The N.S.K.S. has been accredited as a professional and postgraduate training institute by a number of professional associations that represent -among others- the interests of shiatsu therapists. These organisations are K.T.N.O, (which has accredited the diploma course and post graduate courses as H.B.O (Hoger Beroepsonderwijs = Higher Professional Education in the Netherlands) B.A.T.C., N.V.S.T., LVNG, VBAG and N.W.P. Students can decide for themselves which association they would like to join.
The Zhong is the Dutch association for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a national professional association for TCM therapists covering all areas of TCM. The postgraduate education is accredited entirely by the Zhong.
As of September 8th 2011 the Do In Teacher Full Diploma Education has also been accredited by the Zhong TCM.
Students can already join the BATC after passing the exam of the third level. This will enable qualifying for coverage form health insurances. Of course, at the same time, students are expected to pass the fourth level, and to obtain their degree in medical basic knowledge. The latter degree is not offered by the BATC, although a list of certified institutes that do offer this training, is given.
The policy and internal orgnisation of the B.A.T.C. is still subject to changes. We will inform you as soon as possible, should any changes occur that impact Shiatsu therapists. Their website can be found at http://www.batc.nl/ (also only in Dutch).
The N.V.S.T. offers Medical Basic Knowledge (higeher vocational level). Joining N.V.S.T. enables taking the exam through them. Donating memebers receive an invitation to the exam annually. More information can be found on their website, which is only available in Dutch: http://www.nvst.nl/. Translate with Google
The NWP is a professional association for practitioners of natural medicine. The NWP has accredited the postgraduate training of the N.S.K.S.. Their website can be found at: http://www.nwp-natuurgeneeskunde.nl/ (also only in Dutch). Translate with Google
Post-graduate education is mandatory for registered and licensed therapists in order to renew the license annually. The NSKS offers the following seminars as postgraduate education: