29th September 2022

When the Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR) was developed, an Accreditation of Prior Experiential Competence (APEC) route way was developed for those with alternative, yet relevant, professional qualifications (e.g., BASES, AASP, APS, APA) and who had significant experience within sport and exercise psychology delivery, to complete their registration within a shorter timeframe, but still meeting the HCPC criteria.
Given that SEPAR is now more than 2 years old, many of those who were in the position to complete their SEPAR journey via APEC have already either started the qualification or, indeed, completed it. In light of this, the decision has been made by the SEPAR Advisory Group that the APEC route to completion of SEPAR will be withdrawn to new entries. Candidates looking to enrol on SEPAR-APEC will be given until July 2024 to do so. This will enable any prospective APEC candidates who still require the Open University module, Investigating Psychology 2, one last opportunity to enrol next year, with the module starting in September 2023. This will mean that the last APEC intake will be July 2024.


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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