CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

 Online course:Mondays, 6-9pm: 17th February – November 2025
Online via Zoom.  Tutor: Mike Carrington
In-person course:
Thursdays, 6-9pm: 12th September 2024 – June 2025
Best House, Shefford, Beds.  Tutor: Charlotte Carroll
Length:10 months
Cost:£750 + VAT, plus £179 CPCAB fee

This CPCAB qualification is designed to give learners the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles. This qualification is for:

    • Those starting the first level of training as a professional counsellor
    • Those who want to learn counselling skills in other professional or helping roles
    • Those who want to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of personal development.
    • Those who want to find out more about themselves and go on a journey of personal growth.

This qualification could lead to employment or increase employability for those whose role is to support others in e.g. health and social care work, teaching and learning, advocacy and mediation, support and project work, other helping roles. It provides additional skills for those already in employment likely to lead to increased opportunities for promotion and advancement. It does not qualify you as a counsellor.  Find out more at www.cpcab.co.uk

Course outline:

This is a CPCAB course.  The British Association for Counsellors Psychotherapists (BACP), Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions underpins this training.  There are seven learning outcomes that will be taught in a variety of ways including lectures, small group activities, whole group discussions, individual reflective writing, DVD’s, exploration via the creative arts and small group skills practice:-

    • Understanding and application of ethical and safe practice
    • Ability to create and maintain boundaries in the helping relationship
    • Developing empathy and understanding difference
    • Your ability to stay focused on your helpee’s issues and concerns using active listening to stay within their frame of reference.
    • Your use of the core counselling skills; and ability to identify your blocks to listening
    • Your self-awareness and ability to reflect on your learning. You will gain a deeper understanding of your patterns of relating, personal history and structure of self.  
    • Your ability to provide constructive feedback to peers and to utilise feedback given to you.
    • Working with loss and grief.

Entry Requirements:

 No prior experience or qualifications are required for this Level 2 training however applicants must be 18 years or over and attend a short interview where they will be assessed on their:

    • Ability to cope with course content
    • Ability to translate intra-personal experience into language
    • Ability to benefit from self-development and show a willingness to enter into the spirit of experiential learning and group sharing
    • Be motivated towards developing as a helper
    • Show emotional stability.

We include zoom learning throughout all of our counselling trainings in order to support students on all levels to gain proficiency in working with clients remotely.  

For fully online students as well as in-person students:- you are required to have a laptop for zoom learning, have access to a private space and be willing to commit to our Zoom Guidelines


You will compile an e-portfolio
during the course which will be submitted in the final term. You will require a
google drive free account to upload all of your work.

Assessed work includes:

    • Weekly journals of 500 words.
    • Assignments including a self-review, a taped transcript and a presentation.
    • Tutor feedback and peer feedback
    • Various worksheets (individual and as  group)

There is an expectation that journals and assignments are typed.  At the start of your course you’ll be given a Candidate Guide detailing CPCAB’s seven learning outcomes and you will be well supported by your tutor throughout the course (this can also be found on the CPCAB website under Learners/Useful Documents.

In order to pass the course you are required to have been assessed as proficient in all of the learning outcomes.

Progression routes:

This qualification is the entry level certificate into counselling training; from here learners can progress onto a CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies which will deepen theoretical knowledge that underpins counselling practice.  Level 4 follows on from Level 3.  Level 4 is a two-year, part-time, professional training where learners are in supervised practice for 100 hours, counselling clients 1-2-1. 

Level 4 learners will become student members of BACP (The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and upon completion of the course can work towards registering on the BACP Register of Counsellor & Psychotherapists.  This register became the first psychological therapists’ register to be accredited under a scheme set up by the Department of Health in 2013.  To join this register counsellors will sit a short computerised exam known as the Certificate of Proficiency.

From here, if they wish, counsellors can work towards accredited status with the BACP.


    1. Complete the application form here and email to kate@bedfordshiretherapeuticstudies.co.uk
    2. You’ll be invited for a telephone or Zoom interview.  Interviews usually take place in the spring
    3. Upon offer of a place you have up to one week to accept your place and pay your deposit of £300 + VAT. Please note that this is a non-refundable deposit.

Be aware that places are limited and are given on a first come basis.

L2 2024 group 

L2 2023 group 

What our students say

“Thank you, a really informative course.  I liked the module on loss and grief hearing everyone’s story was so moving.  You create such a safe environment in which to share.” Emma

“I got so much more out of this course than I ever imagined. I now understand myself better and my relationships have improved” Sam

“at first the skills practice was nerve wracking, but that is where my greatest learning happened” Ellie

“What an amazing year.  I’ve made life long friends; we’ve been on such a journey together.  I loved the painting and clay work – it’s so fascinating we all learnt about ourselves”  Vicky

2022 L2 group 

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