Psychological Intelligence Foundation CIC

Qualifications & Accreditation

Qualifications & Accreditation

Our wide range of TA qualifications, in order of commitment required, includes:

  • An award for those wanting to check out that they are applying TA competently enough in their personal or professional life
  • Qualifications for managers and coaches, where our provision is recognised by non-TA professional bodies
  • Practitioner endorsement for those already qualified to masters level and wanting to add TA to their skills base
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc options in Developmental TA and TA Psychotherapy
  • International TA certifications known as CTA, CTA Trainer, PTSTA and TSTA

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TAPA and TAPDA - see below - Our principal, Julie Hay, manages an international scheme under the auspices of the IDTA, providing TA teaching to children and young people, parents and caregivers, teachers and educators, and others engaged in the processes of developing children.  She leads a similar scheme under the auspices of ICDTA for anyone (not involved with children) who wants to have their application of TA in their personal and/or professional life recognised.

The great thing about our professional qualifications* is that they allow you to progress through them – you can start with one outcome in mind and then choose to carry over the credit for that if you want to shift to something more extensive.

​You can do this all the way from your earliest attendances without any commitment to a qualification, right through to an MSc and/or international accreditation.

*Sorry - not TAPA or TAPDA because they are not run by internationally-accredited TA trainers.

Click here to go to a description of various qualification options,

​or feel free to  Contact Us to discuss your possible choices,

​Or read the short summaries below and then  Contact Us.

Qualification ​Summaries

TA Proficiency Awards
These may be obtained by children and young people (TAPACY), by teachers and educators (TAPATE), by caregivers and parents (TAPACM), or by helpers and assistants (TAPAHA).  New applications can also be added provided they are related to children (see TAPDA below for other options). TAPA candidates are expected to produce a folder, or portfolio, that contains examples of how they applied TA in their life.  This might include, for instance, an analysis using TA ideas of their relationships in the classroom or family.  They need to do this for six different TA concepts (e.g. ego states, strokes, psychological games).  It is then assessed by an experienced TA practitioner and the candidate receives a certificate and badge, usually at a celebratory Award Ceremony.  Anyone can provide the teaching for TAPA students of any age, making it a valuable addition to services provided by trainees/CTAs in any field. The international TAPA schemes are currently overseen by the IDTA. See

TA Personal/Professional Development Awards
Similar to TAPA, but managed by ICDTA, this is an introductory level award for people who have learned some TA and want confirmation and recognition that they have applied it in their life generally or within their professional activity.  TAPDAs are awarded on production of a portfolio of evidence; Advanced TAPDAs cover additional concepts and include presentation of a learning journal.  As with TAPA, anyone can teach the TA to the participants but the evidence is assessed only by those with sufficient advanced TA training and supervision.  Again, it is a value-added item for trainees/CTAs in any field, and acting as assessor is in itself a valuable learning experience. TAPDA schemes can be for personal development (TAPeDA), professional development (TAPrDA) or for both (TAPPDA).  See

Manager Awards
These are designed for experienced managers, consultants, coaches etc who wish to apply DTA within their professional activities.  These equate to 40-45 university credits and are recognised by the  Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), by the  Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in association with the  Professional Development Foundation.  For the ILM and/or ICDTA option, candidates should expect to attend 72 hours of training webinars supplemented with self study, receive coaching tutorials (supervision), and produce evidence of their application of DTA to their professional development.  For CMI Chartered Manager Status (and optional university credits), attendance at an additional 72 hrs of training workshops and/or webinars is required.

Practitioner Awards
These are designed for those already qualified as ‘helping professionals’ in something other than TA, who want to check out how well they are incorporating TA into their professional practice.  They might be coaches, consultants, psychotherapists, educators, mediators, HR professionals – any role where the primary focus is on helping other people, or families, teams or organisations, to develop themselves.  Candidates must already hold a competence-based qualification that has involved training, supervision and practice, and are expected to have engaged in more training and supervision with internationally-accredited TA professionals. They are required to produce evidence of TA application and a critical reflection on how TA fits with their own approach. 

Diploma in Developmental Super-Vision
Developed by ICDSV, this Supervisor qualification is for those who have already qualified as a practitioner in TA or in other approaches, and wish to supervise others within the same professional category.  Requirements are 60 hours attendance at webinars/workshops led by ICDSV trainer/supervisors, 100 units of providing supervision to at least 5 supervisees, 20 units of supervised supervision.  Candidates also make 3 theoretical presentations and 3 case presentations.  See

In 2012, Julie Hay (one of the five original founder members of EMCC) submitted an application for this programme to be assessed by EMCC for their ESQA - European Supervision Quality Award. Although the award of a Provisional ESQA was recommended by the assessor, this was overturned by the panel who required a detailed quality procedures manual and attendance by more students. We are now relaunching the programme and will re-submit our application to EMCC in due course.

TA Professional Qualifications
These are a Certificate and Diploma in TA, in which a specialisation is also an optional extra. They represent approximately 25% each of the requirements set for the international TA qualifications and are a particularly supportive route towards the Certified Transactional Analyst exams.  They can also form the basis for the MSc Professional Development that is described below.  They are intended for those already in practice or about to start as helping professionals, who wish to make TA a major element of their professional approach.  Candidates are expected to attend training and supervision with internationally-accredited TA trainer/supervisors and to produce evidence of their competent application of TA.  Candidates will be applying TA in their work for at least 100 hours and will attend at least 75 hours of TA webinars or workshops, receive at least 10 hours of professional supervision, and submit evidence of thier work.  This is anticipated to take about a year for each level, although students can spread training and application over a longer period.  See

Attainment of the Certificate allows the candidate to refer to themselves as TA Practitioner, while the Diploma equates to TA Advanced Practitioner.

