The BPC registration year runs from 1 April to 31 March the following year. Each BPC Registrant is required to complete the renewal process by March 31 of every year in order to stay registered with us.
Being a BPC Registrant means you are part of a uniquely psychoanalytically-oriented and highly regarded organisation. The renewal period is a yearly opportunity for you to check in on your professional development and our ethical guidance.
If you have any questions about the renewal process at all, explore below to see if we've answered them here. Please consult our other resources and contact details at the bottom of the page if you need further assistance.
I only just paid an initial sum to join the BPC, why am I paying again?
If you have joined the BPC Register recently, you will only have paid until the end of this membership year (31 March). You will need to renew your registration in order to continue being a BPC Registrant after March. If you join us later in the registration year, your initial fee will be a pro-rata amount, calculated quarterly.
Please click here to see this year’s registration fees.
Pro rata amounts:
- 01 April-30 June: Full annual fee
- 01 July-30 September: 75% of the annual fee
- 01 October-31 December: 50% of the annual fee
- 01 January-31 March: 25% of the annual fee
Why have your membership fees increased?
We have recently increased our membership fees between £7 – £17, depending on your membership category. We did not take this decision lightly and understand that any increase in fees is difficult in the current economic climate. The increase in fees is to cover some of the rising costs the BPC is facing due to inflation.
Can I pay by instalments?
Due to the additional administrative work to reconcile and keep track of instalment payments, we don’t offer this as standard. However, if this is the only option for you financially, please contact us.
What has changed within the registrant membership categories?
You might have previously been in either the Teaching or Supervisory category. As people often do both, we have combined the two categories into one. If you are not seeing patients but wish to continue to supervise and/or teach within training courses which require BPC registration, you can select this category.
To learn more about Registrant categories, click here.
What if I’m retiring and not renewing my registration?
As soon as you have retired let us know and we will update your record so you do not continue to receive reminders about renewal. We will send you a letter at the end of the membership year (31 March) confirming you are no longer a BPC Registrant.
We’ve recently developed a new Retired category for retired registrants who are no longer undertaking clinical work. Joining the Retired category means you will no longer be on the Register, but you will remain connected to the BPC and our professional community. For £75 a year, those in the retired category will continue to receive the monthly eNewsletter, New Associations and discounts to BPC events. To learn more about membership benefits, click here. To join, please contact us.
How do I calculate my CPD pro-rata?
Your CPD requirement applies to the period from 1 January – 31 December.
To calculate your pro-rata hours, divide the required clinical hours and the required general hours by 12 each, then multiply them by the number of months in the calendar year that you have been registered.
Example: If you joined the BPC on 28 September, you can pro-rata your CPD requirement to three months (October to December). Full Registrants are required to complete 15 hours clinical CPD and 15 hours general CPD – 1.25 hours per month. In the above example, the pro-rata amount would equate to 3.75 hours clinical CPD and 3.75 hours general CPD.
Check the CPD requirements for your category here.
Where do I enter my CPD hours in the renewal form?
As of 2024, you are no longer required to enter your CPD hours in the renewal form, but please keep a note of your CPD for the previous calendar year, in case you are selected for audit. If you’d like a sample template for recording your CPD, you can download one here.
The Renewal Form
Where can I find the renewal form?
To renew each year, you will need to fill out our online renewal form. The form is available online from 1 February – 31 March. We will email all Registrants once renewal opens. During the renewal period, you’ll find the renewal form in the ‘My Account’ section of the website once you are logged in. For step-by-step guidance on completing your renewal form, click here.
I’m not very good with websites, am I able to do my renewal form another way?
The online renewal form is the simplest way to renew your registration with the BPC as it displays the current information we have and takes the relevant payment, as well as automatically updating your membership. We hope that by using our guidance page the renewal process will be easier, and we’re happy to help with any issues you might have.
We understand that sometimes online forms are not accessible or easy to use for some people, so have also created an editable PDF version of the renewal form. If you do require this, please contact us.
You can print the PDF form, fill in your details and return it to us by post or scan and email. If you need to post a printed version, you will need to return this to us at least 2 weeks prior to the end of the membership year, to give us time to manually add this information to our system. You will also need to make the payment for renewal before we are able to renew your membership. Payment details can be found on the PDF renewal form. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Can I start my renewal form and come back to it another time?
The renewal form needs to be completed in one sitting and will time out if left inactive for too long. We recommend having all of the required information ready and accessible when taking the time to fill out your form. Please read below for an outline of this information.
What information do I need to hand to fill out my renewal form?
- Which registration category you are renewing in
- Your date of qualification (the date you completed the course that first led to becoming a BPC Registrant)
- Any other regulatory body registration numbers
- Your countersignatory name and registration number(s)
- Your bank card details
- You are no longer required to declare your CPD hours on the renewal form, but please keep a note of your CPD for the previous calendar year, in case you are selected for audit. Visit this web page for further information about our CPD requirements.
Why can’t I change my practice address in the renewal form?
There are certain fields you cannot change in the renewal form – these will appear greyed-out. To change your practice address, login to the website, visit the ‘My Account’ section and click on ‘My Public Profile’. To edit other information that is greyed out, e.g. your last name, you will need to contact the BPC directly.
It says I have not entered a postcode but it does have my home and practice postcodes, why won’t it let me submit the form?
This is very likely because you have not entered the postcode in the card payment details section. When you have entered your card number, a new postcode box will emerge and needs to be filled with the postcode linked to your payment card, otherwise the form will not submit.
Renewal Form Guidance: www.bpc.org.uk/renewal-form-guidance
Still got a question? Don't forget to consult the Renewal form guidance resource. If you're still stuck, contact us.