National Board for Certified

Clinical Hypnotherapists


The National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists is an established certification board that has provided a respected credential to over three thousand of your colleagues.

The National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists is unique in providing certification and networking opportunities to professionals from all mental health and medical disciplines who meet the Board's standards.    Request an application:  click here

Certification Requirements

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Six certification categories are provided:

1) National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (NBCCH).

2) National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in Public Service (NBCCH-PS).

3) National Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy (NBCDCH).

4) National Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy in Public Service (NBCDCH-PS).

5) National Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy (NBCFCH).

6) National Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy in Public Service



Eligibility  requirements

All applicants:   Mental Health, Health Care Practitioners and Pastoral Counselors must have earned a graduate-level degree in any of the full spectrum of appropriate academic disciplines from a regionally accredited educational institution (medical practitioners must hold an appropriate Master or Doctorate degree).  

Degrees issued by institutions that are accredited by an accrediting body recognized in the database maintained by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation ( are typically accepted. Please note that individual degree programs that have not been accredited by the recognized, programmatic accrediting body might not be accepted. Degrees issued by foreign colleges and universities may be accepted if an applicant or employee presents evidence to demonstrate that the degree represents education equivalent to similar studies at an accredited university.

Categories include (listed alphabetically & non-inclusive): addictions and substance abuse counselors, chiropractors, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, pastoral counselors, psychiatric nurses, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, school counselors, and social workers.

Hypnotherapy training requirements:   All applicants have acquired a total of 50 or more contact hours of classroom instruction.  Hypnosis courses of at least 18 hours, which include in-class supervised practice, are needed as part of accumulating the minimum 50 hour requirement.

Board Eligible status requirements:  Application may be made prior to gaining the above hypnotherapy training as long as the applicant has acquired at least 30 hours clinical hypnotherapy training and all other current requirements are met.   Your board eligible status will be documented in the NBCCH records, but is not a substitute for certification.

Certification  requirements

NBCCH applicants:   In addition to the above, the NBCCH applicant is licensed by the state in which he or she practices.  If your state does not require a license or certificate to practice a mental health specialty, you may substitute acceptable national certifications as follows:  NASW-Academy Certified Social Worker;  ANA-Certification as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric nursing;  AAMFT-Clinical membership;  NBCC-Certified as NCC with clinical experience or CCMHC;  ACA-Professional member (Counseling).;  AAPC-Fellow or Diplomate in pastoral counseling;  NAADAC-Certification at NCAC I or II.   Requests for exceptions to the aforementioned certifications will be considered by the Board on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted in writing with supporting documentation.

NBCCH-PS, applicants in public service:  Practitioners who work in  federal, state, county agencies, a licensed hospital, clinic or school, who are therefore not required to be licensed to practice  within the scope of their employment, are eligible for the NBCCH-PS.  NBCCH-PS Certificates do not permit holders to practice independently.  Additionally, NBCCH-PS requires membership in a national professional association appropriate to the mental-health, medical, or pastoral counseling fields and which has a code of ethics. Acceptability of the professional association is at the sole discretion of the Board.  

Liability Insurance:  All professionals certified by the National Board for Certified  Clinical Hypnotherapists must obtain and maintain current professional liability insurance.

Grandfathering Period: During the “grandfathering” period early in 1991, a few practitioners without graduate degrees and/or licenses to practice (many states required no licenses at the time) were certified based on having practiced for many years in the field.  Consumers are encouraged to check with every NBCCH practitioner as to the current status of their professional credentials.   Both the Diplomate and Fellow certification require an additional amount of clinical experience beyond initial certification.

 Diplomate: Use of hypnotherapy for three years and successfully treated clients with hypnotherapy for a total of 150 hours.

Fellow:  Use of hypnotherapy for three years and successfully treated clients with hypnotherapy for a total of 250 hours.

For your information

· The National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists is an educational, scientific, and professional organization dedicated to professionalizing hypnotherapy.  By promoting standards for certification, the Board is committed to reflecting the diversity of its constituents.


· Credentials awarded by the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists have earned national recognition within the profession, and from other professional groups and institutions, insurance providers, and the public.  With this growing interest in the use of hypnotherapy, NBCCH and NBCCH-PS certification have become highly respected credentials.


Earn the NBCCH or NBCCH-PS certification. When you display your certificate your clients and colleagues will know you have met rigorous professional standards.   Write, call, or to request an application form or click the link below.


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