Association of Reflexologists – promoting excellence in training
Training courses eligible for Student Membership and Full Membership of the AoR
It is essential that you choose the right course when considering training as a reflexologist and we are aware that looking for a qualification can be confusing. We therefore strongly recommend that you read the “Want to train?” document which has full details on all the different courses available. Do be cautious when looking as not all courses conform to our requirements for full or student membership; or fulfil the relevant criteria for regulation with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and this may mean you cannot get the jobs you would like in the future.
N.B. To be eligible for membership your course needs to include 100 treatments and have a minimum of 49 hours spent in College learning the Provide Reflexology unit excluding assessments
If you want to train as a professional reflexologist we would encourage you to look for one of the regulated qualifications listed below and this includes the Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology being offered by AoR Affiliated Schools which can be studied at approved Schools around the country – a sign of excellence in training.
AoR Affiliated Schools are an exciting new initiative that offers you training centres that have gained the AoR seal of approval – demonstrating that they have met the strict standards set by the AoR and an established Awarding Body. You will gain a nationally recognised qualification and a second certificate from the AoR showing you have trained at a centre of excellence. You will see more and more of these appearing throughout the year. Current schools are:
- Caritas School of Reflexology – Nottingham: www.caritasschool.co.uk
- Devon School of Reflexology – Exeter: www.devonreflexology.com
- Maureen Burgess School of Reflexology – East Grinstead: www.maureenburgessreflexology.co.uk
- Pathways Reflexology – Norwich: www.pathwaysreflexology.co.uk
- Phoenix Holistic Training – Chelmsford: www.phoenixhbnt.co.uk
- Temple Academy of Reflexology– London, Milton Keynes, St Albans, Weston-Super-Mare and Scarisbrick (Lancs): www.templeacademyreflexology.co.uk
Nationally regulated qualifications eligible for AoR membership:
- ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology for Wellbeing
- City and Guilds, ITEC, VTCT and Cibtac Level 3 RQF Diploma in Reflexology
- City and Guilds, ITEC, VTCT and Cibtac Level 3 RQF Diploma in Complementary Therapies
- Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology
Other regulated qualifications eligible for AoR membership:
- Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Reflexology – credit rated by Napier University
- Foundation degrees and degrees in complementary or holistic medicine
- BSc(Hons) in Complementary Healthcare
The courses we detail offer different levels of training and various combinations of face to face days as well as home study. Before you choose your course, make sure you meet with the school and your potential tutor so you know it is the right course for you. It is important that you choose the right course level and training structure for you and that it will fit around your existing commitments and suit your learning preferences.
If you need any help with choosing the right course, please call our advice line on 01823 351010, or get in touch via our “Contact us” page. Whichever course you choose, we wish you luck with your studies and hope you will join us as a Student member for support and free insurance for your case studies. Once you are qualified, you can join us a full member of the Association of Reflexologists which entitles you to so many benefits and you can use the designated letters MAR after your name. This is a recognised standard in the industry meaning Member of The Association of Reflexologists.
Courses acceptable for student and full membership of the AoR
There are currently various courses you can choose from which are nationally recognised and conform to their requirements of membership for the AoR and regulation with CNHC.
Please click on the link in the sidebar titled ‘Want to train? Read this first’ to help you decide which course will be most suitable for you. The courses offer different levels of training and various combinations of face to face days and home study. Before you choose your course decide which level of course and which course structure will best suit your present commitments and learning preferences.
This refers to the fact that Ofqual say it is more important that a student reaches their destination (passes a course which has external evaluation) rather than the journey they use to get there (structure of course – mixture of face to face and home study), this allows the learner’s journey to fit the learner rather than it be prescribed at the start. This is modern teaching practice. The really important fact is that the course is externally examined.
Full members of the Association of Reflexologists are entitled to use the designated letters MAR after their names – a recognised standard which stands for Member of Association of Reflexologists.
We suggest you look for schools who use the following logo to ensure you are choosing a nationally recognised course: