Accredited Training Organisations
Below you will find a list of accredited training organisations who offer high quality professional diplomas, certificates and CPD validated by us, which guarantees their superiority if you want to become a successful and recognised professional Complementary Therapist. These courses are offered at sites around the country, some are quality online provision with full support and individualised assessment and all are moderated and supported by examiners from us when students are ready to take their final practical exams (where applicable for diploma courses). We are recognised and trusted within the profession for strict adherence to national standards and core curricula.
If you are looking to have your College or Course accredited by us, the annual fee is £250 for full accreditation or £50 annually for individual courses. You will need to comply with the standards set down by the Lead Bodies/CNHC the relevant therapy or therapies you offer. Please contact us for the applications form by email, introducing what courses you offer. We may book a meeting with you to discuss how we can best support you and to review some of your course material that is too large to send by post. We look forward to working with you!
In 2019, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary as a professional association and to celebrate this, we created a booklet for our annual conference containing information from our accredited schools, including their tops tips and favourite health recipes. You can download a PDF version here.
Run by Carole Preen and Dan Stephens with a collective experience of 50 years! Passionate about delivering high standards of training and supporting students to become confident expert therapists themselves. "There is no better feeling than when you see your former students working as professional therapists with a huge practice".
Courses are offered as either online learning or blended learning where the theory is done online in your own time and then small groups of students come in to the school in Thetford, Norfolk for practical face to face training to develop their skills, specifically for body work therapies and other therapies that require you to develop practical hands-on skills, in line with national requirements. This means you can study at your own pace and as everything is modular, it is more affordable as you pay as you go. Courses include Essential Oil Practitioner Diploma (online), Aromatherapy up to Level 5 (in-class diploma), Neuroskeletal Re-alignment Therapy, Reiki, and Crystal Therapy. There is also a level 5 Aromatherapy upgrade diploma for existing Aromatherapists who want to enhance their skills and/or specialise in a specific field of work. There are also online CPD courses in Stress Management, Therapeutic Communication Skills, Aromatherapy & Massage for the Care of the Elderly, Dowsing for Health, The Chakras and the Aura, Subtle Aromatherapy covering psychological and energy aspects of essential oils, plus less common essential oils, Fertility, Pregnancy & Labour, Essential oils for Chromic Illnesses and much more. In-class Remedial Massage & Trigger Point Therapy certificated course to take your massage skills to the next level. For more details see the website below.
Julie has been a practitioner in complementary therapies for 25 years. In 2005 she began her teaching career, working with the esteemed Renee Tanner and since has become a programme manager for health courses at Morley College, London.
Julie offers a range of courses, from a blended fully recognised Reflexology Diploma through to bespoke Reflexology masterclasses where you can upgrade your skills to current reflexology standards. She also offer the CHP teacher training qualification for complementary therapists as she has helped many staff develop their teaching careers with Adult Education. Further online CPD courses are being developed all the time, so please check out Julie's website.
The Spiral Stabilization method was conceived and developed in the Czech Republic by Dr Richard Smisek. These exercises are performed with an elastic cord that allows for extensive movement against a low, but gradually increasing resistance that activates muscle chains and creates traction of the spine relieving pressure on the intervertebral discs and joints. With more than 38 years of clinical experience to his name he has worked closely with patients suffering from spine related pain in the lower back, chest and neck regions also with acute disc prolapses and scoliosis. This amazing technique is now available in the UK and is offered by Jana Mitackova as an accredited 2 day CPD course for existing practitioners in sports therapy and complementary therapies. The method is extremely popular in Europe, especially in Germany where it has been approved by the medical council. Come and learn how to help your clients experience life changing benefits
This centre is run by Sarah Yow and Caroline Prudames and offers a wide range of complementary therapy courses. The Centre also offers a comprehensive and diverse range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and Postgraduate Courses. CHP accredits their Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy, Massage and Inner Energy Healing Diplomas.
Inner Energy Healing" is unique to this school and is taught in three separate modules. You need to have a level 3 A&P qualification but if not, then you can always complete the online course offered by Complementary Health Professionals first. The diploma will give you the ability to use basic kinesiology and various correction techniques to assist a person back to health, an understanding of the use of certain naturopathic techniques and how we can work directly with the innate healing abilities our bodies have and on several levels and dimensions.
