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FAQs for APT Online Courses.

Are the courses accredited?

All of our courses are accredited by us, the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT). This is given weight by:


Do I gain any type of accreditation?

By successfuly completing APT's online training (and exam) you will receive APT's Accreditation, Level 2. For further information about accreditation click here.

Does this training entitle me to practise DBT / CBT?

It is your professional qualification that entitles you to see clients/patients and part of your professional responsibility is to keep up to date with relevant interventions such as DBT, CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, etc. and that is where the APT modules come in.

How many hours CPD is an online course equivalent to, and how long will it take to complete?

Most of our online courses are based on the corresponding live 3-day version, which gives 18 hours CPD*. With regards to how long it will take you to complete the online course, this varies from person-to-person, depending on how much you want to get out of it. For example, it has taken some people who are already familiar with CBT only 3-4 hours to complete the CBT Essentials course, whilst others have taken four or five times as long, re-watching videos, going back over material or discussing it with colleagues until they are sure they understand it.

*Please note, ‘How to develop your good mental health in the workplace, and help your colleagues do the same’ is based on the half-day live course and is equivalent to 3 hours CPD.

Do I get a certificate after completion?

Yes, once you have completed the course you can print off a certificate to verify your success. If you would prefer a hard-copy certificate, this can be posted to you for a charge of £10 (to cover postage and administration); contact us to order. See also 'Do I gain any type of accreditation?' above.

How long do I get to complete the course?

You will have access to the course for 1 year, from the date you buy it. If there are any associated free resources with the course, you will have access to those for as long as you maintain your APT-Accreditation.

How are the courses structured?

APT online course content is based on the 'live' version of the course and is displayed in an easy to use and interactive way.

Are there any integrated video clips?

Yes, there are video clips for you to watch on the majority of APT online courses.

How do I book a course?

Go to www.apt.ac/online and follow the instructions. Alternatively call 0116 241 8331 or email office@apt.ac and one of our team will be happy to help.

When will I receive my login details (username and password)?

Once your credit card payment has been processed, details of how to access the training will be automatically emailed to you.

I can't log-in and redeem my voucher code!

Go to www.apt.ac/online and enter the email address and password you received in your welcome email. Once logged-in, click the 'Redeem voucher' tab and enter the voucher code you also received. The voucher includes a series of numbers and dashes, so make sure you include all of these (it's best to copy and paste the voucher code from your email). Once you have done this, your training will appear under the 'My learning' tab. (If you didn't receive a password, click on the 'New User' tab and enter the voucher code.)

If I have any technical queries who do I contact?

If you have any technical issues regarding APT online training please email office@apt.ac

Once I have successfully completed the course, am I still able to access the content?

Yes, if there is something you would like to go back to, you are able to re-access the course for 1 year from the date you purchased it.

Am I eligible to undertake these courses?

Yes, there is no reason why you shouldn't undertake any of our courses; they are designed to be as accessible and 'transparent' as possible. Bear in mind though that you will only be able to use the content with clients/patients if you have a professional qualification, e.g. psychiatric nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist. It is your professional qualification that entitles you to work with clients/patients, not a CBT qualification.

Why can't I print-off my certificate?

You need to view every page of the online module to enable the system to generate a certificate (all sections that have been completed will have a tick next to their name in the contents page). You also need to complete the feedback after completion.

Can I print off the slides?

No, the course is only available online.

What are the system requirements?

The pages have been optimised for viewing with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 and above. The site is also compatible with recent versions of Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome and Opera.

If I study the CBT Essentials course online can I say that I am CBT-qualified / am a CBT therapist and put that on my CV?

If you are a mental health professional and complete the CBT Essentials course online, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a mental health nurse and in 2018 successfully completed APT’s Course CBT Essentials online. This is based on APT’s live course CBT Essentials, which in its live version involves three teaching days totalling 18 taught hours.

If you are NOT currently a mental health professional and are seeking ‘a change of direction’ and want to become a recognised CBT therapist, then you need to become accredited as such with the BABCP. To see details of what that entails, go to their site; to do so now click here.

If I attend the CBT Essentials course can I use CBT with the patients I see?

Yes, we provide ‘post-qualification’ training, i.e. training for people who have a professional qualification. What entitles you to see patients is that professional qualification, and as a mental health professional you are expected to keep up-to-date with developments. This is why people attend APT courses.

Having attended a course you are expected to use your professional judgement in applying what you have learned to your own situation. In keeping with that, APT courses aim to give you relevant skills and knowledge you can use in your own workplace.

If I study the DBT Essentials course online can I say that I am DBT-qualified / am a DBT therapist and put that on my CV?

If you are a mental health professional and complete the DBT Essentials course online, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a mental health nurse and in 2018 successfully completed APT’s Course DBT Essentials online. This is based on APT’s live course DBT Essentials, which in its live version involves three teaching days totalling 18 taught hours.


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