PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION & ACCREDITATION CRITERIA
Definition of Naturopathy
The RITMA Naturopath Association considers Naturopathy, a form of alternative medicine, to be a combination of methods and techniques aimed at regulating the body’s balance of health in order to retain or recover optimum health.
In Canada, Naturopathy is provincially regulated and governed in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. If the RITMA member practices in these provinces, he/she must adhere to the provincial regulations in force.
Should the therapist practice in any of the other provinces, he/she must adhere to the RITMA code of deontology/ethics and established criteria of the RITMA association.
When requesting membership, RITMA will tabulate all the applicable hours, along with diplomas and certificates, to ensure the applicant has reached a minimum of 1000 hours of professional education, training and courses.
Canada N.D. = Docteur in naturopathy, are part of the health system in provinces where naturopathy is legislated.
Québec N.D. = Diploma in naturopathy, no doctor's degree can be outside the university system in Quebec.
To qualify as a Naturopath member
CEGEP / College / University graduated and a minimum of 1000 hours* of post graduate education in Naturopathy.
A High School Diploma or equivalent with a minimum of 1,200* hours of study in Naturopathy.
RITMA Naturopath Association’s minimum requirements for Membership
This list includes techniques/disciplines which would be considered in a member’s application for accreditation in our Naturopath Association and is not exhaustive.
The number of hours indicated are approximate, based on an average showed below, therefore, some duration may vary. The mentioned criteria for accreditation are general guidelines only. Kindly contact our offices for additional details.
- Anatomy/Physiology (300 hours)
- Bioenergetics (180 hours)
- Chinese traditional medicine (120 hours)
- Clinical Herbal medicine (1300 hours)
- Relational therapist (from 1000 hours)
- Deontology (60 hours)
- Essential oils and plant extracts (120 hours)
- Freudian and Jungian Psychoanalysis (200 hours)
- Herbal medicine and Aromatherapy (230 hours)
- History and philosophy of Naturopathy (60 hours)
- Homeopathy (250 hours)
- Interview skills and counseling technique (60 hours)
- Iridology (120 hours)
- Natural miens and healthy life choices (100 hours)
- Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
- Nutrition (150 hours)
- Professional practices and ethics (120 hours)
- Semiology (60 hours)
- Supervised practical training and pathology (250 hours)
- Supervised practical training of Naturopathy (150 hours)
- Therapeutic Hypnosis (150 hours)
- Trace elements and vitamin therapy (170 hours)
- Traditional herbal remedies (120 hours)
- Histology, symptomology, vitamins and minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, Hydrotherapy, Microbiology, Organic therapies, Pathologies, Pharmacology, etc.
All other experience and/or equivalent training may also be considered by our membership committee.
PLEASE NOTE: yoga - pilates - tai chi - private coaches - are not recognized disciplines in Naturopathy.
The personal growth workshops are not recognized for training hours.
The RITMA association encourages continued education for its members, who may benefit from industry improvements and new skills or techniques, in order to remain at the top of their profession. Keep in mind that every additional class or course taken in any alternative medicine discipline may be considered when tabulating your total number of hours of education.
* The accreditation criteria mentioned above are for general purposes only. Please contact our office for more details.