ARCH recognised colleges offer the highest standard of training in colon hydrotherapy available anywhere. ARCH stipulate that each college must have well-experienced teachers, have insurance, have their premises inspected and be subject to external auditing to ensure that the highest levels of training and results are attained.
Over the 25 years since its foundation, ARCH has developed a syllabus which forms the basis of courses run by its recognised colleges: each course covers a minimum of 100 hours guided tuition including both theory and practical. Some colleges also offer extra facets to their training.
Students are able to join ARCH as student members and join the advantageous insurance scheme during training.
Colon hydrotherapy courses are taught at postgraduate level only, and each college agrees only to train prospective students satisfying certain pre-requisites; it is important that we provide the public with therapists of the highest standard, and a certain amount of pre-acquired knowledge and experience, not covered in the syllabus, is expected.
Graduates of other colonic organisations / training schools are very welcome to apply for membership if they fulfill the ARCH pre-requisites for training and possibly undertake some further study if required.
Colonic Hydrotherapy (irrigation) is taught at postgraduate level as an adjunctive therapy with only the relevant anatomical, physiological and practical tuition necessary to carry out the therapy itself. Courses do not include wider anatomy and physiology tuition, practice management, or, like most courses, bestow the automatic right to become a good therapist rather than a technician.
Many Holistic and Naturopathic sciences have been regulated in recent years so we are now able to clarify the existing ARCH pre-requisites for training applications, working from NOS (National Occupational Standards) and core elements published by regulatory bodies such as the CNHC, HPC,(Health Professions Council) GMC (General Medical Council) and the NMC. (Nursing and Midwifery council).
Below is a list of pre requisite qualifications that we will consider for anyone wishing to train at an ARCH school. The list is not definitive but gives information as to the type of therapies that may be considered and each application will be given individual consideration and assessed on its own merit.
If you have any doubt or questions, please feel free to contact us.
For applicants with a Medical or Naturopathic Background:
Doctor, Registered Nurse, Paramedic, Midwife, Biomedical Scientist, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Operating Department Practitioners, Dietician, Acupuncturist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Chiropractor, Herbalist, Homeopath, Naturopath, Nutritionist, Osteopath, Sports Sciences (degree level). Some related medical degrees – Radiographer, Pharmacist.
All applicants must have done as minimum, a 2 year full time or 3 year part time course with required level of A&P. (Minimum NQF level 3)
For applicants with an Holistic Background
This includes substantial body based therapies such as:
Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Bowen, Craniosacral Therapy, Massage, Myofacial Release, Remedial Massage, Rolfing, Sports Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy.
in combination with therapies such as:
Alexander Technique, Hypnotherapy, Iridology, Kinesiology, NLP, Psychology, Reflexology,Yoga Instructor.
Applicants from an holistic background are likely to hold 2 or 3 qualifications from the above list (or similar) with the required level of A&P. (Minimum NQF level 3) The period of training should total a minimum of 3 years part time training.
If the therapy does not involve physical contact, a short massage course will also be required.
Evidence of prior qualifications must be submitted to the college of your choice before being accepted on a training course.
We believe in supporting students and graduates who join ARCH and mentorship, premises inspection and insurance block schemes are in place to fulfil this.
Training in Colon Hydrotherapy can be obtained from the following Association-approved college, and enquiries should be directed to them:
The National College of Colon Hydrotherapy: www.ncch.co.uk
Bookings and information
Tel: 01271 870436
Courses conducted in Bridgwater, Somerset.
Principals: Dr Milo Siewert and Roger Groos
All ARCH Colleges are audited by: