Criteria for Entry to the CNHC Register

In order to be eligible to be admitted to the CNHC Register, a complementary therapist must:

  • Have undertaken a programme of education and training which meets, as a minimum, the National Occupational Standards (see below) and the core curriculum for the complementary therapy/discipline concerned. Please note, courses delivered entirely by distance learning do not meet CNHC requirements.


  • Have achieved competency to the level of the National Occupational Standards (see below) for the complementary therapy/discipline concerned by means of relevant experience of at least three years and relevant training and been assessed as having met those standards.

and have declared that

  • they do not have a criminal record (including cautions), or have notified CNHC of any such record for consideration by the Registrar prior to acceptance
  • there are no health issues that have an impact on their ability to practise
  • they have not been the subject of any disciplinary or civil proceedings against them in relation to their practice or have notified CNHC of any such proceedings for consideration by the Registrar prior to acceptance
  • they have current professional indemnity insurance to practise in the UK and there have been no successful claims against their insurance
  • they will respond to any request from CNHC for evidence of professional indemnity insurance and CPD activities (See Policy in respect of requirement to provide copies of insurance certificate and cpd log)

Any identified False declaration results in removal from the register

and have agreed to comply with:

To apply to register with CNHC see Apply to Register - A Step by Step Guide

National Occupational Standards (NOS)

The National Occupational Standards (NOS) are statements which describe what an individual needs to be able to do, know and understand in order to be safe and competent to practise. Skills for Health, an independent agency, is responsible for establishing NOS across a wide range of health care disciplines, including many complementary therapies. 

Click on the links below to view the two generic NOS units which apply to ALL fifteen CNHC registered complementary therapies:

Click on the links below to view the fifteen specific NOS units for all current CNHC registered complementary therapies:

CNH3 Deliver Alexander Technique teaching; CNH4 Provide Aromatherapy to clients; CNH5 Provide Bowen Therapy to clients; CNH6 Provide Cranial Therapies to clients; CNH25 Provide Healing to clients; CNH23 Provide Hypnotherapy to clients; CNH7 Provide Massage Therapy to clients; CNH24 Provide Microsystems Acupuncture to clients; CNH10 Provide Naturopathy to clients; CNH8 Provide Nutritional Therapy to clients; CNH9 Prescribe nutraceuticals to clients; CNH11 Provide Reflexology to clients; CNH12 Provide Reiki to clients; CNH13 Provide Shiatsu to clients; Sports Therapy; CNH14 Deliver Yoga Therapy to clients

Registering for Alexander Technique teaching, Aromatherapy, Bowen Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Nutritional Therapy, Reiki, Shiatsu, Sports Massage and Yoga Therapy:

Please see Qualifications Accepted for additional information on which qualifications meet the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and core curriculum and routes to registration for those whose qualifications do not meet these standards.

Registering for Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy and Reflexology:

Please see Qualifications Accepted for CNHC statements about qualifications awarded by ABC, CIBTAC, City & Guilds, ITEC and VTCT.


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Search the Register

To find a local complementary therapist, enter your own postcode or town/city and select how many miles from there that you want to search.

You can narrow your search by selecting a particular type of therapy from the drop down list.

Alternatively you can search for a therapist by name.