Hypnotherapy Training FAQs

Ever wondered about becoming a hypnotherapist, but not quite sure on what it entails? Well, here are some of the most common questions we get asked about becoming a hypnotherapist that will help you to get started:

Can anybody learn how to do hypnotherapy?

Almost anyone can learn to do hypnotherapy, no matter your background, culture, sex, age, religion, education…none of these things matter here. What matters is your desire to be a hypnotherapist, your desire to work for yourself, and your desire to help others. Now, wanting to help others is a great quality for a potential hypnotherapist to have, but it’s not the be-all and end-all (though we believe it usually helps). For some hypnotherapists the ‘helping’ comes a close second but the ‘money’ part comes first. Everyone is different, so it’s a good idea to figure out what it is that you want…

Are you here because hypnotherapy just feels like the right fit for you? Perhaps you’re reading this because you can already see yourself as a hypnotherapist, helping all kinds of people? Maybe you’re here because you can almost hear the ‘cha-ching’ of money hitting your bank account, whilst doing a job that you actually enjoy?

No matter what your reason might be, as long as your motivation is congruent with what you truly want to achieve for yourself, then hypnotherapy will be perfect for you.

What do I need to know to be a professional hypnotherapist?

There are many different techniques and concepts within hypnotherapy that you will learn, but to get you started, here is a really quick run-down of the ‘basics’ – the things that you are going to learn with us, that are need-to-know for hypnotherapists:

  • How to hypnotise and deepen the state of hypnosis
  • How to awaken a hypnotised subject
  • How to assess the needs of a client
  • How to identify and resolve problems using hypnotherapy techniques
  • How to conduct a hypnotherapy session
  • How to run your hypnotherapy business
  • How to advertise/market your services


Obviously each of these bullet points can be broken down into sections and sub-sections with many different parts, this is just a ‘rough guide’. For more information on exactly what you are going to learn when you sign up to our Hypnotherapy Diploma Course, take a look at the course page, which includes our full course syllabus.

If I’m a complete beginner, which course do I need to do?

The hypnotherapy diploma course is your best option and it is suitable for everyone, from beginners to more advanced students. This course will take you from the absolute basics, through everything you need to know to become a competent, confident hypnotherapist.

We understand that signing up to a hypnotherapy course can be quite a commitment, especially if you haven’t met the trainers beforehand. As such, we run frequent free ‘taster’ events (both in person and online), so that you are able to get to know our trainers and figure out if our training-style is right for you, before you actually sign up to the full hypnotherapy diploma course.

Another great option is our ‘Hypnotherapy 101’ online course, which you can find on our sister website, hypnosis-courses.com. This short (6 hour) online course gives you a great introduction to the topic of hypnotherapy before you decide to commit to a longer training course.

Do I need previous experience with hypnosis or therapy?

You do not need to know anything about hypnosis, and you don’t even have to have any previous experience with therapy to join our hypnotherapy diploma course. In fact, complete beginners are more than welcome.

As well as teaching medical professionals, psychologists, counsellors and other complementary therapists on our diploma course, we also frequently have students from a variety of non-therapy professions – here are just a few of the people we’ve trained: Lorry Drivers, Fitness Instructors, Cleaners, Barmaids, Shop Assistants, Managers, Artists, Uniformed Services, Dental Assistants, Stay-At-Home Parents, Authors, Business Owners, and the list goes on.

More important than experience with hypnosis/therapy is your willingness to learn, and also your life experience. As a therapist, your life experience and personality are what will truly set you apart as a great hypnotherapist. 

Are there any other requirements I should know about?

To join us on the hypnotherapy diploma course, you will need a good understanding of written and spoken English and you must be medically and psychologically fit to attend the course. As such, when you sign up, you will be asked to agree to our ‘fitness-to-practice declaration’.

As well as being ‘fit to practice’, you must be of good character. Also be aware that you may be asked to apply for a DBS/CRB check (Disclosure and Barring Service/Criminal Records Bureau), particularly if you intend to work with children or vulnerable adults.

Do I have to pass an exam to get my Hypnotherapy Diploma?

Yes, the diploma course does include examination. There is a short written question paper (1h), a case history paper (1.5h), and a practical exam (25m). You will be thoroughly prepared for all 3 exams, as we have practice ‘mock exams’ throughout the course. You will receive your exam results on the final day of the course, before you receive your certificate.

