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 level (Hoger Beroepsonderwijs = Higher Professional Education in the Netherlands) B.A.T.C., N.V.S.T., V.B.A.G., L.V.N.G., S.V.N. (Shiatsu vereniging Nederland), CAT (Collectief Alternatieve Therapeuten) Students can decide for themselves which association they would like to join.
Students can already join the BATC after passing the exam of the third level. This will enable qualifying for coverage from health insurers. Of course, at the same time, students are expected to pass the fourth level, and to obtain their diploma in medical basic knowledge. The latter diploma is not offered by the BATC, although a list of certified institutes that do offer this training, is given.
The policy and internal organisation 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).
Professional association - DUTCH SCHOOL FOR CLASSICAL SHIATSU
The N.V.S.T. offers Medical Basic Knowledge (higher vocational level). Joining N.V.S.T. enables taking the exam through them. Donating members 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