Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route


SEPAR enrolment – January 2024: postponed 

Since its inception a few years ago, SEPAR has been well-received by our members and is a training programme of exceptional quality that meets the expectations for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Candidates receive sector-leading workshops developed and delivered by experts in the field. The ongoing review of the programme quality ensures it stays aligned to the sector and meets the stringent requirements of the HCPC Register. 

Typically, BASES members can apply to enrol on the SEPAR twice a year: 6 January to 1 February and 1 July to 1 August. Due to the sheer volume of candidates currently enrolled on SEPAR, plus the changes that are being put in place to recruit and train more supervisors and reviewers to match the increase in candidate registrations, the decision has been made to pause the January 2024 application window. 

As such, the next window to apply for SEPAR will be 1 July to 1 August 2024. The only exception will be those candidates eligible to apply for the APEC route, who will be permitted to enrol for SEPAR APEC in January 2024. 

We appreciate that whilst this may cause some inconvenience to prospective SEPAR candidates, we hope there is some understanding as to the reasons behind the decision to pause the next enrolment window, which will benefit future candidates as well as those already involved in the programme. In order to help gauge the volume of SEPAR applications for the summer 2024 window (1 July to 1 August 2024), if you intend to enrol in this window, please can you complete this short form. The provision for the OU DE200 module will remain as other years, and expression of interest forms will be available for submission from 1 January to 1 June 2024. Further details can be found below under 'The Open University: Investigating Psychology 2 Module'. 

If you have secured a placement or applied work to start in-line with the January application window, then you are welcome to keep this in place as we know how difficult it can be to obtain applied hours. Please ensure that you include within your backdated hours log, confirmation that any hours counting towards SEPAR are/were appropriately supervised by an HCPC registered Psychology Practitioner, and were delivered in line with SEPAR Placement and Candidate Handbook guidance.

If those pre-SEPAR hours exceed the normally permitted 50 hours, please also include a short paragraph to say why this is the case (i.e., postponement of Jan 2024 application window).

Such hours can only come from completing a placement / applied hours that were supported directly by a HCPC registered Psychologist, and then signed off by them and your SEPAR supervisor when applying for SEPAR in July 2024.

Updated SEPAR documentation now available

4 August 2023

Following a review of the processes and paperwork, changes have now been made to the SEPAR documentation.

The changes include updates to the SEPAR handbooks and templates, plus new guidance to support candidates in their submissions along with new and updated processes to support both supervisors and reviewers in their roles. The guidance will take immediate effect for new SEPAR candidates (starting August 2023). For SEPAR candidates already part-way through their programmes, there will be a grace period through which they may still draw on existing guidance if they wish (up to the November 2023 submissions), after which everyone will migrate to the new guidance (with effect from May 2024 submissions).

If you then have any questions, Dr Paula Watson (SEPAR Supervisor Representative and SEPAR Consultant who led the review), will be holding Zoom drop-ins on the following Tuesdays for all candidates between 2 and 3 pm and for all supervisors/reviewers between 3 and 4 pm. Zoom links will be sent to all candidates, supervisors and reviewers a few days before each of the dates. Please come along on dates that suit you, for which there is no need to book:

2023 - 15 Aug, 19 Sep, 24 Oct, 14 Nov, 5 Dec

2024 - 16 Jan, 27 Feb, 16 April, 14 May, 11 June

Zoom links will be sent to all candidates nearer the drop-in dates.

BASES thanks everyone for their patience during this initial launch of the updated material and processes and to everyone involved in this review. 

Please click here to view the Summary Report of the Development Review project.


Introduction and Pre-application Information

SEPAR Introduction 

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 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 client

For candidates interested in pursuing the SEPAR, please take time to thoroughly read the Qualification and Candidate Handbooks in particular. These are key resources which have been complied to help prospective candidates make informed and appropriate decisions before embarking on SEPAR. The information is very comprehensive and is important for individuals to be fully aware of, prior to submitting an application. 

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.

If you are a candidate who falls into one of the categories below, please read Annex B: SEPAR pre-application checks, within the Qualification Handbook as there is additional information you will need to provide, prior to applying for SEPAR:
  - A UK citizen who has spent some/all of the last 5 years living out of the UK?
  - A UK citizen but currently living out of the UK
   - A non-UK citizen currently living in the UK
  - A non-UK citizen currently living out of the UK

BASES is aware that many members interested in undertaking the SEPAR may not currently meet the 'underpinning psychology knowledge' entry criteria (see section 2.0 Entry Requirements in the Qualification Handbook). 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). Further details are available in the Open University: 'Investigating Psychology' module section 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.

