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Training and support in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy since 1999


Information about Certification


Without doubt, the most important certification is one that your school cannot issue!
This is the certificate of registration with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (website: and is very important because it is the only organisation for complementary therapists that is government-sponsored. Medical professionals can - and do - refer to it to confirm a hypnotherapist's professional training and if you're not listed there they will look for somebody who is. You can only get this registration if your school teaches the recognised Core Curriculum (created in 2011) for Hypnotherapy training, so it is important to ascertain that the course you are intending to study will allow you to register with CNHC. Not all do. As a guide, your training must have been of a minimum 450 hours, 120 of which must be attendance-based. Terence Watts, the Principal of the Essex Institute, was closely involved with the creation of the core curriculum.



Almost all Hypnotherapy schools and colleges carry accreditation from various professional bodies for their courses but it is not always obvious as to the benefits associated with such accreditation. Although there are many in existence, none of them are 'official' or in any way 'the proper one', since they are all private companies. Most do have a sound code of ethics and certain benefits for their members. Here are the details of the accrediting bodies of the Essex Institute:

  • The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy: It is only possible to join this organisation by invitation, studying at an approved/accredited school, or by being sponsored. Based in the UK, the membership is world-wide and the website appears high in the search engines so that people looking for a hypnotherapist can find it easily. There is an Annual conference with top presenters from around the world, as well as special rate insurance and other benefits. APHP is a recognised Verification Authority for the CNHC (see above, in 'Certification'). Website:
  • The National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors: This is a new (at 2011) register which is a companion organisation to APHP with members benefits that include discounts on some professional books and other materials, some training, and the opportunity for some completely free Continual Professional Development - further training (CPD) is now a mandatory requirement of all professional associations. Website:
  • The Society of Stress Managers: This exclusive organisation sets very high standards and registers few therapists - becoming a member of this one means you can ethically advertise yourself as a stress management consultant. Website:
  • The National Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists: This organisation accredits the teacher rather than the school, and only accepts as members those graduates who have received training that is some way above the average standard. On graduation, you can join as an affiliate, becoming a full member after 2 years. Website:



When you graduate from your training school you will receive a diploma indicating that you have completed your studies and are now a qualified professional hypnotherapist. This might be any of these: DHP; Dip. H.; Dip. Hyp; CHt. or other similar designations. They all mean about the same and there is no particular advantage to any of them. Receiving such a diploma only states that you have completed your training but it means little unless you have trained with a properly recognised school. The Essex Institute issues a DHP, which stands for Diploma in Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy


Final Exam

Some schools offer certification with no final exam being necessary; at the Essex Institute, however, there is a final 'take home' exam which is marked externally. This is for a very important reason: It allows us to be completely certain that you have understood your training well enough to have a high chance of success as a professional hypnotherapist! Course work is taken into account as well but the exam is the final element of our commitment to your success.

We hope that this page has clarified some of the issues surrounding certification and accreditation but please do contact us if you feel you need further information.