If you are thinking about becoming a hypnotherapist, whether as a full-time career, part-time as a second income, or even just as a rewarding hobby, you are in the right place!
Our Hypnotherapy Diploma course covers all the bases. Whether you have some background knowledge or are a complete beginner, this course will provide you with all you need to see clients and work as a professional hypnotherapist. This is one of the most comprehensive and practical hypnotherapy programmes available in the UK and internationally!
When you complete training with us, you’ll develop skills in understanding how to remedy various issues and how best to create positive changes within a variety of scenarios. You’ll learn how to manage a hypnotherapy practice, how to market your business effectively and improve your communication skills and confidence. In addition to helping you in your new career, this will benefit you in various areas of your personal and professional life.
As well as receiving the HypnoTC Hypnotherapy Diploma, upon successful completion of this course, you will also receive the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD), which is a Level 4 qualification accredited by NCFE and the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), as well as the internationally recognised NGH Certification, provided by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH).
If you’ve already checked out the course details below and are ready to apply for a place, click the button below to fill out our course application form. Otherwise, for full course information, including the syllabus, fees, qualification details and upcoming dates, please continue scrolling down and you can find full instructions on how to apply at the bottom of the page.
The HypnoTC Hypnotherapy Diploma is a comprehensive qualification that blends theory and practical applications. It gives students a sound foundational knowledge and real world, hands-on experience on which to develop their skill set whilst practicing hypnotherapy professionally.
This internationally recognised course meets and exceeds the UK Hypnotherapy National Occupational Standards and Core Curriculum requirements.
We have strategically designed the HypnoTC Diploma training to give you all the essential knowledge and practical experience that you need in order to set up and run your own professional hypnotherapy practice, confidently and competently.
You will learn all about hypnosis and hypnotherapy, including several safe and highly effective ways to hypnotise clients, deepen and intensify the state of hypnosis, and wake people up.
Within the course, we cover a diverse range of effective and ethical hypnotherapy techniques, and both evidence-based and practice-based theories. These include analytical, cognitive, behavioural, Ericksonian, NLP, metaphorical and regression approaches.
Additionally, we recognise hypnotherapy is a business. We also teach you how to start, market and grow your thriving therapy practice.
Our key aim is for you to be a confident, competent hypnotherapist upon graduation.
For full course details, see the Course Syllabus section below.
Duration: 130 hours (20 days) classroom training over 10 months (actual course duration = 160 hours including breaks)
Total study time: 450 hours
Location: London (Whitehall, Embankment)
Our Hypnotherapy Diploma course has been externally assessed and accredited at Practitioner Level by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC/GHR) and has been further accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
The HPD (NCH) has been externally assessed and accredited as a Level 4 course by NCFE.
Upon qualification, graduates will receive their first year’s membership with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). They can also register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). For more information, see our accreditations & certification page.
We are totally committed to teaching hypnotherapy to the highest possible standard. Students who successfully complete training with HypnoTC are capable and confident of using their new skills in their own private practices and throughout their lives. Many of our graduates have gone on to contribute to the hypnotherapy profession.
Our expert trainers and mentors are active within the profession, contributing to books, conferences and professional associations. These include the National Council for Hypnotherapy, the National Guild of Hypnotists, the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council, the Federation of Holistic Therapists, the British Psychological Society, the Association of Therapy Lecturers and the Royal Society of Medicine. To learn more about our trainers, visit the about us page.
Unfortunately, not all hypnotherapy training is created equal!
If you have already taken a hypnotherapy course elsewhere with a different hypnotherapy training provider, and you:
We can help you.
At HypnoTC, we make sure everyone receives the most thorough training possible. We frequently have candidates join us who’ve already completed a course with another school but have left feeling unconfident and under-qualified.
We offer our re-training/ upskilling service at a hugely discounted rate because we want you to become the best therapist you can be.
We teach you in a supportive classroom environment. Each tuition day includes lectures, presentations and discussions on hypnosis and hypnotherapy theory, together with practical demonstrations, group activities and lots of technique practice. Additional online materials supplement and go beyond the course notes. We give you 20 full days (9am-5pm) in the classroom. Training days are grouped into 10 separate training weekends over a duration of 10 months.
As well as attending class, students need to complete home study assignments and keep a coursework portfolio. Although personal study time varies according to individual needs, we suggest you allow between 8 to 10 hours each week for homework. Please note that homework is mandatory, and needs to be completed in order to receive your certifications.
Total tuition and study hours, including classroom time and all home study assignments, will total around 450 hours. The UK Core Curriculum indicates that face-to-face training must be at least 120 hours and home study must meet/ exceed 330 hours. Excluding breaks, our classroom teaching totals 130 hours.