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The EMMETT Technique is an amazingly gentle, safe and simple to apply muscle release therapy. It is used to address pain and discomfort, improve body movement, restore a positive emotional state and improve the quality of life.
EMMETT Technique Practitioner training is designed for qualified medical professionals and complementary therapists interested in extending their skills. All practitioners are encouraged to enhance their existing practice by integrating the EMMETT Technique with their prior training.
For more information on the technique, including videos and how to train, please go to the website below:
Benefits for Animals
The focus is essentially the same as using the EMMETT technique on people in that it is very gentle and safe. Typical symptoms that may be assisted include:
various injuries and lameness
change in performance
The Horse and Dog Practitioner Courses are suitable for the general public, horse owners, horse trainers, or horse enthusiasts. For therapists and sports coaches it can provide an excellent additional skill to enhance horse and rider performance or general wellbeing. Click here to download a published article on EMMETT for dogs from January 2020
Based in Brighton, Jing offer a wide range of courses to enhance your massage practice and it is internationally recognised as a Centre of Excellence. Jing offers the UK's only degree level course in massage, the award winning 3 year BTEC level 6 Professional Diploma in Advanced Clinical & Sports Massage, now all accredited by Complementary Health Professionals. You can just opt to do the 1 year Advanced Clinical Massage course to increase your skill set rather than the whole 3 years, but this is entirely up to you how far you go.
Jing also offer over 30 CPD courses, in subjects such as myofascial release, living anatomy, and specialist courses for massaging particular areas of the body and treating specific conditions.
NLSSM, The School of Sports Massage & Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy is the training ground for people dedicated to becoming remedial soft tissue specialists.
Our sports massage courses lead to a level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in Sports Massage & Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy. This qualification will give you the skills needed to practice as a professional advanced soft tissue therapist in which you are able to design and implement appropriate treatment and rehabilitation plans. No prior training needed or qualifications, you will receive expert training that will develop your skills to the highest level.
Lomilomi Massage differs from many other forms of massage, being not only a deeply therapeutic bodywork massage but also given with an awareness of energy and the intention to bring harmony and balance to the mind body and spirit.
The HunaQuest Intensive Lomilomi Massage Course is a four day course split into two sections giving time to practice in between. During the course you will be taught the skills and techniques required to perform a full body Lomilomi Massage treatment. 85% of this course is practical – giving and receiving lomilomi, learning a framework of strokes that can be adapted for each individual treatment.
The tutor - Zanna Parkinson has been practicing Lomilomi massage since 2004 having originally learnt from a Hawaiian elder on The Big Island. London courses are held in a bright airy studio which is a 5min walk from Clapham Junction Station.
CHP members receive a £40 discount which can be added to the early bird discount reducing the course price from £495 to £405
This course focuses on developing your understanding of common conditions and how this will influence your work as an oncology massage therapist. It will include how to modify your techniques along with learning some new ones specific to these conditions. Included in the full qualification is scar work related to this field of work as well as home care advice that will have a positive impact and support your manual therapy.
You will be given the opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt on the course within real life conditions, providing a massage session that takes your clients through the assessment, planning and application process along with suitable home care suggestions.
It is an exciting time to be a part of the ever increasing acceptance and growing demand for qualified oncology massage therapists.
Song therapy is a complementary therapy that uses music to promote well being and good health. Our online training is for singers, musicians and others running recreational music groups in community, education and care settings. This is an affordable flexible e-learning course open to all, which can be studied at your own pace and you can start at a time that suits you.
Our course explores the specific therapeutic benefits that recreational music making can offer. It encourages a safe and responsible approach to music making in community and care settings; most importantly it makes this training available to those who might not have the financial means or the academic qualifications to consider more traditional studies at university. We explore, in a very practical way, how we might use music as a medicine; music as a language and music as a friend; beyond this some gentle philosophy; a little music therapy theory; the importance of self awareness with a glance at mindfulness and its roots in meditation; emotion theory; balance and the tao; professional practice; person centred thinking; some basic physics, neuroscience, a little human biology; survival theory and a brief dip into developmental psychology; other beautiful bits and bobs all based around the theme of music and well being.
