It is easy to look at the price of any training course and compare it against the cost of other courses. However, if you are trying to decide whether hypnotherapy training is expensive, there are several things to consider. If you are looking to start a new career as a self-employed hypnotherapist, the most important point to consider is how well will it equip you for that future career?
Are you encouraged to practice throughout the training course on people with real conditions?
To become confident with any new skill we must practice it repeatedly. Typically, CPHT students will have at least 200 hypnotherapy hours under their belt by the end of the course. They will see their anxious volunteers become much more relaxed. Their clients may lose weight or stop smoking, as students use the tried and tested techniques seen demonstrated in class. This process is ideal for helping them to become competent and confident in their craft.
Are your tutors available between modules to help support you?
If you learn something new, it is likely that you will have questions. When practicing new skills between modules, CPHT students are given support if they need it. They may need guidance as they help their clients or help to answer questions in the portfolio. Regardless of their needs, CPHT’s tutors are available to answer their questions.
What are the qualifications of your tutor/s and are they still in practice?
When a tutor has their own practice, they are more likely to be up to date with the latest information. They will be familiar with issues facing self-employed hypnotherapists. The tutor will understand how best to market their business. Students can learn a lot listening to tutors talk about their own cases, while maintaining confidentiality.
At CPHT we also believe it is important to bring in other lecturers occasionally. These lecturers tend to be experts in their field and help to provide variety for the students.
Will the course teach you the basics of running a business?
You can be great at what you do but if nobody knows who you are, how will people know to look for you? Marketing is an essential ingredient of the CPHT course. At CPHT, we also cover some basic accounting and data protection. These are both vital areas for students approaching self-employment for the first time.
Does the course allow you to pay as you learn?
When retraining for a new career money can be tight. We know it can be hard to come up with a lump sum to invest in your future career. This can be particularly difficult at the beginning of a training course before you are able to see any return on your investment. At CPHT we understand this and want to make it as easy as possible for you. After acceptance on the course, we ask for a deposit followed by 9 further payments paid from module 1 to module 9. This spreads the cost of the course over 10 months, making it more easily affordable for students. One benefit of the CPHT course is that from module 7, you can start charging half price for your sessions with clients. This gives you the chance to earn back the cost of the course before you qualify in module 10. Students often do just that!
Are the qualifications nationally recognised and if so to what level?
It can be frustrating to attend a hypnotherapy training course and pay out good money, only to find that the course has been an expensive waste of time. Make sure that the qualifications are nationally recognised and are accredited by the relevant awarding bodies. There are two qualifications you can achieve on the CPHT course, the DfSFH and the HPD. The DfSFH (Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy) is a full diploma and accredited by the AfSFH (Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy). The HPD (Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma) is accredited by the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy). It is also verified by NCFE as a level 4 qualification on the UK’s national vocational framework. Both qualifications enable you to join the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council) the UK voluntary regulator for complementary health practitioners.
How soon after the course is completed will I be able to go into business?
If you have attended all the modules and completed all the practical assessments, you will qualify in module 10 with the DfSFH. This means that you can begin your career as a self-employed hypnotherapist straight away. The HPD is achieved through submitting a portfolio of evidence. The portfolio consists of questions to answer, to showcase your knowledge and case studies to show your competence. Students of CPHT can hand in their portfolio on the last day or the course. This is because the course allows them to practice on people with actual conditions. After internal and external verification, the HPD, which is considered to be the gold standard qualification in the UK, is awarded.
So, when considering retraining for any new career, make sure that you are comparing like with like. To decide whether a hypnotherapy training course is expensive, consider the cost against what you will receive. How likely it is that you will achieve your goal of becoming a successful, self-employed hypnotherapist? Do you want to feel confident & competent as a hypnotherapist by the end of your course? If so, we think you will find that the course run by CPHT is great value!