The National Counselling Society (NCS) was first set up in 1999 by a group of counsellors, psychotherapists, hypnotherapists and psychologists. Since then, they have been acknowledged as having an important role to play in counselling in the UK and a leading professional body representing hypnotherapists and counsellors.
AIM Awards is officially recognised as an accredited awarding organisation of NCS. As part of the accreditation agreement, learners enrolled on an AIM Awards Counselling Programme will be eligible for student membership of the National Counselling Society:
- AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice (QCF)
- AIM Awards Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (QCF)
- AIM Awards Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Practice (QCF)
- AIM Awards Level 6 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Informed by Research) (QCF)
They will also be able to upgrade their membership to Accredited Member and will be eligible for entry to the NCS Accredited Voluntary Register* without having to provide further evidence of their knowledge and training. This register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under its Accredited Voluntary Registers (AVR) scheme. This is a scheme set up by the Department of Health, and administered by the Professional Standards Authority who are an independent body, accountable to Parliament. The Authority oversees statutory registers such as the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The scheme was set up to provide assurance on the standards of voluntary registers, and is the best way to promote quality within the field of Counselling. Counsellors on the NCS register, also known as registrants, will be able to display the AVR quality mark, as a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Authority’s rigorous standards. Clients of counsellors will, from now on, be encouraged to choose a practitioner who belongs to a register which has been vetted and approved by the Authority.
Further information about the NCS can be found on their website.
*All entry to the register is at the discretion of the Society