No new applications from 1st December 2015

 

Please be advised that CAPA NSW will not be taking new applications from the 1st December 2015. 

Applications for Individual PACFA Membership will open in late December or early January, once the new membership application process has been prepared.

For information on how to join PACFA, please go to:

www.pacfa.org.au/join-pacfa-as-an-individual/

CAPA NSW Members and regrading

 

Regrades of CAPA NSW membership can be sent as usual to the CAPA NSW office until the 1st June 2016.

 

Please note the CAPA NSW office closes on the 22nd December 2015 for the Christmas break and will not reopen until Thursday 7th January 2016. 

 

 

CAPA NSW Training Standards are defined as the Minimum Education Standard plus additional requirements including the amount of supervised counselling / psycotherapy hours accumulated.

 

CAPA NSW recognises five levels of membership:

 

*Affiliate Membership is available only to people who have previously reached Provisional Clinical or Clinical Membership – and who are currently not practicing.

 

The CAPA Membership Levels Flowchart illustrates the progressive requirements for the levels of CAPA NSW Membership.


Minimum Education Standard

With the exception of Student Membership, each Membership level must meet the Minimum Education Standard. To become a Student Member you must be enrolled in a course which, upon completion, will provide the Minimum Education Standard. The Minimum Education Standard is in line with PACFA policy and enables suitably accredited CAPA NSW Members (Intern, Provisional Clinical, Clinical) to apply for listing on the National Register.

 

The following Minimum Education Standard has applied since 1 July 2010 for all new applicants to CAPA NSW:

 

Clinical Undergraduate path

  • Completion of a three (3) year minimum undergraduate programme that is counselling and/or psychotherapy specific (or a recognised equivalent qualification)
  • The course must comprise a minimum of 350 hours face-to-face teaching that is counselling and/or psychotherapy specific.


Clinical Postgraduate path

  • Completion of a two (2) year minimum post-graduate programme that is counselling and/or psychotherapy specific (or a recognised equivalent qualification).
  • The course must comprise a minimum of 200 hours face-to-face teaching that is counselling and/or psychotherapy specific.

Please note: 

  • If you believe you have educational training equal to the Minimum Education Standard stated above you may request Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). 
  • Educational training that commenced prior to 1 January 2008 MUST meet the CAPA NSW approved Training standards which were in place at that time. To find out what those standards were please contact the CAPA NSW Membership Coordinator


Training standards for each membership level

Student Membership Training standards

 

You are eligible to become a Student Member if you are enrolled in a course providing the appropriate Minimum Education Standard. Go to New Student Member Applications for further information or to apply as a new member.

 

Note: Student members are required to regrade to Intern Member as soon as they meet the Intern Membership Training Standards (see below).

 

 

Intern Membership Training Standards

 

You are eligible to become an Intern Member when you have completed a course providing the appropriate Minimum Education Standard AND have also completed:

      • a minimum 40 hours of counselling and/or psychotherapy client contact, relating to
      • 10 hours of supervision

To apply to become an Intern member, or for further information, go to New Intern Member Applications. To regrade to an Intern Member, or for further information, go to Regrade Intern Applications.

 

Note: Intern members are required to regrade to CAPA NSW Provisional Clinical (P) Member as soon as they meet the Provisional Clinical (P) Membership Training Standards (see below).

 

Provisional Clinical (P) Membership Training Standards


You are eligible to become a Provisional Clinical (P) Member when you have completed a course providing the appropriate Minimum Education Standard (anchor hyperlink to Minimum Education Standard above) AND have also completed:

      • 200 hours of counselling and/or psychotherapy client contact, relating to
      • 50 hours of supervision.


To apply to become a Provisional Clinical (P) member, or for further information, go to Provisional Clinical (P) Member Applications. To regrade to a Provisional Clinical (P) Member, or for further information, go to Regrade Provisional Clinical (P) Applications.


Note: Provisional Clinical (P) members are required to regrade to Clinical (C) Member as soon as they meet the Clinical (C) Membership Training Standards (see below).



Clinical (C) Membership Training Standards


You are eligible to become a Clinical (C) Member when you have completed a course providing the appropriate Minimum Education Standard AND have also completed:

      • 950 hours of counselling and/or psychotherapy client contact over a minimum 2 year period after completing minimum education standard training, relating to
      • 125 hours of supervision.


To apply to become a Clinical (C) member, or for further information, go to Clinical (C) Member Applications. To regrade to a Clinical (C) Member, or for further information, go to Regrade Clinical (C) Applications.

 

Note: Client Contact Hours Requirement

The number of client contact hours required for each level of membership applies to all new applicants irrespective of whether training commenced prior to 2008.