Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners
Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP)

FDAP Qualifications: National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (NCAC)


Note: Please see changes to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements from May 2018 in the NCAC re-accreditation criteria below and the application form.


NCAC accreditation is valid for three years, after which members must apply for re-accreditation. To be re-accredited, practising counsellors will need to meet the following criteria:

You must provide evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) in at least three of the following categories during the period prior to your re-accreditation application.

A minimum total of seventy-two hours over the three years is required; forty eight of which should fall under categories A and B, with a minimum of 24 being under category A. A combination of hours under categories C and D is expected for the remaining hours.

Wherever practical you should aim to average out your training on an annual basis.

In addition we require a short piece of written work (a minimum of 1000 words) to describe how your CPD has helped your practice as an addictions counsellor (see under E).

Please note that membership of Mutual Aid groups will not be accepted as CPD.

You must provide documentary evidence you have completed the hours being claimed (under categories A to D). This should either be in the form of a certificate (please note that hours claimed may be checked with the training provider) but if this is not practical it should be in the form of a letter from the training organisation concerned, or from your employer/supervisor at the time if they are able to validate the hours claimed.

In addition...

  1. Face to Face Learning and Skills Development
    Topics covered should be relevant to professional practice in the alcohol and drug field. They must include some practical elements and not solely have been delivered in lecture/seminar format. This must NOT be in the form of online courses or teaching on face to face courses.
  2. On line Learning relevant to professional practice
    Education evidence submitted must be from an institution deemed qualified to deliver such education. Topics covered should be relevant to professional practice in the alcohol and drug field. This may be covered by online courses including SMMGP Premium Membership webinars – please see note E.
  3. Attendance at Seminars and Conferences
    Themes presented must have been relevant to professional practice in the alcohol and drug field.
  4. Involvement in the professional development of others
    This does not include the professional practitioner supervision of others. For example, areas deemed applicable are designing courses, facilitating courses, training sessions, speaking at conferences, writing articles relevant to professional practice in the field, research, encouraging the development of others through initiatives relevant to professional practice. For example, SMMGP Premium Membership Clinical and Research Updates.
  5. Reflective Statement on A, B, C and D
    1000 words or more describing how your CPD has helped you to develop your work as an addictions counsellor and also how it might have complemented your own personal development.


Applications for re-accreditation may be made in the three calendar months before accreditation expires, and in the calendar year following expiry. Successful re-applications will be dated as from the date of expiry of the previous accreditation period.

The fee for re-accreditation is £100 (non refundable). Payment must be made by bank transfer – details can be found on the application form.


Application form: Word version

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