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Maggie is our TRC expert in this department! She has a huge amount of experience spanning over 20 years and volunteering at Secret World - Wildlife Rescue plus being a foster mum to rescued animals!
Maggie has completed the application form and all the steps required so she has first hand experience of the process.
Q: Why has the Reiki Council developed new standards and recognition for RfA?
A: Reiki Council recognise the growth within RfA across the sector - vets, animal health practitioners, animal owners and care givers. It has become apparent that many Reiki Practitioners are already working with animals; they receive many requests for recommended, good quality courses. Online courses are increasing in popularity but some have limited content and a lack of in-person practical work.
Practitioners require a good understanding of animals. The Reiki Council has established basic standards for training. This is a profession in its own right and not just an add-on to Reiki. TRC and all Reiki Council member organisations agree that a common set of standards is the best way to optimise the credibility and professionalism of RfA.
Q: What is the basis for recognising Reiki Practitioners for Animals?
A: In Reiki (as opposed to RfA), most practitioners are trained to level II, Master or Teaching Master. Some have progressed further to do National Occupations Standards [NOS] (Level 3) Professional Practice training, which enables registration on the UK Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) Register of accredited Complementary Therapy Practitioners. For the majority of Reiki Practitioners working, or volunteering, in a conventional medical setting CNHC is a requirement.
RfA will also have level 2 and [NOS] Level 3 qualifications. To provide clear differentiation, we are defining level 2 as Practitioner level, and level 3 as Professional Practice.
Three NOS specific to RfA have been developed in conjunction with LANTRA* and will form the basis of our requirements for Reiki Practitioner for Animals recognition and course recognition.
Initially we are launching Practitioner level but the higher NOS level will follow in 2021.
* Lantra has worked with the Agricultural, Environmental and Animal Care sector for over 50 years, initially as a National Training Organisation and now a Sector body. It has worked with employers, trade bodies, professional organisations, regulatory organisations, industry experts, voluntary organisations, trade unions and other partners throughout the UK to develop and review National Occupational Standards (NOS), qualifications and apprenticeships for occupations at all levels.
Q: I wish to be recognised for RfA at Professional Practice level, do I need to apply at Practitioner level and upgrade when the NOS level is launched?
A: You can wait until we launch level 3/NOS recognition or apply now for Practitioner recognition and upgrade when the NOS is launched. By applying now, you can start to gain professional credibility and raise awareness if publicised on our website.
Q: What is the benefit of being professionally recognised by a Reiki Council member organisation as a Reiki Practitioner/Master/ Teaching Master for Animals?
A: - public credibility
- a certificate from a professional UK Reiki organisation
Q: How do I apply to be recognised as a Reiki Practitioner for Animals?
A: You will need to complete an application form and send it with required evidence to Maggie at TR
Q: What does the Reiki Practitioner for Animals recognition cost?
A: The application for recognition is £65. This covers admin costs and the evaluation of your application with possible discussion and follow up.
Q: How long does the process take once I submit my application?
A: You should receive an initial reply within 7-10 working days. The length of the process will depend on the membership organisation you apply to, and the expertise demonstrated in your application.
Q: How do I know if my existing training/ experience qualifies me for RfA recognition?
A: Please look at the application form which requires you to answer a number of competency-based questions. If you are able to draw on good quality Reiki training, other learning and experience, you are likely to qualify.
Q: How do I further my training for recognition if my training didn’t include topics such as Understanding Animals, related legislation and health & safety requirements?
A: Please do further training/ learning. You may like to purchase the Reiki Council publication Understanding Animals: A working guide for Reiki Practitioners.
Please keep it handy for future reference as you may need to read this more than once to absorb the information.
Q: I have been giving Reiki to animals for many years and have a wealth of expertise, do I have to pay for training that I don’t feel I need?
A: Recognition of Reiki Practitioners for Animals is intended to ensure that the Practitioners meet a set of common standards, requiring them to be knowledgeable, competent and proficient in relation to animals and the delivery of safe, effective Reiki practice. For those who have not undergone formal RfA training but who have a minimum of 100 hours of Reiki experience with a variety of animals in numerous and variable situations, then it is necessary only to complete the application form, answering all questions fully.
Q: Do I need additional Attunement/Initiation/ Reijus to be able to be a Reiki Practitioner for Animals?
As you need to have Reiki level II to be a RfA Practitioner, you will have had all the Reiki Attunement/Initiation/ Reijus you need to be able to work with animals in- person or from a distance. Additional Attunement/Initiation/ Reijus are permitted but are not deemed necessary or recognised by TRC or Reiki Council member organisations for RfA Practitioners.
Q: I have a condition which means that I struggle with writing, am I able to complete applications by answering the questions by audio or video means?
A: We wish to be inclusive and are happy to discuss options. Please contact us and we can discuss this further with you.
Q: Are assisted digital options available. I do not have a means to print the paperwork?
A: We would ask that requests for paperwork are kept to a minimum but we will do what we can to assist where you need help, please contact contact us and we can discuss this further with you.
Q: Who do I contact for more information and /or an application form?
A: Use the contact form below.