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National Occupational Standards (NOS) are statements of competence and are written to measure outcomes. National Occupational Standards describe good practice.

In 2009 the revision of National Occupational Standards for Complementary and National Healthcare was completed, under the guidance of Skills for Health. There was extensive consultation with the public and practitioners, and representatives from 12 different therapy groups worked on the revisions over a 12-month period

The National Occupational Standards for Reiki are included within these revisions, and are made up of three separate competencies, the first two of which are common to all therapy groups, and the third one being specifically for Reiki. The competencies, all of which would need to be achieved, may be downloaded from this website courtesy of Skills for Health who own copyright of the competences:

Download CHN1 – Explore and establish the client’s needs for complementary and natural healthcare – [PDF, 82kb]
Download CHN2 – Develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients – [PDF, 82kb]
Download CHN12 – Provide Reiki to clients – [PDF, 111kb]

A full set of the standards are also available for download from the Skills for Health website at www.skillsforhealth.org.uk.

Those teaching Reiki should be qualified Reiki Master Teachers. It is recommended that anyone teaching Reiki should have used Reiki for a minimum period of twelve months, as it is our view that to teach one should have sufficient experience of using Reiki on oneself and on others. If teaching to the National Occupational Standards then teachers should be familiar with the ethos of NOS in general, and have a working understanding of the NOS for Reiki.

Teaching to National Occupational Standards

Although there is no requirement that Reiki Master Teachers should hold formal teaching qualifications to teach Reiki to National Occupational Standards there may be other implications for those wishing to assess standards.

Those teaching Reiki should be qualified Reiki Master Teachers. It is recommended that anyone teaching Reiki should have used Reiki for a minimum period of twelve months, as it is our view that to teach one should have sufficient experience of using Reiki on oneself and on others. If teaching to the National Occupational Standards then teachers should be familiar with the ethos of NOS in general, and have a working understanding of the NOS for Reiki.

If teaching on an accredited course, then the Awarding Body will stipulate what qualifications are required, usually those of an Assessor. Teachers are usually able to undertake Assessor qualifications “on the job” and are given sufficient time to gain the awards.

However, for those teaching non-accredited courses, but who would like to be able to make reasonable assessments of competence against the standards, we would recommend teachers are familiar with the major aspects of assessing. It is not mandatory for any Reiki Teacher to become qualified as an Assessor at the present time, but is something which some may wish to think about for the future.

The most important thing is that the teacher is familiar with the National Occupational Standards for Reiki, and has an understanding of the Core Curriculum, and is able to incorporate all requirements into their teaching.

If teaching individuals who want Reiki for personal or family use only, the recommendations do not apply unless the teacher wishes to use them.

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