CHP accredits the following diploma courses offered by academyCP, which have been approved and meet all the national standards:
CHP also accredits the following CPD courses:
Colon Massage Therapy
Facelift Facial Massage Therapy
Hands Free Massage
Academy CP is run by Catherine Peel based in the beautiful Rossendale Valley in Lancashire. They have a team of passionate and talented leacturers who are all up-to-date within their industry. Practical training and assessments are carried out in their realistic working environment on real clients The benefits are obvious - you gain a recognised qualification, real work experience and a greater understanding of customer care. All of which give you a massive earning potential for development of your practice.
The Sound Healing Spa Therapeutic Sound Academy, offers a range of therapeutic sound / sound therapy courses ranging from introductory workshops, CPD courses through to Diploma Level qualification. Founded by Tessa Ann, this is the first locally established therapeutic sound academy for Northern Ireland. Tessa Ann has worked in the areas of sound, music and personal development for over 20 years. Her work has been further complemented by the modalities of reiki, sound therapy, EFT , fitness and yoga tuition.
The academy offers blended learning courses & diplomas, as well as an online option so that you may also complete your learning from a distance. Through your learning journey with the Therapeutic Sound Academy you will explore your own personal connection with sound, while exploring how to use therapeutic sound as a stand-alone therapy with your clients. You will also explore how to integrate sounds with your current professional practice.
The effective treatment of scar tissue from surgeries and traumatic injury is probably one of the most neglected areas of education for those involved in therapy work. Untreated scar tissue can be responsible for referred pain, restricted joint movement and organ dysfunction. So it really should not be ignored! The physical and psychological effects of scars are wide and far-reaching in their impact. MSTR® (designed by Alastair McLoughlin) addresses scar tissue in a gentle, non-invasive way.
In research, using ultrasound to measure scars both pre and post treatment, MSTR® was shown to reduce C-section scarring by more than 30% in a single 15 minute treatment. (Download the free research reports from our website.)
We don’t ‘break down’ scar tissue. In our one day classes, held throughout the UK, we teach you to ‘re-model’ scar tissue in an effective manner so you can integrate this new skill into your practice. We provide a great team of approved, experienced instructors as well as excellent student and practitioner support. With 7 hours of CPD, MSTR® is a skill that will not only enhance your practice but will change the lives of your clients.
The West Shires School of Complementary Health is situated in the beautiful surroundings of West Wales and is found on the border between Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. The School has been established for over 10 years and is renowned for it’s high quality training from tutors who have a long-standing wealth of clinical experience in their therapy. CHP currently accredits its A,P&P and Reflexology Diplomas.
The School Principal Cheryl Hawkes has over 30 years experience as a Complementary Therapy practitioner – principally Reflexology and she is the main course tutor for the Reflexology Diploma, which she has been teaching every year since 1997.
All courses at West Shires begin with the Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology and Prescribed Medications module and this can be studied alone as a separate Level 3 Diploma. It is offered as a form of blended learning, with access to online video tutorials and to the tutors. The course limit is 6 students to each course and this provides for a high level of detailed and individual training suited for each student's uniqueness in order to complete successfully.
Reflexology Academy offers the Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Reflexology, a high level full Reflexology Diploma training in central London. The practitioner training provides invaluable skills that help you develop, not only as an individual, but as a professional in your future career as a therapist. Our educational approach and passion for the subject ensures a rewarding and fulfilling learning experience. Reflexology Academy graduates have the ability and confidence to go on and work in the public sector, such as the NHS and set up in private practice as clinical reflexologists.
The Reflexology Academy is a forward thinking school committed to providing a high standard of training and continuous professional development in the field of Reflexology. The Academy was founded in 2012 by Hagar Basis, and her wealth of experience spans over 30 years as an established reflexologist and reflexology educator. In October 2017 Hagar was presented a special award in recognition for her significant contribution to Reflexology in the field of education from the International Council of Reflexologists (ICR), at their International Conference in Taiwan.
Also offered are CPD training and workshops:
Orthopedic Reflexology Training
Fascia Release in Reflexology
Reflexology For Stress
Reflexology For Women's Health
Reflexology For Immune Health
Lorraine Bell runs Serene Therapies in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland and offers diploma courses in reflexology and Indian Head Massage, plus a wide range of CPD courses including hot stone massage and holistic facials.
Martin Robert Thirlwell MFHT MCHP is a 10th generation Reiki Master of the Usui Shiki Ryoho system of Natural Healing with 40 years’ experience and is the owner of Reiki Tradition, a School of Reiki in Springhead, Oldham in Lancashire, working solely with Reiki in a peaceful and tranquil setting. Their work with Reiki is Commitment, Conservation, and Preservation and sees them working with many hospitals and hospices in a large area covering Lancashire, Sheffield, North Wales and as far north as Kendal in Cumbria. Reiki Tradition knows the importance of ensuring that all Reiki practitioners are fully supported and taught to the CNHC Core Curriculum National Occupational Standards of Reiki.
Reiki Tradition run Accredited Reiki Courses frequently throughout the year. Many Students upon completing their Accredited Reiki Courses, go on to work within statutory settings within the NHS, either working alone or part of multidisciplinary teams alongside orthodox medicine, contributing to Integrated healthcare. To find out more on their CHP Accredited Reiki Course please use the website address below:
Gladwell School of Massage
Excellent CPD for existing massage therapists, you will learn an awesome complete Thai massage routine accredited by CHP. Massaging the body, acupressure, working trigger points with myofascial work and stretches is a perfect addition to your skills. It's also suitable for beginner's if you just want to work on family and friends. The course is taught by Daniel and his daughter Lila who sometime assists him. They have 35 years combined experience as massage therapists & have run their school for the past 10 years. They spent many years in Thailand learning at some of the best schools in Chiang Mai and Bangkok such as WatPoh and the Sunshine School.
They run up to 3 courses on Thai massage a year near Watford, Herts with a couple of Advance courses one of which takes place in a beautiful part of Greece in September. Their humble establishment also taught the person who won the World Massage Championships in Copenhagen in 2019! Check out their website for upcoming courses.
Advanced Massage (Table Massage) CPD course covering advanced remedial massage techniques and trigger point therapy as well as a range of other techniques to take your practice to the next level.
Massage with the Feet is another course we have accredited, which all fits with the Thai massage approach.
Advanced Thai Massage is also accredited by us and is the perfect progression from the Thai Massage course.
Abdominal Massage is also accredited with us using oriental methodology.
Brighton Holistics is a leading double award-winning training centre and delivers high standards of training in complementary therapies. We accredit their Aromatherapy, Massage and Sports Massage (level 3, 4 & 5) diplomas. All of the teaching team are CNHC Registered.
As well as top class diploma courses, they also have a wide range of CPD courses to enhance your practice.
Although this course is also run by Reiki Tradition, we have added it separately so those who specifically want to work with animals can see it at a glance.
The course is delivered by Lynnette Jackson, who trained at Reiki Tradition herself with Martin Thirlwell and also works as a veterinary hydrotherapist. The course follows the requirements set down by the Reiki Council for working with animals. It is a two day course for those who want to practice on animals and have Reiki II and a 1 day course for anyone with Reiki I who would just like to work with their own pets. During the course, you will have the opportunity to work on animals in class with real ailments and see how reiki can help them.
For full course information, please vist Reiki Tradition's Pawsome World of Animals for Reiki page on their website.
Lincoln College University Centre now offers a DipHE Complementary Healthcare and Wellbeing (Level 5) course validated by the Open University.
The course is a 2-year full time course with a very different mode of delivery to allow more accessibility for those that are working, looking to upskill, have families and other responsibilities, but have a passion for advancing their skills, knowledge and understanding of this every growing area of health and wellbeing. The delivery is set over 8 study weekend per academic year, weekly remote webinars, and a clinical practice day to support the completion of your clinical / case study hours.
The clinical practice modules cover Body Massage and Advanced Massage Techniques, Clinical Aromatherapy, and Reflexology.
Theoretical modules include Interpersonal skills and therapeutic relationships, Principles and Practices of Complementary Therapies, Integrated Practice and Wellbeing, Nutrition as therapy, Business and Marketing, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology, Working in specialist settings
UCAS applications are required and most students will be able to gain funding via Student Finance England, which could also include a maintenance loan. The college also support students with additional grants and bursary's'; with all students gaining £500 per year to use on course related products, courses, equipment.
Last updated November 2023