Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Guided Learning Hours

120 hours

This qualification is for counsellors who have acquired the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or its equivalent. Practitioners will enhance their knowledge and skills of counselling and psychotherapy at depth while developing their own philosophy of practice.

This course is also for practitioners who want to establish and maintain an appropriate framework for independent practice; 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). This course will help prepare practitioners working towards accreditation with BACP or UKCP.

This course has been mapped by CPCAB to UKCP requirements and combined with TCL4 can provide a pathway for individual practitioner accreditation with UKCP as an Accredited Psychotherapist

Our success rates for all courses are ‘outstanding’ at 95% to 100%, and consistently over the last 12 years performed well above national benchmarks.

Personal counselling:

Candidates need to have completed a minimum of 40 hours of personal counselling by the end of the course. This can include hours undertaken prior to the start of the course but at least 10 hours of personal therapy must be undertaken during the training year itself.

Client work requirements:

A minimum of 60 hours formally-contracted counselling (one-to-one) including client assessment.

Supervision requirements:

Supervision – in the form of either group or one-to-one supervision – to meet BACP minimum requirements.


Tutor assessment of candidate portfolio evidencing minimum assessment requirements.

Externally assessed case review (3,000 –3,500 words).

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.

Successful candidates may progress onto further training in counselling and psychotherapy and work towards professional accreditation with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).

Progression onto Level 6 in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision provided you have acquired at least one year (part-time) of post CBTL5 or PCL5 supervised clinical experience, or two years post TCL4. CPCAB in partnership with the Open University offer a progression beyond the Level 5 Diploma in CBT to Foundation Degree with a modulated programme of study.

Universities will consider successful applicants for their qualifications in Counselling and Psychology with Accreditation for Prior Experience & Learning (APEL).

Please note that CPTA is an independent training provider and does not have the benefit of any government subsidy or student loans for course fees. There are instalment options available for Course fees.