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Stage 4, Your Gateway to UKCP Registration and Accreditation

Stage 4 - Pathway to UKCP Hypno-Psychotherapist The National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy


Stage 4 concludes with the Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy, the post-nominals ADHP(NC) and includes all required elements for registration with UKCP.

Stage 4 is available to students who have completed Stage 3 or applicants with a UKCP recognised Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy who have not completed their UKCP registration.

On Stage 4, you will be working with clients in a close relationship with your clinical supervisor, for every six hours of therapy you carry out, you will have one hour of supervision.

You will study three compulsory blended learning modules and a self-study safeguarding module as well as further training hours which you can choose yourself. There is also a requirement for self-development activity to be logged which includes some personal therapy with a UKCP registered therapist (or equivalent).

Research Project

As part of Stage 4 you will need conduct your dissertation submission of primary or secondary research.

Secondary research does not involve working directly with human participants and it is not necessary for that to be considered in the planning stages by an ethics committee.

Primary research, where first hand data or information is being collected directly from human participants, must be considered in the planning stages by our ethics committee.

Primary research may be either experimentally or clinically based, in hypno-psychotherapy, research will usually be clinically based with case studies providing the data.

All dissertations must focus on an area within the theory and/or practice of hypno-psychotherapy and must include an exploration of your psychotherapeutic framework and philosophy, demonstrating a master’s level of psychotherapeutic understanding and exploration, and include cross-referencing to other approaches.

Total Training Period

If you have undertaken Stage 1 to Stage 3 continuously, it will have taken you a minimum of seventeen months. Therefore, Stage 4 is the phase between the end of Stage 3 and the four year point from the start of training (or longer if the other requirements are not complete).

For example:

  • Start Stage 1 in October 2020, complete in January 2021
  • Start Stage 2 in February 2021, complete in September 2021
  • Start Stage 3 in October 2021 and complete in February 2022
  • Stage 4 would then be the period from March 2022 until September 2024 or until all requirements are complete, whichever is the later.

This four year period is compulsory although you are able to be in practice from the end of Stage 2 (so from the end of September 2021 above). Normally, it would be expected that UKCP registration would be completed in a maximum of seven years.

Additional Hours

UKCP accreditation requires you to attend a minimum of 55 hours additional live classroom training during stage four. These can be chosen from our CPD offerings and can also include attendance at the NSTT annual conference.

There are also three compulsory blended learning modules and a self-study safeguarding module.

Stage 4 at a Glance:

Key Points:

  • Clinical hours with clients
  • Clinical supervision
  • three blended learning modules
  • Self-study safeguarding module
  • Additional classroom hours
  • Self-development (including personal therapy)


  • Four years from start of training

Mode of Study:

  • Time with supervisor
  • Classroom hours
  • Online tutorials
  • Discussion forums
  • Self-directed


  • Written assignments
  • Group presentations
  • Dissertation
  • Fitness to practice log
  • Portfolio of total hours
  • Supervisor’s report
  • Viva voce to assess psychological maturity

What Next?

  • Your future. . .

Total UKCP Hours Broken Down

Training ElementClassroom HoursSelf-Directed Learning HoursTotal Training HoursCost
Stage 17050120£1375
Stage 2127225352£2200
Stage 3 111100211£2000
Stage 4 192150 342£1750
Client Hours450-450income generating
Supervision Hours75-75variable
Self-Development Hours202-202variable
Personal Therapy Hours48-48variable
Total Hours12755251800

The UKCP registration requirements appear in full in the policies section of The Oracle.