Who can become a member?

Anyone who has studied with other Institutions, locally or overseas (training institutions not of SA origin) and who can submit a copy of their diploma.These representational categories that allow its members and public to contextualise their training and qualifications into the models and approaches which are taught around the world. This is by no means an exhaustive list,

Registered Craniosacral Therapist: (RCST )

– Functional Craniosacral Therapy

– 50 hour training with supervision and case studies

-Recognised in Teachers of RCST (Thomas Atlee and Hugh Milne)

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist: (BCST / BOCST )

-Biodynamically recognised training : Atmada in Johannesburg and Integral Health in CPT, Franklin Sills, Micheal Shea, Micheal Kern and Body intelligence

Upledger trained: (Upl CST ) – have completed level 3 minimum

Based in the USA, the Upledger school runs short 5 day, modules ( 1- 6 ) that cover various aspects of the Cranial concept. Qualified upledger trainers are periodically invited to SA to share courses.Developing out of the mechanical approach, this training covers specific protocols and introduces somatic release.

Osteopathic Craniosacral Therapist (OCST )

Part of Osteopathic degree: Osteopathy is not currently offered as a training is SA, however, there are a few qualified internationally trained osteopaths who have chosen specifically to develop their Craniosacral touch. This practitioner has a strong mechanical appreciation of form, and often has studied further to include aspect of other cranial approaches – see below.

South Africa

In South Africa, the CSTA-SA is closely linked with the Johannesburg and Cape Town training schools (Atmada and Integral Health); as the students who graduate from the Diploma course are then entitled to become full members of the Association and are afforded a listing on the website as an accredited practitioner. Student memberships are for those who are studying towards a Diploma with an accredited Institution. Diploma takes 2 years to complete

United Kingdom

The following UK Schools run training courses accredited by the Craniosacral Therapy Association. The courses vary in length from one to two years or more, depending on their format, and lead to qualifications accepted by the Association.


We also accept graduates from the following international schools who hold Diplomas / who have attained an acceptable level of Craniosacral Therapy education and practical application.