Red Kite Training offers a range of Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy courses.  We run a four-year rolling programme, over 10 weekends each year, with various exit points.

Foundation Year: The first year of training develops and extends upon TA 101 so that trainees embody basic concepts and principles and develop critical thinking skills.  

Award: Red Kite Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis

Advanced Clinical Year 1: In this year trainees explore the theory and practice of TA Psychotherapy.  They will be developing the clinical competencies to begin a supervised placement (when ready) and will be studying at a post graduate level.

Advanced Clinical Year 2: Trainees will secure a broader and deeper knowledge of Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy theory and applications.  They will locate TA in the context of other psychotherapy and counselling theories. They will be starting or continuing their supervised placement this year.

Advanced Clinical Year 3: Trainees will be enhancing their clinical skills and theoretical knowledge and developing their own style of practice.  Some will be working towards sitting the EATA exam to become a Certified Transactional Analyst and gain registration with UKCP and UKATA as a psychotherapist

Following on from four year's training we will run an Examination Preparation Group which will lead trainees towards gaining their CTA. 

We offer interim exit points and qualifications to suit the needs of individual trainees

Foundation Certificate

For those seeking personal and/or professional Development and those who wish to progress to become practitioners.  120 hours over 10 weekends.  A Red Kite Foundation Certificate will be awarded to those that complete the course and fulfil all the requirements.  A TA 101 course is an essential pre-requirement.

Advanced Clinical Years 1-3

Red Kite Practitioner Certificate in Transactional Analysis*

For qualified practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding of TA.  120 hours over 10 weekends following the Foundation Certificate (or similar).

Red Kite Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling*

For those wishing to become a BACP registered counsellor.  240 hours over 20 weekends (in total) following the Foundation Certificate (or similar) is an essential pre-requirement.  

Once completed, the Diploma may be used to meet the training requirement for individual accreditation with the BACP and is the minimum requirement for working as a trained counsellor.

UKATA Diploma in Transactional Analysis*

For those who wish to be a UKCP registered psychotherapist through becoming a Certified Transactional Analyst.  240 hours over 20 weekends (in total) following the Foundation Certificate (or similar).  This Diploma also enables individual BACP Registration.

Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy)*

360 hours of advanced clinical training over 30 weekends (in total).  The Examination Preparation Group will follow to enable trainees to meet all the requirements for the CTA.

A Certificate  of Completion will be given when all the requirements are met for Advanced Clinical Years 1 and 3.

* Note there is a fee for application to these awards

See more details of Awards and Training Structure here

Principal Trainer

Carol Wain BSc (Hons) MSc (TA Psych), Certified Transactional Analyst, PTSTA, UKCP registered psychotherapist. I have 20 years of experience working in the NHS, voluntary sector and in private practice. My practice is based in Liverpool city centre where I work as part of team of other counsellors and psychotherapists.

Consultant Trainer

Dr Celia Simpson, PhD, CTA (Psych), PGCE, Cert Couns, Cert Supervision, PTSTA, UKCP registered psychotherapist and approved supervisor in private practice in South Liverpool. I have extensive experience in education and in a range of clinical settings in the UK and abroad. I am assistant editor of The Transactional Analyst.

Visiting Trainers

Hayley Marshall PTSTA (Psych)

Business Director

Brian Simpson Dip Couns, Cert. Supervision, MBACP (Accred).


Each year of the course comprises 10 weekends (one per month) and runs from September to June. 

Confirmed Dates for 2019/2020


September 21st/22nd  

October 12th/13th  

November 9th/10th 

December 7th/8th  


January 18th/19th 

February 8th/9th 

March 7th/8th 

March 28th/29th 

May 9th/10th 

June 13th/14th 

Fees for 2019/20

Individual or charity £2,000

Business £2,200

Payment options (individual or charity):

A non-refundable deposit of £400 is required to confirm your place on the course

The balance of £1600 is payable before the first weekend of the course


A monthly standing order of £160 is payable starting the 1st September and then the first of each of the next 9 months finishing by 1st June

If you have Red Kite's Foundation Certificate or have completed a similar course elsewhere then we can accredit prior learning.

Please download the application form here and specify your year of entry

Please note that you also have to send us a current CV