As well as the exams, there is ongoing assessment and feedback of your practical skill development in class, and a range of homework assignments that are assessed throughout the duration of the course. You must also complete 3 case studies and the HPD portfolio in order to meet Core Curriculum requirements.

Do you offer an online version of the hypnotherapy diploma course?

We do not currently offer our ‘diploma course’ online, as to meet the UK Core Curriculum for hypnotherapy training, there are a number of requirements that can only be met with the course in its current format (including a minimum of 120 hours of face-to-face training).

However, due to popular demand, we now have a practitioner-level hypnotherapy course that you can complete online. Here’s a quick comparison of both courses:

HypnoTC Hypnotherapy Diploma Course

Cost: £3795
Study time: 450 hours study time
Delivery style: In person training & blended learning (inc. online)
Assessment: 3 exams (2 written, 1 practical) + 3 case studies + HPD portfolio
Qualification(s): Hypnotherapy Diploma & HPD (Level 4) & National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) Certification
Recognition: Nationally & Internationally recognised qualifications
UK Core Curriculum? Meets (& exceeds) UK Core Curriculum
Accreditation: Externally accredited by: the NCH, GHSC, BIH & FHT
Eligible for insurance? Can gain insurance anywhere
Support? Ongoing support & private graduate forum

Online Hypnotherapy Certificate Course

Cost: £1795
Study time: 275 hours study time
Delivery style: Online blended learning
Assessment: 1 exam (1 hour written - online)
Qualification: National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) Certification
Recognition: Internationally recognised qualification
UK Core Curriculum? Does not meet UK Core Curriculum
Accreditation: Externally accredited by: the ACCPH & the FHT
Eligible for insurance? Selected insurers will insure graduates
Support? Ongoing support & private graduate forum
Check out the full syllabus on Hypnosis-Courses.com

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How long will it take me to become a hypnotherapist?

Depending on where you train, qualifying as a hypnotherapist can take varying amounts of time. Some courses are very long, spread over 12-24 months, others can be very short (‘intensive’) and finished in under 7 days.

Our hypnotherapy diploma course is 10 weekends spread across a period of between 9-10 months. Our aim is to ensure that you are given the best possible learning experience, so that you can complete our course and go out into the world, knowing that you are a confident, competent hypnotherapist.

Other shorter ‘intensive’ type courses rely on you trying to learn masses of information over a short period of time, the likelihood is you will only remember a tiny percentage of that information. This is not the ideal mode of training for something as comprehensive as hypnotherapy. The other option is the opposite, and can end up taking too long. You want to be a hypnotherapist this year, not next year or after! Our hypnotherapy diploma course is designed with you in mind; long enough to ensure that you will know what you’re doing once you’re qualified, but not so long that you wonder why the heck you signed up in the first place.

We can give you the skills to be a really good hypnotherapist, and we’re confident that you’ll complete our course knowing that you can do it, and you can do it well. You will be qualified, but you won’t yet be an ‘expert’. To become an expert hypnotherapist will take time (years), and experience (thousands of hours), and further study (the more, the better), but just like any other skill, the more time you invest in gaining experience, the better you will undoubtedly become. As such, our hypnotherapy diploma course is one of the best places for you to begin your journey to becoming an expert hypnotherapist.

What qualifications do I need to set up as a hypnotherapist?

In the UK, you do not legally need any qualifications to set up your own hypnotherapy practice, but it is highly recommended that you should complete a practitioner-level hypnotherapy training course before going out and setting up as a hypnotherapist.

Our hypnotherapy diploma course has been independently accredited by the NCH, GHSC, FHT and BIH. Also, the international component is certified and regulated by the National Guild of Hypnotists, and we have developed beyond the standard NGH course framework to provide a course that meets and exceeds UK training requirements. You can learn more about all of our professional accreditations here.

Upon completion of our course, your theoretical and practical knowledge of hypnotherapy will be exceptional, fully preparing you to set up your own hypnotherapy practice.

Will the hypnotherapy diploma give me letters after my name (post-nominals)?

Upon successfully passing the course, your diploma will entitle you to use the ‘post-nominal’ letters D.Hyp after your name, the HPD qualification will entitle you to use the letters HPD (NCH) after your name, and the internationally recognised NGH certificate entitles you to use the letters CH (Certified Hypnotherapist) after your name.

