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The amount is not affected by how many courses you apply to, eg it is the same if you apply to one or if you apply to four.
All applications must be submitted by 1.00pm on 18 November 2020. If you choose the full £40.00 fee you can pay this after 18 November if necessary eg if the payment website is very busy at that time. However, we will not process your application until we receive the processing fee so please make your payment within a few days of submitting your application.
You can pay your processing fee by credit or debit card. Once you have submitted your application you will be directed to a separate payment website where you can "buy" your processing fee, which looks like this. (If you log back into your application later, you will still be able to access the website below by following the link on the first screen you see after you login.)
If you are using the payment website for the first time, you need to register before you can pay. If you already have an account on the payment website, eg if you have applied and paid in previous years, you need to login to that account. You can get a password reminder from the payment website if necessary. Your email software may treat emails from the payment website as junk or spam, so if you do not receive the password reminder email please check your Junk Email folder and/or Spam Email folder.
Please use the same contact details for your payment as you used for your application. This allows us to match your payment to your application. If you already have an account on the payment website you may need to update the contact details for that account.
Once you have paid, the payment website will send you an email to confirm. Your email software may treat emails from the payment website as junk or spam, so if you do not receive the confirmation email please check your Junk Email folder and/or Spam Email folder.
Your payment is then usually matched with your application within 7 days. If the payment cannot easily be matched eg if you have used different contact details to those on your application, the matching process may take longer to complete.
We need to charge a processing fee because we cover all our costs through the fees we charge to applicants and to course centres.
As the Board of Management, we have had many lengthy discussions regarding the Clearing House application fees. We have all agreed that starting from the applicaton process in 2020, our fees will be increasing to both applicants and course centres. We are aware that this is a very difficult time to raise applicants’ fees given the important context of widening and increasing access to the profession of clinical psychology.
The Clearing House is a charitable institution which is facing significant financial challenges and the Board of Management has a responsibility to secure the viability of the institution for the future. It should be noted that the fees to applicants have not kept pace with inflation, as the last significant change in fees charged to applicants took place in 2007.
The fees Course Centres pay to the Clearing House have also been significantly increased for 2020.
For a number of years now, we have been wanting to develop the Clearing House website. The present website does not enable us to make any significant modifications to the current application process, in line with changes which have been suggested by applicants and programmes in recent years. We want to be able to respond to these suggestions and offer an improved service to all users in future; however, this has not been possible so far with existing funds. This is also part of the rationale for increasing fees.
We as a Board are committed to keeping the costs to all parties as low as possible. We will continue to review the fees for 2021 and onwards to ensure that these are kept as low as we can maintain them, whilst ensuring viability of the charity, but also ensuring we can take new work forward.
Please note that all fees are non-refundable and that the Clearing House is not responsible for the processing of card payments.