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Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Accredited for full membership by:
The National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists (NCIP)

Approved by:
The British Psychological Society

Qualifications (Diplomas) accredited & awarded by:
NCFE

Additional Accreditations
NCH, GHR, REBHP, ACCPH, IHA & ASCH

Accepted for membership by:
FHT

Reciprocal Membership available with:
ICBCH (for those in the USA)


Certified by:
The Chinese Psychological Society**

Our complete hypnotherapy diploma training programme, comprising of three stages (Stage 1, Stage 2 & Stage 3) plus home study, case studies and a written assessment), is accredited or approved by the following organisations:

The National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists (NCIP)
and
The International Council of Integrative Psychotherapists (ICIP)
The British Psychological Society (BPS)
The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH)
The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR/GHSC)
The Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (REBHP)
NCFE (National Awarding Body)

The Australian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
Accredited Coaches, Counselors, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists organisation (ACCPH)
The International Hypnosis Association
(IHA)

If you are based in the United States you have the option to also join International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists (ICBCH) via a reciprocity agreement

This is the only externally verified hypnotherapy diploma training course approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre as CPD for registered psychologists.

“Externally verified” means that we don't print off our own diplomas. (Unfortunately most training schools do).

The Diploma is awarded and verified by NCFE, a government regulated examining and awarding body. Please see our latest external verification report from NCFE here.

The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is a customised award developed in collaboration with NCFE. It is not used by another training organisation. NCFE have verified the award as being equivalent to a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Read more about the different Level 4 and Level 5 qualification here.

INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

Our training programme and qualification are recognised (accredited) and accepted for membership by:
The International Council of Integrative Psychotherapists (ICIP)
The International Hypnosis Association (IHA)


For those in Australia:
The Australian Society of Clinical Hypnosis

For those in the United States:
The International Board of Clinical Hypnotists (ICBCH) – by reciprocity agreement.

We are the only training school in the UK to have developed our own customised award that is externally verified at Level 5 by a government regulated national awarding and examining organisation.

Giving you a unique and higher level of qualification than others in the field.

The National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists

Accredited Training Course

The Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy has been accredited for full membership of the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists. All students receive free student membership of NCIP (or ICIP). For those who choose to qualify with a Level 5 Higher Diploma you will be able to join NCIP with full membership upon qualifying. For those who choose the Level 4 Diploma you will need to complete 250 client hours with supervision to join.
NCIP is the recommended membership route for graduates of the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.

NCIP has a “sister organisation”: The International Council of Integrative Psychotherapists (ICIP). For international graduates ICIP is the membership option of choice – with the same training course accreditation and membership opportunities are available as with NCIP.

NCFE: National Awarding Body — OfQual regulated

Level 5 Higher Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Level 4 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

The College is an NCFE awarding centre for the Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy which is available to students who complete our whole training programme. The diploma is independently awarded and externally verified by NCFE in collaboration with The College. The diploma is verified by NCFE as equivalent to Level 4 and Level 5 on the Qualifications Credit Framework (customised award no. C0982), the resulting level of your qualification depends on the type of assessment you pick. Read more here.
(Please note this is NOT a nationally recognised, government-regulated qualification).

This is probably the most important accreditation since it assures learners (those training with us) of the quality in terms of delivering training and assessing that you have met the learning outcomes for the qualification.

Note that live-in-person training, live webcast by zoom and the online diploma (pre-recorded with tutoring & practise sessions) all meet the requirements for the NCFE awarded Diploma.
The same Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is awarded to Live, Webcast and Online Diploma graduates.

Please see: Level 4 and Level 5 Qualification Pathways

More information about our customised award (Diploma) with NCFE
Also please see our outstanding 2017 External Verification Report from NCFE here.
You can also see a sample of the Diploma certificate issued from NCFE here.

NCFE is non-profit educational organisation founded over 175 years ago. NCFE is leading centre for vocational qualifications. NCFE is regulated by QfQual.

Having a customised qualification, designed in collaboration with NCFE, assures learners that rigorous standards of learning and assessment are followed.

Each year we have an external review by NCFE to ensure standards are appropriate and consistent with national qualifications.

NCFE 2024 Quality Assurance Report:

“The centre continue to uphold their professionalism in delivering a qualification which fully meets NCFE requirements”

read the full report here

[In 2007 the UK College collaborated with NCFE to create The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, designed to be equivalent to the HPD qualification from NCH but more aligned with mainstream scientific research and principles..


British Psychological Society Learning Centre

Approval as CPD for registered psychologists

Both the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy training course and the Stage 1 Certificate in Evidence-Based Hypnosis course are approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre as appropriate CPD (continuing professional development) for registered psychologists. Please note this does NOT mean the BPS accredits this course for professional membership of the BPS.
Approval of the course by the BPS is an excellent indicator of quality.

You can find our courses listed in the BPS Learning Centre “CPD Directory” – this is a listing of all BPS approved courses and workshops for the ongoing professional development of registered psychologists. If you go the BPS CPD Approval Scheme here can find the directory on the BPS website here (look for The UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy). You can also get the directory from our website document archive here.


The Diploma course is Certified CPD by the CPD Certification Service

What does this mean?

This means that our Diploma course has been independently evaluated and quality assured. The official reviewal process has involved submission of the course slides, manuals, handouts, even the trainer's speaker notes so that the reviewer can assess the depth of information, quality of substitution teaching etc. You can read more on cpduk.com


The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH)
www.hypnotherapists.org.uk

The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH) is one of the foremost member hypnotherapy organisations in the United Kingdom and has been instrumental in helping to set standards across the profession. The Diploma in CBH is recognised and accepted by the NCH for full professional membership.
Note: the main qualification used by NCH is the HPD (Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma). The UK College originally used the HPD but in 2007 we developed our own qualification (Diploma in CBH) to fit with our evidence-based and science-aligned curriculum. Once awarded the Diploma you can apply to join NCH as a full Licentiate Member of the NCH.

Benefits of NCH membership are:

  • Practice liability insurance & The Hypnotherapy Journal (delivered quarterly).
  • Members website with members database for public reference & an Annual Conference.

View the UK College on the NCH list of approved training providers:
www.hypnotherapists.org.uk/training/provider/plid/41

Applies to Webcast and Online* Diploma formats.
*Online format will require some additional contact hours to meet membership requirements.


The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)
& The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)

The General Hypnotherapy Register is one of the oldest and most respected professional hypnotherapy organisations in the United Kingdom and has been instrumental in helping to set standards across the profession.
The diploma has been assessed and validated at practitioner level by The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (UK). Graduates are eligible for professional registration with The General Hypnotherapy Register at full practitioner status.

Applies to Webcast & Online Diploma formats*.
*Those taking the Online format will need to acquire additional contact hours.

View the College on the GHR list of approved training providers:
www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com/uk-college-of-hypnosis-and-hypnotherapy


The Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (REBHP)
www.REBHP.org

This award is designed to meet the training requirement for membership of REBHP. Additional registration requirements, such as hours of clinical supervision, may be stipulated by the Register, and these must be confirmed with them directly. See the website for details.
REBHP was founded in 2008 by Mark Davis and Donald Robertson in order to fill the need for a professional organisation that was rigorous in requiring evidence-based practice.
REBHP members are able to receive The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the leading academic journal on hypnosis.
REBHP is a division of Mindease Limited.
Please note that REBHP is currently under review for develop and not accepting applications to join at the present time.


ACCPH
Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists & Hypnotherapists

www.accph.org.uk

In 2019 ACCPH accredited the Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy
Graduates are able to join ACCPH Professional Directory as full members
Webcast and Online formats

Applies equally to both Webcast & Online formats


ASCH
The Australian Society of Clinical Hypnosis

In 2021 the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnosis accredited the Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy.
Graduates are able to join the leading professional hypnotherapy organisation in Australia as full practitioner members.
Applies equally to both Webcast & Online formats


IHA
International Hypnosis Association

In 2021 the International Hypnosis Association accepted the Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy for professional membership status. Graduates are able to join the IHA as full professional members.
Applies equally to both Webcast & Online formats


Membership of ICBCH
– via reciprocity agreement

Suitable for those in the United States of America (USA)

Once you have qualified with either the Level 5 Higher Diploma or the Level 4 Diploma you can apply for membership of The International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy (ICBCH) – via a reciprocal membership agreement. Upon acceptance you will be issued a Certificate of Membership as a Clinical Hypnotist – and will be able to obtain insurance in the USA and practice there.
You need to be aware of the varied state by state regulations on what you can call yourself and how you can advertise your services. Full resources to research that are here.


Accreditation for the Live Stream Webcast vs Online Diploma

The Online Diploma results in exactly the same qualification as the live webstream Diploma: both have the same content, curriculum and qualifications.
However because some professional membership organisations require a minimum of 120 “contact hours” (hours when trainer and learner are “in the room together” – then immediate membership options are different. However after sufficient additional “contact hours” (e.g. via workshops or practise sessions or other CPD) you can join all the organisations.
Please note that we consider the 120 “contact hour” requirement to be out of date with regard to modern “Flipped Classroom” educational design.

Membership Options

ONLINE DiplomaLIVE STREAM WEBCAST Diploma
NCIP and ICIP (requires Level 5) - recommended routeNCIP and ICIP (requires Level 5) - recommended route
ACCPHACCPH
FHTFHT
IHAIHA
REBHPREBHP
ASCHASCH
ICBCH (by reciprocity agreement)ICBCH (by reciprocity agreement)
GHR - only after additional contact hoursGHR
NCH - only after additional contact hoursNCH
  •  Once you have your Level 4 Diploma or Level 5 Higher Diploma you will be able to join a choice of membership organisations, obtain professional insurance and open your new therapy practice. 
  •  The Level 5 Higher Diploma is the only hypnotherapy qualification in the UK to be accredited by the government-regulated, national awarding body NCFE – at Level 5.
  •  All formats of the Diploma are approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre as CPD for registered psychologists.

Question: What about membership to other organisations such as GHR or NCH?

GHR and NCH require a live training (either in person or by webcast) for professional membership. These organisations have a requirement for 120 simultaneous contact hours between trainer and learner. Those taking the Online Diploma can “top up” the additional “Contact Hours” required for membership after they have qualified by attending additional workshops, courses, practice sessions and webinars.

However our recommendation is for membership of NCIP (The National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists)

You can read more about Accreditation for the Online Diploma here.

Certificate in Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy

– Approved by the British Psychological Society

Our 7 day Certificate course (which is also Stage 1 on our Diploma in CBH) is approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre as CPD (Continuing Professional Development). To date we believe we are the only training college in the UK offering a one week Certificate course that is approved as CPD by the BPS.