L5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

About the course

This qualification is intended for qualified counsellors who have acquired a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or equivalent and want to develop CBT skills and theory as an integral part of their counselling work. Practitioners will develop proficiency as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at a placement agency or workplace, under clinical supervision. Candidates will also develop their approach to practice as a senior counsellor within an agency; to carry out client assessments, including identifying and referring clients with severe and complex mental health problems.

Dates and times:

Course times and location:

Location Commencing Time
REMOTE DELIVERY VIA GOOGLE CLASS / ZOOM Fortnightly from 9.00am to 3.30pm
From Thursday- 20th October
Oct 20/10
Nov 03/11, 17/11
Dec 01/12, 15/12
Jan 05/01, 19/01
Feb 02/02, 16/02 (possible swop to week before or after half term)
Mar 02/03, 16/03, 30/03
Apr 13/04, 27/04
May 11/05, 25/05
June 08/06, 22/06
July 06/07, 20/07
UPDATE – This course option will now run Fortnightly on Thursdays 9.00am to 3.30pm start 20th October 2022

Entry requirements:

Candidates must have obtained the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) or equivalent. For internal progressing applicants from our Level 4 course we require a tutor reference of recommendation. For new applicants to CPTA we require a reference from your counselling supervisor and/or course tutor commenting on your suitability for this level of counselling training.

Client work requirements:

You must be in an appropriate setting that would support you working a minimum of 30 formally contracted hours with at least 3 clients (aged 16 or over) using the CBT model, under clinical supervision.

Supervision requirements:

Supervision – in the form of either group or one-to-one supervision – to meet BACP minimum requirements. The external supervision for the CBT client work should be with a supervisor who is able to support candidates in their CBT practice. The course includes group training supervision in addition to the candidate’s own supervision arrangements for their external work as per BACP minimum requirements.

Personal counselling or therapy:

There are no requirements for personal counselling. CPTA do however recommend that you personally experience being a client to a qualified CBT therapist. You are required to have ready access to a counsellor/therapist as needed or as identified by your tutor or supervisor to support you in your personal and professional development and for containment of your self and client work. Refer to ethical principles and BACP guide lines regarding fitness to practice.

Success rates:
Our success rates for all courses are ‘outstanding’ at 95% to 100%, and consistently over the last 10 years performed well above national benchmarks.


  • £2444 including £344 CPCAB registration fee. Total £2444
  • £744 deposit on enrolment payment options

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