We are independently (non-government) accredited to Australian Standards with the Australian Holistic Healers and Counsellors Association (AHHCA) and we are internationally accredited with the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine (IPHM).
Upon successful completion of an NEC Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner course, you would be eligible for full or clinical membership (respectively) with the AHHCA or practitioner membership with IPHM, either of which will enable you to obtain practitioner insurance so that you can practice professionally upon graduation.
There is no one commencement date for all students as our courses are all via home study/online and largely self paced. Students can enrol most months of the year and commence their course as soon as they receive their study materials.
We are an online college and communicate solely via email. This enables the college to be more cost effective which keeps course fees affordable for students. Communicating online also means that students have a record of communication should they need to refer back to it.
To ensure our students do not experience delays with their studies, we endeavour to reply to all email queries within 1 to 3 working days (excluding holidays and college breaks).
We understand that sometimes prospective students want to speak to someone so that they feel more confident in the college’s legitimacy. To allay any concerns, please feel free to contact the association we are accredited with:
Yes, the college closes for an end of year break in mid December to end of January and a midyear break in late May to mid July. Term dates are set yearly and are provided to students via the Student Portal on our website and in quarterly newsletters.
Submissions (homework) are closed during the term breaks and we encourage students to take a break from their studies at these times unless they need to catch up.
Yes, the hours of study indicated for each course include practical work and homework assignments. However please be mindful that the study hours are only an estimate as it is dependent on the individual’s study pace.
Hours of study per week (to complete your course within its maximum duration)
Exam Fees – (Pract. $90 Avd. Pract. $155) payable prior to your first exam. The exam fees are a one off cost for all combined exams (not per exam).
Extension Fees – (Pract. $55 Adv. Pract. $110) monthly extension fees apply if students choose to extend their course duration. Extension fees are only payable for the months that students submit work (assessment activities, mini tests, exams or case study reports). If a student doesn’t submit work for a particular month, then they don’t need to make a payment for that month.
Reinstatement Fee – a ($65) reinstatement fee applies if the student defers their enrolment (or their enrolment lapses).
The practitioner courses are payable upfront, or in two instalments.
The advanced practitioner courses can be paid upfront (with a discount), per module, or in module instalments. There is no set time for payment of each module instalment as long as all modules are purchased and completed with the duration of the course.
You will complete (in your home) an open book multiple choice exam for each module at the end of your course plus a clinical practice exam (for practitioner and advanced practitioner students).
The clinical practice exam requires you to take one volunteer client (of your choice) through weekly healing sessions for 7 weeks. You will have supervision and guidance via email to assist you with planning and facilitating your case study sessions. The aim of the clinical practice exam is to provide you with experience in your chosen field and to build your confidence in working as a holistic healer. Your clinical practice exam is conducted in your own home or at a wellbeing centre in your local area if this is available to you.
Assessment activities must be submitted monthly (at least). If you are unable to submit work for a particular month, that’s fine as long as you notify the college via email prior to or during the month in question.
The college will provide you with a recommended quota of activities to submit each month; however you can increase (up to 5 for practitioner students and 6 for advanced practitioner) or decrease (down to 1) this quota to suit your lifestyle. If you submit less than the recommended monthly quota, then it is just a matter of catching up in other months.
Theory: Theory homework is mostly in the form of questions and answers. This involves reading a topic and then answering questions; or may involve reflecting on your life or self (in relation to a particular topic) and then answering a few questions.
Practical: Practical homework involves practising a counselling or healing technique on self or a volunteer (of your choice) and then submitting a brief write up of your experience.
The bulk of homework assignments within the courses are practical (hands on).
As per above, the short courses have both theory and practical work, but these do not need to be submitted to the college.
Option 1. If you are unable to study or submit work for 1 to 3 months, then you can simply notify the college. We will note that you won’t be submitting work for that time frame and will keep your enrolment active.
Your course completion date will remain the same, so you would need to catch up once you recommence your studies.
Option 2. Alternatively you can choose to lapse your enrolment, and then reinstate it when you are ready to resume your studies. A reinstatement fee will apply ($65). Each student may apply for one reinstatement. A deferral is not automatically granted. This will be dependant on the student’s progress thus far and the remaining duration of their course.
With this option, the remainder of your course duration is ‘frozen’ so that you still have the same amount of time at your disposal when you recommence studying. (This prevents you from needing to catch up). Stipulations may apply; the college cannot guarantee that you will be granted the full remainder of your course duration.
With option 2 you can place your course on hold for up to 6 months (subject to change depending on the course you are enrolled in and how far into the course you are).