CST Certification Programs

CST Certification

UII CranioSacral Therapy Certification Program

CranioSacral Therapy Techniques (available after CS2)
CranioSacral Therapy Diplomate (available after ADV1)

The Upledger Institute, Inc.® CranioSacral Therapy certification program is designed to bring therapists trained in UII CranioSacral Therapy (CST) recognition for their knowledge and skill in this therapeutic modality.

The benefits of CST certification are on many levels. As a CST-certified therapist, you

  • Affirm your capabilities and understanding of the techniques
  • Build confidence in the minds of your patient/clients that you are highly skilled in the modality
  • Help build the case for local and national governmental recognition
  • Play a pivotal role in securing the rights of all qualified therapists to practice CST
  • Receive "Certified" designation in the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners listing
  • Are eligible to use the UII logo in your advertising and on business cards

Program Overview
There are two levels of CST certification available through UI:

Level One – Techniques
Level Two – Diplomate

Testing at either level involves three examination phases: open book essay, objective (multiple choice, true/false questions), and practical/oral (administered by certified examiners).

Along with your application, please provide a copy of your hands-on licensure document or equivalent documentation indicating legal ability to practice. CST certification is not designed at this time to serve as a hands-on license.

Certification Requirements

Level One – Techniques:
Licensed healthcare professional
Successful completion of UII CranioSacral Therapy 1 and 2
Complete 75 10-step protocol sessions
Techniques-level essay exam
Techniques-level objective exam
Techniques-level practical/oral exam (includes testing of ability to apply CST)

* For any state/province that does not require a hands-on license to perform CranioSacral Therapy, the following documentation is required:

  • Language from your state/province indicating this ruling
  • Documentation of your training in the following minimum requirements:
    • Anatomy and Physiology – 80 hours
    • Pathology – 15 hours

If you do not already have all this coursework, or access to it, the following customized program through the London College of Osteopathy meets the requirements:

Upledger Health Science Essentials

Level Two – Diplomate:
Successful completion of Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1
Successful passing of all Techniques-level requirements
Diplomate-level essay exam
Diplomate-level objective exam
Diplomate-level practical/oral exam (includes testing of ability to apply CST)
Preceptorship (30 contact hours minimum)
Five case-history write-ups
Six hours of CranioSacral Therapy presentation to an organized group (can be in combinations) – OR – a published article on CranioSacral Therapy in a third-party publication

Application Procedures:

  • CranioSacral Therapy Core-Pak participants: simply click to complete the applicant Data Form in Word format, or in PDF format.
  • If you are not in the CranioSacral Therapy Core-Pak, to begin the application process, you must first officially register for the certification program by calling 1-800-233-5880 or (561) 622-4334 or by registering on-line. After that, an applicant data form will be forwarded to you with a cover letter outlining expectations, such as material you should know and exam logistics. Upon UII's receipt of your applicant data form, you will be sent the essay test with instructions for completing and returning it to us for grading. With your essay passing notification, you will receive information and instructions regarding the objective and practical/oral exams.

Maintaining Certified Status:
UII requires that each therapist certified in CranioSacral Therapy through the UII certification program complete 24 hours every four years of UII-approved continuing education. This may be in the form of UII CST courses (participating or assisting), mentor programs, symposiums, research conferences or preceptorships. UII reserves the right to revoke certification for actions deemed inappropriate by the certification ethics committee.

Cost of Certifying:
Techniques Level: $400*

One (1) essay exam and exam review (additional $50 to retake essay exam)
One (1) sitting for objective written and practical/oral exam (additional $125 to retake any unpassed portion of practical exam)
Certificate
* Testing site may involve additional fee depending on location.

Diplomate Level: Additional $400*

One (1) essay exam and exam review (additional $50 to retake essay exam)
One (1) sitting for objective written and practical/oral exam (additional $125 to retake any unpassed portion of practical exam)
Certificate
* Preceptorship and/or testing site may involve additional fee depending on location.