SEPAR Pre-application Process

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 APEC Annex 1

Policy on the Recruitment of ex-offenders

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 Qualification Handbook 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 of a SEPAR Supervisor (see SEPAR Directory)
  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 detailed information can be found in the SEPAR Qualification Handbook.

Updated SEPAR Candidate Documents (Post-August 2023)

Handbooks & Guidance

SEPAR Qualification Handbook - Version 3
SEPAR Candidate Handbook - Version 3
SEPAR Practice Placement Handbook - Version 1
SEPAR APEC Handbook - Version 1
Conflict of Interest Meeting Record - New
Portfolio Guidance Video
- New
(All candidate and supervisor names in the examples within this video are pseudonyms, any likeness to real individuals is coincidental)

Essential Documents for Portfolio Submissions


All submission timepoints

SEPAR Practice Log (submit new log for each submission) - New
SEPAR CPD & Supervision Log (submit new log for each submission) - New
SEPAR Dissemination & Citizenship Log (submit new log for each submission) - New
SEPAR Observation Log (submit new log for each submission) - New
SEPAR Core workshops Log (cumulative log across all submissions)- New
SEPAR Themed Reflection - New
SERAR Single Reflection Templates (candidate can choose which to use)
              - SEPAR Reflective Practice Template 1
              - SEPAR Reflective Practice Template 2
              - SEPAR Reflective Practice Template 3
              - SEPAR Reflective Practice Template 4 
              - SEPAR Reflective Practice Template - Unstructured - New
SEPAR CPD Reflection Sheet - New
SEPAR Observation Form - New
SEPAR Quarterly Review report - New
SEPAR Therapeutic Risk Assessment - New

Initial Submission


SEPAR Initial Submission Checklist - New
SEPAR Initial Competency Profile - Knowledge - New
SEPAR Initial Competency Profile - Skills - New
SEPAR Initial Competency Profile - Self - New
SEPAR Initial Competency Profile - Experience - New
SEPAR Action Plan (Initial & Mid-point submissions) - New
SEPAR Professional Philosophy Reflection - New
SEPAR Backdated Hours Log (If applicable) - New

Mid-Point Submission 
SEPAR Mid-point Submission Checklist - New
SEPAR Mid-point Competency Profile - Knowledge - New
SEPAR Mid-point Competency Profile - Skills - New
SEPAR Mid-point Competency Profile - Self - New
SEPAR Mid-point Competency Profile - Experience - New
SEPAR Action Plan (Initial & Mid-point submissions) - New
SEPAR Professional Philosophy Reflection - Mid-point - New
SEPAR Case Study - Mid-Point Template
SEPAR Client Reference Template - New

Final Submission
SEPAR Final Submission Checklist - New
SEPAR Final Competency Profile - Knowledge - New
SEPAR Final Competency Profile - Skills - New
SEPAR Final Competency Profile - Self - New
SEPAR Final Competency Profile - Experience - New
SEPAR Action Plan (Final) - New
SEPAR Professional Philosophy Reflection - Final - New
SEPAR Case Study - Final Template
SEPAR Client-Practitioner Relationship Case Study - Final Template
SEPAR Client Reference Template - New

Optional Documents that can be used as candidates wish
Monitoring and Evaluation Sheet (relates to competency 2.6.1 - 2.6.4)  - New
Psychological Demands Analysis Sheet (relates to competency 2.2.1) - New

SEPAR Candidate Documents (Pre-August 2023)

Handbooks

SEPAR Qualification Handbook

SEPAR Candidate Handbook

SEPAR APEC Handbook

SEPAR Practice Placement Handbook

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

SEPAR APEC Candidate Documents

APEC Update

28 May 2024

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 4 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. The decision was made and advertised back in September 2022 that the APEC route to completion of SEPAR will be withdrawn. The final enrolment for APEC candidates will be July 2024

SEPAR APEC Handbook

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 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

SEPAR Candidate Annual Review Form

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 has 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: The September enrolment course will complete June/July. The February enrolment course will complete November/December. 

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

  • England/RoI: £3,636*
  • Scotland: £1,188*
  • Wales: £1,312*
  • Northern Ireland: £1,159*
  • EU/Other non UK: £3,636*
* Please note that fee's were updated 15 May 2024 in accordance with 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; http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/fees-and-funding. 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 a Sport and/or Exercise Psychology Masters course.

