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IHA Certification Policy and Process

IHA Sample Certificate

The International Hypnosis Association certifies individuals based on their knowledge, skill level and dedication to effective and ethical practices.

Part of our mission is to help raise the skill-level of hypnosis and NLP professionals by providing access to and encouraging training based on solid and proven techniques that meet our standards.

IHA Approved Courses have all been evaluated to meet these criteria.

General Hypnosis and NLP Certifications

You can apply for any of the general certifications listed below. The first step of the application process just takes 60 seconds, and the entire process can be accomplished via email.

 Certified Hypnotherapist/Hypnotist

The individual must present qualifying course completion certificate (or other proof of successfully completing a relevant course) that attests to the following:

  • Shows mastery in hypnotizing his/her subject
  • Is able to induce and utilize trance
  • Demonstrates skills in hypnotic inductions, deepening techniques, and formulating and delivering suggestions
  • Has successfully completed evaluation ensuring mastery of these and other relevant skills & knowledge

Certified Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming

The individual must present qualifying course completion certificate (or other proof of successfully completing a relevant course) that attests to the following:

  • Mastery of the basic skills, techniques, patterns and concepts of NLP
  • Knows the behavioral integration of the basic presuppositions of NLP, rapport establishment and maintenance, verbal and nonverbal pacing and leading, verbal and nonverbal elicitation of responses, calibrating through sensory experience, use of Milton model, meta model, elicitation and installation of strategies, well formed goals, using anchors in all sensory systems, submodalities, chunking, reframing, and metaphor
  • Has successfully completed evaluation ensuring mastery of these and other relevant skills & knowledge

Certified Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming

The individual must present qualifying course completion certificate (or other proof of successfully completing a relevant course) that attests to the following:

  • Mastery of hypnotherapy
  • Mastery of advanced NLP skills including, but not limited to:
    • Sleight of mouth
    • Modeling
    • Meta programs.

Specialized Hypnosis & NLP Certifications

The International Hypnosis Association understands the value of continual training and specialized certifications. Having specialized certifications gives you more credibility to work on more specific issues and gives clients more confidence that you are an expert in their specific problem.

Specialized certifications are listed in your profile in the member’s directory and give you an advantage over other hypnotists. Once earning your specialized certification, you’ll get a certificate and be able to use a term such as “Smoking Cessation Specialist” in your marketing materials.

If you’d like to apply for a specialized certification, contact us, with the subject line “Specialized Certifications” and let us know what certification(s) you’re interested in.

We’ll respond back with instructions.

Here are some of our specialized certifications:

  • Tobacco Cessation Specialist
  • Certified Stress Management Consultant
  • Internal Conflict Resolution Specialist
  • Hypnotic Language Mastery Specialist

Legalese

Most localities do not have any regulations specific to the practice of hypnotherapy or NLP beyond the typical requirements for running a business (be sure to check where you’ll be practicing). Therefore, professionals in the field and the public at large must turn to independent hypnosis organizations for any assurance of training level. Receiving these certifications means you have met the standards of the International Hypnosis Association for those specific certifications.

The IHA is not a government body and does not convey the legal right to practice in any specific location. 

Once again, you must check with your local government to learn local requirements, laws or regulations.