What is GPC accreditation ?
Accreditation is a formal process by which Ghana Psychology Council mandated by law to assess and approves the training and practice of applied psychology in Ghana. Accreditation provides a formal process for ongoing evaluation and improvement of psychology programme.
Why is GPC accreditation important?
GPC accreditation sets professional and practice standard for all institutions running psychology programmes. This will enable all institutions to meet nationally endorsed standards in the training of practitioners.
When a training institution is accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB), is it still important to accredit it with the GPC?
The Ghana Psychology Council is the only body mandated by law (Part 5 of Act 857 of 2013) assess and ensure the highest standards in the training and practice of applied psychology including counselling and special education. The GPC accreditation is an additional requirement for all National Accreditation Board accredited institutions who want to run a psychology programme.
How many types of accreditation do you have?
What Level of programmes are accredited by Ghana Psychology Council?
- Post graduate psychology programmes (PhD, Psy.D., M.Phil, MA. M.Ed., M.Sc.)
- Undergraduate psychology (BA, B.Sc., Diploma and Certificate in counselling
Accreditation ensures the quality of the psychology profession on behalf of public interest and public safety. It involves comprehensively examining education providers and their programmes of study against relevant accreditation standards.
Education providers of psychology programs are subject to an accreditation process against the Accreditation Standards to ensure adequate standards of education for psychologists, paraprofessionals and lay practitioners, and the ongoing improvement of educational quality in the applied psychology discipline.
Accreditation is a process of assessment of programmes of study in applied psychology (and of the higher education provider offering them) against the GPC Standards. GPC considers accreditation as a process based on self and peer-assessment for the purpose of publicly and openly assuring adequate standards of education for psychologists and the constant improvement of educational quality in the psychology discipline.
GPC accepts applications from recognised higher education providers offering appropriate qualifications in applied psychology and request that education providers make themselves familiar with the information on this website (in particular the accreditation process and the more detailed GPC Rules & Standards) before contacting GPC for advice.
An education provider may be granted the following accreditation status:
- Accreditation without Conditions
- Accreditation with Conditions
- Accreditation Revoked
- Accreditation Expired
Any application for accreditation of a new education provider or programme of study which is unsuccessful in gaining Accreditation without Conditions, or Accreditation with Conditions, will have no accreditation status.
See pages 8 to 10 of the GPC Rules for Accreditation for more information.
Institution and Schools course approval is conducted by the Ghana Psychology Council and consists of assessing courses against the Council’s Course Approval Guidelines for Psychology, Paraprofessional and Lay practitioner Courses to determine if they meet the training requirements for accreditation. The relevant Guidelines and application materials are available from the GPC website.