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The Role of the Employer

All psychotherapists must hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC) to legally practise.

If your employee is unable to produce their current APC then check the Public Register or call the Board to check on their status 04 918 4727.

If an employee works part-time or only a few hours a week, they must still hold a current APC. A current APC should be sighted on employment.

The psychotherapists APC year runs from 1 October to 30 September. If your employee is practising without an APC they place themselves and you at risk. For example, if they treat ACC clients whilst not holding a current APC then ACC may ask you to return the funds claimed during the period of time your employee practised without a current APC. Furthermore, the psychotherapist may not be covered by their insurance.