Reiki Council professional practitioner requirements


TRC/Reiki Council – CNHC Verification

Reiki Council verified practitioner logoThere are now National Occupational Standard (NOS), as agreed with Skills for Health (established in 2002), the Sector Skills Council for Health for the UK. Skills for Health helps to inform policy and standards focusing on health, education and improving the wider well-being of public health and as such worked with the Reiki Council to produce NOS for the giving of Reiki in a professional setting such as orthodox medical institutions. The National Occupational Standards also form the basis of the Core Curriculum (CC) for the teaching of Reiki. The Reiki Council CC was first published 10 years ago, There is also a CNHC CC for Reiki that came into being in February 2018.

This is the form of accreditation that is often needed for those Practitioners wishing to work, or volunteer in conventional medical settings like hospitals and hospices.

Reiki Practitioners can apply direct for Reiki Professional Practitioner status through TRC should they meet the criteria: otherwise they can undertake a Reiki Professional Practitioner course to ensure they achieve the criteria required.

If the Reiki Practitioner meets the criteria then can apply for a Reiki Council Verified Practitioner, through a Reiki Verifying Organisation – TRC is one, and, if approved, can request that they be fast tracked to the CNHC Register.


  • To understand why attunements/initiations need to be given in person by a teacher.
  • To be able to give a definition of Reiki and to be able give a history according to the system of Reiki they have studied.
  • To have a copy of a recognisable lineage to Mikao Usui.
  • To understand the importance of this lineage.
  • To be able to demonstrate a sequence of hand positions appropriate to style they have learnt (hand positions may vary with style).
  • To receive Reiki 11 if they do not already have it.
  • To have experience of both giving and receiving Reiki, to include self-healing.
  • To have the knowledge and understanding to run a professional practice.
  • To have compiled a portfolio of evidence of working with Reiki.
  • To understand, appreciate and accept the differences between the styles of Usui Reiki.


  • To have the knowledge, training and understanding to meet the National Occupational Standards for Reiki; CNH1, CNH2 and CNH12*.
  • To have given a minimum of 75 full treatments, in person, five of which have been observed by another Reiki person (this does not include Reiki on animals) – this to be evidenced,
    Included in the 75 treatments is to be 10 case studies each with a minimum of 4 treatments – to be evidenced
  • To have been practising Reiki i.e. attuned/initiated to Reiki for a minimum of 9 months.
  • To have received a minimum of 65 hours in-person training from their Reiki Master(s) or other experienced Reiki Practitioners (this can include. Reiki 1 & 11 training; Reiki workshops; Reiki Shares etc.)
  • To have an overall minimum of 140 hours of additional Reiki training/study from the start of their first Reiki attunement/initiation, (e.g. case studies, home study/distance learning, reflection on practice etc.)
  • To have received 100 hours of Reiki either from self treatment or from other practitioners.
  • To have developed appropriate levels of skills in the fields of Communication, professional relationships, work role and practice, understanding of confidentiality, Consent, record keeping, health and well-being and basic anatomy and physiology.
  • To have developed appropriate levels of skills and knowledge in the fields of: professional standards and code of practice, relevant legislation, employment and organisational policies and practices, business finance, insurance.

NOTES *NOS – National Occupational Standards – are available on a link on Reiki Council web site CNH1, CNH2 – General standards for complementary therapies, CNH12 – Reiki specific standard