SOT Modules

There are five levels of Certification in Sacro-Occipital Technic:

Stage 1 SOTe Certification

Module 1

Introduction to Category 1

Modules 1 and 2 are the foundation modules of SOT. Category 1 procedures are taught and patient management strategies are discussed so you can put them into practice immediately after the seminar.

It is strongly recommended that practitioners new to SOT complete modules 1 – 3 before attending others.

Module 2

Introduction to Categories 2 and 3

Continuing and developing the introductory information from module 1; module 2 expands the category system to include Category 2 & 3. Basic cranial procedures as well as patient management strategies are also discussed.

Module 3


A systematic approach to adjusting extremities, using SOT indicators and rationale for the adjustment. This module teaches practical adjusting skills that can be implemented by practitioners immediately following the training.

Stage 1 Exam

Proficiency Certified

The SOT certified exam covers the category and extremity procedures taught in modules 1-3.

After receiving your Proficiency certificate, you may be invited to become a table instructor for modules 1-3.

Read the exam guidelines here.

Exams are optional and are not compulsory if you want to continue into the stage 2 modules.

Stage 2 SOTe Advanced Certification

Module 4

Introduction to Cranial

This module will form the basis of an understanding of cranial adjusting for the SOT practitioner. It will include; cranial landmarks, cranial nerves, facial diagnosis, cranial anatomy and physiology, cranial range of motion technique and a review of Antidote and Basic I, II and III.

Module 5

Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique (CMRT) 1

CMRT covers the way SOT approaches work with viscero-somatic and somato-visceral reflexes. This technique has been shown to have exceptional results in alleviating long-standing refractory symptoms. Module 5 acts as an introduction to the principles of CMRT, including occipital fibre analysis and key indicators for organ work. It also covers some of the more common organ techniques.

Module 6

Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique (CMRT) 2

Module 6 revises and expands the techniques and principles covered in module 5. It covers the principles of diagnosis and the key indicators and covers more advanced techniques not covered in module 5.

Stage 2 Exam

Advanced Certified

This exam covers modules 1-3 and CMRT (Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique) procedures presented in modules 4 and 5, as well as some Cranial Specific and Non-Specific techniques.

After receiving your Advanced certificate, you may be invited to become a table instructor for modules 1-5.

Read the exam guidelines here.

Exams are optional and are not compulsory if you want to continue into the stage 3 modules.

Stage 3 Craniopath Certification

Module 7

Anatomy of SOT

Dr Marc Pick teaches anatomy and physiology of cranial and dural function. He describes the neurological and pathological basis for SOT, using computer graphics and dissection models. In addition he presents an exciting introduction to cranial ranges of motion.

This module runs every 2yrs, alternate years to module 10 Paediatrics

Module 8

TMJ Technique

Examination, diagnosis and treatment of TMD. Anatomy and physiology of the stomatognathic system and how the adjustment relates to the SOT Categories. How to communicate with dentists is also discussed.

Knowledge of foundation seminars 1-2 is advisable.

Module 9

Cranial Specific and Non-Specific Technique

This module covers the specialised techniques in SOT, which are extremely useful on a day to day basis. Includes techniques that can be applied for specific health conditions.

Module 10


This module covers the SOT approach to the management of pregnancy and babies as well as children. It includes a protocol for thorough paediatric assessment and considerations for many commonly occurring paediatric conditions.

Module 11

Sutural Technique & Cranial ROM

This cranial module is the complete DeJarnette seven step sutural release and follows the protocol for facilitating a Category II adjustment when there is sutural stress involved.

Module 12

Intraoral Technique

This cranial module covers facial analysis to diagnose cranial lesions and specific adjustments for occipital, frontal and temporal bone lesions and how they relate to the categories.

Stage 3 Exam


This exam covers all aspects of cranial work presented in modules 6-12.

After receiving your Craniopath certificate, you may be invited to become a primary SOTe educator.

Read the exam guidelines here.

Stage 4 Diplomat certification

1 year as a Craniopath

Hold Craniopath status for over 1 year.

1 SOT research paper

Publish and present one original SOT research paper.

Present SOT

Once you have published an SOT paper, you will be invited to present SOT internationally.

Stage 5 Fellowship certification

2 SOT research papers

Publish and present two original SOT research papers.

1 SOT peer review

Submit one paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

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