A Career in Homeopathy

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Choosing Homeopathy as a Career


The Homeopaths that study homeopathy with the College of Practical Homeopathy are being taught to approach their clients in a holistic way, meaning that the whole of the body and spirit is dealt with, not just the localised disease. It is a safe, effective and gentle approach to health and provides an alternative to drugs and surgery. It can also be used as a complementary approach, working alongside modern medicines, helping patients to deal with the often severe side effects of treatment programmes. Many homeopaths have started to practise after a personal experience of the benefits of homeopathy. Some are qualified healthcare professionals who decide to practise outside conventional medicine.


If you have an interest in health issues, are concerned about current medical approaches to health, already qualified as a nurse, Doctor, pharmacist, or alternative practitioner and interested in seeking further training in the complementary health sector, thinking of changing career, looking for retraining, or are returning to work after bringing up children/illness etc then training to become a homeopath could be a good option for you.


Clients come for help with a wide variety of complaints – from relatively minor conditions, e.g. a headache, toothache or insomnia, to potentially more serious illnesses, e.g. asthma or arthritis. The job entails:


  • meeting patients and asking questions about their condition and their wider lives

  • choosing the most appropriate method of applying homeopathy.

  • choosing a remedy most likely to work for each patient – either a one-off remedy or a course of treatment

  • explaining how to take and store the remedy supplied

  • advising on diet and other lifestyle factors

  • monitoring the patient’s progress, through phone calls, email or further consultation

  • keeping patient records

  • advertising and publicising the practice, perhaps through talks or seminars

  • managing the business accounts

  • keeping up to date with developments in homeopathy and other health issues.



Salary and other benefits - As Homeopathy is a self-employed profession these figures are only a guide.

Most of our students that study homeopathy with us charge the following on graduation. 


  • fees range from approximately £30 to £80 per hour. They may be higher in London and the South East

  • a homeopath starting out and working two or three days may earn £16,000 plus p.a. (depending on client base)

  • start at around £25,000 per year as a full-time equivalent.

  • the highest-earning homeopaths make around £75,000 per year.

  • many homeopaths work about 40 weeks a year, leaving time for other interests


Professional Skills - A homeopath needs to:


  • have a strong belief in, and commitment to, homeopathy

  • an interest in alternative and complementary approaches to health

  • a concern about conventional medical treatment methods and their side-effects.

  • knowledgeable about disease processes and homeopathic remedies

  • responsive to clients’ personal issues and problems, but able to stay emotionally uninvolved as a professional

  • a good manager


Personal Skills


  • an enquiring mind and a willingness to learn

  • be a good listener, skilled at explaining complex issues in a simple manner

  • be able to inspire trust, and form a rapport with all kinds of people

  • analytical, non-judgmental

  • confident, enthusiastic and energetic to promote and build a practice.



Getting in - There is no set educational route into the field. There are about 30 training providers in the UK. Courses are not the same and vary widely in their philosophy, teaching approaches and the ability to practice after completion. (The following are broad generalisations but should be helpful when deciding on a course that is most suitable for you). Broadly speaking course providers can be put in the following categories.


1) Vocational courses aimed at producing graduates who are capable of setting up and running their own practice


2)  Academic courses primarily aimed a providing a degree


3) Eclectic – a number of courses offer a more esoteric approach and attract people who have a general interest in alternative approaches to health.


All the homeopathic courses and homeopathic schools are completely different and have very different standards. You should be careful to compare like with like e.g. degree course with other degree courses. (If you find you are torn between a Vocational course and an academic course then you are probably using the wrong criteria for choosing a course.  (see Guide 2 for help on this). It is important to get it right as starting a course that does not suit you is both disheartening and very expensive.


One other key difference is the size of courses with some course providers running fairly compact course for a small number of participants. These tend to have very small classes and are run by one or two key tutors. Medium size colleges tend to have better resources and class sizes of between 15 -25. A few have large class sizes (up to seventy) and are mainly lecture based. It is important to choose one that meets your requirements and aspirations. Also be aware that some colleges tend to have a very big dropout rate – from 70 entering the first year to 20 graduating is a warning sign to look for.


Be aware that almost all homeopaths are self-employed. There are very few who work within the NHS. You do not (and will not) need a degree to practice – it is more important to be competent and confident.


Getting on - It is possible to set up a practice almost anywhere. Success will depend on you, your confidence, competence and ability to attract patients so if you want to be a practitioner it is important to choose a course that will support you in developing these. Advancement is mainly through building up a practice.  With experience, homeopaths may move into running seminars and tutorials, teaching at colleges or supervising students and other practitioners and writing articles, books and health journalism.


They may get involved in homeopathic research, or advise manufacturers on the production of homeopathic remedies.


Many homeopaths combine homeopathy with other alternative and complementary approaches to health.


If you would like to consider becoming a homeopath or you would just like to learn more about homeopathy have a look at our Homeopathic schools' courses 


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