The JRUKA Professional Practitioner Verification Programme
Facilitating the achievement of the Reiki Council Verified Practitioner Award
Meeting the requirements to be able to join the CNHC accredited professional register
Introduction and Background
Over recent years the value of natural, or holistic therapies have been increasingly recognised by the public and have become more popular. However, there are a variety of standards and practices within the field. This has not helped the acceptance of alternative therapies by conventional healthcare. In light of this, the government set up bodies to oversee professional standards, the main one being the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). This register is overseen by the ‘Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care’ an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament. Its sole focus is on protecting the public. The National Occupational Standards for professional practice were drawn up for each therapy. Verification courses were created to ensure those professional best practice and regulatory topics were covered and voluntary professional practitioner accredited registers were created.
One of the objectives of the Jikiden Reiki UK Association (JRUKA) when it was founded was to create this supplementary vocational training to meet the verification standards in a way that is congruent with those taught by the Jikiden Reiki Institute. This enables Jikiden Reiki students in the UK to achieve Verification and become registrants on the CNHC accredited register in a smoother way than was previously available. We are happy to announce that we have now created the Jikiden Reiki UK Association ‘Professional Practitioner Programme’. This course has been verified by the Reiki Council and CNHC.
Do I need this further training to practise Reiki in the UK?
No. Having recently completed a Jikiden Reiki training course with an authorised Jikiden Reiki teacher, you can be assured you have received authentic Japanese Usui Reiki training of the highest standard. Your Jikiden Reiki training is certified by the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Japan. The course content is entirely focused on Reiki as it was originally practised in Japan. At this point, you will be a qualified ‘Jikiden Reiki practitioner’. Participation in your formal Jikiden Reiki training courses is sufficient to gain professional insurance and work as a professional Reiki practitioner in most settings in the UK.
Why should I take further vocational training if I can practise already?
Some students might wish to achieve the industry Best Professional Standards Awards to work in settings such as hospitals, where there are high set standards in how you conduct yourself professionally. This would require you to complete further vocational training (in addition to your Shoden and Okuden Reiki training courses) to achieve a Verified Reiki Practitioner award. You would then be permitted to become a registrant of an accredited professional register for Reiki. The primary one in the UK is CNHC – Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council –set up by the government to protect the public. They do this by providing an independent UK register of complementary healthcare practitioners and setting standards of practice, which are overseen by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, accountable to the UK Parliament.
If the Jikiden Reiki training is thorough and authentic, why can’t I join a register immediately?
Jikiden Reiki Shoden and Okuden courses do not meet all the requirements to be a Verified Reiki Practitioner and join an accredited UK register. This is not connected to the quality of the Reiki, but is due to the government guidelines and recommendations put in place for UK complementary practitioners. Additional vocational training is therefore required.
If you would like to take this additional training, the Jikiden Reiki UK Association has created a programme for members. This training would commonly take place over a period of 9 months and includes a number of practical observation assessments, a workshop day, building your experience as a Reiki practitioner, becoming familiar with key occupational regulations, and complying to set regulations and codes of conduct. You would also complete a number of case studies, finishing with a written exam. It’s a great way to gather treatment experience and improve your Reiki practice.
These standards have been agreed across the Reiki industry. This is not Reiki training or business training, it is professional competency and best practice for working with the public training.
Requirements to Join the Programme
You must have attended both Shoden and Okuden Jikiden Reiki training courses, with an authorised Jikiden Reiki teacher. If you have not yet taken formal Jikiden Reiki training, you will need to do so before enrolling. You can find a list of teachers in your area from our directory here
You must be an active practitioner (or teacher) member of JRUKA. This training programme has been created and is run by the Jikiden Reiki UK Association (JRUKA). If you are not already a member you can join here (if you joined the ‘member’ subscription, you can simply upgrade to a practitioner tier) email us and we will let you know what to do.
Programme Launched 28th June 2021
This is a self-paced programme which is commonly conducted over a period of months. There is no cut-off time in place.
After applying through the JRUKA you will have access to all the resources including the programme handbook and supporting materials, you then commence a period of self-study, supported by the programme handbook, with sections on topics such as being a professional Reiki practitioner, practice management and a section relating to key regulatory documents you need to be aware of. During this time you are building a portfolio of evidence of Reiki treatments and case studies.
This is then followed by a 1- day training workshop. You can select the approved teacher/assessor from a list of teachers who have fulfilled the requirements to teach/support you through this programme.
You will then have a total of 4 observation Reiki treatments, where an approved ‘internal’ teacher/assessor, will observe you conducting a Reiki treatment (this is usually the same teacher/assessor you chose to do the workshop with) these observations being conducted commonly over a period of a few months.
When you feel ready you will then complete the Reiki Council written assessment,
In addition, you will need to complete a 5th Reiki treatment observation, conducted by an approved ‘external’ assessor (this person will not be the assessor you had in the previous 4 observations). Your exam will then be assessed by an external Verifying Organisation, approved by the Reiki Council and CNHC, who will award you the Reiki Council Verified Practitioner Award. The JRUKA would then award you our Verified Practitioner status.
Having successfully completed this programme, you will be eligible to apply (optional) to the CNHC accredited register to become a registrant (note: CNHC registration has additional ongoing costs).
Within your JRUKA members resources you have access to a recorded webinar presentation introducing this topic along with faqs and more information about this programme.
What to Do if You Would Like to Join the Programme
If you are already a JRUKA practitioner or teacher member – great! You are ready to join. Simply log into your membership account and go to your membership page, where you will find the verification information. Log in