Animal Reiki Practitioner, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

Animal Reiki Practitioners are animal service providers who can enhance other specialties including - veterinarians, animal trainers/behaviorists, animal acupuncturists, pet groomers, dog kennel staff, and animal daycare staff. Reiki assists animals to heal on the physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual levels.  Reiki is a non-invasive Japanese holistic energy healing system used to support energy balance, harmony, and healing. The series covers how to use Reiki, client intake, consent, session and consent forms, and ethics scenarios.​

Program objectives

​ ​Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. ​Assist animal rescuers, shelter workers, veterinarians, and other animal caregivers working with animals in distress;
  2. Apply animal Reiki techniques to comfort animals that are stressed, aggressive, injured, sick, or dying to ease their discomfort;
  3. Continue employment as an animal Reiki practitioner and pursue options to maintain the Animal Reiki Alliance Certification; and
  4. Assume responsibility for continued professional and personal development through lifelong learning/continuing education. 

CCBC Pathway

Health Professions Pathway.  Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential: Successful students will receive certification from the Animal Reiki Alliance for each level of completion.

Certifying Organization: Animal Reiki Alliance

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Length of Training

15 hours

Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville.

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED

Students must be computer literate and have Internet access.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Students must successfully complete Animal Reiki I and II. A stringent attendance policy will be enforced for Animal Reiki Certification Training Levels I and II.

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Animal Reiki I


Shoden Animal Reiki Level I Training Manual will be provided and is included in the course cost.




Animal Reiki II


Okuden Animal Reiki Level II Training Manual by Animal Reiki Alliance - will be provided and is included in the course cost.



Course Series Totals:







Additional Information

Skills for Success:

Detail-oriented; dependability; self-control; ability to follow safety rules; ability to follow directions; cooperation with others; integrity; persistence; manual dexterity; mechanical aptitude; mathematical aptitude; ability to stand for long periods of time; ability to lift 35 pounds; ability to work with a variety of animals.

Career Opportunities:

This program prepares students for entry-level Animal Reiki Practitioner animal care positions in shelters, kennels and animal day care facilities.

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Contact Information

Coordinator: LaVerne Robertson | | 443-840-1253 | Essex | BESS |124

Director: Michelle McCallum | | 443-840-1925 | Essex | BESS | 117