The Canadian Reiki Association’s FAQ’S
How Do I join the CRA?
Our membership levels are not based on what level of Reiki you have been attuned to, but rather what CRA criteria you have completed. So, we have members who are Master Teachers but they are at the Student level since they have not completed the 24 hours of case studies.
In order to join you need:
- Online Application form and Payment (either online or cheque)
- All of your Reiki Certificates received to date
- A signed copy of the 4 mandatory forms (link to the PDF at the top of the application page)
- All of the above plus 24 hours of case studies – all case studies submitted at the same time and completed within one year of the application
- All of the above however the PDF link at the top of the application page has a link to 5 mandatory forms
- A copy of your Class Outlines for all levels of Reiki you have been attuned to regardless of whether you plan to teach that level or not
Some other things to be aware of:
- You need to make sure that you receive a confirmation email after you fill out and submit the application form. If you do not get the confirmation email, I did not receive your application.
- If you are having trouble with your credit card being accepted, 99.9% of the time, it is because your address does not match what the credit card company has on file.
- Your membership starts the day you fill out the application regardless of how long it takes for me to receive the documents. We do not issue refunds due to the length of time it takes to submit your documents.
- The membership fee is a yearly fee. We send out renewal invoices 4 months prior to the end of the membership year in order to give me time to process everyone. The majority of our memberships end on the same day so it takes some time to get through hundreds of renewals in a timely manner and our system can only be set up in one way.
- If you are planning to email your documents to me, they need to be attachments. I cannot process documents that are in the body of the email.
- The certificates and forms are usually okay in one email, but the case studies need to be in a second or even third email otherwise the file size is too large and it will not be delivered to me.
- You must wait one full year after receiving your Master Teacher certificate before you can apply as a Registered Teacher. During this year, we encourage you to teach and follow the Teacher Guidelines. You can issue certificates to your students and your students can join the CRA is they decide to do so. Please do not use the Teacher Evaluation Forms until you are officially a Registered Teacher.
- The Class Outlines need to be in either Word of pdf format and must be submitted by email. The majority of people who apply need to make alterations to the outlines before they are accepted. Please make sure that you compare our outlines to the Teacher Guideline form. This is what we use when we check your outlines.
If you are planning to join as a Registered Practitioner or Registered Teacher but do not have the case studies completed and you are certain you can get them done in a timely manner, you can apply at the membership level you want to join as. I will partially process you so that you are a member of the CRA, and then finish processing you once I receive the outstanding documents. If you do not think that you can get them done within the year, apply as a Student Member. Once you have them done, you can go to the web store and purchase the upgrade. The upgrade fee is simply the difference between the two membership levels.
Regarding the Registered Animal Reiki designation:
Animal Reiki is a growing field but there are not enough qualified/quality teachers to turn to in order to learn in person. This is actually an area that the CRA wants to further develop in the future, however we are not there yet. In the meantime, we will allow online learning from approved online classes so long as you have your level one (human) which was learned in person. We generally suggest that people look at Kathleen Prasad for online Reiki training. Her program has been around for a long time and the content of the class is very good. You can get to her website here: https://www.animalreikisource.com/ . We are also willing to look at other online classes as well, however we will not accept Udemy. The content of their course is just not sufficient.
The System will not accept my credit card… HELP!
The CRA has a security feature in place that requires a match between what we have on file to what the credit card company has on file. If there is a problem with your card not being accepted, this is the reason in 99.9% of the cases.
What about Online Training?
Our membership feels that Reiki needs to be learned in person with a qualified Reiki Master Teacher and as such, this was written into our by-laws several years ago. As a result, the CRA will not accept any form of online training. Additionally, our members are not permitted to provide online classes to their students. Doing so will immediately terminate their membership and result in a lifetime ban from the Association.
My Instructor was not a CRA member. Can I still join the CRA?
Yes, you can still join the CRA if your teacher was not a CRA member so long as you learned in person and not by distance or online.
My Certificate is from another country. Will you still accept it?
Yes, we will accept your certificate so long as you learned in person and not by distance or online.
I have been a Reiki Practitioner/Teacher for many years. Do I still need to do the case studies?
Yes, all applicants applying to the CRA as either a Registered Practitioner or a Registered Teacher must provide the case studies regardless of their previous Reiki experience.
Does the CRA provide Reiki Manuals?
No, we do not provide or sell manuals. Teachers are expected to develop their own original teaching materials/manuals.
Does the CRA provide Extended Health Benefit Claim Forms?
Yes we do! The form is located in the Members Only Section of our website. With the numerous Insurance companies out there and the various policies they provide, we cannot tell you what companies provide Reiki as a benefit. We can start a grassroots program of having clients submit the claim form. Companies do look at the claims forms submitted and denied when creating their benefit packages. So submitting a claim form, even when it is not approved, could help to make Reiki a benefit in the future.
Complaints or Concerns
We are only permitted to handle official complaints and/or concerns involving an active member in the Association.
Will the CRA handle complaints against non CRA member?
No, we are only permitted to handle complaints and/ or concerns regarding current members of the Association.
Does the CRA have Group Liability Insurance?
Yes we do. The group liability insurance is a Members Only benefit that can be purchased by the member. Detailed information is located in the Members Only section on the website. We do not discuss insurance information with non-members.
Does the CRA automatically send members a business license letter?
No, not all members require one. It will only be sent to members in good standing and upon request. Licensing offices will not accept your renewal letter, it must be the Business License letter signed personally by the President of the CRA.
The CRA is not responsible if you do not receive this letter before your license expires. We recommend that you ask for the Licensing Letter when you renew your membership so that you have it in plenty of time.
Are members allowed to change their name on their certificates?
Yes, upon written request, the CRA will change your name and issue you a new certificate for an administration fee of $5.00. The member must provide a photocopy of two pieces of identification showing the change to the new legal name, such as a driver’s license and health card. The member must return their current certificate before we release a new certificate. Replacement certificates can be purchased from the web store.
Will my web Listing automatically be posted on the website?
Yes, all Registered Practitioners and Registered Teachers are automatically listed in the CRA directory upon admission into the CRA. Our website allows members to have control over their profile information and directory listings so it is up to the member to add or delete any information they do not want posted online. Any changes can be made to their listing from their profile and will be reflected on the website in real time. It is the member’s responsibility to ensure the correct information is on file and what information is released on the website. The profile information is different from the Directory information. We must have all contact information in your profile so that we may contact you. If you have any questions or require assistance with this, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
What is my username and password?
Members will create their own username and password when they join the CRA, so you will need to keep this information in a safe place. The user name and password will no longer change at the beginning of each new membership year. Your user name and password is now unique to you, thus making the members only section of the website more secure.
What is the Criteria for joining the CRA?
The Canadian Reiki Association has several levels of membership. You can read this on the Website under Membership Criteria. Please note: the levels of membership do not reflect the level of Reiki an applicant has been attuned to but rather the criteria that has been provided. We have Master Teachers at the Student level because they have not yet submitted the required case studies for upgrade.
Will the CRA recommend a teacher?
The CRA provides a list of qualified teachers on our website. Use the advanced Search feature to help you find Practitioners/Teachers in your area. We recommend that you contact several teachers in your area in order to decide which one will be the best fit for you.
What is the format for submitting class outlines?
The administration office will accept outlines in a Word or PDF document formats. They may be sent by regular mail or as an attachment to an e-mail sent to email@example.com. Please note: it is not uncommon for alterations to be requested so it is highly recommended that you submit your outlines by email. We do not accept manuals, zip files or power point presentations. Outlines must be your original work.
Original class outlines in theory and practical are required for each level of Reiki you were attuned for in regardless of whether you plan to teach that level or not. Think of the outlines as a brief picture of what you plan to do with your students. The Teacher Guidelines are an excellent resource to assist you with your outlines! The class outlines will be reviewed by a member of the C.R.A. Board. If revisions to the class outlines are required, the Board Member will contact you directly by email with any required changes.
How long does it take to process my membership?
Providing all of the documentation is provided and payment is made at the time of submission, the application will be completed within 10-15 business days. There will be no refunds given to applicants who do not provide the required documentation. You can email the documents as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note, if the file size is too large, it will not be delivered to us. You may need to sent two or three emails for the documents to reach us.
How is my call to the CRA 1-800 handled?
The CRA is now using Zoom Phone. Our phone lines are open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm EST Monday to Friday. If you are not able to reach us directly when you phone in, please leave a detailed voice mail message. In doing so, we will receive your voice message, an email with your message attached and it will also be logged on the Zoom platform. We will get back to you shortly.