Why make BAPT your professional organisation?
Wouldn’t you like to practice knowing that your professional registration protects you?
Benefits of BAPT membership
BAPT membership categories
How to join
Membership Application Packs
Online renewal using PayPal
Frequently Asked Questions
Further Information
Membership Renewals


Why make BAPT your professional organisation?

Assurance of your professionalism is now essential for those of you who work with in the United Kingdom. We are the UK’s first and foremost Play Therapy organisation; currently representing over 400 individuals’ interests both nationally and within the international arena. By choosing BAPT you will be demonstrating to professionals and the general public that you practise responsibly and professionally to high standards.

On joining BAPT you will benefit from our professional support, not only from BAPT's carefully developed service, but also from our professional staff, volunteers and your fellow BAPT members. As a part of the UK’s leading voice for Play Therapy, you will also find yourself with a valuable opportunity to influence the future of the Play Therapy profession.

BAPT's work is defined by our members. We listen to our members’ views and we act on them, encouraging members to enter into dialogue with BAPT. BAPT encourages its members to participate in shaping the short-term and long-term goals of their own organisation.

BAPT recognises the variety of theoretical approaches within Play Therapy and so BAPT is proficient in nurturing a diverse group of people and therapeutic styles within a common frame whilst pursuing the goal of professional development. We are committed to supporting and encouraging all our members to grow and develop as professional practitioners.


Wouldn’t you like to practise knowing that your professional registration protects you?

BAPT is proud of its high standards, good reputation and its wide range of products and services. We hope that you will take advantage of all that BAPT has to offer, from training information right through to individual registration and further continuing professional development.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the sub-committees, the professional staff and all others who make the work of BAPT possible, we offer you a very warm welcome! Please join us, become involved and take advantage of a membership that can truly benefit you and your profession.


Benefits of BAPT Membership

  • Free subscription to PLAY THERAPY Magazine (quarterly)

  • Free subscription to British Journal of Play Therapy (annually)

  • Reduced BAPT Annual Conference Fee

  • Free Membership Pack, including the regularly-updated folder of documents 'The Guide to Play Therapy' and sample copies of all BAPT leaflets

  • 10% discount on key BAPT publications

  • Access to occasional discounts and offers negotiated with relevant suppliers (books,toys etc)

  • Access to the BAPT website members' area

  • Access to current debates and issues surrounding Play Therapy

  • Free registration into British Register of Play Therapists (Full Members only)

  • Access to Professional Play Therapy Community

  • Access to Good Practice Frameworks (BAPT Ethical Basis for Good Practice in Play Therapy)

  • Afford safety to the Public (BAPT Complaints Procedure)

  • Photo Identity Membership Card (Full Members only)

  • Increased Professional Status

  • Access to Research Community

  • Access to Play Therapy Employment Opportunities (Full Members only)

(NB some of these benefits also apply to Associates - see below)


BAPT categories

You may join BAPT either as a Member (Full, Student or Retired) or as an Associate. Please select by carefully reading the information on each category. All Membership applicants must agree to abide by the BAPT Ethical Basis for Good Practice in Play Therapy and are subject to the Complaints Procedure therein. This does not apply to Associates who are not covered by these policies. The BAPT membership year runs from 1st October to 30th September annually. You may join at anytime during the year, Fees are adjusted for those joining later than 1/2 way through the membership year.

Full Member

This category is open to any person who holds a Play Therapy qualification accredited by BAPT (*), who is having regular supervision, who is in or has recently had personal therapy and who has an up-to-date clear CRB check. Full members have the right to vote at the AGM and to stand for election on to the Board of Directors. All full Members are listed as part of the British Register of Play Therapists on this website, and may also request to have their name and contact details listed on the Register of Play Therapists available for private work, which is made available to people and organisations seeking a qualified Play Therapist.

*BAPT Full membership is now accessible for Overseas-Trained applicants working in the UK and for Play Therapists who trained outside of BAPT Courses in the UK by Portfolio route . In both cases membership is subject to evidence that the applicant's professional training qualification and practice are of an equivalent standard and that other key criteria are met. See comprehensive details on the Portfolio Application Log. Overseas trained applicants will also need to arrange NARIC equivalency confirmation, see the downloadable document for Overseas applicants below.

Student Member

This category, at a reduced subscription than Full membership, is open to any person who is registered on an accredited BAPT training programme.

Retired Full Member

This category at a reduced subscription than Full membership, is open to any person who is a former full member of BAPT and has fully retired from all paid employment. Retired full members remain able to vote at the AGM.


Any person or organisation interested in the field of Play Therapy may apply to become an Associate of the British Association of Play Therapists. Associates receive:

  • A welcome pack including 'The Guide to Play Therapy' and sample copies of all BAPT leaflets

  • Free subscription to the quarterly magazine 'Play Therapy' (organisations may opt to receive further copies of each issue at a discounted price of £10 per year)

  • Reduced fees for the BAPT annual conference

  • a 1/3 discount on the subscription to 'The British Journal of Play Therapy'


How to join

You can join BAPT by downloading and completing the paper membership forms (see below).
Full members Fee has increased by £50 to cover the application and registration with PSA/CHRE


Application Packs

Download relevant paper forms by clicking below:

BAPT Membership Form - FULL Member
BAPT Membership form - FULL Member: Portfolio route
BAPT Membership - FULL Member: Additional requirements for Overseas Trained applicants working in the UK
BAPT Membership Form - RETIRED Member
BAPT Membership Form - STUDENT Member
BAPT Application form - ASSOCIATE
BAPT Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
BAPT Supervisor Confirmation Form

Alternatively, please contact BAPT or complete the on-line information request form to receive BAPT membership forms.