In addition to the detailed course manuals and in-person classroom teaching, you will also have access to our library of 80+ hypnotherapy training videos in our online Student Learning Centre.
Our Student Learning Centre videos complement the manuals and concepts covered in class. Wherever a longer lecture is required, rather than using valuable class time, we deliver it in video format. This means that we’re able to optimise your time in class for more practical and discussion based learning.
The practical hypnosis and hypnotherapy techniques you learn and practice in class, also have video demonstrations, so that you are able to re-visit any methods as often as you wish.
These supplementary training videos have been specifically designed as a part of the HypnoTC diploma course and are an invaluable resource for use throughout the duration of the course.
*Plus additional (non-syllabus) information
Addressing myths and misconceptions
Assessing delivery style (permissive, authoritarian, VAKOG)
Case History, client intake and consultation
Contra-indications and cautions
Engaging and empowering the client
Goal setting, management (and the GIFT technique)
Positioning and posture
Pre-talk (the introduction to hypnosis)
Rapport (influencing factors, development and maintenance)
Scaling (general, diagnostic, regression, SUD, VOC)
Symptom management hierarchy
Treatment planning and phases
Awakening and re-alerting
Deepening (permissive, authoritarian, rapid, fractionation, physical, tactile, trigger)
Inductions (authoritarian, permissive, rapid, progressive, eye fixation, metaphorical, fractionation, physical, confusion, trigger, hyperempiria, Elman induction, Dr Flowers induction, use of accessories)
Testing (suggestibility, hypnotisability, compliance, depth)
Dissociation approaches (General, parts therapy, stage dissociation, fast phobia technique)
Ideomotor Response (IMR) approaches (IMR installation, IMR questioning, IMR therapy)
Inner child (models and concepts, revisiting technique, forgiveness technique)
Insight gathering (automatic writing)
Metaphorical (Wise old person)
Analgesia and anaesthesia approaches
De-conditioning (Aversion, hypnodesensitisation, positive change technique)
Ego strengthening (direct, indirect and metaphorical)
Metaphorical (Re-write technique)
Mind-body (PNI) (Control room approaches, mind-body dissociation, Eslinger Pain to Comfort technique, pain diminishing technique)
Resource building and positive states (Anchoring)
Safe place and favourite place of relaxation
Sub-modality (Influences, change process)
Suggestion use and management (direct, indirect, Ericksonian, metaphorical, truisms, questions, use of the negative)
Acceptance and Commitment therapy
Archetypes and the Persona (persona switch technique)
Core values (identification and use)
Cognitive distortions (identification and management)
Rational and Emotive Behaviour therapy (REBT)
Ericksonian hypnotherapy approaches
Ericksonian metaphors and the interspersal technique
Ericksonian language patterns
Creating metaphors for therapy (the art of story-writing and story-telling)
Healing white light
Age regression (various approaches)
Metaphorical regression approaches (Library, miscellaneous)
Past life regression
Preparing for time distortion and regression (diagnostic scale, clean language, Early learning technique)
Running self-hypnosis courses
Teaching clients self-hypnosis
Bereavement and loss
Blushing and Erythrophobia
Conception and childhood (bed-wetting, childhood anxiety disorders, pregnancy, psychogenic infertility)
Eating disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge eating)
Headaches and migraines
Paranoia, psychosis, and neurosis
Phobias and phobic disorders
Skin conditions and dermatology
Sleep disorders (parasomnias)
Smoking cessation (phased reduction, Rory Z single session approach, Ron Eslinger programme)
Speech impediments and stammering
Terminal illness and death
Trauma and PTSD
Weight management (weight loss and weight gain)
Anatomy, physiology, and psychopathology
Developing linguistic variety
Glossary of hypnotherapy and associated terms
Historical, traditional and contemporary theories of hypnosis
Locus of control
Memory, the theories of
Nature of induction and influencing factors
Neuro-linguistic programming influences
Psychological influences and key terms (Adlerian, analytical, behavioural, cognitive, eclectic, humanistic, integrative, Gestalt, psychodynamic, mechanistic, solution-focused, transpersonal)
Resistance and transference
The mind (conscious and unconscious mind, processes, and the mind-body connection)
Use of the breath
Use of voice
Audit, research and reflective practice (evaluating and reviewing treatment and therapist effectiveness)
Client management (accompanied clients, case management, therapeutic communications and professional relationships, client risk management, safeguarding, Bill of Rights, engaging and empowering the client, working with minors and vulnerable adults)
Consent, confidentiality, safeguarding and client risks (informed, implicit, explicit, competence to consent)
Engaging with research (evidence-based practice, practice-based evidence, understanding and using research, research good practice)
Ethics and codes of conduct
Group hypnosis (adapting approaches, group dynamics and roles within groups, running courses and single sessions)
Marketing and promotion (traditional, online, social media, website development)
Policies and procedures (employment, organisational, legislation)
Products (development, management, promotion)
