Join the NCH

The NCH is a members collective (like a co-operative), which means it is owned by its members and everyone has an equal say. It is also a not-for-profit organisation, which means that every penny of members’ subscriptions is used for the benefit of all. There are no stakeholders with greater voting rights or shareholders to pay.

The NCH actively participates in the voluntary self regulation process mandated by Government, which means members have a voice and say in the future of our profession.

We offer four levels of membership, depending on your circumstances.


Full Membership

Full membership of the NCH is available to suitably qualified hypnotherapists and entitles you to all the benefits of being a member of the NCH, including:

  • A listing in our online Therapist Finder
  • Subscription to The Hypnotherapy Journal
  • Preferential Insurance rates
  • Participation in NCH national events (e.g. Stop Smoking Day)
  • Permission to use our name, logo and the letters of your assigned membership grade
  • Member rates for CPD, and the NCH Annual Conference
  • Support and protection for you and your practice
  • Full Voting rights within the NCH

When you apply to become a full member of the NCH, we ask you to show us that you have the knowledge, skills and understanding to be a competent, ethical and caring professional hypnotherapist.

All joining Full Members are therefore required to evidence their qualifications and skills to a level which is equivalent to the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy, and preferably which meet the standards of the externally verified Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD).

Your options are:

  • By submission of a written portfolio using an NCH assessor, which on completion merits the award of an HPD
  • By undertaking a Professional Discussion or Viva with an NCH assessor, which on completion merits the award of an HPD
  • By demonstrating current registration with the CNHC or one membership of one of the Professional Associations recognised by the CNHC, or can meet CNHC requirements and providing details of your hypnotherapy training and additional information as requested.

Unsure which route is right for you?
Contact the Training and Accreditation Officer for further information or apply now for free and we’ll discuss the most appropriate route for you to take.

Full Membership is £70 per year if you have the HPD (£120 per year without) so if you want to get ahead of your competitors by having an externally validated qualification and save money on your membership fees year after year, we highly recommend the HPD routes to membership.

To APPLY FOR full membership, please register online here.

If you are a student member wishing to upgrade, please see these instructions.


Student Membership

Student membership of the NCH is available to students currently enrolled in an accredited hypnotherapy training course, and entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Subscription to The Hypnotherapy Journal
  • Preferential Student Insurance rates with Towergate Professional Risks
  • Member rates for the NCH Annual Conference
  • Support and protection for you as you train

Student membership is free for 15 months, after which time you will either need to upgrade to Full Membership (if you have successfully gained your HPD), or switch to an Associate Membership.

Being a Student confers voting rights, but does not allow the use of the NCH name, logo or any membership grade letters.

Students are enrolled automatically by their NCH Accredited School. Please contact your school if you have not been registered as a Student Member of the NCH.


Associate Membership

Associate membership of the NCH is available to anyone with an interest in Hypnotherapy. The only exception would be anyone who has been previously expelled from the NCH or who is deemed by the executive committee to be likely to bring the Council into disrepute.

Being an associate entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Subscription to The Hypnotherapy Journal
  • Member rates for the NCH Annual Conference

Associate membership is £35 for the first year, then £70 per year after that. Being an Associate does not imply endorsement, confer voting rights, nor allow the use of the NCH name, logo or any membership grade letters.

To become an Associate of the NCH, please register online here.


International Membership

Therapists operating outside of the UK can join as International Members by providing proof of your professional qualifications AND meeting one of these 2 requirements:

  1. Show evidence of membership of the National Guild of Hypnotists (USA)
  2. Show evidence of membership to a professional body in your home country, complete with copies of their:
    • membership criteria
    • code of ethics
    • complaints procedure

International Membership entitles you to the following benefits:

  • A listing on our website
  • Subscription to The Hypnotherapy Journal
  • Permission to use our name, logo and the letters MNCH(Int.)
  • Member rates for the NCH Annual Conference

International Membership is £70 per year, plus a one off £25 administration fee. International Membership does not confer voting rights, nor does the NCH provide public protection or support.

If you meet the criteria for International Membership, please FIRST register online, THEN complete and return this proof of qualification form.


All members (except Associates) must also:

  • Provide two references*
  • Show a commitment to on-going professional development (CPD)
  • Give details of an established system of peer-support or supervision (NB supervision with an appropriately qualified supervisor is a requirement for a minimum of three years after qualification and until 300 client hours have been completed).
  • Undertake to adhere to the Code of Ethics and Practising Agreement
  • Undertake to remain fully and appropriately insured throughout the their membership of the NCH
  • Be prepared to discuss their application with a member nominated by the committee
  • Give details of any disciplinary action that has been taken against them
  • Accept that the committee’s decision is final

*Students and Full members only. Student referees must include one course tutor.