HTI offers diplomas and Certification. There can be additional advantages to further Certification with an appropriate organization.
The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, with over 9500 members, is the oldest and most important hypnotherapy certification agency in the United States. It was not the first hypnotist organization, but it was the first to initiate Registration, the first to initiate Certification, and the first to initiate significant educational requirements for its members. It has always been a leader in setting and raising training standards, and is still the only major hypnotherapist certifying organization in the United States that requires its approved schools are state-licensed where required by law.
The A.C.H.E. is recognized by various state and federal government
agencies. A hypnotherapist who is not licensed in the health or counseling professions will sometimes have a better chance to receive insurance reimbursement for clients if A.C.H.E. Certified. Also, members have various choices for reasonable professional liability insurance, including with the American Professional Agency. This is the primary professional liability insurance carrier in the United State for licensed psychologists, marriage counselors and social workers.
The A.C.H.E. has done crucial work for 3 decades in many legislatures throughout
the United States, more than all the other certifying organizations
combined, to protect and strengthen the profession.
Many of the values of A.C.H.E. Certification are also relevant to licensed therapists. The A.C.H.E. holds annual International Hypnotherapy Conferences, with classes and workshops given by leading
hypnotherapists from around the world. Valuable information is
disseminated to members in monthly newsletters. The A.C.H.E. has the highest
educational standards of any major hypnosis organization, only
accepting schools which have fulfilled all legal requirements of all
appropriate state agencies, and as well as its own stricter standards.
HTI Director Randal Churchill was the first President of the A.C.H.E. and completed his most recent term in 2012.
Announcement: Beginning in 2014, we are requiring all students to be members of the A.C.H.E., as a way to further strengthen this important agency and support high standards in the profession. The A.C.H.E. now has a student membership, and during 2015 we are making a special offer to provide and pay in full for student membership for all of our students that are not already members of this organization.