Students successfully completing a recognized TA training programme can formalise their achievements taking the exam to become a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA). This is a level 7 qualification with rigorous requirements, internationally recognised.
For the field of Psychotherapy, the successful candidates automatically register as UKCP Psychotherapist, hence they also need to comply with the UKCP requirements. The UKATA Training Handbook and TSC bulletins explain and guide this process: see the Member’s Area to view or download these documents.
The training has to fulfil the standards laid out by EATA, and the exam procedure is also following their directions. EATA guidelines for TA students of any of the fields of specialization (counselling, psychotherapy, education and organizational) going for the CTA are found in the EATA Training Handbook and updates.
Training for CTA typically involves 4 years part-time at post graduate level and additional preparation both theoretical and professional/clinical. Applicants endorse their commitments by becoming a Contractual Trainee, an intense period of preparation and supervised practice. They are monitored and have to give evidence both through their practice and academic efforts to have accomplished a high level of competency in their field.
The hours required include TA training, supervision, personal development, professional practice, personal therapy (mandatory for those training to become psychotherapists), and other activities agreed by the candidate’s supervisor.