Professional practice (development, management, scope of complementary medicine health care, record keeping, insurance, codes of conduct, professional associations and voluntary regulation; CNHC)
Session structure (planning and management)
Setting clients homework (tasking, activities and ‘contracts for action’)
Setting up and managing a new business
Therapist development (meeting the hypnotherapy core curriculum, the role of CPD, clinical supervision, sharing good practice, therapist wellbeing, study skills)
Communication skills (development e.g. explanation of hypnosis; assessment e.g. record protocol and reflect on recording; voice development e.g. voice improvement exercises)
Creating protocols and outlines to address specific goals / symptoms
Creating scripts and suggestions
Practice assessment techniques
Practicing learned techniques and evaluating outcomes and any areas for improvement
Using the HypnoTC language cards in day-to-day situations
Engaging with other resources (e.g. books / research / YouTube)
Reading and revising notes
Watching videos and using resources in the Student Learning Centre
Development of business resources (e.g. leaflets, posters business cards, information sheets, handouts, website, social media)
Development of marketing strategy
Undertaking self-hypnosis for resource and resilience building and to address any identified issues or symptoms
Using learned techniques to address own issues / goals (where appropriate)
*Plus additional (non-syllabus) information
You will engage in a range of theory assignments, which are assessed throughout the duration of the course. These draw upon literature, personal research and your individual application of learned skills. There is also ongoing tutor and self-assessment, together with feedback on your practical skill development.
Each weekend you are given homework assignments to support the material covered in class. Homework is individually marked and assessed by your tutor. Completion of ALL homework, including your HPD portfolio, is mandatory to pass the course and to receive your certification.
You must complete three ‘case studies’ before the final weekend of the course. These incorporate both single and multiple session models.
On the final weekend, you will take examinations that must be passed for you to receive your qualifications. Your final tests comprise three separate parts. There is a short answer paper (1 hour), a case history paper (1.5 hours) and a practical exam (25 mins). The pass mark is a minimum of 80% in each exam.
You receive your exam results and feedback at the end of the final day, prior to the awarding of certificates.
This course is certified by HypnoTC, NCFE, the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). Upon successfully completing the course and passing the exams, 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. For example:
John Smith D.Hyp, HPD (NCH), CH
Here are examples of the HypnoTC Diploma and the NGH certificates:
To join our Hypnotherapy Diploma Course, there is no need to know anything about hypnosis or hypnotherapy, or have any previous experience with therapy at all. In fact, we find that your willingness to learn and life experience can be more important than prior knowledge of hypnosis or therapy. Complete beginners do well on our course!
We welcome other healthcare professionals. Hypnotherapy is a tremendous addition to the skill sets of psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, and life coaches.
No matter what you come to the course with, your mind-set and personality are what will truly set you apart.
There is an age restriction on our Hypnotherapy Diploma Course; you must have reached your 18th birthday prior to the exam date.
You will also need to be sufficiently emotionally mature to learn how to work with clients of all ages and backgrounds, who seek therapy for a broad range of topics.
These my include sexual problems, trauma, phobias, stress, chronic conditions and perhaps even terminal illness.
There is no upper age limit on this course – so if you’re a lively senior citizen, feel free to sign up. People of all ages (18+) are welcome.
Before applying for a place on this course, please let us know if you have experienced or currently experience any psychological, psychiatric, medical, physical or neurological disorder, including:
To join the course, you must be fluent in written and spoken English.
You may struggle to keep up with the course if you cannot understand the language used within the training material or its delivery. If you think this could be a concern, please speak to us directly.
If you have an accent, then rest assured this can make you even more effective as a hypnotherapist, as long as you can be clearly understood.
We support learners with learning differences such as dyslexia.
The course materials are usually supplied in black ink on white paper in a sans-serif font. We can print using pastel paper on request.
We are experienced in teaching learners with dyslexia, and supplement our course notes with additional learning aids.
By booking a place on this course, you are declaring yourself as Fit To Practice. This encompasses your health and your ability to participate.
Upon joining, we will ask you to sign our student contract, which includes a Fitness To Practice declaration.
If at any point you are no longer Fit To Practice, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the course.
We understand that signing up to a hypnotherapy diploma course is a big commitment, and that you want to make the right decision.
Request a call back and one of our experienced hypnotherapy tutors will personally call you, talk you through anything about the course you’d like clarifying, and answer any questions you have about training with us.
Location: London (Whitehall), UK
Venue: The Royal Horseguards Hotel
Trainer: Dr Kate Beaven-Marks
Duration: Sept 2022 – June 2023
Weekend Dates: 24/25 Sept – 22/23 Oct – 26/27 Nov – 17/18 Dec – 21/22 Jan – 18/19 Feb – 18/19 Mar – 15/16 Apr – 20/21 May – 17/18 June
Timing: Training days run from 9am – 5pm
Useful Tip: Stick the above dates in your diary/ calendar now to avoid double booking these important weekends.
The course fee is just £3795 (all training materials & exams included)
The fee covers: Twenty days tuition, ongoing support and guidance in between live training days, post-course email/telephone support, all training materials, exams, certification and your first years’ NGH membership.
10% Discount – If you are in the armed forces (or are ex-forces), you may be eligible to get 10% off the course fee.
Yes. All students are asked to obtain ‘student insurance’ before the start of weekend two. Details of our recommended insurance companies will be provided upon booking. Student hypnotherapy insurance is usually very affordable (around £30-45 per annum – guideline).
Once qualified you can upgrade to full hypnotherapist insurance (they’ll need to see evidence of your qualification). Those students with a pre-existing therapy insurance policy may be able to add hypnotherapy to said policy – check with your insurance provider directly for clarification.
Our diploma course is very comprehensive and you will be fully prepared for the final examination process.
Throughout the course you will be engaging with in-class activities, homework tasks and also a number of formal and informal mock exams. All of this practice will fully prepare you for your exams, and we’re here to support you all the way.
If it were to happen that you ended up requiring a re-sit, we’d give you the first re-sit absolutely free (additional re-sits, if required, would be at extra cost, as listed above in the ‘Course Fees’ section).
If, for any reason, you miss a course day or weekend, we have a 1-to-1 catch up facility, so that you can meet with one of our tutors (either online or in person) in order to cover the material that you missed.
Catch up sessions are mandatory in order for you to make up your course hours and cover the training materials, in line with the UK Core Curriculum for Hypnotherapy.
As mentioned above in the ‘Course Fees – Extra Costs’ section, catch up sessions are at an additional cost which is not included in the standard course fee. If you miss over 2 days (10%) of the course, the normal catch up day fee (£90) is then succeeded by an ‘hourly fee’ of £45. This is in order to make up your hours to ensure that your training meets the UK Core Curriculum requirements.
As mentioned above, completion of all homework is a mandatory requirement of the course. All homework activities must be completed (in a timely manner) in order for you to meet the UK Core Curriculum for hypnotherapy training and to receive your certification.
All homework must be completed and returned for marking before the final weekend of the course. If by the final course weekend, you still have outstanding homework (regardless of how well you do in the exam), you will not be eligible for certification.*
*Allowances can be made for students with exceptional circumstances.
Yes. The highly sought-after diploma qualification meets (and exceeds) the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy and also the UK Core Curriculum for Hypnotherapy. The course has also been externally accredited by a number of professional organisations – click here to visit our Accreditations and Certification page.
For those who cannot make it to the main course (dates above), or who wish to undertake the course in an ‘intensive’ format, we offer a number of 1-to-1 training options. However, due to the duration, the 1-to-1 training fee is significantly higher than the standard course fee.
To learn more about our 1-to-1 hypnotherapy training options click here for details.
Yes. All students and graduates are able to access telephone and email support during and after qualification with us. We also have a private student forum, where students can engage with fellow students, past graduates and HypnoTC tutors for continued support and development.
We also advise our students and graduates to engage in supervision/mentoring and ongoing CPD (continuing professional development). This is not mandatory (by us), but some professional hypnotherapy associations require their members to do so. We have a number of supervision and CPD options available all year round. Check out the ‘Hypnotherapy Training’ tab on the main menu for more information.
Don’t just take our word for how great this course is, take a look at these video testimonials to hear what some of our past graduates had to say about it (starting with the most recent graduates first):
Summer 2021 Graduates:
Winter 2020 Graduates:
Winter 2019 Graduates:
Summer 2019 Graduates:
Our application process consists of two steps, an initial application form, followed by a telephone interview. We like to know who is joining our course, and as well as ensuring this is the right course for you, we also like to make sure that you are right for the course. By enrolling individuals who are a ‘good fit’, we work towards creating a positive learning environment for all students (including you).
So, when you’re ready to begin the application process, click the button below and complete our Hypnotherapy Diploma Application Form – once that’s done, we’ll contact you directly to arrange a telephone interview: