Training Standards – Accreditation


The AREBT and BABCP together set Minimum Training Standards (MTS) detailing the minimum level of training, experience and practice that practitioners are required to achieve in order to practice at an agreed standard of competency. These standards are used to assess applicants for Practitioner and Course Accreditation by both the AREBT and the BABCP and are used as standards for registration on the CBT Register UK and Ireland.

People who use REBT/CBT services; employers and members of the general public can use them as a benchmark for REBT/CBT training, and can expect someone who is accredited by us to meet these standards. The standards give details about the level of training, experience and practice that practitioners must have in order to become accredited.

Applicants who successfully complete accredited REBT/CBT courses will be assessed against the Minimum Training Standards in force when they were selected to the REBT/CBT training programme. Individual applicants for accreditation are subject to the MTS that are in force at the time that they apply for accreditation.

The standards aim to:

  • Provide individuals seeking training with the core standards they are expected to meet within their overall training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
  • Provide REBT/CBT training courses with a guide to the training needs which will need to be met by their training programme
  • Provide the Accreditation Team with a standard against which to decide if an applicant has received the desired level of training necessary to practice REBT/CBT at an agreed standard of competency
  • Provide employers with a benchmark of standards in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies

The following summary aims to summarise the joint Minimum Training Standards published on the BABCP website.   Please see below for a link to the full document.

AREBT Training

REBT is accepted as a form of CBT so where the BABCP documents refer to CBT, REBT is also included.  AREBT accepts all CBT training as contributing to minimum training standards.   However, in order to become accredited with AREBT, you must also have evidenced specific REBT training.

Please refer to the additional training requirements for AREBT accreditation here:

And our list of training courses:

If you are already accredited with the BABCP and wish to become dual accredited, please contact us on for further details of how to apply.


Section 1: Summarises the aims of the MTS

Section 2: Overview of accreditation requirements

To become accredited as a REBT/CBT practitioner, you must show that you have met the standards, as well as providing evidence that:

  • You adhere to the AREBT Code of Conduct and the BABCP Standards of Performance, Conduct and Ethics
  • REBT/CBT is one of your main psychotherapy models
  • You have on-going REBT/CBT clinical supervision
  • You participate in continuing professional development (CPD)

Section 3: Your professional background in mental health

  • Mental health professions that we recognise as a suitable background to train in REBT/CBT
  • Our process for recognising equivalence via the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA) portfolio route

Section 4: Evidence of REBT/CBT training

  • 450 hours’ specific training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (REBT/CBT) at postgraduate level. This will be least 200 hours’ direct, structured teaching with 100 hours on core fundamentals of CBT and 250 hours’ self-directed learning.
  • 100 hours must be part of a single programme/course
  • Trainers must be appropriately qualified REBT/CBT specialists

Section 5: Personal development

  • Self-reflection and self-awareness, process aspects of therapy, reflective journal
  • Anti-discriminatory practice; power; personal and systemic bias; equality, diversity and inclusion

Section 6: Assessment of knowledge, theory, research and/or publication

Section 7: Supervised clinical practice

200 hours’ supervised REBT/CBT clinical practice in direct contact with clients

Clinical supervisors must be appropriately qualified

5 hours’ clinical supervision on each of 8 training cases (40 hours)

Clinical supervision contract

Assessment of competent clinical practice, including:

  • working with at least three different presentations including anxiety and affective disorders
  • at least eight training cases with close/live supervision on at least three
  • at least three assessed recordings of competent practice
  • four case studies of client work
  • clinical supervision logs

Download – Minimum Training Standards [PDF]

This is an interactive pdf document, with links to external websites as well as links to each section within the book. Links are shown in blue text and underlined. Clicking these links will take you to the relevant website.

Note that AREBT/BABCP is not responsible for the content of external links, nor for any which may be broken after publication of this document. If you become aware of any broken links, please contact the BABCP at

How we are implementing these changes

The MTS and Core Curriculum 2021 are valid now, and applicants meeting these standards are able to apply for CBT practitioner accreditation using our current processes.

Candidates wishing to apply using the 2012 version of the MTS [PDF] and using the individual route to practitioner accreditation, will be able to do so until 30 September 2023. This allows additional time for people who are currently working towards accreditation using the 2012 version of the MTS to complete their applications.

People who completed REBT/CBT training in the past and have not yet applied for accreditation will be able to apply using the 2012 version of the Standards to apply for accreditation until 30th September 2023. After that date, candidates will be expected to ensure that their more recent CPD takes account of these revisions to meet the MTS 2021.

Students and trainees who successfully graduate from a AREBT/BABCP accredited REBT/CBT programme will be able to apply using the 2012 version of the MTS where this is taught by the course if the start date of the programme is before the end of September 2023. Students and trainees on these programmes will be able to demonstrate when they started the accredited REBT/CBT course when they apply for accreditation on completion of their training.

The Practitioner Accreditation Committee will consider exceptional circumstances if they arise.