We hope everyone had an enjoyable summer break and are ready for the new academic year. We have a number of updates to support and inform you as you settle back in.
Regulatory Update: Funding Rollover
We are pleased to confirm that the next qualification funding 'rollover' will occur during the autumn of 2023, as opposed to the previously scheduled date of spring 2024. 'Rollover' refers to the process through which the Department for Education (DfE) extends the funding commitment from the ongoing funding year into future years. This allows centres who rely on funding for their course to plan their future delivery. Read the DfE's Qualification funding approval: 2023 to 2024 manual here.
What does this mean for CPCAB funded qualifications?
CPCAB funded qualifications will be rolled over for a further year, until (at least) 31st July 2025. Therefore, protecting funding for new learners on these qualifications. Another funding rollover evaluation is expected in autumn 2024, which will confirm any additional funding for the 2025/26 funding year and will be tied to the implementation of the Lifelong Learning Loan program.
Please note the funding roll-over does not apply to the current Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, where funding ceases on 31st December 2023. A new alternative qualification will be available from 1st January 2024 as per our previous communications
DfE webinar on FE reforms
The DfE are holding a webinar this month that will give an overview of their education reforms, focusing on the funding and accountability system. Centres are welcome to register to stay up to date. The webinar will take place on 28th September, 3-4pm. For more information and to book click here
Alternative Level 3 Qualification
We are developing a fundable alternative Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies qualification. Following new requirements from the ESFA that all Level 3 qualifications need to offer 150 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) to retain funding, we are providing an exciting new offer to meet this requirement. This fundable alternative will be ready for centres to deliver from January 2024.
However, if you are happy delivering our current CST-L3 and your learners are not reliant on funding, rest assured that you can continue delivering the qualification as normal.
We'll be hosting some informative webinars to answer any questions you may have regarding this new L3 qualification. If you'd like to attend these webinars, please click here
Level 5 Award in Online & Phone Counselling Practice
We are delighted that there has been a surge of interest from centres and over 150 prospective learners who are interested in this new qualification. All the necessary qualification documents will soon be available on our website.
Learners will have the opportunity to start The Open University short courses from the 7th of Oct 2023. Registrations for the CPCAB qualification will open in Jan 2024.
We're looking forward to hosting an informative webinar this year that will offer you the chance to ask any questions you may have. Register your interest (see bottom of webpage) or contact Molly@cpcab.co.uk
With the start of the new academic year, and new group registrations being made on the portal, we’d like to remind you that you need to complete your annual declaration as soon as possible.
The annual declaration is accessed via the portal and you will be prompted to complete this when you register your first candidate group for 2023/24.
For further information and guidance please click on the following link: How do I Complete the Annual Declaration of Compliance? or contact Natalie or Helen, Qualification Administration Co-ordinators, firstname.lastname@example.org
23/24 CPCAB Document Review
Your all new and updated tutor and candidate documents are now available here. Please click on the relevant qualification in the progression route, this will take you to the individual page for that qualification where you can find both tutor and candidate documents.
Core documents for all regulated qualifications are available here and we ask you to refer to our website to ensure you’re using the most up to date version of all the documents you will need for your teaching year ahead.
If you need any support please email email@example.com
Centre Finder Preferences
At the start of each academic year, all of our recognised centres have their centre finder page refreshed to ensure the correct information is available for the upcoming academic year.
As CPCAB’s centre finder is a popular landing page for many prospective learners, it’s important that centre administrators log in to the CPCAB Portal and update their centre finder information as soon as possible.
If you need any further guidance on how to do this then please watch this short video.
Once you have registered your group(s) at the start of this term, our dedicated team of External Verifiers (EVs) will make contact with you to arrange their first visit of the year.
EVs will communicate details of the visit in advance. During the visit they will be reviewing internal centre processes, assessment levels, and that standards are understood and are being upheld by centres.
Please make note of our CPCAB EV visits - full guidance for centres and take some time to review the updated guidance provided in Part 5 to support the visits.
If you have any questions please contact our Quality Assurance Team.
How to Become a Counsellor: CPCAB Free Counselling Training Taster
We're very excited to announce we'll be rolling-out a new taster programme early 2024. The counselling training taster will be a free website accessible to any prospective learner.
The taster is designed for prospective learners to give them insight into the counselling landscape, the route to becoming a counsellor and provide some understanding of the knowledge and skills required to become a counsellor.
This can help your centre in the following ways:
- Assist in marketing your CPCAB courses
Give prospective learners a taste of what their counselling training may consist of to help manage expectations
- Form part of your initial recruitment or advice and guidance processes
- Establish the benefits of your particular programme of study
- Inspire learners to pursue a career in counselling
If you would like more information or to be part of piloting the project please register your interest below.
We'd like to remind you that our standardisation dates for this academic year are now available on our website. These dates are for all tutors teaching CPCAB regulated qualification.
We'll be hosting three in-person events taking place in London, Bristol and Birmingham. Our in-person dates are very popular, so please book early to save disappointment.
We also have a number of online dates available. These online dates include sessions specifically for new CPCAB tutors and Level 3 and 4 Life Coaching.
Book your place here.
External Assessment Update
We’ve changed how you will receive your assessment materials
Once your registration is approved through the CPCAB portal, you will now receive an automated email containing a link and a password to our website. This will direct you to download the assessment materials that relate to your registration and the qualification you are delivering.
The External Assessment Team are available to support you with any queries that you may have about this new process. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See our latest refresh of the Supporting You page, with helpful tips for the new academic year, tutor resources and more.
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