Certificate in Systemic Practice

We offer the Certificate in two separate courses leading to the same qualification. It is accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT).

Key information

Date: September 2024
Course length: 1 Year (18 teaching days, Mondays, twice a month 10:00-16:00)
Fee for 2024/25: £3,278.00
Venue: IFT

Course Overview

The course is constructed in two different formats from which candidates must choose. They are:

The courses are equivalent and cover the same basic systemic tools and approaches. Applicants are therefore required to indicate at the point of application which course they wish to attend.
Progression: After successful completion, trainees can apply for the Intermediate Certificate in Systemic Practice.

Entry Requirements

No previous training in systemic work is required.

Participants must be working with families and couples/children and their families within the context of their profession.

If your intention is to pursue your training to the Qualifying level, you must be aware that a prior professional qualification will be a requirement for entry, unless you go through an APEL process. Please see Prior Professional Qualifications and APEL Policy for further details of QLT entry criteria.


If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, IFT requires applicants to reach a satisfactory level of proficiency in English Language prior to starting the programme. Evidence of your proficiency in spoken English will be required with your application form.

The standard requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL 580 (or 237 in the TOEL computer based test, plus 4 in the essay writing), or the AEB Test in English for Educational Purposes.

Course Content

  • Courses run twice a month on Mondays for a full day (10:00-16:00)
  • Each course consists of two units: theory and skills, taught concurrently
  • There is an 80% attendance requirement.

Assessed components:
Theory unit:
Essay of 1,500 words due December (30%)
Essay of 3,500 words due April (70%)

Skills unit:
Essay of 3.500 words due January (50%)
Presentation to small group in June (50%)

Formative Assessement:
Reflective Journal (0%)

How to Apply

Applications Open: 8 April 2024
Applications Close: 30 June.
This is a popular course and early application is advised. Late applicants are advised to contact the training department after the closing date to check availability of places.

Selection for the course is made on the basis of the application form. Applicants will not normally be required to attend an interview.


Payment in instalments available to self payers (monthly or termly options available).
A non returnable administration fee of £43 is payable to the Institute of Family Therapy on application.

IFT policy on fees
Once registered with IFT, students (or their employer/sponsor) will be liable for the full course fee. In the event of students failing to complete a course for any reason (including voluntary withdrawal on notice), they will remain liable for the full fee.


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