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Stage 4, Your Gateway to UKCP Registration and Accreditation

Stage 4 (P) - Pathway to UKCP for existing Hypnotherapists The National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy


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

Stage 4 is available to you after completing the Stage 3 weekends.

During Stage 4, you will still be working with clients and 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, a self-study safeguarding module and attend some further classroom hours which you can choose yourself. There is also a requirement for self-development activity to be logged which includes some hours of personal therapy with a UKCP registered therapist (or equivalent).

Research Project

Stage 4 involved you undertaking a 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 our 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

Stage 4 is the phase between the end of Stage 3 and the three year point from the start of training (or longer if the other requirements are not complete).

Additional Hours

UKCP accreditation requires you to attend a minimum of 55 hours additional live training during Stage 4. These can be chosen from our CPD offerings and can also include attendance at the annual National College conference.

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

Stage 4 at a Glance:

Key Points:

  • Clinical hours with clients
  • Dissertation
  • Clinical supervision
  • Three blended learning modules
  • Self-study safeguarding module
  • Additional classroom hours
  • Self-development


  • Three years from start of training

Mode of Study:

  • Time with supervisor
  • Classroom hours
  • Discussion forum
  • Evening tutorials
  • Research
  • 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.