How to register: From June 2024, the Open University introduced a second intake for the Investigating Psychology 2 module, the new date being a February start. 

You can submit a request for an application pack to be sent to you, for either enrolment dates, by completing an expression of interest form; Investigating Psychology 2 expression of interest form.

For the September enrolment/course this can be made between 1 January and 1 June
For the February enrolment/course this can be between 1 June and 1 November. 

BASES does not receive application forms from the OU until approx June and November
, so is unable to send them out to potential applicants until after this time. The application documents will be emailed out when they have been made available to BASES by the OU. Please note the expression of interest forms will not be processed until after 1 June and 1 November therefore 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. Please see section 2.0. Qualification process: Enrolment to HCPC eligibility in the Qualification handbook for detailed information on choosing the SEPAR duration and choosing the SEPAR pathway.

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 £3,355 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 £685 must be paid upon submission of the SEPAR application form (with the balance of £2,670 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

In becoming a supervisor for the SEPAR, supervisors hold responsibility for guiding and supporting the candidate to develop as a practitioner, and for quality assuring candidates’ practice to ensure ethical and professional boundaries are maintained. This process begins prior to enrolment and continues to the point at which the candidate is confirmed to be eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

To maintain the quality of the SEPAR experience, supervisors are expected to ensure the following:

  • Maintain, and develop knowledge of contemporary supervision frameworks (to include the BASES SEPAR Supervision Framework) relevant to the delivery of effective supervision.
  • Be a role model for candidates with regards to (but not limited to): managing and developing effective professional relationships; time management; maintaining confidentiality; gaining and acting upon feedback; listening and communication skills; demonstrating accountability; and, ethical practice.
  • Engage in reflective practice and continuous professional development for the purposes of developing and refining supervisory skills, evaluating candidates’ on-going development, and understanding and managing the changing nature of the supervisory relationship and expectations regarding the supervisor’s role.


To become a SEPAR Supervisor, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • be registered with the HCPC as Sport and Exercise Psychologist;
  • be a BASES professional member;
  • complete all of the necessary ‘SEPAR Supervisor training’ and attend refresher supervisor training as and when required. 

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

The documents below provide further information about the role of a SEPAR Supervisor, the qualification requirements of SEPAR and the expectations of Candidates. Please familiarise yourselves with these as well as the template documents:

SEPAR Supervisor Handbook - August 2023
SEPAR Qualification Handbook - August 2023
SEPAR Candidate Handbook - August 2023
SEPAR Practice Placement Handbook
SEPAR Portfolio Guidance Reflections Worksheet - New
Portfolio Guidance Video
- New
(All candidate and supervisor names in the examples within this video are pseudonyms, any likeness to real individuals is coincidental)

Requirements of Supervisors and Reviewers following the SEPAR Review - August 2023

Due to the fundamental changes that have been made within the SEPAR Reviewer, to keep in line with the HCPC requirements of ongoing training, and as per the email sent 4 August, all supervisors and reviewers are required to familiarise themselves fully with the new processes and documents. The two actions which are required of all supervisors is:

1. Watch the SEPAR Portfolio Guidance Video (~1.5 hours) and familiarise yourself with the new documentation (including the new Candidate Handbook, Qualification Handbook and respective Supervisor/Reviewer Handbooks). You must then complete the “SEPAR portfolio guidance supervisor/reviewer reflection” worksheet (above) to evidence your learning from the Portfolio Guidance Video and return to education@BASES.org.uk by Tuesday 19 September. Please put “SEPAR portfolio guidance reflection” in the subject header.

2. Attend one of two supervisor/reviewer workshops with Dr Paula Watson (SEPAR consultant who led the review) to hear an overview of the key changes and what these will mean for your supervision / reviewing. The dates, times and Zoom links for these workshops are as follows:

Monday 21st August, 1pm - 2.30pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8868...
Thursday 7th September, 2pm - 3.30pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8691...

If you are unable to make either of these dates, please e-mail education@BASES.org.uk ASAP and a recording of the workshop presentation will be sent to you, along with a reflective worksheet to complete before Tuesday 19 September 2023 to evidence your learning. We do however encourage you to attend a workshop as it will be interactive and more beneficial to you. It is essential you complete both tasks 1 & 2 before Tuesday 19 September 2023 if you wish to continue supervising and/or reviewing for SEPAR.

