Osteopaths undergo a 4-5 year full time course combining academic and clinical practice. They qualify with a Bachelor of Science in Osteopathy and they must by law be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practice.
In addition they must continue to show their commitment to their profession by undertaking at least 30 hours of continued professional development per year. This usually takes the form of post-graduate courses, lectures and supervision groups.
Osteopaths are also required by law to be insured, to protect both the public and themselves.