Do I need insurance to join the Hypnotherapy Diploma course?

Yes, all students are asked to obtain student insurance before the start of weekend two. Existing therapists may be able to add hypnotherapy to their existing policy. Details of insurance companies are available upon request.

What does it cost to become a qualified hypnotherapist?

Currently, the Hypnotherapy Diploma Course is £3795 – this is 100% all-inclusive, there are no extra hidden fees and all tuition, course materials, examinations and certification fees are included in the price.

Can I pay for the Hypnotherapy Diploma course in instalments?

Yes, you are able to pay for the Hypnotherapy Diploma Course in instalments. 

I found a cheaper hypnotherapy course online...

That’s not surprising, because a lot of less reputable ‘hypnotherapy trainers’ are out to make a quick profit and do not care about the quality of training provided. As with most things, you get what you pay for. If you just want a bit of paper that says ‘certified hypnotherapist’ on it, or if your main focus is saving some money, by all means go and sign up to a cheap course…

Sometimes saving money by choosing a ‘budget alternative’ is a great idea. However, when you’re training for a career as a therapist or healthcare professional, you should aim to be trained to the best possible standard, which means you must strive to get the best training you can afford.

For example, you wouldn’t want to find yourself on an operating table, at the mercy of a “doctor” who skipped medical school and instead did a £500 ‘intensive doctor-training weekend’ would you? Do you then recognise how your potential clients might feel the same way about your hypnotherapy training?

So, if you are looking for one of the top hypnotherapy training courses available in the UK, an internationally recognised and respected qualification, and continued professional support from prominent members of the hypnotherapy industry, you’re definitely in the right place.

When am I allowed to begin working with clients?

You are able to begin seeing clients immediately upon qualification. In fact, some students choose to begin working with paying clients before the completion of the course, and in some cases have earned back their course fees before the course as over!

Generally, we suggest waiting until you are at least a third of the way through the course before working with real clients, so that you are ready and prepared to confidently handle any situation to the best of your abilities.

What happens if I need help after the course?

All present students and past graduates are able to contact Kate and Rory directly by telephone/email for support, and we have a dedicated HypnoTC student forum for additional peer-to-peer support.

For more in-depth support, we offer ongoing supervision and mentoring at a discounted rate for all of our students and graduates. All newly qualified practitioners are encouraged to engage in supervision, as it is highly beneficial for ongoing development. We also offer supervision for non-HypnoTC graduates, as very few hypnotherapy training schools provide this option.

Is there anything I should read before the course?

Yes, it’s definitely a great idea to begin reading some of the books featured on our hypnosis reading list. These books are not mandatory reading, and are not required for the diploma course, but there are plenty of books on hypnotherapy on the list that may help you progress faster and with a deeper overall understanding of the topic, so if you like to read, this is a great place to start.

Can I get referrals from doctors and the NHS after I qualify?

Hypnotherapists who are registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) are much more likely to receive referrals from the NHS than those who are not registered. Our course (alongside membership with a CNHC-approved professional body) qualifies you to become a member of the CNHC, which allows you to get referrals from the NHS and your local GPs.

Do I need to be a member of a hypnotherapy organisation?

In the UK, it is not a legal requirement to become a member of any organisation or regulatory body. The fact is, however, if you are a member of an organisation that ensures its hypnotherapists are trained to high standards, this will be a big selling point to a lot of your prospective clients. Clients will often choose to work with you instead of the hypnotherapist down the road, just because you’re a member of a professional hypnotherapy organisation. Being a member of an organisation such as this immediately shows your clients that you know what you’re doing, and that you are a recognised professional in your field.

Upon successful completion of our Hypnotherapy Diploma Course, as well as getting your first years’ NGH membership (included with the course), you will be eligible to join a range of UK professional bodies and associations, such as the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), British Institute of Hypnotherapy and NLP (BIH) and Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). 

As mentioned above, membership with these UK organisations (and others like them), will entitle you to apply for registration with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK’s voluntary regulator for hypnotherapy practitioners (supported by the government). You can learn more about all of our diploma course professional associations here.

How much can I earn as a hypnotherapist?