Recognized by the American CranioSacral Therapy Association.

CST Certification Preparation

CST Technique Certification Exam Preparation Session

Course Length: Varies; offered in both 1 and 2 day formats
Call 561.622.4334 for information and to register.

Synopsis:

Course Highlights:

This is a unique opportunity to:

  • Ask questions about the CST Techniques Certification exams
  • Learn what subjects are particularly important for you to focus on when studying for certification
  • Gain insights into how to best utilize your time in preparing for testing.

Prerequisite: CranioSacral Therapy 2 and in process of CranioSacral Therapy Certification

Register Today!

CST Techniques Certification

CranioSacral Therapy Techniques Certification

Course Length:

Synopsis: Earn your certification in CranioSacral Therapy from The Upledger Institute International - and assure patients your training comes straight from the source.

Course Highlights:

  • Ensures a keen understanding of anatomy, physiology and CranioSacral Therapy techniques.
  • Opens opportunities in Preceptorship Programs with approved practitioners worldwide.

Helps preserve the right of qualified healthcare professionals to practice CranioSacral Therapy. Paves the way to future healthcare legislation, licensing and insurance reimbursements.

Techniques Certification: Allows you to use the professional designation "CST-T" in your title.

Requirements:

  • Complete a Techniques-level essay exam, objective exam and practical/oral exam that tests your ability to understand and apply CST techniques.
  • Complete 75 10-Step Protocal Sessions

Prerequisite: CranioSacral Therapy 2

Call to Register:
561-622-4334
800-233-5880 (toll free)

CST Diplomate Certification

CranioSacral Therapy Diplomate Certification

Course Length:

Synopsis: Earn your certification in CranioSacral Therapy from The Upledger Institute - and assure patients your training comes straight from the source.

Course Highlights:

  • Ensures a keen understanding of anatomy, physiology and CranioSacral Therapy techniques.
  • Opens opportunities in Preceptorship Programs with approved practitioners worldwide.
  • Helps preserve the right of qualified healthcare professionals to practice CranioSacral Therapy.
  • Paves the way to future healthcare legislation, licensing and insurance reimbursements.

Diplomate Certification: Allows you to use the professional designation "CST-D" in your title.

Requirements:

  • Successfully pass all Techniques-level requirements.
  • Complete a Diplomate-level essay exam, objective exam and practical/oral exam that tests your ability to understand and apply CST techniques.
  • Provide five case histories.
  • Complete a Preceptorship Program (30 contact hours minimum). This can be one of the following: support therapist in Intensive Program, precept an Advanced class; attend a Clinical Application of SER or Clinical Application of Advanced CST class.
  • Present a six-hour CST presentation to an organized group (can be in combinations) - or - publish an article on CST in a third-party publication (including on-line publications, your local professional association newsletter, and/or wellness publications).

Prerequisite: Advanced I CranioSacral Therapy

Call to Register:
561.622.4334 or 800.233-5880 ext 2

CST Certification FAQs

Why should I become Certified?

  • Represents the highest credential as it comes from the developer of the modality – Dr. John E. Upledger.
  • Communicates a commitment to safe, ethical practice.
  • Provides a competitive edge – establishes you as a dedicated professional with the highest standards of excellence.
  • Gains credibility - when you are tested on the techniques and information, you learn it at a much deeper and more comprehensive level.
  • Enhances networking visibility - your listing on the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners website will designate that you are Certified.
  • Increases employment opportunities – employers know Certified practitioners have proven their level of knowledge and hands-on ability.
  • Reassures clients – clients are becoming more savvy and are looking for the most trained practitioners; holding a Certification shows that a practitioner has not only studied that training, but they have mastered the material.
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What initials may I use after my name once I am Certified?

After the Techniques Level, you may use the designation: CST-T.

After the Diplomate Level, you may use the designation: CST-D.

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What if I attended some of the classes several years ago? Can I still sit for Certification?

We encourage you to review the material, either in class, or via IAHP review videos before testing, in addition to clinical experience of course.

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What material is covered on the examinations?

There are two levels of CS Certification – Techniques and Diplomate. The critical difference between the two is that Techniques Level covers CS1-CS2 and the Diplomate Level additionally covers through ADV1. All of the material is provided in the seminars, study guides, as well as the textbooks for each level.

The written exams consist of fill-in-the-blank, true/false and multiple choice questions.

They include:

  • Anatomy/Physiology
  • Indications/Contraindications
  • Pathology
  • Evaluation
  • Techniques

The practical exams are given one-on-one with an examiner.

They consist of demonstrating and explaining various techniques to include:

  • Anatomy
  • Hand placement
  • Tissue response
  • Verbal accuracy
  • Listening accuracy
  • Evaluation/Technique
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How do I best prepare for the testing?

  • It is highly recommended that you repeat the seminar levels when possible, as you learn the material at a deeper level each time you attend the class.
  • A person may repeat (CS1-SER2) for a substantially reduced rate while actively signed up for the corresponding Certification Program (upon space availability).
  • Get involved in local Study Groups or help coordinate Study Groups in your region. Become qualified to be a Teaching Assistant.
  • Practice with other Therapists in your area.
  • All of the information for the testing will be found in the seminars, study guides, as well as in the textbooks.
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How do I begin the testing for the Certification Program?

  • Candidates must first successfully complete the corresponding class or classes.
  • Complete the application and sign up for the applicable Certification Program by registering with UII via phone or on-line and pay the registration fee.
  • You will be e-mailed the at-home essay exam corresponding to the levels of classes that you have completed.
  • Once complete, e-mail the essay exam back to UII. Your test score will be e-mailed to you within 4-6 weeks.
  • Once you have passed the written exam, you are eligible to sit for the written/oral/practical exam for the corresponding Level.
  • You will receive a confirmation email stating your eligibility along with information on how to schedule your exam with a Certified Examiner.
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What is the required format for Case Studies for Diplomate Certification?

Case studies should be turned in for review in Word document form via email to essay@upledger.com prior to the student's on-site testing with an examiner.

  • Suggested length: 1 page each (*you may exceed one page if you wish)
  • Case Number: 1 - 5
  • Therapist: Your name
  • Therapist: Your profession
  • Title for Case Study: Briefly describe your case (e.g. Auto Accident Neck Pain and CST)
  • Date: Last date of treatment
  • Patient: Age and gender
  • Symptoms: Presenting symptoms and/or diagnosis
  • Evaluation at each session
  • Treatment: Findings during evaluation, treatment techniques and procedures used, and number of treatments applied (Objective findings: recommended)
  • Outcome: Results
  • Discussion
  • HIPAA compliant: When writing your case studies, please ensure they do not include real or full names and/or distinguishing factors that could be used to identify a patient
  • Here is an example of a CS case
  • Submission waiver: students must also provide waiver stating UII can or cannot use their case studies in our databases and social media by filling out Case Submission Waiver

If you wish to take your cases a step further, while not required for certification, Upledger Institute International encourages publication of cases, as it furthers the credibility of this body of work, and makes more therapists aware of the potential of CST. ONLY IF you wish to have your case reports considered for publication, please use our Suggested Case Report for Publication Format. If you do not wish to use your cases for anything other than certification, please use the format listed above.

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How do I arrange to take the practical exam?

  • Once you have successfully completed the written exam requirements for a Level, you will receive an e-mail explaining the following details.
  • You will find a listing of Certified UII Examiners by clicking here. 
  • Contact an individual Examiner to reserve your examination date and time.
  • When you sign up with a Certified Examiner, they will inform you of the address and directions to the testing site.
You may need to provide a patient for your practical exam – check with the Certified Examiner. 

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How soon after I attend a class may I take the written exam?

There is no waiting period to take the written exam, however we recommend that you give yourself sufficient time to review what was taught in the seminar.

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How many test questions appear on the written and practical exams?

