Information about Certification
Without doubt, the most important certification is one that any school cannot issue! This is the certificate of registration with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (website: www.cnhc.org.uk) and is very important because it is the only organisation for complementary therapists that is government-sponsored. Medical professionals can - and do - refer to it to confirm a hypnotherapist's professional training and if you're not listed there they will look for somebody who is. You can only get this registration if your school teaches the recognised Core Curriculum (created in 2011) for Hypnotherapy training, so it is important to ascertain that the course you are intending to study will allow you to register with CNHC. Not all do. As a guide, your training must have been of a minimum 450 hours, 120 of which must be contact based.
Almost all Hypnotherapy schools and colleges carry accreditation from various professional bodies for their courses but it is not always obvious as to the benefits associated with such accreditation. Although there are many in existence, none of them are 'official' or in any way 'the proper one', since they are all private companies. Most do have a sound code of ethics and certain benefits for their members. Here are the details of the accrediting bodies of our courses:-
The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy: It is only possible to join this organisation by invitation, studying at an approved/accredited school, or by being sponsored. Based in the UK, the membership is world-wide and the website appears high in the search engines so that people looking for a hypnotherapist can find it easily. There is an Annual conference with top presenters from around the world, as well as special rate insurance and other benefits. APHP is a recognised Verfication Authority for the CNHC (see above, in 'Certification'). Website: www.aphp.net. You will receive student membership automatically for free whilst training with us. Once you have your full diploma you can apply for licenciate membership which costs £70 a year at the time of writing.
The National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors: This is a new (at 2011) register which is a companion organisation to APHP with members benefits that include discounts on some professional books and other materials, some training, and the opportunity for some completely free Continual Professional Development - further training (CPD) is now a mandatory requirement of all professional associations. Website: www.nrpc.co.uk
The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association: A leading US based organisation which has a huge free online library for thousands of extra training videos, documents and other material. There is an Annual Convention held at Daytona Beach, Florida, in May each year. Joining this organisation automatically confers the US 'standard' certification of CHt. The Essex Institute is one of only two UK schools to be approved by this body. Website:www.imdha.com
The Society of Stress Managers: This exclusive organisation sets very high standards and registers few therapists - becoming a member of this one means you can ethically advertise yourself as a stress management consultant. Website: www.ManageYourStress.co.uk
The National Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists: This organisation accredits the teacher rather than the school, and only accepts as members those graduates who have received training that is some way above the average standard. On graduation, you can join as an affiliate, becoming a full member after 2 years. Website: www.nrah.co.uk