Vocal Habilitation Professional

Formerly called Vocal Health Practitioner, we have renamed this pathway Vocal Habilitation Professional to better align with our values and ethos as a company.  We believe that vocal health is something we live, within the context of the Biopsychosocial model.  

To habilitate is to make able, to help the out-of-sync singer find synergy once more and to work in such a way with your clients that realigns, builds and strengthens body, mind and voice.  There are no quick fixes, this work is slow and steady. 

Habilitation is the process of healthily maintaining, rather than regaining a skillset. Habilitation is central to optimal functionality of any system and the voice is no exception.

The VHP will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to be able 
to deliver vocal habilitation practice safely and effectively.  The training will be about
six months of part-time study, with group classes, individual mentoring and assessment of the teacher working with clients, as well as access to online content.

We know how busy this summer has been so we have listened and are keeping our VHP bookings open for the time being!

What is a Vocal Habilitation Professional?

This course is for singing teachers and voice teachers wanting to be able to work with singers and other voice users who have been experiencing problems relating to their vocal health. You are required to have completed VHFA (Vocal Health First Aid) modules and assessments before you can join the VHP (Vocal Habilitation Professional) pathway.

In order to complete the training the VHP needs to have prior experience of at least 1,000 hours of teaching or direct client interactions, plus at least 20 hours of study from continuing professional development providers. The qualified VHP will also need to comply with the legal frameworks of their own country. In the UK we would expect you to have DBS checks, Safeguarding training, and the relevant professional insurance cover. 

Module 1

The online training is provided by a series of filmed presentations by experts in all the fields of knowledge related to vocal health and habilitation. There are 80 films, each one is between 15 and 30 mins long. Each film has an accompanying handout for you to download and keep. The cost of the online part of the training is £397 (incl VAT).  There will be a multiple-choice style test with 100 questions to complete at the end of this online course. If the candidate has engaged with all of the material and passes this test, they are eligible to apply for the next stage of the training.

Walking you through Module 1 of the Vocal Habilitation Professional course

John, 45 has sought out rehab because of a loss of power and flexibility in his range – we’re on a journey to see what might be useful for him
Four films with information on relevant functional anatomy
Matt is an Instagram singer who was made famous at age 12 singing on a major chat show. Now post voice change (17 years old), and after a successful time on a UK talent show, he now has a troubling time with his new baritone identity.

A guide to endoscopy with the view of the normal larynx. Followed by four films outlining pathologies that the Voice Coach may come across in their clients.

Polly is a MT singer who finishes shows late at night and has a long journey on public transport home. Arriving to her local station after midnight and hungry, she grabs the only fast food available to her at this time
How we approach a client in terms of our role, the style of questioning and a view of the holistic nature of heath and wellbeing.
Marion is a 48 year old singer who tours with a small professional choir. The musical styles will vary from day to day in her work ranging from Early Music through to complex contemporary compositions.
What is the next part of this journey?

Course Cost and Information

You are able to purchase the modules individually, however we also offer a discount for those who wish to purchase the course in full. 

Module 1: Theory 

  • 30+ hours of online content from the top Vocal Specialists on this Earth!
  • 90 days to complete
  • 100-question multiple-choice test
  • £397.00 (Incl. VAT)

Module 2: Discussions

  • A minimum of 3 x 2 hour interactive online group sessions with your cohort, facilitated by a Vocal Rehabilitation Coach (VRC/UK) or Singing Voice Specialist (SVS/USA).
  • The first session is an experiential ‘detective’ workshop where you will be led to listen differently and ask better questions to determine whether you can uncover other, useful information about the person in front of you. This session is run by either Stephen or Jenevora, and is a required workshop but not assessed. This is an opportunity to challenge and rethink your interactions with the client.
  • The second and third sessions are led by a VRC or SVS who will take the group through two real case studies and the process through which each person was habilitated. This expert guidance through individual case studies gives you a rare insight into processes which normally remain behind closed studio doors, and helps to demystify working with a recovering voice.
  • The contribution of each candidate to sessions two and three will be assessed in order to either pass or to be offered the chance to repeat this section. Some candidates will need to participate in more than three sessions, and all candidates are welcome to sign up for as many additional sessions as they feel useful. Additional sessions are £129 (Incl. VAT).
  • Your participation in these sessions is part of your assessment process for the VHP qualification. You will receive marks and feedback from each tutor, which will combine with your quiz score from Module 1 to give an overall score to be taken to Module 3.
  • During Module 2 and Module 3, you will be writing a reflective journal to demonstrate interaction with and development from the training, which will provide further evidence for Module 3 and be assessed in Module 4.
  • 60 days to complete
  • £387.00 (Incl. VAT)

Module 3: Mentoring

  • A minimum of 3 x 60 minute sessions where you’ll deliver vocal health aware lessons guided by your Vocal Rehabilitation Specialist or Singing Voice Specialist mentor.
  • This module is primarily observation of habilitation practice; you will lead lessons, responding to and guided by feedback from your mentor. The format will generally be three observed 35-minute vocal health aware lessons with feedback. You will continue with your reflective journal during this module.
  • This mentoring and feedback process should prepare the candidate for the Module 4 assessment. If the mentor recommends that final assessment is not the right step at this stage, there will be the opportunity to extend the period of mentoring.
  • Mentoring will be with singing voice clients as default, we can also offer specialist mentoring for working with the speaking voice on request.
  • 30 days to complete
  • £447.00 (Incl. VAT)

Module 4: Final Assessment with Singing Voice Rehabilitation Specialist

  • A 30 to 50 minute viva voce interview assessment with a rehabilitation specialist who will be rigorously examining your current knowledge with questions about Vocal Health, Habilitation and Rehabilitation.
  • This will take into account the Module 1: Theory Test score, the Module 2: Discussions grading, and the reflective journal from Modules 2 and 3. This is a chance for you to elevate your grade as well as cement your practice, and includes a full examiner’s report.
  • If this is successful, the candidate will be awarded the Vocal Habilitation Professional qualification, which is valid for three years.
  • At the end of the three-year period, the VHP will need to have a refresher interview with one of the specialist assessors, if this goes well, the qualification will be renewed for another three years.
  • £219.00 (Incl. VAT)

For more details on the VHP journey and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, see here.

We want to look after you on your journey with Vocal Health Education; so we limit the places available on our courses in order to give you that personal treatment. Vocal Habilitation Professional places are launched three times a year; the next launch will be in February 2022.

We know how busy this summer has been so we have listened and are keeping our VHP bookings open for the time being!

Vocal Habilitation Professional Tutors


Jenevora Williams


Stephen King


Christina Shewell


Kerrie Obert​


Declan Costello​


Markus Hess


Julian McGlashan


Kate Heathcote


Walt Fritz


Maurice Goodwin


Lori Sonnenberg


Kari Ragan


Duncan Rock


Chris Johnson


Robert Sussuma


Eimear McCarthy Luddy


Petra Borzynski


Tim Whiting


Sophie Garner


Rani Lill Anjum


Jack Williamson


Philippa Wheble

Lydia Hart square

Lydia Hart


Lydia Flock


Amelia Carr


Nicki Kennedy


Phoene Cave


Line Hilton


Juliet Russell


Jono McNeil


Jai Ramage


Phoebe Gray


Chloe Spencer


Carrie Birmingham


Philippa Anderson


Sarah Wright-Owens

Vocal Habilitation professional Online Training

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