How do I become a CranioSacral Therapist?

In order to become an Upledger Ireland CranioSacral Therapist you will need to complete 5 modules of CranioSacral therapy. The basic modules are CST 1, CST 2, SER 1 and SER 2 and the fifth module can be either Paediatrics for children 4 and upwards or the Advanced 1.

For details of what is involved in each module go to the website where you will find a full breakdown of the training programme.

You will also need to complete the CST-Techniques Certification exam.

A qualification in Anatomy and Physiology is required when starting Upledger Institute Irelands training

The level required in A&P is FETAC Level 5, ITEC Level 3. If you have A&P completed but it doesn't state if standard is FETAC Level 5 or ITEC Level 3, then a letter WILL BE required from your education provider stating that this particular course OR module is equivalent to either FETAC Level 5 or ITEC Level 3.

The only exceptions will be for those who have already completed A&P to the level described above or it was included in a degree level programme or equivalent there of. Examples are osteopath/physio/occupational therapist/doctor/nurse etc. We recommend that you then become a member of the Irish Association for CranioSacral Therapists (IACST)

Can I attend one or two of the modules only?

Yes you are welcome to attend just one or two modules. If you are a therapist with a hands-on therapy you can start to use the techniques learned in CST 1 and CST 2 in your practice.

You cannot call yourself a craniosacral therapist or charge your patients for the treatment.

Are CPD points available for the workshops

As a member of the IACST you will be required to achieve CPD points. We provide a variety of ways of achieving these points.

You can attend one of our postgraduate workshops, which vary in length from one to four days. Through recommendation from an Instructor or another TA you can be invited  as a teaching assistant (TA) at a study group or workshop.

If you would like to attend a workshop and are not a CranioSacral Therapist please contact us directly as it may be possible for you to audit a workshop. Admission to the workshop will depend of your past experience and does not provide you with a license to practice as a craniosacral therapist.

You will get a letter of attendance for your presence on the course, and this is usually acceptable as proof for CPD reasons.

Do you offer discounts?

We do not, though we offer a payment plan on our 2 year training course over 20 months. You can pay for the training by making monthly installments. Please call us if you would like to discuss this.

Can I get a grant for training?

Grants have been available through FAS and the Department of Social and Family Affairs. Contact your local office as you may be eligible.

You are welcome to contact our office if you need help with it.

How many days are your courses and what hours do they run?

Courses are generally four or five days long and usually run from 9am – 5 or 6pm each day, ending at about 3:30 pm on the last day of class. There are occasionally exceptions to this, which we would let you know in advance.

How far ahead of time do I need to register for a class?

Many courses fill up well in advance of the start date. We recommend that you register as early as possible (min 2 months)to ensure your space in a class. A deposit will secure your place.

If I am taking the class again do I have to pay the full price?

No. There is a retake fee of half the workshop price for most of the courses, but there is no reduced rate for the Advanced classes due to their small size and intensive nature.

Do the course developers teach the classes?

In some cases yes, though in most cases they do not. Many classes were originally designed by Dr John Upledger, and are now updated and moderated by senior instructors.

The Upledger Institute maintains a rigorous teacher certification programme to ensure the material and presentation are consistent and of the highest quality.

All of our instructors have gone through extensive apprenticeship programmes before being certified to teach.

Do the courses vary in different parts of the world?

No. The content remains the same wherever you do the course, therefore you can take any level in a different location, as long as you have completed the required pre-requisite courses.

As indicated above, all of the instructors go through rigorous training and are kept updated with any changes to the content or structure of the course, so while different instructors have different styles and strengths, the core content will be the same.

Can I buy course books and other products from your?

You can buy either online or at the workshops. We sell books, posters and stillpoint inducers.

What happens if I want to cancel my booking?

Upledger Institute Ireland Terms & Conditions
Deposit for workshops is €200 and Non – Refundable
Workshops must be paid in full 60 days in advance.
Full payment less than 60 days before workshops is €870.
Full payment less than 30 days before workshops is €900.
Study Groups must be paid in full 30 days in advance.
Full payment less than 14 days before study group is €240
Participants can only cancel their place on the course in writing or by e-mail under the following conditions:
In case of cancellation up to 60 days before the start of the training, no costs will be charged. (deposit is non refundable but can be reallocated once and moved to a different
workshop taking place within 12 months)
If canceled 60 -30 days before the start of the training 50% will be charged.
If canceled 30 -14 days before the start of the training, 75% will be charged.
In case of cancellation less than 14 days before the start of the training, 100% will be charged.
1. Participants have the right to a 14-day cooling-off period. During this period the participant can cancel the registration free of charge if they have not yet participated in
the activity.
2. Participants who are unable to continue the training in question for reasons of illness or other circumstances beyond their control, are not entitled to a refund of the
course fee. In consultation with UII, the participant can catch up on the relevant training or missed lesson day(s) at another time.
3. All eligible refunds, will be transferred to the account specified by the participant within 10 working days.