Exams & Certifications

Certification Process
Since Upledger courses are postgraduate and those taking them are already qualified in other disciplines there is not a requirement to get qualified to utilize the techniques in your practice. However, there is a huge amount more to CranioSacral Therapy as developed by Dr John, and the Certification process is something you will really like.


Certificate of Techniques

Certificate of Techniques photoThe Certificate of Techniques is given after examination on the information presented in CST1 and CST2. This exam consists of 12 written questions in the form of an essay, which are completed in your own time. Once the essay (20-50 pages) is complete you can send it via post office or email so it can be marked. If you get 80% or higher it means you successfully passed.

The Upledger Institute will invite you to advance to the next stage: a practical assessment with one of the Institute's examiners. In this session you complete a 10 step protocol during which you are expected to demonstrate:

  • that you are able to connect, meld and listen with your hands and have an understanding of the tissue response;
  • that you know and understand the correct hand positions for each technique and what the core intent and purpose of each is;
  • that you are able to accurately and fluently describe both the core intent and what you are feeling as you treat.


Diplomate Certification

Diplomate Certification Photo

The second exam is the DIPLOMATE CERTIFICATION which tests your understanding and practical application of the SER approach. This really is the unique piece of Dr Upledger’s work so we are very keen to support people through this process as it really benefits the work in this country. The prerequisite is Advanced 1. It requires written essays as well as a practical exam, just like the Techniques, but is assessing fluency and competence in the imagery and dialogue techniques of the SER approach, as well as your use of meridians, chakras and vectors as learned in SER1.

In addition you are requested to:

  • complete a preceptorship programme; this is a US term referring to your attendance in clinic with an experienced practitioner (of approx 20 hours or, in the UK, this may be completed by TA-ing at an Advanced level course or by participating in a Comprehensive Therapy Programme),
  • provide 5 case histories and
  • either deliver a 6 hour CST presentation to an organised group or have an article on CST published by a third party organisation.

The work and practice required to pass these exams is very thorough and we fully support and encourage anyone willing to go the distance! As we said, these steps are not obligatory for most as the Upledger courses are post graduate, therefore most people practice under the guidelines and insurance of their core therapies. However, we are finding more and more that people wish to gain the depth of knowledge and experience necessary as well as the confidence that comes from going through the exam process. Please contact the office if you wish to apply or find out any more.