Membership Accreditation Criteria

APPI is committed to maintaining and fostering the highest level of excellence of accredited members. To this end APPI applies rigorous entry conditions on applicants for membership. Every accredited member of APPI is also a member of the ICP and eligible for the European Certificate of Psychotherapy.*

Please note, APPI has two deadlines for accepting membership applications.  The dates are 5th February and 5th September each year. Applications received before 5.00pm on these dates will be processed, an interview panel will be formed and eligible candidates will be called for interview.

APPI requirements of applicants for membership are the following:  

  • Four years post-graduate continuous training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy which will incorporate a Master’s qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Twice weekly personal psychoanalysis over a period of 4 years
  • Weekly clinical supervision over the course of the four-year training programme
  • Weekly clinical supervision for all periods while engaged in clinical practice
  • Adequate experience in one-to-one clinical practice


APPI will also require all applicants to provide the following:

  • Evidence of clinical supervision over the duration of the training programme
  • A detailed Supervisors Report
  • Evidence of engagement in personal psychoanalysis over a period of four years
  • Evidence of suitable clinical experience
  • Details of the Master’s programme content
  • Details of content of any post-master’s two-year programme
  • Support of the application from two Accredited Members of APPI


All applicants will be required to attend for interview. Prior to being offered membership of APPI and depending on particular circumstances, an applicant may be required to undertake some or all of the following:

  • A period of further clinical or academic training
  • A period of further personal psychoanalysis
  • A period of further clinical supervision
  • A period of further suitable clinical experience


APPI reserves the right to reject an application and to refuse membership where an applicant is deemed to be unsuitable. The decision of the Executive Committee will be final in such circumstance.

*The current requirements for membership of and accreditation by APPI and ICP significantly exceed those which are likely to be required when State regulation of Counselling and Psychotherapy eventually comes into force, and are in line with the European standard set by the EAP.