The process


The Institute of Spiritualist Mediums, or ISM as it is more commonly known, is intent on raising the standard of mediumship. As an educational body it offers opportunities to individuals to develop their mediumship through workshops at branch meetings, study days and occasional residential weekend workshops. The "Circle Network" has also been established to advise and support aspiring mediums developing within the home circle situation.

It has been recognised by the Institute that there is a need for some degree of assessment to take place before a developing medium works in a public manner at churches/centres or offers private readings. As a result a three stage assessment system has been created thus ensuring that a high standard of mediumship is always available, very important in this day and age.

Assessments are carried out four times a year at different venues where the invited participants are required to present a short talk on Spiritual Philosophy and follow with a demonstration of Spirit communication. Members of the ISM who are Registered & Approved Mediums themselves are present in the audience and make notes/comments concerning the work shown. At a later date all notes/comments are collated by the Education Officer and a letter is sent to the participant detailing the result of their work and giving constructive, helpful advice when and where necessary. If their assessment has met the correct level necessary for whichever stage they are the appropriate certificate will be included, if not then they will be invited to re-attend at a later date.

1st Stage - Probationer's Certificate


This stage is open to all beginners.

The certificate is for 1 or 2 years depending on level attained.

2nd Stage - Intermediate Certificate


This stage is open to Probationers and any working mediums who are looking for ISM/RAM accreditation.

Please Note the Intermediate Certificate has to be obtained before moving on to the third and final stage

3rd Stage - Registered & Approved Medium


(RAM) NB ISM membership has to be applied for at this stage
Before this final assessment and after the Intermediate Certificate has been secured a payment is required, this comprises of the annual RAM fee and admin costs.

**Upon receipt of the payment the applicant will receive a questionnaire on Spiritualism and Mediumship and will be asked for details of referees who can substantiate their mediumistic ability to date. (All correspondence will be treated in strictest confidence) A date for the RAM assessment will be offered to the applicant once all paperwork has been received and collated. After a successful assessment the new Registered & Approved Medium will receive a Certificate and be invited to renew each year on 31st December.

NB Membership of the Institute is obligatory for all RAMs if not already in place.
All RAMs are subject to re-assessment after 5 years in order to comply with the aims of the Institute.

If you would like to apply for ISM assessment at any level please contact;
Mrs Doreen Winder, 8 Achilles Way, Braintree, EssexCM7 9UN in writing or email: