Thinking of learning Reflexology? – then you need to read this:

Association of ReflexologistsIf you are looking for a qualification in reflexology it probably seems like there are millions of courses available, but which one is right for you?

First of all it is worth thinking where you want to position yourself after your course; do you want to treat friends and family or are you hoping to make a living out of reflexology?

If you want to treat friends and family then insurance is not so critical and professional support is not necessarily needed. In this situation any course to suit your budget and your

time scale will be OK, but you will not be able to become a member of the Association of Reflexologists or other professional organisations in future should you change your mind. It

is worth noting there is no protection of title for reflexology in the UK so anyone can call themselves a reflexologist, the difference comes from the level of training.

If however, you want to make a career of being a reflexologist then it is important to make sure your qualification opens the right door for you in the future. These are the qualifications that are acceptable for membership of the Association of Reflexologists (AoR).

Warning: distance learning for manual therapies is not a good idea as you need to feel what you are learning in person.Courses for Practitioner level.

All the courses outlined below conform to the requirements of membership to the AoR, to gain insurance and registration for the voluntary regulator for complementary medicine in the UK, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

There can however be quite a variation in cost in terms of the varying courses so it is worth being aware of your budget before considering which one is right for you.

Level 3 QCF Diploma in Reflexology or Complementary Therapies (consisting of reflexology, aromatherapy and massage)

This is a diploma on the qualifications and credit framework set up by the Government and it consists of training units. Some units are core to both qualifications while others are specific to the therapy studied. These qualifications are offered by the awarding bodies ABC Awards, City and Guilds, Cibtac, ITEC and VTCT.

If you complete the diploma in reflexology, you can then transfer the core units in following years to the massage and aromatherapy diplomas and you only have to study the specific therapy units. This is a useful course if you think you may want to study further therapies in the future.

Next practitioners course starts Saturday 24th November 2012 – see

Level 5 suite of units Practitioners course in Reflexology accredited by Agored on the CQFW.

This is a level 5 course on a different qualifications framework and is specific to Wales although it can be completed through partnership schools within the UK. This course can also be offered by other schools through the Open College Network. This is not a qualification, certificate, award or diploma as these descriptors are specific to courses on the QCF.

Foundation degrees and degrees in complementary or holistic medicine (including reflexology).

These are level 5 or 6 of the FHEQ or framework for higher education qualification. These are acceptable for membership if they cover the same content as the level 3 qualification but to a greater depth.

What do the different training levels mean?

The level of training indicates how challenging a qualification is and what the learners should be able to do once they have completed it. (Ofqual)

Therefore a level 5 or above course has an increased depth of training but the same amount of content as a level 3 as defined by the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for reflexology and the  reflexology core curriculum. You learn the same subjects but to a greater depth which can be more challenging. One of these courses will suit your requirements but all train to practitioner level as standard.

Full members of the Association of Reflexologists are entitled to use the designated letters MAR after their names – a recognised standard of quality that stands for the Membership of the Association of Reflexologists.

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