How to become a reiki healer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- specialist courses run by private training organisations
You could start with an introductory course at a college or community learning centre, then take further training in Reiki healing.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
Before you begin a training course, you could get personal experience of Reiki treatments, so that you have an understanding of the practice and the methods used.
You can train with a Reiki master to become a practitioner by going through a series of 'attunements' or initiations.
These are procedures performed by the Reiki master to 'attune' or connect you to energy so you can receive it and pass it on to others.
It can take up to 3 years of training to become a full Reiki master and to teach. You'll be expected to practise Reiki regularly on yourself and others during this time.
Your training should include the Reiki core curriculum, which is needed to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
You may find it helpful to have experience or qualifications in anatomy, physiology or other complementary therapies. Experience of working in a caring profession can also be useful.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, which has a voluntary register of Reiki healers.
You can also apply to join the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies.
You can find out more about Reiki, training courses and registration from: