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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

A number of associations offer certification, but the two best-known certifying groups are American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE) and the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). ACHE offers two levels of certification: certified hypnotherapist and certified clinical hypnotherapist. To attain the certified hypnotherapist designation, you must complete at least 200 hours of instruction from an approved school and pass a written and practical skills exam. To attain the certified clinical hypnotherapist designation, you must complete at least 300 hours of instruction from an approved school and pass an examination. The NGH offers a board certification program to members who first become certified at a lower level, write a hypnosis paper for publication in the Journal of Hypnotism or Hypno-Gram, have at least one year of experience as a hypnotist, pass a written examination, and complete an oral interview. Certification is highly recommended because it demonstrates both to your peers and your clients that you have received thorough training and are keeping up with developments in the field.

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