Certificate Track Program

The Milne Institute’s Visionary Craniosacral Work® training is a minimum two-year program.

There are two training tracks available. The first track is the Experiential Track, which consists of classes C1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

Ideally, these classes are taken in numerical sequence. Before taking a C5 or a C6 class, the student must complete a tutorial review of 30 Client Records and 30 Session Sign-Offs with a Milne Institute Supervisor (you can find the complete list of Supervisors on this website).

This track is designed to give the student a basis from which to harness intuitive and analytic craniosacral skills into an existing massage or bodywork practice.

Note: A ‘license to touch’ is often needed in order to practice craniosacral work.

The second track is the Certification Track. It is a focused, in depth training sequence whose core consists of intensive tutorial coaching.

The components of the program are the 7 craniosacral classes from C1 through C7, an additional 7, one-day Advanced Content Classes, the receiving of 14 professional sessions, the exchanging of an additional 14 sessions with fellow students, and 70 completed Milne Institute ‘Client Records’ (submitted to a MI Supervisor never more than ten at a time) and 70 completed Milne Institute ’Sign-Off Forms,’ also sent to a MI Supervisor (and also never more than 10 at a time).

What do I need to do in order to register for the C1 class?

A student needs a minimum of a 150-hour massage training, or other professional schooling in touch such as in shiatsu, and a license to touch where this is required by the country or state that the student lives in.

The student is required to read the following chapters in ‘The Heart of Listening,’ by Hugh Milne.

  • Required: 1, 2, 4, 6, 16 and 17
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Recommended: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31 and 34

A student needs to register with the Class Organizer (visible on the website under Schedules.’)  A student who knows that they are lacking in anatomical knowledge is recommended to take an Milne Institute ‘Anatomy’ class, before taking their C1 class.

What do I need in order to register for the Anatomy class?

Read the following chapters in “The Heart of Listening”

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Required: Abbreviations and Nomenclature pages xvi, xvii and xviii, chapters 1 and 2.
  • Recommended reading: HOL chapters 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 20
  • Chapters 22-34 (first few pages of each chapter up to ‘Detailed Anatomy.’)
  • Recommended Anatomy book: Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank Netter.
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Register.
  • Be physically able to sit still, turn up on time, and not need special physical care.

How many 4-day classes can I take in a row (back-to-back)?


A maximum of three. In order to take 3 classes back-to-back, the student must take real days off between the classes (“no work days”), not days when they go home to work in their office practice….

What is the ideal flow of taking the MI classes?


The ideal class flow is C1-2-3-4-5-6-7.

What do I need to register for a Cranial 2 (C2) class?


Successful completion of the C1 class.

  • Read the required chapters in “Heart of Listening,” 14, 18, 36, 39 and 44
  • Register with the Class Organizer.

What do I need to register for a Cranial 3 (C3) class?


Successful completion of C1 and C2.

  • Read the required chapters in “Heart of Listening,” 10, 11, 14, 17, 22, 23, 25 and 45
  • Register with the Class Organizer.

Can a student take a C3 before they have taken a C2?

Not unless the student is given permission to do so by the class teacher, in recognition of the student’s prior training and skill development level. C1 and C2 are the foundation classes. It is important to take both C1 and C2 before C3 or C4, if you do not have extensive prior experience.

What do I need to register for a Cranial 4 (C4)?

Successful completion of C1 and C2, and preferably also C3. Student with extensive prior training may be given permission by the Class Teacher to join a C4 class after completing a C1 class.

  • Read the required chapters in “Heart of Listening,” 10, 20, 37, 38 and 41
  • Register with the Class Organizer.

Can I take a C4 before I have taken a C3?

Yes, but the ideal flow of the classes is C1-C2-C3-C4-C5-C6.

To Register for a C5 or C6

Class
The C5 and the C6 classes are interchangeable.

To register for a C5 or C6 class, a student must have completed a minimum of three supervision sessions, i.e. had 30 CRs supervised, and hand in 3 ‘Sign Off’ sheets, in three separate supervisions.

It is not permitted to bring 30 CRs to a Supervisor at one time. It must be 10 at a time. You cannot bring CRs that were written before the set that your Supervisor read through with you, to a later supervision.

If you are on the Certification Track, then you need to have successfully completed C1 through C4, filled out the Certification Track application form, and had a minimum of 30 Client Records and 30 sessions Sign Off Sheets reviewed by your chosen MI Supervisor. You can find the complete list of Supervisors on this website, under the heading ‘Supervisors.’

  • Read chapters 7,8,9, 11,12,13,15,19, 24,28, 29, 32 and 33 in ‘The Heart of Listening’
  • Successfully complete the Advanced Content Classes for C1 thru C4
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Have completed a minimum of 8 student exchanges
  • Receive a minimum of 8 professional sessions
  • Register with the Class Organizer.

If you are on the Experiential Track and want to register for a C5 class, then you need to have successfully completed C1 through C4, and completed a minimum of three supervision sessions, i.e. had 30 Client Records supervised, and hand in 3 ‘Sign Off Sheets,’ in three separate supervision sessions. It is not permitted to bring 30 CRs to a Supervisor at one time. It must be 10 at a time. You cannot bring CRs that were written before the set that your Supervisor read through with you in a previous supervision meeting, to a later meeting with your supervisor. You also need to read the required chapters in ‘The Heart of Listening.’