You have the potential to earn a great income as a qualified hypnotherapist. You will be your own boss, so you’re free to work whenever you like, and charge whatever you believe your services are worth. Some hypnotherapists charge as little as £20 per hour/session. However, as a general rule, most of our qualified hypnotherapists charge between £65-250 per session.

So what does that mean in real terms? Well, as a rough example; imagine that you see 2 clients per day, 5 days a week and you charge the minimum amount mentioned above (£65). If this were the case, you would be earning £2,600 per month! That’s £31,200 per year! Not a bad wage for someone seeing clients for just 10 hours per week (which is less than standard part-time hours)… and if you want to earn more, you can see more clients, or charge more per session, or both!

So, as you can see, there is the potential for you to earn an exceptional income as a hypnotherapist, not to mention the amount of free-time you are able to enjoy too! This financial flexibility makes hypnotherapy a very desirable and life-changing career choice.

Check out our free ‘Hypnotherapy Earnings Calculator’ and have a play around with figures to see just how much you could earn depending on what your fees are, and how many clients you see yourself working with each week.

Will I be able to work with clients online when I'm qualified?

As the world is changing, more and more services are being offered online – this includes therapy and hypnotherapy too!

The HypnoTC hypnotherapy diploma course teaches you everything that you need to know in order to take your hypnotherapy business online. This means you’ll have the flexibility to see clients from anywhere in the world, regardless of their location (or yours). In fact, many hypnotherapists run online-only therapy practices, and see equally as many clients as those therapists who only see their clients in person. 

Online therapy is also a fantastic ‘fall back plan’ in case something prevents you from seeing clients at your office – the ‘Covid-19 pandemic’ being a good example of this. Those therapists that were taught how to deliver their hypnotherapy sessions online were able to continue seeing clients, whereas those who couldn’t were less fortunate.

The internet truly does open up a world of opportunity for the modern hypnotherapist, and that’s why we cover online hypnotherapy in full detail on our hypnotherapy diploma course, preparing you to become a confident, competent hypnotherapist, wherever you’re working.

Am I too young/old to learn hypnotherapy?

There is an age restriction on our Hypnotherapy Diploma Course; you must be a minimum of 18 years old (there is no maximum age restriction). You will also need to be sufficiently emotionally mature, to be able to work with clients and listen to a broad range of topics (including sexual problems, trauma, phobias, stress, chronic conditions and perhaps even terminal illness).

If you are under 18, there is nothing stopping you from learning about hypnotherapy in other ways. It’s definitely worth taking a look at our Reading List, because these stimulating and insightful books will support you on your own personal journey to becoming a great hypnotherapist. We also have a range of online training courses that you can take, regardless of age.

For the older ones among us, just know that you are never too old to learn a new skill, you are never too old to help others (even if it’s just as a ‘hobby’), and always remember that you are never too old to help yourself. Many hypnotherapists start their careers after retiring from their ‘day job’ in their 60’s or even later! Age is not a barrier, it’s a self-imposed limitation – free yourself from limitations and allow yourself the opportunity to do whatever you wish to!

Am I able to train with you if I have special needs?

Before applying for a place on this course, please make contact with us if you have experienced or currently experience any psychological, psychiatric, medical, physical or neurological disorder, including:

  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Epilepsy
  • If you are fitted with a pacemaker
  • Severe visual/auditory impairment
  • If you are currently experiencing undiagnosed pain
  • Significant past physical/emotional trauma
  • If you are using medication which may impair your concentration


We support learners with learning differences such as dyslexia. The diploma course materials are supplied on white A4 paper with black ink in a sans-serif font. Videos are also supplied online as a part of the course material. Supplementary material can be printed on pastel paper to suit the learners’ preferred learning approach.

After I qualify, will you be offering any CPD training?

Yes, we offer a great variety of additional continuing professional development (CPD) courses alongside our hypnotherapy diploma course. Check out the upcoming events list on the home page for details. Our courses and dates are always changing, so if you’re looking for CPD and don’t want to miss out on updates, sign up to our mailing list (scroll down to the bottom of the page to subscribe) and we’ll email you with details of all our upcoming CPD training.

Also, check out our online courses for an online CPD solution.

I’m already qualified, do you run any advanced courses?

We are currently in the process of creating an advanced hypnotherapy course which will be available via our sister company hypnosis-courses.com. However, we do not have a release date planned as yet.

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