Clinical Membership

Clinical Members of PACFA are senior and experienced counsellors and psychotherapists. They are Full (voting) members of PACFA.

Clinical Registrants have undertaken training that meets the requirements of the PACFA Professional Training Standards and also meet the requirements for listing on the PACFA National Register as Clinical Registrants.

Training Requirements

(1) Undergraduate Equivalent
3 years training in Psychotherapy or Counselling (A single 3 year training course of a minimum of 350 hours of counselling or psychotherapy training, which includes 10 hours of supervision linked to 40 hours of client contact undertaken during training).

(2) Postgraduate Equivalent
Relevant Degree plus specialist training in Psychotherapy or Counselling (A single 2 year training course of a minimum of 200 hours of counselling or psychotherapy training, which includes 10 hours of supervision linked to 40 client contact hours undertaken during training).

Supervised Practice Requirements

You have met the requirements for Provisional registration (200 client contact hours linked to 50 hours of supervision which may include client hours completed during  training) plus completion of an additional 750 hours of post-training client contact linked to an additional 75 hours post-training supervision over two years (minimum). (A total requirement of 950 client contact hours linked to 125 supervision hours).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Where an applicant’s professional training and formation does not fit the above, but is based on extensive training, practice and supervision over several years, it may be possible to be admitted to the Register based on recognition of this prior learning (RPL). Please refer to the PACFA RPL Guidelines.

The RPL Guidelines are currently under review. The new Guidelines are expected to be published in June 2016.

There is an additional application fee to apply via RPL. For details see the Schedule of Fees.

Registration Requirements

In addition to the above training and supervised practice requirements, Clinical members are required to:

  • Hold professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Maintain high standards of ethical practice
  • Undertake annual requirements for supervision and continuing professional development

Renewal Requirements

For details of the annual renewal requirements, please see the Renewal Requirements page.

Applications and Upgrades

To apply for Clinical Membership of PACFA, please see the Join PACFA as an Individual page.

To upgrade to Clinical Membership from a lower membership category, please see the Upgrade page.