Becoming a Registered Counsellor

The minimum requirements for registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Registered Counsellor are as follows:

  • a 4-year Bachelor of Psychology professional degree approved by the HPCSA, including a 720 hour practicum
  • successful completion of the National Examination of the Professional Board for Psychology in the Registered Counsellor category

SACAP’s Bachelor of Psychology professional degree is approved by the HPCSA for the education and training of Registered Counsellors. Graduates of this programme will be eligible to sit the National Examination of the Professional Board for Psychology in the Registered Counsellor category in order to register with the HPCSA as Registered Counsellors. As a 4-year NQF8 degree programme, the BPsych has a ‘built-in’ Honours equivalent. Graduates are therefore also able to articulate into a Masters programme with a view to becoming a Psychologist.