National Occupational Standards (NOS) are statements of competence and are written to measure outcomes. National Occupational Standards describe good practice. Essentially, standards describe what happens in the workplace -- not what people are like.

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 PDF CHN1 Explore and establish the client's needs for complementary and natural healthcare (PDF 80kb)
Download PDF CHN2 Develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients (PDF 80kb)
Download PDF CHN12 Provide Reiki to clients (PDF 108kb)

A full set of the standards are also available for download from the Skills for Health website at

June 2011


See also:

Reiki Regulation

Teaching Requirements (members only)

Teaching Resources (members only)


Contact details:

Contact the Education & Training Coordinator