UK Standards & Accreditation

Anyone considering training to become a professional Hypnotherapist may well feel bewildered by the number of different registers and accreditations. Many schools offer well accredited courses and others less so. In our opinion any professional vocational training should be externally accredited by at least one reputable body and graduates should be entitled to membership of professional organisations who are independent of the training provider.

The UK College uniquely provides the award winning Central England College integrated diploma course in clinical hypnosis (hypnotherapy), Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, Solution Focussed Hypnotherapy and NLP Coaching. It is based around the UK Governments national occupational standard in hypnotherapy (level 4 – foundation degree level). The optional (but highly recommended) qualification, (HPD) is externally awarded by the national awarding body NCfE and The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH).


Upon completion of the HPD, successful candidates will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The 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).

The NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The 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.

NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a 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 courses which result in the ‘award’ of a certificate of achievement. This award does not qualify you for a nationally recognised qualification.

The Professional Practitioner Programme is also accredited by The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP) and The National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (NRPC).

Graduates of the college are eligible to join the NCH, APHP and the National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (NRPC). Most importantly, graduates are eligible to register with the UK Government sponsored and recognised professional register, The Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC). Since this is NHS and NICE recognised, members may be eligible to apply for work within the NHS and may eventually apply for BUPA registration.

The high level accreditation naturally has correspondingly high level standards of training to be met. Training must be attendance based rather than distance learning and a minimum total of 450 ‘guided learning hours’ of training is required including 120 hours (20 days) of classroom attendance. The remaining hours are taken up with individual study, completion of assignments, including practical case studies and a portfolio of evidence containing a detailed question paper. The portfolio can, if required, be completed over an extended period of time and after the student has already commenced professional practice.