aware that the information on each membership grade page provides a general guide to eligibility, it is not exhaustive.

You will need to provide copies (we don’t require originals) of your psychology qualifications.

Transcripts (the list of subjects and grades) are required for all undergraduate, conversion and non-UK qualifications.

For any documents not in English translations are required.

Non-members will need to pay a non-refundable £27 application assessment fee. This fee enables us to assess your eligibility for membership.

If your application is eligible for Graduate membership we will request the relevant society subscription fee - this payment will need to be received in order for us to admit you to membership.

The standard fee is £134.

For those who’ve graduated within the last three years from the qualification giving eligibility for Graduate membership the fee is £67.

For those studying a postgraduate course in the UK and not earning a taxable income the fee is £36.

Please remember to enter your course’s details on the application otherwise we won’t know you’re studying and will request one of the higher fees.

If you also choose to join one or more of our Member Networks we will request their fees too.

The application process outlines the fee for each network.

Applications are being processed in the order in which they are received, and due to the implementation of a new database, and high volume of applications, it is currently taking upto 6 weeks for us to assess and finalise submissions.

Please bear with us during this time and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

The society has a special case route whereby we can assess the eligibility for Graduate membership of those with qualifications not accredited by the BPS.

These are most likely to be UK qualifications but may also be a combination of non-UK and UK qualifications.

You will need to have a Bachelors level qualification plus a postgraduate qualification to at least a Masters level – both with significant psychology content.

As a general guide we will look to see that the qualifications you hold cover, at a standard not less than lower second class honours level, the core areas of psychology in sufficient breadth and depth as would be expected of a society-accredited undergraduate degree in psychology.

For information the core areas we look to be covered are:

  • cognitive psychology
  • psychobiology
  • developmental psychology
  • social psychology
  • individual differences
  • conceptual and historical issues
  • research

If you would like us to assess your eligibility you can apply for Graduate membership where you’ll need to upload copies of transcripts for the qualifications you hold containing psychological study.

We can only provide confirmation that you have the GBC if you’re a current Graduate member of the society.

If you’re not a member, to obtain confirmation of GBC from the society you’ll need to apply for Graduate membership so we can assess your qualification(s) and determine eligibility.

We don’t automatically accredit international qualifications; each one is assessed on an individual basis.

You will need to apply for Graduate membership and attach a copy of your official academic transcript (translated into English where appropriate) and the relevant payment.

To be eligible for Graduate Membership and the GBC we will assess that your qualification(s) meet all of the following:

  1. From a recognised university institution

    The society uses the World Higher Education Database (WHED) as a reference for identifying a recognised university institution

  2. At least 50% psychology

    Psychology modules/subjects must comprise at least half of those required for the qualification to be awarded.

  3. Equivalent to at least a British Bachelors Second Class Honours Degree

    The society follows guidance from UK NARIC when assessing the standard of qualifications. UK NARIC provides comparability information for international qualifications with those in the UK.

  4. Cover, with the required breadth and depth, the following eight core areas:

    - psychobiology
    - cognitive psychology
    - social psychology
    - developmental psychology
    - individual differences
    - conceptual and historical issues in psychology
    - research
    - coverage of a specialist/applied area

If you started your degree from 2006 onwards and have obtained a third Class, unfortunately you would not be eligible for the GBC and would need to find and undertake a conversion course.

Members can find information, and download an application form from our Member Networks page.

If you’re applying for Graduate membership and would like to join one, or more, of the Member Networks you can add these as part of the application process, each network carries an additional fee.

If you’re applying for Chartered membership the application form enables you to join Member Networks at the relevant grade.

Current Student members can complete the Graduate membership application process online – you will not be charged the £21 application fee.

Graduate members looking to upgrade should complete the relevant Chartered membership application form.

Student membership is only available to those studying a society-accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course.

Instead you can apply to join at one of our Subscriber grades.

If you’re looking to register as a psychologist in the UK, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) are the body responsible for statutory regulation therefore you would need to apply to join their register if you wish to practice using one of their specialist titles, e.g. Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist.

The society doesn’t set employment criteria, this would be down to the individual employer and the requirements of the role advertised.

You may also find that society membership provides a useful platform to familiarise yourself with the practice of psychology in the UK as we offer a number of benefits and services within each of our membership grades.

We operate a no refund policy.

However, we allow direct debit payers the option to cancel and receive a refund of their fees after having made their payment up until 31 March each year.

From the 1 April there will be no refunds to direct debit payers, members will instead be advised to maintain their subscription for the remainder of the year and to cancel at the end of December.

All application processing fees are non-refundable.

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