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Accreditation and Membership Organisations


When you successfully pass the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) you will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) has been accredited by the NCFE as having measurable learning outcomes that have been benchmarked at Level 4 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors). NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of the hypnotherapy training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to our hypnotherapy training courses which result in the ‘award’ of a certificate of achievement. This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification. NCFE are an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualification Wales), Scotland (SQA Accreditation) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation).

National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)

The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) has been approved as an NCFE centre and the HPD has been accredited by the NCFE to guarantee that it is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation.

Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)

AfSFH’s aim is to increase the public’s awareness of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and its associated benefits. The Association also provides information and advice to qualified hypnotherapists and those who are currently training as well as Register of all member Hypnotherapists who practise Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. It is a course requirement to register as a Student Member of AfSFH by month three of training.

General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)

The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) are the UK’s largest and most prominent organisations within the field of Hypnotherapy and together present an exemplary model for the simultaneous protection of the public and the provision of practitioner credibility and services. The GHR is a professional association and register of practising hypnotherapists, comprising in excess of 3,000 UK based individual practitioners, together with registered therapists in some 35 countries around the world.

UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO)

CPHT is an Associate Member of UKCHO, an umbrella body for the hypnotherapy profession in the United Kingdom. UKCHO’s mission is to ensure that standards of conduct, ethics and practice are appropriate for public safety. Since its foundation, the UKCHO has had as its principal aim the establishment of a regulatory body, able to present hypnotherapy as a regulated profession to government, academic bodies and the public at large.

All these associations are ‘Verifying Organisations’ for the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

The CNHC is an independent UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners. It was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of health practitioners. CNHC’s register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a body accountable to Parliament.

Membership Eligibility

Upon successful graduation of the DSFH Course you are eligible for membership of the following bodies:

  • Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)
  • Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) via AfSFH
  • General Hypnotherapy Standards Council which awards the General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP)

Upon successful completion of the HPD Course you are eligible for membership of the following bodies:

  • National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)

Professional Letters

Graduates of the Hypnotherapy Diploma Course are entitled to use the following professional letters after their name:

DSFH* HPD** AfSFH*** MNCH(Reg)*** GQHP*** CNHC***

These are explained below:

  • DSFH : Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, equivalent to the USA ‘CHt.’
  • HPD : Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma
  • AfSFH : Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
  • MNCH(Reg) : Registered membership of the National Council for Hypnotherapy
  • GQHP : General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice awarded by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
  • CNHC : Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council

*Subject to successful graduation
**Subject to external accreditation
***Subject to membership

Graduates may also join the National Council for Psychotherapy (NCP) after they have registered with CNHC.

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