Online renewal using PayPal

Registered Full Members must complete the renewal process by the 31st October each year. Failure to do this will mean that your name will no longer appear on the register from 1st November.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to send my fee with my completed application form?
Individuals applying for Student or Retired Membership or to become an Associate need to enclose the relevant fee with their completed application form. However, those applying for Full Membership should not forward their membership fee until they have received notification that their application has been successful. All initial applicants must send the administrative fee of £10 with their completed paper membership form or after the on-line membership form has been submitted.

2. Do I need to send my Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Enhanced Disclosure with my completed application form?
Only individuals who are applying for Student or Full Membership need send CRB Enhanced Disclosure documentation.

3. If my employer holds an up-to-date Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, will a letter from the employer confirming the details of my Enhanced Disclosure be sufficient?
No, in order to register as a BAPT Student or Full Member you are required to submit original evidence of your CRB Enhanced Diclosure.

4. Can I receive Full Membership if I have completed a Play Therapy training that is not accredited by BAPT?
Individuals who have successfully completed a qualifying course in play therapy which is recognised and accredited by BAPT will be eligible to apply for Full Membership by completing the standard Full member application form . Overseas-trsained applicants practicing in the UK will have to provide evidence of equivalence of their training qualification by completing the NAIRIC equivalency in addition to the Full membership application form and the portfolio Route to Full membership application form. The Portfolio Route to Full membership is intended as an alternative path to Full membership for practitioners who have completed a course of training not accredited by BAPT, and / or who have substantial practice experience, and are currently practising in the UK. The portfolio route incurs a £200 'scrutiny fee'.
Click here to view BAPT accredited training courses .

5. How does BAPT define a student?
At present, students who are registered on BAPT accredited Play Therapy courses are the only individuals eligible for Student Membership.

6. How long does it take to process my application?
Applications for Student or Retired Membership or to become an Associate are normally processed within approximately four to six weeks. All applications for Full Membership need to be considered by the Board of Directors which meets once every three months and therefore these applications may take up to three months to be processed (Full membership applications may take longer over the Summer period).

7. What fee should I pay if I apply half way through the year?
The membership year runs from October 1st to September 30th. Individuals whose applications are processed after April 1st in any year are eligible for discounts of 50%.

8. How do I change the category of my membership (i.e. from Student to Full Member)?
In order to change the status of their membership, individuals must complete the BAPT Membership Application Form for Full Membership and enclose the relevant additional documentation and information (please refer to Membership Application Form).

Student members who have completed their training but have not yet had official confirmation of their qualification should contact the Membership Secretary for Renewals and request Associate status in the interim. Once their play therapy qualification has been confirmed, an application can then be made for Full Membership.

9. Can I be a member of BAPT if I am not a British Citizen or not resident in Britain?
Yes, all individuals are eligible to apply for Membership of BAPT. Any individual who is interested in Play Therapy may apply to join as an Associate. Any individual enrolled on a qualifying course in Play Therapy which is BAPT accredited is eligible to apply for Student Membership. Individuals who were previously Full Members of BAPT are eligible to apply for Retired Membership. Individuals who have successfully completed a qualifying course in Play Therapy which is recognised and validated by BAPT will be eligible to apply for Full Membership provided that they can produce documentary evidence of this, as well as evidence of a recent police check and written information relating to their supervision arrangements. Individuals who have trained overseas who are currently residing and working in the UK are also now eligible to apply for Full membership, subject to evidence of equivalence of their professional training qualification, the provision of Embassy references and other criteria (see application document for specific requirements)

10. What is considered appropriate supervision for full membership of BAPT?
A Play Therapist’s practice, including their supervision, is governed by the BAPT document ‘Ethical Basis for Good Practice in Play Therapist’. This stipulates:

"All Play Therapists, including Supervisors, are required to receive on-going, appropriate, formal and regular supervision independently of their managerial relationships.

Supervisors have a responsibility to maintain the good practice of Supervisees and to protect clients from harm and bad practice.

Supervision must be provided by an appropriately qualified and experienced Play Therapist, except where no such Play Therapist exists in the geographical region. In such circumstances the Play Therapist must receive supervision from an appropriately qualified and experienced Child Therapist.

Supervision must involve face to face contact, except in circumstances where physical distance between the Play Therapist and an available Supervisor precludes such contact.

Play Therapists must receive supervision adequate to maintaining their level of competency, functioning and good practice.”

Appeal against Unsuccessful Membership Applications:

If your application for Membership of BAPT is unsuccessful, you have the right to appeal against this decision. There are two grounds on which you can appeal:
1 - That the application procedure has not been correctly followed
2 - The application has not been fairly and properly assessed against the membership criteria

Disagreement with the decision or new information that you want to submit are not grounds for appeal.

How to appeal:
• You must send your appeal within two months of the date of the letter informing you that you were unsuccessful
• You should send your appeal in writing to the Chair of BAPT
• You should tell us why you are appealing (on which grounds)
• We cannot accept letters from third parties, such as your supervisor or line manager
What happens next:
• We will acknowledge receipt of your appeal letter
• Your appeal letter and all relevant documentation will be reviewed by an Appeals Assessor. This Assessor will be a BAPT Registered Member who is not a member of the Board and has been trained for this purpose. They will review the Document and make a decision as to whether the original decision was appropriate or not.
• They will then advise the BAPT Board of the outcome and we will then forward you their findings along with a copy of their report.
• The decision of the Appeals assesor is final.
• If your appeal is unsuccessful, you can still apply for Membership again, but you will have to wait until 12 months from the date of letter telling you that your Appeal was unsuccessful. If you send your application in before this date, we will return it to you. If you do apply again, remember to tell us about this on the application form and send copies of any letters requested. This will be treated as an entirely new application.


Further Information

For further general information and enquiries relating to BAPT membership, please contact BAPT.