Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)


There are circumstances in which individuals may wish to have past training and experience recognised by ACAT as equivalent to its current standards and to count towards an award. Guidelines exist outlining procedures for this route. 

There are two routes whereby applicants may wish to have training or experience recognised. 

Firstly, APL as part contribution to CAT training. All courses may consider instances where an applicant wishes to have past attainments recognised rather than following through all the components that the course offers.  This is at the discretion of the course. An example would be the acceptance of CAT therapies conducted prior to formal training. If a trainee has been supervised in CAT by an ACAT accredited supervisor before the start of the course they may be able to ‘count’- in discussion with and at the discretion of the practitioner training supervisor/course - a maximum of two cases towards the  eight training cases. This is agreed on an individual basis during the CAT Practitioner training related to whether a trainee is on track in terms of their learning and development on the course.

The second route, arises where an applicant can make a case that the extent of their training and experience is such that it would be superfluous for them to complete one of the formal trainings offered by ACAT.  The APL route should not be seen as an alternative to a recognised training, but as a route for use under particular circumstances.  Applicants for the APL route need to provide good evidence for why they are not undertaking a recognised ACAT training.  Examples include:

  • An applicant may have completed a substantial part of a CAT Practitioner course but have been unable to complete for personal reasons such as moving out of the area, maternity leave.
  • An applicant may have successfully completed a CAT Practitioner course and a UKCP accredited psychotherapy training in another therapeutic framework.

Applicants should consult the appropriate guidelines for the specific requirements.

APL Guidelines


Revised February 2017


ACAT Calendar for September
22nd September 2020
CPD Event: ACAT: Mapping the new normal for work teams
44th September 2020
Special Interest Group Event: Considering the Adolescent Self in Working with Adults using CAT
1010th September 2020
CPD Event: ACAT: CAT is a Narrative Therapy
1414th September 2020
CPD Event: ACAT: A CAT Approach to Working with People with ASD
2525th September 2020
ACAT AGM: Annual General Meeting 2020
CPD Event: ACAT: AGM Workshops
3030th September 2020
CPD Event: CAT as a Tool for Leadership - offered by Catalyse

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25th September 2020
Annual General Meeting 2020

25th September 2020
ACAT: AGM Workshops

30th September 2020
CAT as a Tool for Leadership - offered by Catalyse

1st October 2020
Catalyse CAT Practitioner Training 2020-2022

5th October 2020
Polyvagal theory, oxytocin and neurobiology of love - offered by ITACAT

5th October 2020
Online Psychotherapy: An intro to relational and practical considerations - run by Become Psychology

9th October 2020
ACAT: Embodied CAT and Trauma

9th October 2020
ACAT: Negotiating the therapeutic alliance - Webinar

20th October 2020
Technology-Assisted Cognitive Analytic Therapy - offered by Catalyse

16th November 2020
ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT

18th November 2020
ACAT: Relational Skills in CAT Supervision

18th November 2020
ACAT: Relational Skills in CAT Supervision

27th November 2020
Two Day Introduction to CAT - offered by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

1st January 2021
South London CAT Practitioner 2021 - 2022

21st January 2021
ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT Online

1st March 2021
Newcastle CAT Practitioner Training

5th March 2021
Rich to Poor: Mental Health in an Unequal World - offered by Sussex NHS Partnership Foundation Trust

24th March 2021
ACAT: Trainers and Supervisors Meeting

14th May 2021
CAT, Consciousness and a Relational Self - offered by Sussex Partnership NHS FTNHS

20th May 2021
26th ACAT National Conference 2021


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