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Accreditation, Training and Regulation for Hypnotherapy

Accreditation - Currently, in the UK there is no federal regulatory body for hypnotherapy. But things are changing. This does not mean that there are absolutely no controls in place. On the face of it this sounds quite appalling. But there are several self-regulating hypnotherapy bodies in place. These have been created by hypnotherapists who have very high standards of competence and expect others to follow suit.

There are also National Occupational Standards, (NOS) produced by UK Commission for Employment and Skills, (Skills for Health). And Core Curriculum, (CC).

Hypnotherapy organisations fall into two main categories, some are both:

Registering: these are allowed to register members as having reached a specific standard of training

Accrediting: these are allowed to accredit or validate courses provided by training providers as being of a high standard and following the NOS and the recognised Core Curriculum.

Hypnotherapy trainers do not have to any of the CC or NOS. But it is a fantastic safeguard for the students when a course does.

Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy belongs to two professional bodies. Both are Registering and Accrediting bodies. These are GHR and ACCPH. They both ensure we follow the NOS and CC.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) has a Voluntary Register for hypnotherapists. It is for all hypnotherapists who complete an accredited course following the NOS and CC. They are regulated by the Professional Standards Authority. They act as a super regulatory body for all medical and complementary regulatory bodies, both statutory and voluntary.


Our Level 4 Hypnotherapy Practitioner course allows you to join the CNHC Voluntary Register. This course exceeds the NOS and CC in its content.


What is the difference between an accreditation and a validation and an award?

When a course has an accreditation it means that the training provider will supply the diploma/certificate and it is endorsed, (accredited), by an overseeing body or professional association. This is a perfectly valid way of showing that the material delivered has to meet rigorous minimum standards.

The same applies to courses that are validated. These tend to be short courses or CPD workshops.

The GHSC has produced a nationally accepted award. The GHSC website states:

“Since the 1st August 2003, The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) has been awarding the General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP) to suitably qualified practitioners. The award is available to any hypnotherapist who: has successfully completed a practitioner level training course (i.e. as acknowledge by the GHSC) is registered within The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) who maintains the requirements for such registration on an annual basis

Note: A senior award, the SQHP, is also available for practitioners who, in addition to the above requirements, have been in continual practice for a minimum of 5 years and who have maintained a minimum average client workload of 25 hours per month throughout that period.”

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Course Accreditation by GHR

”The Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner of Clinical Hypnosis course offered by the Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy 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 (the GHSC’s Registering Agency), at Full Practitioner status, together with the acquisition of the industry-based award – The General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice, (GQHP)”.

This quote is taken directly from our accreditation letter from the GHSC.

Training Course accredited by GHR and GHSC

GHSC (GHR) Accredited Hypnotherapy Training

Complementary and Natural Health Council do not give accreditation

Complementary and Natural Health Council

Course Accreditation by ACCPH

ACCPH Accredits all of our courses. The way this accreditation is shown on all courses is presented below.

At the end of this Level 5 Name of Programme successful learners will receive a Diploma from Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy.

Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy has undergone a quality check to ensure that they and the courses/programmes offered, meet specific quality criteria as required by ACCPH. The learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against descriptors published by OFQUAL,  ODLQC and other organisations to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The completion of this course does not lead to an OFQUAL, ODLQC qualification. The course itself has been created by Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy to meet the specific requirements of their students.  

ACCPHs’ accreditation involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by their inspectors to ensure the minimum quality is met at all times.  A regular review of Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy and their courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. 

ACCPH provides accreditation to a ‘qualification’ and gives recognition to a providers bespoke programmes, (training/courses) that fall outside the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF).

ACCPH will provide an ‘award’ of a certificate of completion.

ACCPH provides this service to a wide variety of training providers for their courses as there is no provision listed on the Register of Regulated Qualifications .

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Level 4 Advanced Hypnotherapy Course 


UK Provider Reference Number (UKPRN) is : 10082292.

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