The past couple years that I have been working at the Glasgow Cognitive Therapy Centre, the one thing I get asked the most is, “what courses are needed to become a CBT therapist?” I know when you are looking to train or re-train in a profession, it gets confusing with all the courses and options out there. So, I am going to try make it as simple as possible. .


  • The starting point for anybody and everybody  is the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills. This course is required even if you have a degree in psychology or have had years of experience as a mental health nurse, for entry onto our more advanced courses in CBT. The COSCA Certificate is essential as it builds your soft skills in communication and it explores all modalities of counselling. It will usually be the starting point for most counselling diplomas. The course is our foundation course at SCQF level 8 and there are no entry requirements. We however do interview all applicants and ask for a PVG scheme membership for work with protected adults counter-signed by us. We run the course regularly throughout the year, to check out next course start dates and more information check out our COSCA page


After the COSCA Certificate is done there are 2 options:


  • If you don’t have a degree, our Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions (CertCBI), is recommended before going on to the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The course is credit-rated by Edinburgh Napier at SCQF level 9 and will give a good understanding of CBT and will help with developing academic writing. It is recommended if you don’t have a degree as our Diploma is credit-rated by Edinburgh at SCQF level 11, which is quite a big jump from 8 to 11. This course is also recommended for those in a caring profession, who want to add CBT to their toolkit. Then after the CertCBI, if you want to practise as a CBT therapist you will need to go on to our Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. For more information visit our CertCBI page



I have whipped up a handy homemade flow chart to explain using arrows. You can tell it’s homemade, but it does the job, it flows.





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