Formal accreditation procedures and standards are the primary means for ensuring the IAPT workforce is capable of delivering NICE approved therapies appropriately and effectively. Advice has been produced which identifies the relevant professional bodies involved in the accreditation of IAPT approved therapies and summarises their accreditation requirements.

The advice is intended primarily for commissioners of either psychological therapy services or education and training programmes. It should be read in conjunction with the ‘Guidance for Commissioning IAPT Training 2011/12 - 2014/15' (available at which outlines the role of Multi Professional Education and Training (MPET) funding in relation to IAPT. The information should also be of use to HEIs and individual practitioners and therapists. Similarly, mental health charities and individual patients or clients might also find the information helpful in identifying therapists who have been trained on an IAPT commissioned course and whether they have joined a voluntary register indicating the nature of their training and possibly, in some cases, fitness to practice.

Download: IAPT Accreditation Advice (Jan 2012)