Online Diploma: Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

By taking the online training and completing the required Case Studies and written assessment, you will receive exactly the same qualification as the live classroom training: our Level 4 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy – verified and awarded by a government regulated qualification accreditation organisation, NCFE. You will therefore be a fully registered hypnotherapist with an accredited and recognised qualification. You will be able to get insurance and open a practice!

This training course is also approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre – as appropriate CPD (continuing professional development) for registered psychologists. It is also accredited by two professional hypnotherapy organisations, ACCPH and REBHP.

As experienced educators and trainers, we gave ourselves the remit to design an online course that matched the level of training of the live classroom Diploma. We are very excited that we can now offer aspiring hypnotherapists worldwide a qualification to start practising and helping others change.
The College wants to be assured that those who train online are just as skilled, knowledgeable and competent as those who have taken the classroom training.

So, when designing the online training, we gave ourselves the remit to design an online course that matched the level of training of the live classroom Diploma.

We are very excited that we can now offer aspiring hypnotherapists across the UK, and indeed worldwide, a high level training and qualification to start practising and helping others change.

The online diploma is based around 80 hours of professionally edited video taken at the live training, in addition you receive all the same printed materials, extensive powerpoints and in depth manuals, and complete all the same exercises.

The key differences are that you need to find your own volunteer clients to “practice with” - and that we have added 15 hours of personal one-to-one tutoring & coaching to the online diploma.

Although you might miss out on some of the live classroom discussions (but we’ve kept the best of this in the videos) - you will have MUCH more one-on-one time with an experienced tutor.
Yes you can. As long as you take Stages 1, 2 and 3 in order, it does not matter which ones you take, Live or Online.
The prices of the Blended Approach are as follows:

- 2 Online Courses + 1 Live Course= £2590.00. You can choose a 10-month payment plan option of 10 monthly payments of £259.

- 1 Online Course + 2 Live Courses = £2990.00. You can choose a 10-month payment plan option of 10 monthly payments of £299.

The blended approach is something that is very new - we hope to have a full booking and info page for the blended approach very shortly on the website, but for if you would like to reserve your place on your selected online/live stages through the blended approach please contact directly.

Note: there are 11 dates to start the training in a year:
6 Online Courses: January, March, May, July, September, November.
+5 Live in London Stage 1s: February, April, July, September, December
Yes, you can.

Whether you've booked the Diploma live in London, the Online Diploma or have taken a blended approach, you can switch from one to the other.

The prices for switching are per Stage, and are as follows:
- If you would like to upgrade an Online Stage to a live in London Stage, the cost is £395 per Stage.
- If you switch from a live Stage to an online Stage, there is no refund. You will get 5 hours of one-to-one coaching per Stage, and you will get manuals for the Online Course by post as well as your log-in credentials.
You will receive 5 hours per Stage of one-to-one tutoring, focused on key learning objectives, exercises and coaching discussions (worth £900!), plus an additional two hours of supervision for your Case Studies..

All tutors have been personally selected and trained by the College Principal (Mark Davis). They have all trained in this approach, have the qualification (Diploma in CBH), are in practice as Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists and have taken a specific Hypno-CBT® Supervision Training.

After you are assigned your personal tutor, you will have an initial “on-boarding” session in which your tutor will discuss with you your purpose and goals, learning style, schedule of study and agree weekly (or fortnightly) tutor sessions.

The following one-to-one sessions will accomplish the following:
● Checking and reviewing learning
● Ensuring learning objectives for each module have been met
● Discussing your questions
● Reviewing recordings of and feedback from practicals - and providing guidance/discussion
● Providing guidance on additional study
● Case Study supervision
● Tutoring on assessment questions
● Business coaching and advice
● Personal coaching
● General support and encouragement

When creating this online training programme we wanted to be confident that those taking the online hypnotherapy diploma are able to practice safely and effectively as hypnotherapists. The tutoring sessions are a major part of this.

They will ensure that you feel confident, knowledgeable and excited about starting to practice as a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist.
As well as the full Online Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, we offer a self-led online training option.

The self-led option includes the same footage and materials as the full Online Diploma, but without the 15 hours of tutoring.

The self-led version is an automated e-course that has been designed for existing therapists who wish to study this approach in order to add to their skillset. It is also highly suitable for those who simply wish to study this fascinating topic and learn about the human mind, hypnosis and the imagination - but do not intend to use the training as a practitioner.

There is no assessment for this self-led version as it is not a full practitioner training, and it does not result in accreditation or a qualification. However you will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Online Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy. You also won't be able to use the trademark Hypno-CBT® or postnominals Dip CBH.

However, at any point you can upgrade your self-led course to a full practitioner training (with 15 hours tutoring and assessment).

You can view a more detailed comparison table for all three of our Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy courses here:

The price of the self-led online training is £1295. Our no-risk, money-back guarantee (see below) stands for the self-led course too. You can book the self-led option here:

NOTE: the rest of these FAQs will refer to the full Online Diploma (tutor-supported) unless explicitly stated.
Yes you do - and we advise strongly that these are not close friends or family members.
You will have to practice with volunteers – not real paying clients – and over the three stages of the Diploma, you have to record a total of 8 exercises (you can choose audio recording rather than video). These are sent to your coach for discussion and review during your one-to-one coaching sessions.
There are no rigid prerequisites for taking this course.

Both the live and online practitioner courses are designed to ensure that students with no prior knowledge of psychology and/or therapy can take the course with the confidence that they will receive all the information and training that is required to become, with practice, competent Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists.
This does not mean the course is only for novice or trainee therapists.

We have carefully designed the course to be able to operate on several levels at once - and a significant number of those training with us are psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and experienced psychotherapists.

As a comprehensive stand-alone training, the online course provides therapists the opportunity to integrate our evidence-based Hypno-CBT© approach into their existing practices.

A recent graduate of the Diploma, Dr Jonathan Pointer, Chartered Psychotherapist and Psychologist, shared the following about the training programme:

"As a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, I highly recommend this course because I know it will deeply enhance an applied psychologist's range of effective interventions across a wide variety of client issues.”
~ Dr Jonathan Pointer
Many people who have taken other hypnotherapy training want to advance their knowledge with a more scientific approach OR find their original training was somewhat lacking and failed to give them the confidence to set up practice as a hypnotherapist.

We consistently receive feedback from those with prior hypnotherapy training that learning the evidence-based, cognitive behavioural model of hypnosis enabled them to feel confident in their hypnotherapy practice. They appreciate getting a really solid, clear, common-sense model of hypnosis and the wide range of techniques and approaches they learn on the course. In particular those retraining in this approach love that they are on a solid evidence-base and that they learn a systematic way of approaching a wide range of presenting problems.

In many ways this is an “Advanced Hypnotherapy Training” - you learn the most up to date models of hypnosis and a huge range of evidence-based techniques - plus a deep theory and philosophy.
[The CNHC is a voluntary register for alternative and complementary therapists, including hypnotherapists. This register has been approved by the Professional Standards Authority, PSA, a branch of the government that oversees the nine statutory bodies that regulate health professionals in the United Kingdom. The PSA also provide “Approval” to professional organisations that are voluntary self-regulators for their profession, i.e. where there is no law or statute regarding that profession – which is the case for hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and counselling.
The Department of Health has supported CNHC and provided guidance to the NHS that if a doctor wants to refer a patient to complementary therapist they should use someone from the CNHC register.
Below we discuss the issue regarding the online training not meeting CNHC requirements and how this might impact practising as a hypnotherapist without a CNHC membership.]

CNHC set forth a Core Curriculum for the hypnotherapy profession. The online training course meets and exceeds the core curriculum in all areas except with regard to the requirement for 120 classroom “contact” hours.

With advancements in technology and responsible, careful course design from training organisations we believe that the requirement to be in the classroom is now archaic and restrictive.

Rather than being able to choose the best training they can find, and one that fits their beliefs and previous education, potential trainees often have to settle for training that is offered on weekends and evenings in locations that are near to them.

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.

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 CNHC/GHR/NCH organisations on this basis.

However, technology has developed since the requirement was created. It is increasingly clear that it is restrictive and unnecessarily discriminatory, since many people are prevented from taking their chosen training (e.g. because of geography).

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.

The online training and completion of the assessment leads to the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy – and this qualification, gained through online not classroom training, is recognised by two professional membership organisations, ACCPH and REBHP (disclosure: REBHP is a private register owned by Mindease Limited who also own
The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy). Once you are awarded the qualification you will be able to become a registered member of these organisations, have a professional listing in their directories, obtain professional insurance, and be able to use their organisational logos on your website and promotional materials.
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 GHR/NCH/CNHC 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 skill set 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 very slight disadvantage of not being a member of NCH, GHR or CNHC 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.

(In some cases these memberships function as "confidence boosters" for novice therapists: "I don't feel I'm good enough unless....". In our experience such issues are much better addressed through some personal development and work with your supervisor/coach than by getting a certificate of membership.)

Here follows a telling graphic which should provide you with interesting insights into how successful your practice can be without membership of GHR, NCH or CNHC (though you may be able to become members of these at a later date on a case by case basis).

We surveyed 30 practising hypnotherapists who have trained with us, obtained the qualification (Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy) - and had all been in practice at least 12 months.
We asked them: “If you were not a member of GHR or NCH or CNHC, how much would this have impacted your business?” 20 out of the 30 asked said that there was 'No impact.' You can see the full graph of responses here:
Although the GHR is willing to consider applications for registration (including possible eligibility for CNHC registration) from those who have undertaken training that does not of itself meet the requirements of the CNHC Core Curriculum, this will always depend upon the relevance, extent and method of delivery of their respective training (and in some cases, together with their experience in practice) but will remain entirely on a case-by-case basis.
As it says on the NHS website, hypnotherapy isn't usually available on the NHS, and even though there are NHS guidelines about hypnotherapy being effective for chronic IBS, anxiety and changing habits, it is very rare that NHS provisioning allows for private hypnotherapists to get work from the NHS.

While referrals paid by the NHS are extremely rare some hypnotherapists do get private referrals (clients have to pay privately) from GPs.

However ss many of our classroom-trained therapists will attest even as members of those organisations (GHR, NCH, CNHC), many have never had a private GP referral - and very very few get a consistent volume of work from GPs or the NHS.

On the rare occasion when a referral is made, the guidelines are that the therapist should be CNHC registered - but this is not mandatory and there are no legal constraints regarding which hypnotherapist a doctor or consultant refers their patients to. Rather, GPs and consultants will refer their patients to anyone they have heard of as being a responsible and effective therapist practising an evidence-based approach.

And this is the key point: what is more important for referrals from medical and mental health professionals is an evidence-based, scientific approach as it aligns with clinical principles.

CBT and mindfulness are also endorsed by the NHS as proven and effective – and our integrative Hypno-CBT® approach incorporates these.

To summarise, 95-99% of your work will be coming through prospective clients finding you themselves rather than GP or NHS referrals. But in the event of a potential referral, in our experience, your evidence-based qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy will make you far more relevant to any doctor or consultant than whether or not you are CNHC Registered.

As a point of note, you should be able to register for CNHC membership after three years as our course meets the National Occupational Standards and the CNHC Core Curriculum for the discipline concerned. However it has been to obtain a clear answer on this issue.

You can see more information here:
We teach CBT techniques alongside mindfulness, relaxation and hypnosis which will enable a student to work competently with sub-clinical and milder issues, building up to working with more moderate or severe issues with experience, supervision and training.

We do cover CBT very well for a short training. We cover all the key CBT concepts and process aims, as well as a wide range of techniques based on the main learning theories in psychology (classical conditioning, operant conditioning, social learning, information processing).

Moreover, we teach more from CBT principles that a manualised approach. Thus, you learn the fundamentals of the CBT mindset and approach - and then how to be flexible and creative in designing treatment plans. We think that a focus on CBT fundamentals is the new direction that CBT is headed in.

Whilst you would not have a CBT qualification itself, the approach taken and techniques used (and the reasons for using the techniques) will be recognised by healthcare professionals trained in CBT. And again, for sub-clinical and mild mental health issues, the approach will be very much endorsed if viewed by fully accredited CBT psychotherapists.
There are a number of exercises that the student is required to complete with a volunteer. The tutor/coach will listen to these and review the recordings and also ask questions to verify the learning and understanding of the student. In addition, the Case Studies and written assessment provide evidence that learning outcomes have been met.

The training is a vocational rather than academic training, and even the written assessment is not academically focused. It is focused on verifying that trainee therapists have the knowledge and skills to evaluate and make decisions in the therapy room with a client.
Yes - like the live classroom training, you are required to complete the Case Studies and written assessment questions.

The written assessment is comprised of 26 questions to which you will write short essay answers (400-600 words). The questions are designed to assess whether you have met the learning outcomes for the qualification.

This is not an exam. You can complete it at home - and you can resubmit your answers should you not gain the required 60% pass mark on a given question.

You can read more about the written assessment, learning outcomes and assessment process in the Student Handbook.
You should typically budget about £100-£150 for your initial textbooks (obviously you will want the best books on your library shelves as a professional therapist. Certain books on hypnosis and hypnotherapy are of much better quality than others - we can advise on this).

You can competently complete the course with just these three core textbooks:
- Hartland’s Medical & Dental Hypnosis: Fourth Edition (2001) by Heap & Aravind
- The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy (in press) by Donald Robertson
- Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis: An Evidence-Based Approach (2006) by Lynn & Kirsch​ - currently out of print but available on Kindle.​

Like the classroom training, the online course also incurs an assessment and qualification fee. This is because about one third of people are not intending to take the assessment and gain the qualification.
NOTE: this fee is waivered for those taking the Online Diploma from April to July 2020.

The fee for the assessment and qualification (including your Diploma Certificate) is £195. If you would like a further breakdown of this costs please email
Currently we have an intake start date on the 1st and 15th of each month.

You can book your place on one of the upcoing intakes here:

Or, the Self-Led Non-Practitioner Online Training option is ready to purchase and start now. You can book here:
Yes - every week Mark Davis (Director and Lead Trainer) sets aside time in his calendar for free phone consultations with those who want some clarity on whether the Cognitive Behavioural Approach and the Online Diploma format are the right fit for them.

If you’re committed to shifting to a career that's more aligned with your life values or to expanding your existing therapeutic practice to create deeper client change, talking directly to Mark can be very helpful as part of your decision making process.

To schedule a call this week, email him anytime at

Or, you can talk to another member of the team by emailing or call 0207 112 9040. We'd be more than happy to talk through any questions or concerns you may have.
The fee for the full Online Diploma Training Programme in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (tutor-supported) is £2250.

This fee includes the 15 hours of one-to-one tutoring/coaching – normally worth at least £900.

You can either pay in full or choose one of the following payment plan options:
- 3 monthly payments of £750, or
- 10 monthly payments of £225

The Fee for Self-Led Online Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Training is £1295 or the following payment plans of:
- 5 monthly payments of £259, or
- 10 monthly payments of £129.50

Hopefully the above payment options work for you but if not please get in touch and we can set something up longer-term to suit your situation. You can call us on 0207 112 9040 or email to discuss this.

Once we have received your payment, you will receive an email with the next steps.

We have a 100% money-back guarantee (see below).
As part of our philosophy as adult education providers, we want those training with us to be fully satisfied with the course they are taking. Therefore we have a no-risk guarantee on all our courses: we will refund you 100% of the cost of your course if you are not satisfied.

You will have up to Module 3 to decide if you think the Online Diploma does not deliver on its teaching quality, content, or you think that becoming a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist would not allow you to create deep, long-lasting change in people’s lives. If you think so, we will give you all of your money back.

By the end of Module 3 you will have had the opportunity to learn from nearly 14 hours of teaching videos and demonstrations along with relevant scripts, slide presentations and materials.

You will have to send back the manuals and pendulum at your own cost, complete an exit questionnaire and then you will be refunded.
You can put yourself on the waiting list for later intakes in 2020 here:

Once you have reserved your place on the waiting list we will contact you nearer your chosen date. Future intake dates can be found here:
Yes - you can see our programme of CPD workshops on our website.