Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route

*SEPAR statement regarding COVD-19 Situation:

(Updated December 2021)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic from which the sport and exercise sector continues to recover from, BASES fully appreciates that candidates registered on the SEPAR may not be fully able to undertake all aspects of the training route as initially planned (e.g. gaining practice hours etc.). 

The SEPAR Advisory Group has been given approval (that has also been supported by the external examiners) to automatically extend the registration period SEPAR candidates irrespective to whether on the APEC, 2, 3, or 4-year route. This will not preclude the candidates from submitting their documentation on time, but if they do feel that their progress has been affected as a result of the COVID-19 situation they can now plan accordingly. 

If candidates would like to take the option of a 6-month extension, they are required to inform the BASES office via If the option is taken, then the payment scheme to which the candidate signed up will remain, but the final 6-months will not incur any cost. 


The purpose of the BASES Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR) is to ensure that candidates acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience required to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist. Once registered with the HCPC, members are able to use the protected title: Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

The overarching aim of the SEPAR is to ensure that practitioners can work autonomously and are industry ready in that they will be able to integrate effectively into a range of sport and/or exercise environments with a view to facilitate optimal involvement, performance, and/or enjoyment in sport and exercise as well as support the development of mental health and well-being in clients.

Who is the SEPAR for?

The following document outlines some of the key points for you to consider prior to making an application to help prospective candidates to decide whether the SEPAR is right for them:

SEPAR - Is this qualification for me?

BASES is aware that many members interested in undertaking the SEPAR may not currently meet the 'underpinning psychology knowledge' entry criteria. We have therefore formed a collaboration with The Open University to offer a 60-credit module that will enable candidates to meet this entry requirement (note: candidates will need to complete this module before they can enrol on the SEPAR).

Pre-Application Information & Documentation

 Information for prospective candidates

For candidates interested in pursuing the SEPAR, please consider the information in the Pre-Application Process documentation below.

BASES members can apply to enrol on the SEPAR twice a year. BASES will be accepting SEPAR applications from 6 January to 1 February and 1 July to 1 August.

Candidates are required to complete the SEPAR Online Application Form by the application deadline. Candidates will be informed of their acceptance (or requirement to provide any further necessary information) within 4 weeks. Specific information regarding the application process and requirements can be found in the SEPAR Qualification Handbook.

Please be aware that for some candidate's there will be additional information required to be reviewed and approved by BASES prior to an application being made. These are detailed in the Pre-application Process document below and refer to Pre-application Annexes 1 & 2 (for underpinning psychology evidence and for evidencing a non single-discipline MSc). The additional information can be submitted to BASES at any time of the year and in doing so outside of the application windows, will save time when it comes to processing your application.

SEPAR Pre-application Process

SEPAR - Is this qualification for me?

SEPAR Pre-application Annex 1

Submit and pay for Annex 1 review

SEPAR Pre-application Annex 2

Submit and pay for Annex 2 review


SEPAR Qualification Handbook

SEPAR Candidate Handbook

SEPAR Practice Placement Handbook


Policy on the Recruitment of ex-offenders

Information for BASES Accredited members and members on Supervised Experience

It is acknowledged that there are a number of individuals who are BASES Accredited, or are currently undertaking the BASES Supervised Experience scheme, who do not conform to the eligibility requirements to apply directly for HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist and would like guidance on how the SEPAR may enable eligibility for registration with the HCPC.

The guidance notes below outline the options for BASES members who are Accredited or on the Supervised Experience scheme who are interested in HCPC registration.

SEPAR guidance notes for BASES Accredited members and members on Supervised Experience

SEPAR Candidate Documents

Forms and Templates for Standard SEPAR

SEPAR Competency Profile - Initial

SEPAR Competency Profile - Mid-Point

SEPAR Competency Profile - Final

SEPAR Professional Philosophy Report Template - Initial

SEPAR Professional Philosophy Report Template - Mid-Point

SEPAR Professional Philosophy Report Template - End-Point

Forms and Templates for APEC SEPAR

SEPAR APEC Competency Profile - Initial

SEPAR APEC Competency Profile - Final

SEPAR APEC Professional Philosophy Report Template

Forms and Templates for all SEPAR

SEPAR Candidate Annual Review Form

SEPAR Practice Log

SEPAR General Reflection Sheet

SEPAR Psychological Demands Analysis sheet

SEPAR CPD Activity Evaluation sheet

SEPAR CPD and Supervisor-led Activity log

SEPAR Dissemination and Citizenship Activity log

SEPAR Monitoring and Evaluation Sheet

SEPAR Reflective Practice Template 1

SEPAR Reflective Practice Template 2

SEPAR Reflective Practice Template 3

SEPAR Reflective Practice Template 4

SEPAR Case Study - Mid-Point Template

SEPAR Case Study - End-Point Template

SEPAR Client-Practitioner Relationship Case Study - End-Point Template

SEPAR Client Reference Template

What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for enrolment onto the SEPAR it is necessary for candidates to provide evidence of the following:

