When we lose a loved one, we often long to hear from them again, to find out if they’re okay, if they know how we feel about them or to be guided by them.  Consequently, we desperately want to communicate with our deceased loved one.  That’s when the idea of consulting a medium or psychic often comes up.

However, many are concerned about how to determine the validity of a specific medium or psychic.  The question then arises whether or not there’s such a thing as a certified medium or psychic.  Before we discuss the idea of a certified medium or psychic let’s look at the difference between a medium and a psychic, as this is an often misunderstood concept.


A medium connects with your deceased loved one using their intuition.  He or she then provides sufficient evidence to prove that they are really connected with a certain individual.  Mediums do not make predictions, or provide analysis of different aspects of your life such as finances, career, or love life.

In short, a medium is someone who communicates with the deceased in order to pass messages along from the deceased to the living.  Mental mediums use their minds in order to communicate with the deceased.  Physical mediums can make spirits appear in the real world where they may be felt, heard, or seen by others.  Mediums use a variety of senses to reach the spirit world, including clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, claircognizance, and channeling.  The methods employed include séances, trances, and spirit boards.


A psychic obtains information about an individual’s past, present, or future using their intuition.  Psychics use the energy found in an individual’s aura to sense what occurred in the past, what is occurring now, and what will occur in the future.

All mediums are also psychics, but not all psychics are also mediums.

The list of different psychic abilities is long and varies according to each psychic’s individual and unique gifts.  Some abilities include clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, claircognizance, clairalience, clairgustance, aura reading, astral projection, precognition, and psychometry.


Some mediums and psychics are certified by various people or organizations.  Testing and training is available to these individuals to confirm their levels of ability.


While the testing varies from organization to organization, typically the testing includes some common elements.  Tests often include a questionnaire, a demonstration of the medium’s or psychic’s abilities, and a measure of his or her accuracy and proficiency.

Testing of Medium Abilities

The applicant is required to pick up on an individual and his or her life in the past, present, and future.  Next, the applicant must demonstrate his or her ability to receive visions of the past, present, or future.  He or she must also demonstrate the ability to pass along what they see and observe and answer any questions regarding their vision.  Finally, the medium must be able to accurately describe any significant emotions, feelings, traumatic events, or successes experienced by the other individual.

Testing of Psychic Abilities

The applicant is required to provide a general reading of an individual’s overall life.  He or she must also be able to receive messages regarding the finances, career, health, and relationships of the other individual.  Additionally, psychics are testes for additional psychic gifts such as ESP, medical intuitiveness, empathy, intuitiveness, and remote empathy, and so on.

What Difference Does Certification Make?

The opinions on this subject vary as widely as the opinions on the validity of mediums and psychics in general.  Unfortunately, there are no governing bureaus verifying these organizations providing certification for mediums and psychics.  This essentially means that no one holds the organizations accountable by evaluating classes, or confirming the credentials of the instructors.  Therefore, if you are researching certified mediums or psychics the best idea is to research the organization from which he or she received the certification.