A BPsych Equivalent (Bachelor of Psychology Equivalent) is a postgraduate degree that can be done by students that have completed a degree or Honours in psychology. These degrees can take between 6 and 18 months to complete but most importantly they include a practicum that gives the student practical experience in the field of Psychology and will allow them to register with the HPCSA.
There are two different types of BPsych Equivalent degrees; the first leads to HPCSA registration as a Registered Counsellor, the second leads to HPCSA registration as a Psychometrist. Both professional designations are protected terms and may not be used by anyone without the appropriate qualification and training.
The Registered Counsellor BPsych Equivalent is an 18 month practical programme that can be done after completing a B Degree in Psychology. These full-time programmes cover the necessary course content that would give graduates the ability to legally and ethically counsel clients within a limited Scope of Practice as described and regulated by the HPCSA. To read a full description of the roles and responsibilities of a Registered Counsellor, CLICK HERE.
The Psychometric BPsych Equivalent is a 6 month practical programme that can only be done after completing a B Honours Degree or BPsych Equivalent (Registered Counsellor). These are also full-time programmes that cover a wide range of Psychometric Assessments that graduates will be allowed to administer upon completion of the programme and registration with the HPCSA. To read a full description of the roles and responsibilities of a Registered Counsellor, CLICK HERE.
There is a significant difference between a regular BA in Psychology and a Bachelor or Psychology. According to the HPCSA it is considered unethical for academically trained graduates to practice counselling interventions on clients without the appropriate professional training.