  1. Minimum Graduate membership of BASES
  2. Confirmation that the applicant holds all necessary relevant qualifications:
    - MSc Sport and/or Exercise Psychology
    - Evidence of underpinning psychology knowledge (see documentation for more details)
  3. Where appropriate, evidence of a standard of proficiency in the English language to IELTS grade 7 (with no less than 6.5 in any area)
  4. Confirmation from a suitably qualified individual that they are prepared to fulfil the required supervisory role throughout the SEPAR. This means that they hold HCPC Registered Psychologist status, are a BASES professional member, and they have completed the relevant supervisory training for the SEPAR
  5. Confirmation of professional indemnity cover.

Candidates are also required to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check when they apply to enrol on SEPAR. Confirmation of enrolment will not be granted until the DBS check is complete.

More information can be found in the SEPAR Qualification Handbook.

The Open University: 'Investigating Psychology 2' module

For members who may be interested in the SEPAR, but currently do not meet the necessary entry requirements in relation to evidencing "underpinning psychology knowledge", BASES have collaborated with The Open University to offer a 60-credit module that will provide the underpinning knowledge required to meet the SEPAR entry criteria.

Course Provider: The Open University

Module Title: Investigating Psychology 2

Module Code: DE200

Course Duration: October - June/July

Cost: Course fees for the DE200 module vary depending on which country within the United Kingdom you are a resident of:

  • England/RoI: £3,228*
  • Scotland: £1,074*
  • Wales: £1,308*
  • Northern Ireland: £1,074*
  • EU/Other non UK: 3,228*
* Please note that fee's were updated 1 April 2022 by the Open University. 

Course Details: Please click here to view the DE200 Module flyer from the Open University with further course information.

Module Payment information: The following link will take you the Open University webpage for information about OUSBA (the Open University Student Budget Account Ltd) which is essentially a loan system offered by the Open University to pay by instalments, employer sponsorship, cred/debit card or a mixture of these; Please note that BASES does not deal with any payments for the DE200 module.

Entry requirements: Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (i.e. sport and/or exercise science-related) and have completed, be undertaking, or be registered on a Sport and/or Exercise Psychology Masters course.

How to register: BASES does not receive application forms from the OU until approx June, so is unable to send them out to potential applicants until after this time. You can register your request for an application form by completing an expression of interest form; Investigating Psychology 2 expression of interest form. Closing date for these expression of interest forms is 1 June.

The application documents will then be emailed out when they have been made available to BASES by the OU. Please note these expression of interest forms will not be processed until after 1 June. You will not hear anything from BASES regarding these forms, prior to this time.

Applications will need to be submitted online via a link which will be sent with the application forms and will carry a £20 non refundable administration fee. 

How long does SEPAR take?

The length of the qualification will primarily depend on the time that the candidate is able to dedicate to the qualification and the competencies that require development. As such, the SEPAR is planned to be either 2, 3, or 4-years in duration. It is suggested that candidates discuss the intended qualification time with their supervisor(s) before stipulating the intended duration of their ‘SEPAR Application document’.

There may be some exceptional circumstances whereby candidates can request Accreditation of Prior Experiential Competence (APEC) for up to half of the full SEPAR process (i.e., this is based on the 2-year registration). Any request for APEC must be made when the candidate enrols to the SEPAR.

Finding a SEPAR Supervisor

You can search for an Approved SEPAR Supervisor on the SEPAR Directory

To qualify for inclusion on the ‘Approved SEPAR Supervisor’ list, supervisors must have adhered to the necessary SEPAR Supervisor training requirements and be registered with the HCPC as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist. 

Further information can be found in the SEPAR Qualification Handbook Section 2.9 and in the SEPAR Supervisor Handbook.

