One Membership to Serve them all - The IICT Story


By IICT Founder and CEO,  Lawrence Ellyard

lawrenceMany people have asked me over the years how the IICT got started and for the sake of posterity I want to take this opportunity to share with you our humble beginnings; how we got where we are today and where we are headed.

Like many things, necessity is the mother of all invention, and so it was with the IICT. In 1996, as some of you may know, I was running the International Institute for Reiki Training. At this time we had several practitioners ready to practice in the marketplace so I was seeking to provide a banner for our Reiki Therapists as well as access to insurance cover. However, I wanted to provide an alternative to the path traditionally offered by Associations. 

Being active in the natural health industry through my teaching and speaking engagements, I came across the same complaints from practitioners from all walks of life. Common concerns were high membership fees as well as the need for continued education, which for the most part seemed like adding on courses that were not always seen as useful by the practitioners concerned. Another complaint was the costs associated with travelling to training courses to accumulate points to maintain Association membership. 

I decided I wanted to provide my Reiki practitioners with a membership that had all of the benefits, but none of the limitations, that many Association memberships entailed. 

Recent Interview with IICT Founder and CEO - Lawrence Ellyard.