Are your courses certified, validated or accredited by any independent organisation?

Yes. The ICCHP Practitioner Certificate and Practitioner Diploma hypnotherapy training courses have been assessed and validated by The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and our training courses meet (and exceed) all of the requirements outlined by the UK Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which was established with the support of the UK government Department of Health to be the ultimate representative independent body representing hypnotherapists, hypnotherapy training standards and other complementary healthcare professionals.

Validation is normally a process that universities or other educational establishments use to approve a course being taught under the approval of that educational establishment as part of its own programme of study. It means that you will receive an award from the educational establishment - for example a BSc or MSc degree. Courses can also be validated by independent professional bodies.

Accreditation normally means that the course has gone through a process set down by a university, educational establishment or professional body in order to fulfil specific requirements, such as the qualification of staff and teaching standards, minimum content delivery, grading and marking quality and standards, etc. Some universities and educational establishments will accredit a course and accept the course as part of their programme and award credit for students studying for a qualification with them. Independent professional bodies may accredit a course to show that it meets a minimum set of standards and training in order for their students to become members of these professional bodies. Certification is similar and it means that some organisation has set some standards that the course and course provider have met.

With regards to hypnotherapy training and practice, there are a vast number of different professional bodies and training providers who offer accredited, validated or certified courses. However, some of these can be misleading. The government in the UK and many other countries do not regulate the profession and training of hypnotherapy; unlike the medical profession. Therefore anyone with no training at all can call themselves a hypnotherapist and go in to practice. Also, anyone can set up a training or professional organisation and claim accreditation, certification and validation. There is no control of this and what you will find is that most of the large training providers have set up their own professional organisations to represent their own students, and have claimed that the courses these students attended meet the accreditation of their own professional bodies.

There are very few truly independent professional bodies overseeing this industry and there is some government lobbying for legislation, however, at the moment it is a minefield for prospective students to understand, hence why we offer introductory courses and explain this to students so that they can make informed choices.

The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) is the largest independent professional standards body, which overseas the Working Group for Hypnotherapy regulation and ensures that the courses it validates meet a set of training standards. The GHSC validation allows ICCHP students and graduates to become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR). Full membership allows ICCHP graduates to become members of the UK Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The ICCHP programme and teaching standards have been designed to meet the standards defined by the UK Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Any independent body will require courses to meet a minimum number of training hours in order for them to be certified, accredited or validated. These hours usually are a minimum of 120 face to face teaching hours. The ICCHP courses have been designed and are delivered by staff who have completed thousands of hours training and teaching, and who are members of many independent professional organisations. In fact, the professional qualifications and teaching qualifications of the staff behind the design and delivery of our courses are of the highest quality and exceed many of the requirements associated with becoming certified, accredited or validated.

How does your programme differ from other hypnotherapy training programmes?

The ICCHP hypnotherapy training programme is designed to offer students total flexibility in fulfilling their training needs. Students can study the theoretical aspects of hypnosis and hypnotherapy in their own time from the comfort of their home, office or on the move.

Because we have separated the theory component from the practical classroom sessions, students can spend their classroom time practising hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Because of this we are also able to reduce the number of classroom attendance days which shortens the learning cycle so students can accelerate their learning, if they wish to do so. This also significantly reduces costs for students, as we do not have to provide staff to lecture students on the theory, which can be easily learned through our free student online learning portal.

To ensure that students are given adequate personal hands on assistance to practice and help with all components of their learning, we provide individual and small group tutorial sessions, as well as individual mentoring and supervision for all student practitioners. More time is spent on hands on learning and practice, and less time sitting in lectures and writing lengthy essays.

Learning hypnosis and hypnotherapy is experiential, which means you learn by doing, the more you do the better you become.

Can ICCHP students obtain a university level degree?

There are currently two universities in the UK, offering university MSc degrees in hypnotherapy. These degrees are of value to students wanting to go into academic research and do not offer any special value to those just wanting to be a hypnotherapy practitioner. The ICCHP advises and encourages practitioner students to undertake only those academic courses and qualifications that will be of benefit to them, such as a course offering students registration as a qualified psychologist, as this would be the only way to obtain any recognised standing in the profession.

Our students are able to study and learn to become practicing hypnotherapists, without having to demonstrate and achieve the academic performance that a university programme requires. We do not require our students to write numerous lengthy theoretical essays which are required in university programmes. We train students to become hypnotherapists as opposed to academic essay writers.

There are no requirements in the UK for hypnotherapists to have a university degree to practice hypnotherapy. If one day it becomes a requirement, then those therapists already in practice will be allowed to remain in practice without having a degree.

In addition, our costs to deliver the programme can be minimised, therefore keeping our fees at least 50% less than university programmes.

Our quality and level of learning and teaching is the same as any academic university programme, but with more focus on practice and less on academic achievement; our students get the same programme, without the high costs, long theoretical lectures and extensive essay writing requirements. Those students wanting to demonstrate that they can perform at a higher academic level are able to do so through their participation and postings on the course discussion forums, which makes up part of the student learning portfolio. The student learning portfolio can than be submitted to other academic and learning institutions for any possible awarding of credit. This learning portfolio also supports the requirements of maintaining records for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).