Society of Experiential Trance

~ Society of Experiential Trance ~

the Exclusive Society of Exceptionally Competent Practitioners in the Arts of

Altered States of Consciousness
Focused Trance Thoughtforms

Guided Imagery, Meditation, and
Genuine Experiential Trancework

Member Certification Examination

This is the basic qualification for certified membership
with the Society of Experiential Trance.

Note the required number of demonstrations for each skill in each type of Examination. Live Exams should be scheduled with a Certified Examiner. Please note that Video Exams require that the hypnotist work with a minimum of five different trance partners. Periodically, special intensive review courses are offered in which participants are allowed a streamlined variation of the Video Exam requiring only one trance partner and one demonstration of each skillset. See certification guidelines for further information.

Society of Experiential Trance Institute The Online Institute at periodically adds new course offerings for basic certification as well as advanced specialist programs with the Society of Experiential Trance for Continuing Education Unit credit, certifications of completion, professional specialization certification, and much more. This dynamic growing program is poised to expand over the coming years.

For those looking for an intensive review to supplement live training or a distance learning option, the a comprehensive online version of our comprehensive Core Hypnosis Skills is available via the Online Institute at This program includes explanations and demonstrations for all of the skillsets required for Certification as a Hypnotist member with the Society of Experiential Trance (please note, the video program also contains a number of other methods in addition to the minimum required for SET certification). This video program is available via our partner store at or via the direct link at here.

Candidates who have taken a live course with an SET Certified Instructor have one year to finish their Hypnotist Certification requirements by submitting and passing an exam (live or video). Additionally, if they submit a video examination for evaluation by their instructor, the number of demonstrations required are the same as those indicated in the Course or Live column rather than those indicated in the Video exam column. If they complete their Hypnotist Certification requirements within one year, then the Hypnotist Certification is gratis. Those who elect not to become Certified Hypnotist members may receive a Certificate of Completion for their course instead, if they are enroll as non-certified Associate Members of the SET.

Skillset Course
or Live
Video Notes
Reguired (*) plus choose at least three more.
* Finger Magnet
* Hand Magnet
* Hand Clasp
* Arm Levitation & Lowering (Balloon & Dictionary)
* Arm Stiffening
* Pendulum Ideomotor Acton
* Postural Sway
* Hand Shaking
* Fastening a Stick to Hands
Muscular Relaxation
Finger Ideomotor Action
Thirst “Hallucination?
Eye Closure
Spiegel Eye Roll
Arm Lowering
Arm Levitation
Eye Catalepsy
Leg Catalepsy
Open Mouth Catalepsy
Name Amnesia / Lips Catalepsy
Name Amnesia / Name Change
Impossible to Sit
Impossible to Stand
Spontaneous Qigong (optional)
Ouija Dancing (optional)
Drunk Induction
Dave Elman Induction 2 3
Phillips-Elman Induction 2 3
Eye Fixation 1 2
Muscle Tension Relaxation Induction 1 2
Progressive Relaxation 1 2
Post-Hypnotic Reinduction Trigger (with any of the above) 1 2
Demonstrate each of the following and then choose three Suggestibility Tests and convert them to Rapid or Instant Inductions (should be suggestibility tests not listed in this category).
Arm Pull Induction (Brian David Phillips) 1 2
Clasped Hands 1 2
Drop Back Induction 1 2
Finger and Thumb Shake Technique 1 2
Hand Drop 1 2
Handshake Interrupt 1 2
Pencil Drop Rapid Induction 1 2
Rapid Hands Together Method 1 2
Suggestibility Test One: 1 2
Suggestibility Test Two: 1 2
Suggestibility Test Three: 1 2
May be done in sequence in demonstration.
Breathing Deepener 1 2
Dial Deepener 1 2
Esdaile State, Hypnotic Coma State (Elevator) 1 2
Fractionation 1 2
Number Counting Deepener 1 2
Sounds Around You Patter 1 2
Staircase Deepener 1 2
Emerging from Hypnosis 1 2
Emerging from Abreaction Patter 1 2
Coma Threat 1 2
Anchoring 2 3
Drug of Choice Technique 1 2
Experiential Guided Imagery 1 2
Eyes Open Focused Trance and Hypnosis 1 2
Flooding Sensory Experience with Positive Suggested States 1 2
Happy Finger (Brian David Phillips) 1 2
Higher Self (Brian David Phillips) 1 2
Hypno-Sleep 1 2
Magick Egg Fairy Dragon (Brian David Phillips) 1 2
Post-Hypnotic Suggestion Trigger Response 1 2
Vicarious Experiential Machine Process (Brian David Phillips) 1 2

Society of Experiential Trance : Certification Page
Society of Experiential Trance : Certification