Professional Indemnity / Membership

The Burren College of Complimentary Therapy will be posting a series of blogs on suggestions on how to become an accredited qualified complementary health therapist.  The blog will cover topics such as:

Getting an Accredited Qualification in Complementary Therapies.
How to approach a case study plan to get the best possible result.
How to approach exams.
Professional Indemnity/Membership
How to set up a home practice.
How to build a clientele.
Ways to self care.

Irish Massage Therapists Association Logo

Now the results are out and congratulations – you have now become a fully qualified therapist!

The next stage is to get yourself fully indemnified by joining an association and getting insured in your particular field.

There are many associations for therapists out there, and they all offer pretty much the same range of services.  It just depends on what you want from your association and what insurance company it is aligned and what are the costs involve.  Make sure the organisation you join covers the range of therapies that you will provide and as will continue to cover you as you add to your tool box of qualifications (you will need to be insured in those qualifications to practice).

This interesting link will give you some idea of what you should expect from the organisation you choose to join or it will help you choose the right association for you.

This excerpt may be helpful:


“When someone asks me, “Why should I join a professional association?” my short answer is simply leverage and resources. Professional associations are service providers. These associations can perform many tasks, such as advocacy, public relations and “bulk-buying,” more effectively than individual practitioners could otherwise carry out. In return, members pay membership dues and volunteer for association tasks to carry out the needs of the association.


Boards of professional associations need to rapidly and frequently assess the needs of their members, plan ahead while responding to existing trends and advocate to protect existing privileges while remaining open to new opportunities and responding to new threats.


There are five services I look for in a professional association. These include:


  1. Information. I want to receive accurate and prompt information about the issues I need to know about. Better information means I can make better decisions that affect my practice.

  2. Advocacy. I want my professional interests brought effectively to allied health professionals, the insurance industry, government, media and any other organization my fellow practitioners and I encounter in our day-to-day practice.

  3. Public relations. I want an association to actively market to the general public and referring health-care providers on a regular and consistent basis regarding the scope and benefits of the massage profession’s services, and to counter any negative press that may harm the profession.

  4. Expansion of opportunities. By investing in research and building alliances, an association can open new doors for my colleagues and I in building credibility and position.

  5. Professional development. I want high-caliber, international experts brought locally to association events, so I can learn straight from the masters.”

Irish/UK therapy associations:    IMTA   Irish Massage Therapists Association  ARCHTI Association of Registered Complementary Health Therapists Ireland   Complementary Health Therapists Association (ITEC) Federation of Holistic Therapists

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