Clinical Hypnotherapy and Certified Hypnotherapy

Certification is an important term in any profession.  It acknowledges that someone has achieved a certain credential that the public can trust.  However, the field of Hypnotherapy is highly unregulated and it is therefore up to the public themselves to find out what the highest standards are in this profession. Here's a youtube video that with some insight into getting certified - the power of an education that can get you a certification.


How can I learn hypnosis properly?

Here's a slideshare you can click through to get some insights - It is important to understand that there is something called the Department of Education and each State has its respective branch.  Here at the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy we are licensed by the Florida Department of Education’s branch known as the Commission for Independent Education, which governs Colleges, Universities and Post-secondary Vocational Institutes. 

Because the term “Hypnotherapist” is a federally acknowledged occupation, then to grant certifications/diplomas in this field the first step is to find a State-Licensed school when looking into Clinical Hypnotherapy and Certified Hypnotherapy.

What is the difference between Clinical and Certified Hypnotherapy?

Once you determine that a school is State-Licensed, then it is important to determine who is the credentialing body that offers the certifications.  An unlicensed school is not regulated and cannot legally offer true diplomas that are backed by the State. It is important to know that this leads to schools and trainings that can only rely upon the organization that provides their certifications to ensure their standards and the truth is that most of these organizations do very little to protect the consumer the way the Department of Education does.

So which certifying agency should I get my Hypnotherapy Certification through?

The truth is that anyone can open an organization or association.  Many of these will simply take your money if you pay for the certification.  Having been called out on this, they now will at least check to be sure that you went through a minimal amount of hypnosis training. 

Our Institute has required at least 300 hours to be a Certified Hypnotherapist, 400 hours to be a Clinical Hypnotherapist and 500 hours to be a Transpersonal Hypnotherapist. Because of a lack of standardized regulation, terms like Certified, Clinical, Transpersonal, Master, Advanced, etc. may mean very little. The importance of a State-Licensed school is that each certification is reviewed and the public is ensured that there is a program title, description, objective and a clear set of courses - each with their own description.  Therefore, the certifying body is nowhere near as important as State-Licensed Diplomas with a minimum number of hours, where the Department of Education has agreed that the program title truly matches the program’s contents.

What does the State know about the difference between terms like Clinical and Certified Hypnotherapist?

The truth is that the State most likely knows nothing about Hypnotherapy; however they understand everything about the legal use of terms like certification, diploma, degree, program, course, etc.  Therefore, a school may only offer 50 hours of training and use terms like Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, yet without a governing body regulating them, then the consumer cannot be sure that these are legitimate diplomas where a school catalog is scrutinized and required to be given to the student so that the program’s contents can truly be reviewed.

Many Hypnotherapy Associations do not require this.  They will offer certifications regardless of the number of hours attained and regardless of whether or not the school was licensed to legally operate.  This is really too bad. To learn more about Clinical and Certified Hypnotherapy, please visit,, where you can learn more about a true State-Licensed Program in Certified Clinical Hypnotherapy, which offers true diplomas in this wonderful occupation.