A Core Curriculum provides guidelines and a framework on which to develop courses, and should always be read alongside the NOS (National Occupational Standards). The following information is given as a help to Reiki Teachers who wish to be teaching to the recommended standards.

A Core Curriculum for Reiki has been developed by the Reiki Council, in consultation with the UK Reiki Federation and other professional organisations. This was updated in August 2017. The Reiki Council has produced a handbook which includes a copy of the Core Curriculum. A summary of the main points is given below:

‘Professional Practice’ is not a specific level or style of Reiki, but is based upon:

  1. First level/degree as a minimum
  2. Face to face personal attunement with a Reiki master teacher
  3. Experience and practice of giving Reiki
  4. Meeting the minimum standards specified in the National Occupational Standards for Reiki
  5. Ongoing personal practice with a recommended minimum of 100 hours of Reiki being received (self-treatment or from others).
  6. A lineage that goes back to Mikao Usui

Remember the NOS and the Core Curriculum does not refer to any one level or style of Reiki. It is a requirement that a minimum standard of training is received by the practitioner, although many teachers will teach above that standard.

The context in which training is given or undertaken is also specified:

  1. Students should personally give 75 full treatments, which should be recorded. Five of these Reiki treatments should be supervised by a competent Reiki Teacher or Practitioner
  2. Training period of not less than nine months
  3. Recommended that there are a minimum total of 240 hours, of which 65 should be “in person”, which includes Reiki 1 training in accordance with the style of Reiki being taught
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