Entry requirements and training (complementary and alternative medicine)

This page has information on the entry requirements, training and skills needed for a career in complementary and alternative medicine. 

Entry requirements, training and how you register to practice, depends on the complementary or alternative therapy you choose to practice.

Entry requirements

Each therapy has its own entry requirements.


Employers may expect therapists to be registered with either the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies or the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). They may expect therapists to have experience of working in healthcare, either paid or voluntary.

The Professional Standards Authority accredits a number of voluntary registers against its standards including governance, setting standards for registrants, education and training, managing the register. These include several voluntary registers for complementary therapies, including:

Find out more about Accredited Registers and a list of voluntary registers that have been accredited

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