Accreditation for the Online Diploma

NOTE: due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are running Diploma courses in the Online Diploma format and as live webcasts. This page is about accreditation for the Online Diploma. For more information about live webcasts, click here.

You can read more information about the changes to our courses here.

Concerned about accreditation options for the Online Diploma? This page has the most up to date information about our position on the matter and the position of membership organisations, and plans and adjustments during this time.

NOTE: if you do not live or intend to practice in the UK, the requirements from professional bodies do not apply to you.

Most importantly: you will be able to become a fully accredited hypnotherapist if you take the Diploma online – it is just a matter of professional membership to certain organisations

To be clear, professional membership options are not the same as accreditation: the online training will allow you to get an accredited and recognised qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy: the only evidence-based hypnotherapy qualification available in the UK.

On completion of the online training and the assessment, you will receive the (NCFE accredited) Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy: the same qualification as those who have completed the live classroom training course.

This qualification allows you to be a fully registered hypnotherapist with an accredited and recognised qualification. You will be able to get insurance and open your own practice whether you studied in a classroom or online.

The qualification is not concerned with whether you had face-to-face classroom training hours or whether you had one-to-one tutoring hours over the internet. The assessment for the qualification is concerned with whether you have met the learning outcomes for that qualification.

The only difference lies in the fact that certain professional organisations will not allow membership for those who have not completed “120 hours of classroom contact learning”. Read on to find out about why this is, the actual impact of non-membership, and how the situation is changing during the current coronavirus crisis.

You can click the following links to bring you to the relevant section.

Accreditation from NCFE

Membership with professional organisations

Organisations and their requirements for membership

Will non-membership of CNHC impact your professional work in private practice?

What practising hypnotherapists have to say about it

The situation in light of Covid-19

The position of GHR

CNHC and NCH

What we are doing during this time

Accreditation from NCFE

NCFE is a government-regulating, national awarding body. The Diploma (achieved both online and through live classroom training) is accredited by  NCFE as a customised award equivalent to Level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (customised award no. C0982).

The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is accredited by NCFE and is benchmarked at Level 4 on the Qualifcations Credit Framework (previously known as NCQ Level 4). To be clear: this is a customised qualification (it is not on the list of national qualifications).

This is probably the most important point of accreditation as by this you can be assured of the quality in terms of training delivered and assessment of work. We are the only hypnotherapy training organisation in the UK to develop our own externally verified, customised award (we don’t print off our own Diplomas!).

You can read more about the NCFE accreditation here. 

Membership with professional organisations

Organisations and their requirements for membership

The Diploma achieved through the online training allows you to become a member of two professional membership organisations, ACCPH and REBHP (disclosure: REBHP is a private register owned by Mindease Limited who also owns the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy).

The organisations CNHC (the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) and NCH (the National Council of Hypnotherapy) both maintain a 120 classroom ‘contact’ hours requirement – which the Online Diploma does not meet due to the distance learning format. GHR (the General Hypnotherapy Register) previously held this requirement too – but they have recently become flexible on this due to the implications of coronavirus (see below).

The 120 classroom hours requirement is just one part of the curriculum set for by CNHC for the hypnotherapy profession. The online training course meets and exceeds the core curriculum in all areas except with regard to the requirement for the classroom hours.

Historically, we have always supported the 120 classroom hour training requirement for new therapists (indeed, we were involved in the discussions that set up these standards). We have stood strongly behind the main professional bodies and have always encouraged new therapists to join these organisations on the basis of this requirement. We now believe these requirements to be archaic and restrictive due to advancements in technology and the ability of training organisations to carefully design effective and successful online courses.

Under these requirements, many potential trainees feel that rather than being able to choose the best training they can find, and one that fits their beliefs and previous education, they often have to settle for training that is offered on weekends and evenings in locations that are near to them. It is increasingly clear that such requirements are unnecessarily discriminatory since many people are prevented from taking their chosen training (e.g. because of geography).

As adult educators and trainers who are careful and circumspect in our training of new therapists, we believe our online training programme has key innovative elements that address the inflexible, and for many very onerous and expensive, requirements to be in a classroom for 120 hours.

Our online training and assessment protocols are equivalent – and so just as rigorous – as those from the live training programme. Furthermore, it is entirely possible to provide both training, monitoring and one-to-one, in-depth guidance from a distance.

For example, as part of the Online Diploma you will work closely with a dedicated coach and will be required to record a sample of your practice sessions with a volunteer and send these to your tutor. Your tutor will review them with you and give you feedback. In a sense, this is providing more focused one-to-one guidance and monitoring than you might receive in a classroom training.

Will non-membership of CNHC impact your professional work in private practice?

In terms of business practice, the impact of being a member (having their logos on your website and being on their registers) of these alternative professional organisations (ACCPH and REBHP) vs being a member of CNHC/NCH is likely to be minimal to non-existent.

We do not say this lightly but from many years of experience with our therapists and helping them to build their practices. In terms of running a successful business, it is far more important that a prospective hypnotherapist chooses a training course that they will resonate with and which will give them the confidence and skills to be successful. No amount of certificates, logos or accredited memberships can make you a skilled and effective therapist.