We are currently exploring the requirements to align DTA Professional Qualifications with those of the  ICF – International Coach Federation and will post regular updates at

Please note that if you want to become a TA Psychotherapist or some other specific title many such titles have legal restrictions in some countries. Our focus is on developing your competence in the application of transactional analysis in your professional practice. Please check for any national requirements that may exist in your country of practice.

MSc Professional Development (Developmental Transactional Analysis or Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist)
(A specialism may be added to this title if appropriate e.g. Coaching, Counselling, Organisational Development)
Awarded by a University in association with the Professional Development Foundation, Psychological Intelligence Foundation CIC and the ICTAQ, this qualification requires that helping professionals demonstrate their competent application of TA, accompanied by a series of critical reflective essays.  The TA competence is typically developed over 3-4 years of TA training webinars, workshops, ocasional supervision and application and is assessed via P/TSTA members of ICTAQ.  The critical reflective essays are then assessed in line with University requirements.  Both elements must be passed.  Candidates are expected to attend regular webinars, have professional supervision and to be applying TA in their professional work.  They are also expected to engage in some work-based research activity.  Those who wish can opt for Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma instead of MSc.  Attainment of the MSc equates to the title of TA Master practitioner

The Postgraduate Certificate aligns with the requirements for the  Practitioner award by EMCC, and the  MSc with the EMCC Master Practitioner.

CTA - Certified Transactional Analyst, CTA Trainer, TSTA
These are the international qualifications, run by the training bodies of the international TA associations in ways that ensure the standards are consistent internationally.  Candidates opt for one of four fields of application: psychotherapy, educational, organisational, and counselling (which also equates to coaching).  For CTA, students must attend at least 300 hours of TA training and 75 hours of supervision, complete at least 500 hours of TA application, plus other professional development and practice activities that bring the total hours to at least 2000.  They produce a 24000 word written examination and attend a 4-person panel examination.  On the basis of attending a full ongoing TA programme each year, most students take 4-5 years to reach CTA status.  Hours achieved for the DTAPQ and the MSc can also be credited against the CTA requirements.  CTA Trainer and TSTA are further qualifications after achieving CTA and are anticipated to take another 5-7 years.

Adding another field at CTA 
EATA announced in 2013 that for those wishing to add CTA in another field “the previous training followed in another field by the candidate can be counted under the responsibility of the primary supervisor.” PTSC Telegram 31, Sep 2013 item 6.7.  This means that, if you are already CTA in one field, and you complete sufficient hours of application in another field (or perhaps have already been working in another field), you may now be eligible to gain accreditation of prior learning towards the MSc and at the same time gain sufficient targeted hours of supervision for another CTA accreditation.

MSc Professional Development (TA Trainer/Supervisor)
This qualification is designed for those who already hold CTA (any field) or an MSc in Transactional Analysis (developmental or psychotherapy) and wish to teach and supervise students who are seeking TA qualifications. Candidates attend webinars/workshops, are supervised on their teaching/training and the supervision they provide, produce portfolios of evidence and critical reflections, and engage in work-based research.  Candidates are required to have provided at least 300 hours of teaching and 300 hours of supervision, and to have received at least 50 hours of supervision of each, alongside attendance at 165 hours of webinars/workshops over a typical 3-4 year period covering teaching and training theory and practice, supervision theory and practice, advanced theoretical knowledge of TA, and of a range of non-TA theories and techniques.. A final competence-based assessment is conducted by a small panel, at which the candidate is invited to demonstrate their skills in discussion and through short recordings and live demonstrations of their practice. This qualification lines up with (optional) international accreditation as CTA Trainer/Supervisor, although candidates for this are required to specialise.

Master TA/Trainer/Supervisor
This qualification is designed for those who have completed the MSc for TA Trainer/Supervisor, and requires candidates to provide at least another 200 hours of supervision (of supervision and/or teaching) of those who are undertaking the MSc for TA Trainer/Supervisor or those in contract as PTSTA with EATA/ITAA/FTAA, and to receive an appropriate level of supervision of the supervision they give.  A final competence-based assessment is conducted by a small panel, at which the candidate is invited to demonstrate their skills in discussion and through short recordings and live demonstrations of their practice. This qualification lines up with (optional) international accreditation as TSTA, although candidates for this are required to specialise.

Caveat: This information in this document is for guidance only and should not be relied upon when decisions are made – the original documents should be consulted before any contracts are signed.  Note also that requirements are subject to change.

​Contact Us at  [email protected] to arrange a free, no-obligation discussion of options;  we will put you in touch with whoever can best help.​

We also offer NLP Practitioner certification,
​in association with Richard Bandler and the Society of NLP
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The information on this website is for guidance only and should not be relied upon when decisions are made – the original documents should be consulted before any contracts are signed.  Note also that requirements are subject to change.

Julie Hay is TSTA Counselling, Organisational, Psychotherapy, Educational and offers training and supervision that is recognised internationally for TA accreditations by ITAA and EATA. 

​Please note, however, that ITAA and EATA provide confirmation of competence but cannot award the ‘right to practice’. 

​For instance, there are specific additional requirements in the UK for those seeking psychotherapy accreditation so you are recommended to contact a TA training establishment in the UK that meets the full requirements of UKCP or BACP.  

Additional requirements apply in some other countries, such as the requirement for psychotherapists to be medical doctors or psychologists. ​​There may also be requirements that trainers have nationally recognised qualifications. 

You are advised to check the legal requirements in your own country; if EATA or ITAA accreditation is enough, Julie will be happy to talk to you about how she might provide you with training, supervision, and/or contractual sponsorship for CTA Psychotherapy.​