ICCHP Quality Standards

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It is the intention and the goal of the ICCHP to explore and develop a number of important accreditation and affiliations which represent the highest quality standards for hypnotherapy training and professional membership for our graduate practitioners. These will be either to provide to our students the assurance in the quality standards of the ICCHP programme, or to provide to our students beneficial relationships with other organisations, that lead to furthering the available professional options and reputation for our students. These relationships may be with other educational establishments, standards agencies and independent professional bodies.


Prospective students should be aware that there are many promoted professional hypnotherapy bodies offering accreditation to courses, however most of these are not independent bodies and are usually set up and managed by the training providers themselves. Other non independent bodies will offer training providers course accreditation for a fee paid to the body by the training provider. Students should check closely, so called accreditation claims of any course provider/professional bodies. If they are not independent, attached to a specific training provider or charge providers for course accreditation then they are not independent.

Lloyds ISO 9001 2008  The ICCHP only seeks accreditation and validation from true independent bodies recognised to represent its students and graduate practitioners, this ensures no conflict of interest, benefits our students and promotes a more joined up profession. The ICCHP only recognises the following organisations as offering pure independent accreditation, validation and affiliation. 
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The UK General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)

The Practitioner Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy offered by the International College of Clinical Hypnosis Practitioners has been Assessed and Validated at Foundation Level by The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (UK). Successful graduates are eligible for registration with The General Hypnotherapy Register (the GHSCs' Registering Agency) at Affiliate Status.The Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy offered by the International College of Clinical Hypnosis Practitioners has been Assessed and Validated at Practitioner Level by The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (UK). Graduates from this course are eligible for professional registration with The General Hypnotherapy Register (the GHSCs' Registering Agency) at full Practitioner status, together with the acquisition of the industry-based award - the General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP).

The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

The GHR offers free Student Registration to all students on GHSC validated courses throughout the duration of their training. ICCHP Practitioner Diploma graduates are advised and encouraged to join the GHR as a full member. Membership allows the display the GQHP initials after your name and also qualifies you for practice indemnity insurance at preferential rates.
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The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

The CNHC is the holder of an Accredited Register and is also the UK voluntary regulator for complementary therapies that was set up with Department of Health support. As such CNHC registration has been a requirement for complementary therapists in many NHS and other supportive and palliative care service. Examples include Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, St George’s University NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and many more.ICCHP practitioner diploma graduates meet the high quality professional training standards set by the UK National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Skills for Health and are eligible to become registered members of the CNHC.


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The International Hypnotherapy Register (IHR)

The ICCHP programme has met the requirements set by the International Certification Council (ICC) and is accredited by the both the European Hypnotherapy Register and the International Hypnotherapy Register (IHR), which is an internationally recognised hypnotherapy standards body awarding an international qualification. In addition, the ICCHP is a council member of the ICC, working to ensure the highest quality of training standards in hypnotherapy. The IHR is the only independent international qualification established for hypnotherapists. The IHR Register as part of Global Network Group(GNG) and is ISO 9001: 2008 certified by Lloyds Register Netherlands. The ISO 9001: 2008 certification is registered with CRKBO and United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS).

The International Certification Council (ICC)

The ICC was established as a result of the ISO 17024 criteria held by the Global Network Group (GNG), which holds an independent quality standards committee of experts established as the International Certification Council (ICC). The ICC is a separate UK registered legal entity, tasked to maintain and to create registration and certification criteria, and to integrate these criteria into the GNG certification scheme and to control compliance & enforcement. The ICCHP programme fulfills the ICC standards requirements and is a council member working to ensure the highest quality hypnotherapy training. 

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The ICCHP training courses meet the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for hypnotherapy, which are statements of the standards of performance individuals must achieve when carrying out functions in the workplace, together with specifications of the underpinning knowledge and understanding. An established standard covers the provision of hypnotherapy for individuals. It includes supporting the client throughout the intervention and evaluating the effectiveness of hypnotherapy with the client. Users of this standard need to ensure that practice reflects up to date information and policies.This standard was developed by Skills for Health. This standard links with the following dimension within the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (October 2004): HWB7 Interventions and treatments. It also includes standards associated with Principles of Good Practice (CNH1), which explore and establish the client’s needs for complementary and natural healthcare; and, (CNH2), which develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients.


The ICCHP training courses meet the Skills for Health standards developed for the National Occupational Standards for hypnotherapy. Skills for Health, is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the development of an improved and sustainable healthcare workforce across the UK. Established in 2002 as the Sector Skills Council for Health for the UK health sector, Skills for Health helps to inform policy and standards focusing on health, education and improving the wider wellbeing of public health. Skills for Health are the employers’ trusted provider of workforce and organisational development, designed to increase quality of healthcare, patient safety and productivity.



















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