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
  • Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma options associated with an optional Master's degree
  • TA Practitioner, Advanced TA Practitioner and Master TA Practitioner via the Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma
  • TA Manager, Advanced TA Manager and TA Master Manager via the Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma
  • International TA certifications known as CTA, CTA Trainer, PTSTA and TSTA

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

The great thing about our approach to 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.

Qualification Summaries

TA Proficiency Awards

A major application of these Awards is related to children and young people (TAPACY), teachers and educators (TAPATE), caregivers and parents (TAPACM), or helpers and assistants (TAPAHA).  The same award is referred to as TAPDA (TA Professional, or Personal, Development Award) when run for those unconnected with children, such as coaches, managers, unemployed people, police officers, etc. 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, family, or at work.  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, students or practitioners in any field. 
Advanced Awards cover additional concepts and include presentation of a learning journal.  Again, anyone can do the teaching to the participants but the evidence is assessed only by those with sufficient advanced TA training and supervision. 

These Awards are a value-added item for TA trainees, students or practitioners, and acting as assessor is in itself a valuable learning experience.   See 
Manager Awards
These are designed for experienced managers, consultants, coaches etc who wish to apply TA 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 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. See below for qualification as a TA manager.
TA Professional Qualifications
These are a Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in TA, in which specialisation in developmental TA, coaching or psychotherapy are options. Certificate and Diploma represent approximately 25% each, and Advanced Diploma the other 50%, of the requirements for the ITAA/EATA TA qualifications and are a particularly supportive route towards the Certified Transactional Analyst exams.  They can also form the basis for a Master's degree 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 15 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, Diploma equates to TA Advanced Practitioner, and Advanced Diploma holders are TA Master Practitioners. Those who apply TA within their role as a manager can instead refer to themselves as TA Manager, TA Advanced Manager and TA Master Manager.

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.
Master's Degree in Transactional Analysis, with optional specialisation
( e.g. Coaching, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Organisational Consultancy)
Awarded by a University in association with the Professional Development Foundation, Psychological Intelligence Foundation CIC and 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, professional supervision and application and is assessed via P/TSTA members of ICTAQ, inc;uding in line with University requirements. Candidates are expected to attend regular interactive 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.  Attainment of the Master's degree equates to the title of TA Master Practitioner. 

CTA - Certified Transactional Analyst, CTA Trainer, TSTA
These are the international qualifications, run by the ITAA and EATA.  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, it is possible for students to reach CTA status in 4-5 years, although many take longer.  Hours achieved for the ICTAQ qualifications and a Master's degree can 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 a Master's degree and/or another field at CTA 
We provide support for candiates who wish to gain accreditation of prior learning from CTA to a Master's degree. Candidates shoud expect to complete additional practice that meets the requirements of a case study as researcher/practitioner. Also, 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 Master's degree and at the same time gain sufficient targeted hours of supervision for another CTA accreditation.
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.

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.

Training and supervision hours provided by Psychological Intelligence Foundation CIC and partners may be credited against various awards operated by several bodies:

ICTAQ – International Centre for Transactional Analysis Qualifications
ITAA – International Transactional Analysis Association
EATA – European Association for Transactional Analysis
EMCC – European Mentoring & Coaching Council
CMI – Chartered Management Institute
ILM – Institute of Leadership and Management

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.