American Council of Hypnotist Examiners
The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, with over 9500 members, is
easily the largest, oldest and most important hypnotherapy certification
agency in the United States. It was not the first hypnotist organization,
but it was the first to initiate Registration, the first to initiate
Certification, and and the first to initiate significant educational
requirements for its members. It has always been the leader in setting and
raising training standards, and is still the only major hypnotherapist
certifying organization in the United States that requires its approved
schools are state-licensed as required by law.
Under the dynamic leadership of founder Gil Boyne, the A.C.H.E. has done
crucial work in many legislatures throughout the United States, far more
than all the other certifying agencies combined, to protect and strengthen
the profession. For example, the A.C.H.E. leadership was instrumental in
helping create the first direct State-Certification law in the United
States, which became effective in 2000 through the Indiana State Medical
Licensing Board, where no other organization made a significant positive
The A.C.H.E. is recognized by various state and federal government agencies.
A non-licensed hypnotherapist will sometimes have a better chance to receive
insurance reimbursement for clients if A.C.H.E. Certified. Also, A.C.H.E.
members have various choices for reasonable professional liability
insurance. The A.C.H.E. is the only major certifying organization which is
approved for liability insurance for hypnotherapy with the American
Professional Agency, which is the primary professional liability insurance
carrier in the United State for psychologists, marriage counselors and
The advantages of A.C.H.E. Certification for non-licensed hypnotherapists
are overwhelming, but there are important reasons why thousands of licensed
therapists have also become A.C.H.E. Certified. The A.C.H.E. holds a
spectacular International Hypnotherapy Conference each year, with classes
and workshops given by leading hypnotherapists from around the world.
Priceless information is disseminated to members in its newsletters. The
A.C.H.E. has the highest educational standards of
any hypnosis organization in the world, only accepting schools which have
satisfied exhaustive requirements of all appropriate state agencies, and as
well as its own stricter standards.
Even for the licensed professional, A.C.H.E. Certification states more about
the extent of their hypnosis training than any other membership. By
comparison, the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and the
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis have just a fraction of the hypnosis
training requirements of their members.