Supervisor Forms and Templates
SEPAR Supervisor Registration form - Updated August 2023 (for Candidate application)
SEPAR Supervisor Report Form - Initial - Updated August 2023
SEPAR Supervisor Report Form - Mid-Point - Updated August 2023
SEPAR Supervisor Report Form - End-Point -Updated August 2023
SEPAR APEC Supervisor Report Form - Initial
SEPAR APEC Supervisor Report Form - End Point
Conflict of Interest Meeting Record - New (for use if ever required)

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. 

The role of a SEPAR reviewer is:

  • to support candidates’ formative development and ensure they are on track to complete SEPAR;
  • to ensure candidates meet the required SEPAR standards and adhere to the BASES code of conduct;
  • (at the final submission stage) to determine whether candidates have reached the required level of proficiency to be fit to practise as an independent Sport and Exercise Psychologist and to apply for registration with the HCPC.

Reviewer responsibilities include:

  • Following a candidate through to the end of the SEPAR process;
  • Supporting the candidate’s process of development through provision of a professional perspective that is independent from that of the supervisor;
  • Providing feedback in a timely manner that is appropriately detailed, constructive and developmental in nature;
  • Signposting candidates, where appropriate, to additional sources of knowledge or CPD that might be beneficial to their particular needs;
  • Offering candidates and supervisors opportunity for clarification of feedback


The documents below provide further information about the role of a SEPAR Reviewer, the qualification requirements of SEPAR and the expectations of Candidates. Please familiarise yourselves with these as well as the template documents:

SEPAR Reviewer Handbook - Updated August 2023
SEPAR Qualification Handbook - Updated August 2023
SEPAR Candidate Handbook - Updated August 2023
SEPAR Practice Placement Handbook - New
SEPAR Portfolio Guidance Reflection Worksheet - New
Portfolio Guidance Video
- New
(All candidate and supervisor names in the examples within this video are pseudonyms, any likeness to real individuals is coincidental)

Requirements of Supervisors and Reviewers following the SEPAR Review - August 2023

Due to the fundamental changes that have been made within the SEPAR Reviewer, to keep in line with the HCPC requirements of ongoing training, and as per the email sent 4 August, all supervisors and reviewers are required to familiarise themselves fully with the new processes and documents. The two actions which are required of all supervisors is:

1. Watch the SEPAR Portfolio Guidance Video (~1.5 hours) and familiarise yourself with the new documentation (including the new Candidate Handbook, Qualification Handbook and respective Supervisor/Reviewer Handbooks). You must then complete the “SEPAR portfolio guidance supervisor/reviewer reflection” worksheet (above) to evidence your learning from the Portfolio Guidance Video and return to education@BASES.org.uk by Tuesday 19 September. Please put “SEPAR portfolio guidance reflection” in the subject header.

2. Attend one of two supervisor/reviewer workshops with Dr Paula Watson (SEPAR consultant who led the review) to hear an overview of the key changes and what these will mean for your supervision / reviewing. The dates, times and Zoom links for these workshops are as follows:

Monday 21st August, 1pm - 2.30pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8868...
Thursday 7th September, 2pm - 3.30pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8691...

If you are unable to make either of these dates, please e-mail education@BASES.org.uk ASAP and a recording of the workshop presentation will be sent to you, along with a reflective worksheet to complete before Tuesday 19 September 2023 to evidence your learning. We do however encourage you to attend a workshop as it will be interactive and more beneficial to you. It is essential you complete both tasks 1 & 2 before Tuesday 19 September 2023 if you wish to continue supervising and/or reviewing for SEPAR.


To become a SEPAR Reviewer, you will need to meet the following criteria:

    • be registered with the HCPC as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist;
    • be a BASES professional member;
    • complete all of the necessary ‘SEPAR Reviewer training’ and attend refresher reviewer training as and when required;
    • support a supervisee through to the end of the SEPAR process.

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

    Reviewer Forms and Templates
    Review Process Flowchart - New
    Reviewer Report Form - Updated August 2023
    Reviewer Report Form (Re-submission) - New
    Reviewer Candidate Tracking template - New
    Conflict of Interest Meeting Record - New (for use if ever required)
    Reviewer Claim Form - Updated August 2023

    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 (richard.thelwell@port.ac.uk).

    External Examiner Report Form

    SEPAR Supervisor and Reviewer Testimonials

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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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 p.m.watson@ljmu.ac.uk

    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 (www.madeuptomove.co.uk). 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!  


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    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. 


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    Dr.

    Lisa O'Halloran BSc(Hons),

    MSc, PhD, HCPC, FHEA, CSci

    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. 


    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

    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”.

    About BASES

    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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