Developing true confidence and an established skillset that allows you to problem-solve creatively and help with a wide range of client issues will have far more business impact than a narrow skillset and moderate confidence but “the right memberships.”

We believe that the slight disadvantage of not being a member of CNHC or NCH can easily be overcome many times by therapeutic clarity, confidence and skills – and supported by a website, and demeanour and personal presentation that demonstrate confidence, warmth and professionalism.

What practising hypnotherapists have to say about it

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist Anna Powell trained with us in 2017 and has been in practice since.

Anna made the following statement about how membership to professional organisations has impacted her business. Anna’s webiste is www.annapowell.com.

Evidently Mark and the UKCHH team are working hard to make sure that the online training is a valid and equal alternative [to live classroom training], as inevitable and necessary for our time as online therapy itself; and if anyone can do it, he can.

Thirty years ago, when I was living in remote Cornwall, stuck at home with children to look after, and with no internet then or access to any other form of training in hypnotherapy, I gained my first diploma through a ‘mail order’ course, consisting of a photocopied text and a set of audio cassettes. It was an unregulated course, and eventually was rightly discredited. But it was above all accessible, and it enabled many geographically isolated people to start a career using hypnosis to help people.

Since those maverick days, there has been a concerted drive by hypnotherapists to work to professional standards. And now we have have come full circle. Now we have a whole new technology, a great deal of scientific research and measurable evidence, and a pressing new social and global need to work together but separately. Even so subtle an interchange as hypnosis is being taught remotely again. At least this time it is to a rigorously academic and professional level.

The professional organisations will have to rethink their conditions to suit the changing ways we work. Although they supposedly offer a service to hypnotherapists and an assurance to clients, I have found them of no use whatever on either count. Clients find me by online searches, word of mouth, or through reading my articles. Not one has ever applied to me after looking at the websites of GHR, CNHC or any other professional organisation. Most people do not know they exist, or what they do or what their logos stand for. A newly qualified hypnotherapist, who has already paid for a sound, evidence-based training like that of the UKCHH, will dutifully go on to pay annual subscriptions to these institutions before they have even begun earning any income from their new profession. It is their subscriptions that enable the institutions to run at all, but they get very little practical benefit in exchange, and their clients do not even know that their interests are being protected.

As moral support, and above all for upholding (in principle at least) professionalism in hypnotherapy, these organisations play an important and respected role, but it is a limited one. As far as the general population is concerned, they are mostly irrelevant. Not one client has ever asked me if I was a member of a professional organisation, or whether the logos on my website actually meant anything. In fact, clients do not even ask me about my training and qualifications. What they want to know is whether I can help them with their problem. When they go away satisfied, they say ‘Hypnotherapy worked for me.’ The value of a sound and professional training is not the collection of logos the therapist feels entitled to display, but whether he or she is competent in the use of effective and compassionate methods, to make sure that ‘hypnotherapy works’ for the client.

We also surveyed 30 practising hypnotherapists who have taken the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and been in practice for more than 12 months, asking them the question: “If you were not a member of GHR or NCHC or NCH – how much would this have impacted your business?”

20 of the 30 therapists said “No impact whatsoever”. You can view the full results of the survey here. 

The situation in light of Covid-19

So, although our position on membership with these organisations is clear – in that it doesn’t significantly impede the success of those with an online Diploma qualification – we have been lobbying CNCH/GHR/NCH to relax their classroom hours requirement due to the current pandemic.

We feel that these organisations should show flexibility during this crisis in order to allow those training who are concerned about the memberships to not be impeded in their plans to take a hypnotherapy training. We are expecting these organisations to fall in line with our distance learning principles.

Considering the long-term impacts of the current pandemic on working patterns, we want to encourage people to get on board with the extensive opportunities of remote learning – for you and, most importantly, for those who you will provide your services to.

The position of GHR

The GHR has informed us of their stance on the 120 hours requirement. Their statement is as follows:

In view of the current coronavirus crisis, the GHR has agreed to operate a flexible policy to the normally required 120 hours of practical tuition (i.e. with the physical presence of a tutor) to last until the UK Government confirms the crisis to be at an end.
As training providers will all be at different stages in the delivery of their current courses and will have varying access to, or ability with, Skype or Face Time video link facilities etc., it is not realistic for the GHR to set out specific alternative requirements that would accommodate all trainers. Consequently, it must essentially be left to each training provider to determine how best to replace those practical tuition hours that cannot be undertaken during this period with reasonable alternative tuition methods.

CNHC and NCH

Currently, CNCH and NCH require their members to have trained through ‘simultaneous electronic presence’ during tuition rather than ‘classroom contact’. This still essentially means that the Online Diploma learning format does not meet their membership requirements (but our live webcast option does, which you can read more about here).

We still maintain that this membership requirement is unnecessary. It is discriminatory against those who have to train at their own pace due to commitments such as those of carers or mothers – which is particularly relevant during the current crisis. We strongly believe that the Online Diploma is an equivalent training to the Diploma taught in ‘simultaneous learning’ environments – and we are continuing discussion with these two organisations on this basis.

You can read more about the training options we are offering during this time here.