Can I take a C6 before I have taken a C5?


Yes, but the ideal class flow remains 1-2-3-4-5-6-7. All the ‘before the class’ requirements, as delineated in the previous statements for the C5 class, must be fulfilled for C6, if it is taken before C5.

To register for a Cranial 6 (C6)


If you are on the Experiential Track and want to register for a C6 class, then you need to have successfully completed C1 through C4, and completed a minimum of three supervision sessions, i.e. had 30 Client Records supervised, and hand in 3 ‘Sign Off Sheets,’ in three separate supervision sessions. It is not permitted to bring 30 CRs to a Supervisor at one time. It must be 10 at a time. You cannot bring CRs that were written before the set that your Supervisor read through with you in a previous supervision meeting, to a later meeting with your supervisor. You can find the complete list of Supervisors on this website, under the heading ‘Supervisors.’ You also need to read the required chapters in ‘The Heart of Listening.’

If you are on the Certification Track, then you need to have filled out the application form and had a minimum of 30 Client Records and 30 sessions sign-offs reviewed by your chosen MI Supervisor.

  • Successful completion of C1 thru C4 (and preferably C5)
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Successful completion of the Advanced Content Classes for C1 thru C4
  • Minimum 10 student exchanges
  • Minimum of 10 professional sessions
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Read chapters 11, 12, 13, 15 and 33, in “The Heart of Listening”
  • Register with the class Organizer.

To Register for a C7 Class


You must be on the Certification Track to register for this class. If you are not on Certification Track you may not participate in the C7 class. To register for a C7 class, you must have completed a minimum of four supervision sessions, i.e. had 40 Client Records supervised, and hand in 4 ‘Sign Off’ sheets, in four separate supervision sessions. It is not permitted to bring 40 CRs to a Supervisor at one time. It must be 10 at a time. You cannot bring CRs that were written before the set that your Supervisor read through with you in a previous supervision meeting, to a later meeting with your supervisor.

  • You must have successfully completed C1 thru C6 classes
  • You need to have successfully completed Advanced Content Classes, C1 thru C6
  • You need a minimum of 40 supervised Client Records, and 40 Session Sign-Offs
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You need a minimum of 6 professional sessions received
  • You need to read chapters 34 and 35, in ‘The Heart of Listening’
  • Register with the Class Organizer.

Advanced Content Classes


When should I take an Advanced Content Class (ACC)?

Whenever one is offered, and as early in your training as possible.

Are there any other ways to get credit for the Advanced Content Class (ACC)?

You can repeat a class (50% off class price), be a Springer or Assist in the class you need an ACC credit for, or have a private tutorial with an approved MI Teacher or Supervisor.

In order to assist in a class, you have to be active on the Certification Track, and have already taken the class you wish to assist in, as a student. You have to apply to the Class Teacher, and be accepted by that person to be in the role of Assistant Teacher.

Supervision of Client Records

Ideally, each student completes 10 Client Records (CRs) after each 4-day class, practicing the techniques they learned in that class. The student also gives an additional 10 Visionary Craniosacral Work® (VCSW®) sessions which they ‘sign off’ on the appropriate MI form, called the ‘Sign Off Sheet.’ (Both the CRs and the Sign Off Sheet can be downloaded from www.milneinstitute.com, under the heading ‘Forms.’)

When two or three 4-day classes are taken in two or three weeks, this is not possible, and the student begins to give sessions when the classes are completed, ten of which they record on CRs, and ten of which they sign off on the ‘Sign Off Sheet.’ Once the student has the ten and ten, they contact the Supervisor of their choice, and make an appointment for a CR supervision.

The student then meets or has a telephone or Facetime session with their chosen Supervisor, for 60 – 90 minutes to go over the 10 CRs, and send or hand in the ‘Sign Off Sheet’ before the student’s next class.

The supervision costs €80, or US$110.00

The Supervisor then signs the students Dance Card for 10 CRs & 10 VCSW® sessions.
A student can also ask their Supervisor for a ‘Supervision-Session,’ where the 60 – 90 minutes of CR supervision is followed by a 60 to 90-minute VCSW® session. The cost depends on what each Supervisor charges for their professional sessions. The Supervisor then signs the student’s Dance Card for one Supervision and one Professional Session.
If the student is focused on becoming the most skillful practitioner they can be, then they also take part in student exchanges, and receives professional sessions from a Milne Institute graduate, after the two or three classes are completed. These are the core elements to the Certification Track, in addition to the series of seven, 4-day classes, and seven 1-day Advanced Content Classes.

Final Examinations


The final exam sequence includes a written exam, an oral exam, and two hands-on test sessions. It cannot be taken before the successful completion of the C7 class.

All of these words come to be written down as the direct result of 37 years teaching experience of the author. But ultimately it is the teacher’s job to find the best ways to bring forth all of the student’s abilities, and to make sure that this skill development is accomplished in every important area of the student’s personal and professional growth. That is the sacred intention of this training program:

‘For what is a good man, but a bad man’s teacher; what is a bad man, but a good man’s job’