How to apply

Our Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation is a recognised quality standard for practitioners who offer advice on health and welfare matters under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

To apply for accreditation, you’ll need to:

  • pass a training course
  • submit a detailed application
  • attend an assessment

The application process takes around six to eight weeks. It can take longer if we receive high volumes of applications or if you do not give us all the information we need.

Step 1: Complete the training

You must successfully complete a two-day initial training course provided by our approved training provider, City University.

The course is delivered face-to-face. We accept a minimum of 10 and up to 16 people per session.

Find out more and book your place

You should submit your application within six months of successfully completing the training.

Step 2: Apply for an EDBS check

You’ll need to apply for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (EDBS) check.

An enhanced DBS check can take up to six weeks. Start the process as soon as possible, as your application will be refused if you fail to complete the process.

We can accept an existing enhanced disclosure if it’s not more than three months old at the date we receive your application.

We may request additional enhanced DBS checks to be undertaken at any point after your accreditation or re-accreditation.

Step 3: Read the guidance

Before you begin your application, you must read the:

Step 4: Complete the form

Complete the application form (Word 479 KB).

Step 5: Submit your application

You’ll need to submit your application alongside the supporting documents. Your application should include:

  • your application form
  • a copy of your initial training certificate
  • a copy of your Family Proceedings Advocacy Certificate (if applicable)
  • your professional development training records for the last three years
  • a copy of your EDBS check
  • a copy of your anonymised skeleton argument, written submissions or detailed positions statement

Submit your application by email

Step 6: Assessment

Our accreditations team will check your application. We’ll let you know if we need any more information from you.

If you meet our initial eligibility checks, you’ll be invited to an interview at our offices in London before a panel of two of our assessors.

The assessment process takes about two hours.

You’ll be given a case study an hour before your interview. The scenario will be based on a mental capacity law scenario.

You’ll have to consider how best to:

  • prepare and present your client’s case
  • decide what other information, documents or reports you may need
  • deal with the issues of law, procedure and evidence

These matters will be tested by questions asked in the accreditation interview.

You may bring books and other reference materials.

Step 7: Pay the fee

We’ll send you an invoice when we receive your application.

The total fee is £942 (VAT included).

Read more about the cost of the accreditation

Step 8: Accreditation

Our accreditation team will review and assess your application.

We’ll let you know the outcome of your application once we’ve received your payment.

Appeals

If your application is unsuccessful, we’ll refund your membership fee.

You may appeal against our decision.

Read our appeals policy

Contact us

Call: 020 7320 5797

Email: accreditation@lawsociety.org.uk

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday