Individual Membership


Membership Applications - Date of Next Meeting 

Membership applications are considered four times per year - the next meeting will take place on the 11th July 2024. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 3 weeks of the meeting, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

The closing date for applications (including references, supporting documents and payment) is the 24th June 2024.   

Membership Information Leaflet

An information leaflet on the COSCA membership categories and the criteria for each.

Please check this leaflet to see which category of membership you should be applying for.


Individual Membership Terms, Conditions and Information Document

This is a generic document giving the terms, conditions and information for individual membership of COSCA.  Discrete terms, conditions and information document is issued for each category of individual membership.


Individual Subscriber

Individual Subscribership Application form. Any person or organisation wishing to keep in touch with news and developments within the field of counselling/psychotherapy, the use of counselling skills and counselling supervision, may become a subscriber. Subscribers are not members of COSCA but are encouraged to abide by COSCA’s Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice.


Student Membership

Student Membership Application form.

This category is open to students on counselling/psychotherapy courses.

COSCA Counselling Skills Member

This category of membership is for those who have successfully completed the COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Course (or equivalent).


Associate Membership

Associate Membership Application form. This application form is for those involved in the delivery of COSCA Validated counselling skills/specialist courses.


Counsellor Member (Organisations)

Counsellor Members (Organisations) application form. This category of membership entitles you to practise as a counsellor/psychotherapist in organisations that are members of COSCA. It does not entitle you to practise independently as a counsellor.


Counsellor Membership

Application form for Counsellor Membership of COSCA. Applicants should have completed a Diploma or equivalent, please see the Members Information leaflet for further information.


Practitioner Membership

Application form for Practitioner Membership of COSCA. Applicants require to have two years post the successful completion of core training in counselling/psychotherapy.


Accredited (BACP) Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Accredited (BACP) Counsellor/Psychotherapist Member of COSCA Application form for use by BACP Accredited Counsellors to join COSCA at this category of membership. 


Change from Accredited (UK Professional Body) to COSCA Accredited Counsellor

This membership category is to change from Accredited (BACP) Counsellor/Psychotherapist member of COSCA to COSCA Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist.


Accredited (Other UK Professional Body) Counsellor/Psychotherapist Member of COSCA

Application form for Accredited (Other UK Professional Body) Counsellor/Psychotherapist member of COSCA.


Application for Return to Membership after Lapsation

Application for Return to Membership after Lapsation. You can complete this application within 6 months of your expired renewal date.


Career Break from Practice Application Form

COSCA Associate, Counsellor, Counsellor (Organisations) or Practitioner Members may apply for a career break from practice of up to one year. This form should be completed and submitted to COSCA.


Application to Return to Practice After a Career Break

Application for return to practice after a career break.


Qualification Map: Training Provider Application Form

This proforma should be completed by Training Providers who wish to apply to have their counselling training/qualifications mapped by COSCA for the purpose of individual membership applications.


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