Credentialing process

Process for credentialing

To apply to become a full, credentialed member of the College you first must be an associate member. For full membership you will need to demonstrate one of the following:

  • 5 years active experience in psychiatric pharmacy practice, or
  • 3 years active experience and a pass on the Aston University Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy Therapeutics, or
  • 3 years experience and an MSc which contains a large psychiatric component.

In addition, full membership requires the demonstration of a wide range of competencies, which are assessed through the presentation of a portfolio of evidence and by performance at a viva.

Dates for submissions of portfolios, and for credentialing vivas are circulated to members via email or newsletter, and are listed in our Events calendar. There are usually two calls per year, with one of the viva sessions held around the same time as our annual conference..

Applicants are asked to submit their evidence in four portfolio files incorporating information and tasks as specified.

For details of the competencies to be assessed in these files, please see the Competencies page.

Those who wish to submit alternative examples of evidence which meet the competencies are encouraged to do so. These will be individually considered by the council.

Download the credentialing pack (application form and portfolio pro-formas) (zip file)

Before submission of your portfolio you must gather and provide evidence for each competency either by completing each of the portfolio files or providing alternative evidence.

To arrange the submission of your portfolio, or if you have any queries about the process, please contact the CMHP Registrar on

After submission of your portfolio, copies will be sent to the credentialing panel for assessment prior to approval being given to progress to viva. You will be sent feedback on your portfolio from the credentialing panel, and they may ask for additional details or further clarification on your submission before a viva is arranged.

You will be asked to pay the credentialing fee as set by Council (£300 in 2016-17).