Both the Techniques and Diplomate levels contain the following:

  • essay exam consisting of 12 questions for the CST-T Essay Exam and 17 questions for the CST-D Essay Exam, open book, taken at home with no time limit on how long you have to complete this portion of the exam process
  • objective exam taken on-site with an examiner consisting of 40 multiple choice questions
  • practical exam taken on-site with examiner that requires 2-3 techniques from each class level and appropriate oral responses, including test      questions selected to accurately reflect class knowledge and information necessary to effectively treat patient.
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What is the passing score for the Certification Exams?

A passing score on the written essay exam is 80%, on the objective exam is an 70% and on the practical exam is 80%.

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Cancellation/refund policy

Your tuition is 100% refundable as long as you have not received any written tests. Your refund will be prorated $50 per written test that has been sent to you, whether you have completed the test or not. Refund requests must be made in writing (e-mail or mail).

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My Certificate was damaged, destroyed or lost. What should I do to get a new one?

Send an e-mail to registration@upledger.com containing the concern. There is a $15 fee for a new Certificate. A new certificate will be issued and mailed to you. Be sure to include your updated mailing information.

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My name was spelled incorrectly on my Certificate. How can I get a new one?

Send an e-mail to registration@upledger.com containing the concern and the correct spelling. A new certificate will be issued and mailed to you. Be sure to include your updated mailing information.

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I recently married/divorced and need to change the name on my certificate.

Send an email to registration@upledger.com  containing the concern and your new name. There is a $15 fee for a new Certificate. A copy of the marriage/divorce certificate/license must be included with the request (e-mailed or faxed). A new certificate will be issued and mailed to you. Be sure to include your updated mailing information.


Certification Examiners

CranioSacral Therapy Techniques Certification Examiners

Name Location Phone Languages
Rebecca Ridge PhD, LMT, CST-D Anoka, MN 763.753.5168 English
Kristiane Heidrich PT, CST-D Australia 011.61.405.501012 English
Erin Riley CST-D Australia 011.61.406.249.221 English
Signy Erickson DC, LMT, CST-D Bend, OR 541.317.8505 English, Spanish
Eric Moya LMT, CST-D Big Sur, CA 831.392.6189 English
Janet Ferguson RDMT, CST-D Blenheim, Ontario 519.676.7885 English
Mariann Sicso PT, CST-D Boca Raton, FL 561.394.3554 English
Renee Lutz MS, RPT, CST-D Brazil 011.55.21.2643.6205 English, Portuguese, Spanish
Julie McKay Covert LMT, CST-D Catonsville, MI 906.493.5854 English
Nan Woodward PT, CST-D Cave Creek, AZ 480.488.5934 English
Laurie Rowe MA, CST-D Coldwater, MI 517.279.7385 English
Avadhan Larson LAc, CMT, CST-D Colorado Springs, CO 719.256.6606 English
Dick Larson Certified Advanced Rolfer, CST Colorado Springs, CO 719.937.7722 English
Stan Gerome LMT, CST-D Coral Springs, FL 954.568.9050 English
Mable Sharp MS, PT, CM, CST Detroit, MI 248.799.9232 English
Nikki Kenward MCSS, CST-D England 011.44.1628.482967 English
Michael Morgan LMT, CST-D Fairfield, IA 312.543.4719 English
Rene Assink DO, PT, CST-D, BI-D Germany 494.517.7777 English, German
Gert Groot Landeweer CST-D Germany 011.49.761.3837424 English, German
Rene Assink DO, PT, CST-D, BI-D Germany 494.517.7777 English, German
Orsolya Gabriel CST-D, P.T., N.P. Hungary 011.36.20.942.0074 English, Hungarian
Erla Olafsdottir PT, CST-D Iceland 354.8630610 English, Icelandic
Sandra Howlett DC, CST-D, CAC, EFLC Indian River, ON 705.868.0802 English
Anna Chiara Bosi CST-D Italy 011.39.516.241801 English, Italian
Diego Maggio DO, CST-D Italy 011.39.040.347.6191 English, Italian
Linda Foster-Bradak CST-D Logan, UT 435.787.9459 English
Nina Chernick BA, RMT, CST-D London, Ontario 519.951.8109 English
Fred Stahlman PT, CST-D Naples, FL 239.398.3154 English
Ton Bottema DO, CST-D Netherlands 011.31.316.331776 English, Dutch
Hans Huikeshoven CST-D Netherlands 011.31.206.148261 English, Dutch
Maarten Prakken DO, CST-D Netherlands 011.31343.415997 Dutch
Sanno Visser Netherlands 011.31.481.371601 English, Dutch
Kenneth Frey PT, CST-D New York, NY 212.245.1700 English
Xanthe Ashton CST-D New Zealand 643.322.4858 English
Claudia Silva PT, CST-D, CIMBE Orlando, FL 407.719.0448 English, Portuguese, Spanish
Rebecca Flowers OTR, BCP, CST-D Palm Beach Gardens, FL 561.622.4706 English
Ali Gabriel MS, LMT, CST-D Phoenix, AZ 480.553.8355 English
Jose Campos DO, BSc, CST-D Portugal 351.932.837.805 English, Portuguese
Rita Benamor DO, BI-D, CST-D Portugal 351.213.976.338 English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Susan Steiner OTR/L, CST-D Providence, RI 401.831.0985 English
Karen Axelrod BA, CST-D, CMT Redondo Beach, CA 310.376.0113 English
John Jackson LMP, CST-D Seattle, WA 206.592.1423 English
Mario Jose Vega Hernandez DO, CST-D Spain 011.31.619.078285 Spanish
Matthias Moesle CST-D Switzerland 011.41.91.780.5950 English, French, German, Italian
Chas Perry Ph.D, CST-D Truth or Consequences, NM 575.894.4325 English
Margaret Gill CST-D, MCSS United Kingdom 011.44.127.3308158 English
John Page MCSS, CST-D United Kingdom 011.44.1738.444404 English
Carol McLellan CMT, CST-D Visalia, CA 559.636.6430 English
John Hoernemann CST-D Willits, CA 707.456.9693 English

CranioSacral Therapy Diplomate Certification Examiners

Name Location Phone Languages
Maggie Gill MCSS, CST-D Brighton, United Kingdom +44.127.330.8158 English
Nan Woodward PT,CST-D Cave Creek, AZ 480.488.5934 English
Avadhan Larson LAc, CMT, CST-D Colorado Springs, CO 719.256.6606 English
Nikki Kenward (formerly Campbell) MCSS, CST-D England 011.44.1628.482967 English
Gert Groot Landeweer CST-D Germany 011.49.761.3837424 English, German
Sandra Howlett DC, CST-D, CAC, EFLC Indian River, ON 705.868.0802 English
Diego Maggio DO, CST-D Italy 011.39.040.634.007 English, Italian
Ton Bottema DO, CST-D Netherlands 011.31.316.331776 English, Dutch
Hans Huikeshoven CST-D Netherlands 011.31.206.148261 English, Dutch
Maarten Prakken DO, CST-D Netherlands 011.31.343.415997 Dutch
Sanno Visser Netherlands 011.31.481.371601 English, Dutch
Kenneth Frey PT, CST-D New York, NY 212.245.1700 English
Rebecca Flowers OTR, BCP, CST-D Palm Beach Gardens, FL 561.622.4706 English
Ali Gabriel MS, LMT, CST-D Phoenix, AZ 480.553.8355 English
Rita Benamor DO, BI-D, CST-D Portugal 351.213.976.338 English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Susan Steiner OTR/L, CST-D Providence, RI 401.831.0985 English
Matthias Moesle CST-D Switzerland 011.41.91.780.5950 English, French, German, Italian
Chas Perry Ph.D, CST-D Truth or Consequences, NM 575.894.4325 English
John Page MCSS, CST-D United Kingdom 011.44.1738.444404 English

International Affiliates

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