Programme costs

Programme costs

The total amount payable to BASES for registration will be £3,050 and can be made via monthly Direct Debit or an annual fee. This cost includes all registration and assessment fees, a number of training and development activities.

An initial fee of £650 must be paid upon submission of the SEPAR application form (with the balance of £2,400 paid monthly or annually thereafter). The application fee will be refunded, minus any costs incurred by BASES (e.g. for DBS checks), if an applicant does not meet the criteria to enrol on the SEPAR.

Additional costs

In addition to the SEPAR fees, there may be a requirement for additional costs such as the following:

  • Any additional training and development activities that candidates may need to undertake to fully demonstrate competence. An example of this would be if a candidate does not have at least, a threshold, level of underpinning psychology knowledge whereby they would be required to, at minimum, complete the 60-credit Open University module ‘Investigating Psychology 2’. Access to this module has been specifically arranged for potential SEPAR candidates to complete prior to entry onto SEPAR. BASES will ensure that the Open University is aware to who is required to complete the module but all payments for the module are to be handled by the candidate via the Open University’s Corporate Registration team;
  • Candidates will likely be required to consider supervision costs;
  • If the placement is being completed in a voluntary capacity, it is likely that that you will need to cover your own travel costs. BASES recommends that the candidate (with the support of the supervisor) ensures that the negotiation of roles, responsibilities and any remuneration are completed with the placement provider / placement supervisor prior to any work taking place.
  • Professional membership of BASES;
  • Professional liability/indemnity insurance. BASES is able to support preferential rates for indemnity cover and further details are available on the BASES website;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check – although an enhanced DBS will be covered within the SEPAR fee to confirm entry to the SEPAR, candidates are required to cover the costs for the ‘Update Service’ on an annual basis (£13 per year as of January 2019). 

Supervisors, Reviewers and External Examiners Information

SEPAR Supervisors

To ensure the success of the SEPAR, there will need to be a team of willing supervisors. Whilst all information relating to the supervisor process and responsibilities can be seen in the SEPAR Qualification Handbook and SEPAR Supervisor Handbook, supervisors will have to meet the following criteria:

  • be registered with the HCPC as Sport and Exercise Psychologists;
  • be BASES professional members;
  • complete all of the necessary ‘SEPAR Supervisor training’ and attend the annual supervisor training workshop. 

If you are interested in becoming a SEPAR Supervisor, please complete and submit the SEPAR Supervisor Application Form.

To view the current approved SEPAR Supervisors, click here

The document below provides further information about the role of a SEPAR Supervisor:

SEPAR Supervisor Handbook

SEPAR Supervisor Registration form (for Candidate application)

Supervisor Forms and Templates

SEPAR Supervisor Report Form - Initial

SEPAR Supervisor Report Form - Mid-Point

SEPAR Supervisor Report Form - End-Point

SEPAR APEC Supervisor Report Form - Initial

SEPAR APEC Supervisor Report Form - End Point

SEPAR Supervisor Observation of Practice Hours log

SEPAR Supervisor Observation of Practice Report

SEPAR Reviewers

It is a requirement for all candidates to have 2 reviewers throughout their SEPAR journey. Reviewers will be required to assess candidates competence at the initial, mid, and final stages of the SEPAR process and conduct a 1-hour mid-point meeting (via e.format) to discuss progress; reviewers will receive payment for each assessment point. 

  • Although all reviewer information is outlined within the SEPAR Qualification Handbook, reviewers will need to fulfil the following criteria:
  • be registered with the HCPC as Sport and Exercise Psychologists;
  • be BASES professional members;
  • complete all of the necessary ‘SEPAR Reviewer training’ and attend the annual reviewer training workshop;
  • follow a supervisee through to the end of the SEPAR process.

If you are interested in becoming a SEPAR Reviewer, please register your interest here.

External Examiners

Interested in becoming a SEPAR External Examiner?

To meet the HCPC requirements for quality assurance monitoring, there will be two external examiners appointed to the SEPAR. The external examiners will need to hold registration as Practitioner Psychologists with the HCPC and be prepared to serve for an appointment period of 4 years (where there will be a requirement to submit one annual report and attend one committee meeting per year).

It is preferred that the external examiner team will comprise one individual who typically fulfils an academic-practitioner role, with another who has an independent/self-employed practitioner roles. 

If you are interested in becoming a SEPAR external examiner, please express your interest to the SEPAR lead, Professor Richard Thelwell (

External Examiner Report Form

SEPAR Supervisor and Reviewer Testimonials


Laura Carey

Why I chose to become a BASES SEPAR Supervisor and / or Reviewer?

I chose to become a BASES SEPAR Supervisor and Reviewer as I am keen to promote the training and development of new Sport and Exercise Psychologists, particularly in a training route that actively encourages observation and open dialogue between the trainee, supervisor and reviewers. I believe this route is much more accessible to sport and exercise science graduates. I think having a background in sport and exercise science can be very useful when working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

My reflections on the experience so far?

The experience so far has been a positive one. The process is new, but people are keen to learn and support each other. I have found it to be a rewarding experience and I also know from speaking to trainees that they feel the same. The CPD workshops and modules have been very useful and this is a great benefit.

Why others should take up the training and become a Registered Supervisor and /or Reviewer.

I believe the support from the committee is fantastic. I do believe the process of supervising and/or reviewing benefits the profession and helps the profession to continue to grow and evolve.


Dr Amy Whitehead 

Reader (Associate Prof) in Sport Psychology and Coaching at Liverpool John Moores University.

Why I chose to become a BASES SEPAR Supervisor and / or Reviewer?

I'm both a supervisor and reviewer. BASES have set up a fantastic SEPAR programme which takes into the account the holistic role of the sport and exercise psychologist. As a result, I was excited to be part of a very supportive and innovative programme as a supervisor and reviewer and support future Sport and Exercise Psychologists in Training to embark and be successful on their journey.

My reflections on the experience so far?

BASES and the staff that have developed the programme have done a fantastic job in creating a world leading training programme. As both a suprervisor and reviewer I have been immensely supported by BASES to ensure I am doing a good job and providing my supervisee's with the appropriate support. The candidates I supervise are all on different stages of their journey, however, regardless of which stage candidates are at, BASES have a fantastic suite of online courses and workshops that supplement their education and their progression.

Why others should take up the training and become a Registered Supervisor and /or Reviewer

The whole process is straight forward and the training is extremely informative yet not too onerous. There is a fantastic support group around you as both a supervisor and reviewer and I always feel supported and confident to support my candidates. The whole process has been extremely rewarding and I thoroughly enjoy supporting my trainee's through this programme.


David Charlton

Managing Director of Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Applied Sport and Exercise Psychologist, David Charlton

Why I chose to become a BASES SEPAR Supervisor and Reviewer?

The reason I chose to become a BASES SEPAR Supervisor and Reviewer was so that I could make a positive impact on the career progression of young and up and coming Sport and Exercise Psychologists, as well as on the field as a whole.

My reflections on the experience so far?

As a SEPAR Supervisor and Reviewer there is an extensive network who are there to guide you in every step of the process which has been hugely helpful.

Why others should take up the training and become a Registered Supervisor and /or Reviewer.

As well as having a positive contribution to the field as a whole, for your own professional development I have found that I’ve learned so much from peers, as well as my supervisee’s which has made me a much better Sport and Exercise Psychologist and person.


Dr Paula Watson

Senior Lecturer in Exercise & Health Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University. Independent Exercise Psychologist, Made Up To Move Ltd

Paula is a SEPAR supervisor representative. Anyone who would like an informal chat about SEPAR supervision is welcome to contact Paula at

Why I chose to become a BASES SEPAR Supervisor

I’m really interested in the development of the “exercise” component of applied sport and exercise psychology, and I recently moved to a part-time contract in my academic post to develop my own independent exercise psychology company ( Supporting the development of the profession is really important to me, and when I heard about the opportunity to supervise on the BASES SEPAR pathway it was a no brainer.

My reflections on the experience so far

The experience for me has been far more than simply another supervision. Like anything, it is about what you put into it – but being a SEPAR supervisor has given me opportunities to further develop my supervision skills, to build new collaborations, and to engage in CPD. As a SEPAR supervisor you have access to BASES educational resources, such as the newly released mental health modules, and there are always further opportunities to get involved with BASES for those who are keen.

