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Registered Naturopath

Registration for the Naturopath (ND)

Registration is open to those that have fulfilled the WHO standards for Naturopathic Training. A Traditional Naturopathic training program does not require prior medical or other healthcare training or experience.

Naturopathic training is designed to produce naturopaths qualified to practice natural health independently or as members of a healthcare team. This type of program consists of a minimum of two years of full-time study or three years of part-time study. The training should consist of no fewer than 1500 hours, including no less than 400 hours of supervised clinical training. Acceptable applicants will typically have completed high school education or equivalent.

Note: With the approval of the IANHP, two years of successful practice may be accepted in place of the 400 hours of clinical training.


Required Training for Naturopath registration should consist of but not limited to the following coursework:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Chemistry
  • Herbology
  • Naturopathic History & Practice
  • Pathology
  • Homeopathy
  • First Aid
  • Nutrition
  • Fasting & Detoxification
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Bach Flower Remedies
  • Bodywork
  • Kinesiology
  • Energy Medicine

Naturopathic registration serves as a form of accountability and recognition in the international community.

IANHP Registered Naturopaths can use the designation: Registered Traditional Naturopath (RTN)

IANHP Registered Naturopaths are required to submit 2.5 actual hours of Continuing Education (CEU) every year in the form of in-class or online (meetings, seminars, projects, newsletter subscriptions, etc.).

Other Registrations

Naturopathic Practitioner (NP)

Those that have completed between 480-600 hours or at least 30 credits of the above training. The registration certificate will read Registered Naturopathic Practitioner (RNP). Annual continuing education is required for this group (2.5 actual hours yearly). The clinical internship is not required but highly recommended.

Naturopathic Counselor (NC)

To qualify for the Registered Naturopathic Counselor (RNC) designation applicants must have completed coursework in the following topics:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Herbal Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Naturopathic History and Practices
  • Client Assessment
  • Professional Guidelines and Ethics
  • Basic Chemistry

The internship is not required but highly recommended. Continuing education is not required to maintain registration but is encouraged.