There are several things I like about SEPAR (when compared with other training routes):

a)SEPAR focuses on applied practice and essential skills needed to become an independent practitioner. There is great emphasis on practice hours and applied skill development, with progress being assessed by case studies and critical reflection. The supervisory relationship and observation is central to this process, and this is given structure through a minimum requirement for formal meetings and supervisory observations (two-way).

b)SEPAR is inclusive. High quality sport and exercise psychologists may come from multiple backgrounds, and SEPAR provides an accessible pathway for those coming via sport and exercise science degrees, for international candidates, and for those who do not fit the rigid criteria for other training routes.

c)SEPAR gives exercise equal status to sport. Physical activity and exercise psychology is a growing area of interest, but too often exercise psychology is an “add-on” to sport psychology courses. SEPAR is forward-thinking in allowing an exercise-only pathway, and in requiring candidates who choose the sport and exercise psychology pathway to evidence knowledge and experiences from both sport and exercise. Both aspects will help our future sport and exercise psychology workforce become more balanced, and help us promote the value of psychology in the world of physical activity and health.

Why others should take up the training and become a Registered Supervisor

I would encourage anyone who is a HCPC-registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist to get involved. We particularly need supervisors willing to supervise in either “sport and exercise” or “exercise psychology only”, since an increasing number of candidates are coming to the qualification with an interest in exercise and physical activity psychology. If you are working as an academic exercise psychologist, please don’t let the fact you don’t practice put you off - if you have an applied knowledge of exercise and physical activity psychology and would like to support the development of the field, your expertise is needed!  

Why I chose to become a BASES SEPAR Reviewer

I had already enrolled as a SEPAR supervisor, and it seemed logical to me to also contribute as a reviewer. As a reviewer you assess the work of multiple SEPAR candidates, which improves your understanding of the SEPAR process and helps you develop your own supervisory skills.

My reflections on the experience so far

My experience as a reviewer has been very positive. As expected, it has improved my understanding of the SEPAR process and informed by own supervision in giving me a better idea of where other candidates are at, and what is expected of candidates at each stage.

As an exercise psychologist, it is also interesting for me to review candidates who are on the sport and exercise psychology and sport psychology only pathways. Perhaps an unexpected benefit of reviewing has been the opportunity to work and to learn from other HCPC-registered psychologists (you review in pairs), many of whom I did not previously know. In this year alone, my sport and exercise psychology network has grown extensively and I have developed fruitful collaborations that I know will be long-lasting.

Why others should take up the training and become a Registered Reviewer

Reviewing for SEPAR can be an interesting and meaningful experience, and can help with your own development (if you allow it to). What I particularly like about SEPAR is the openness of the review process. You stay with a candidate throughout their journey and you are introduced to them (virtually) at the start. Reciprocal communication between trainees, supervisors and reviewers is encouraged, and I feel this greatly enhances the development process for the trainee. Perhaps I should mention also…there is fair remuneration for each review you do!  


David Priestley 

Why I chose to become a BASES SEPAR Supervisor and / or Reviewer?

Having been through SEPAR APEC myself, I wanted to help others with their development in a pathway that is balanced but rigorous. I am especially attracted to the transparent community of reviewing and communicating between supervisors, reviewers and the candidate. 



Lisa O'Halloran BSc(Hons),


Why I chose to become a BASES SEPAR Reviewer?

I chose to become a BASES SEPAR Reviewer so that I could make a positive impact on the development of practitioners. Having completed SEPAR APEC, I also wanted to help to support the profession as we venture into this exciting new SEPAR era. Further to this, I was aware that Reviewers receive training, support amongst the supervision/reviewer community and CPD credits. I felt as though it was a great opportunity for me to be part of a shared team where I can network and continue to learn new skills.

My reflections on the experience so far?

My experience as a Reviewer so far has been a really positive one. Each SEPAR candidate is assigned 2 reviewers and I feel that this helps to make the review process supportive, transparent and rigorous. I have found the Reviewer training very beneficial. The process that Reviewers must follow is outlined clearly from start to finish in the documentation and this has helped to make it really straight forward for me to settle into this new role.

Why others should take up the training and become a Registered Supervisor and /or Reviewer?

We have entered into an exciting new era for the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology with the SEPAR. It is a wonderful time to be associated with such a momentous development in how practitioners can gain access to HCPC register. Being involved as a Reviewer is an opportunity to develop new skills, network in a supportive community of practitioners who are also SEPAR Reviewers, be a positive addition in the development of upcoming SEPAR candidates and to give something back to the profession. 

BASES code of conduct

All BASES members must abide by the The BASES Code of Conduct. This states that “Members must ensure that suitable insurance indemnity cover is in place for all areas of work that they undertake”.


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

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