Practice Permit Information

Registration Requirements

In order to practice as a naturopathic doctor in Alberta, an individual must first apply for a practice permit to be issued by the Registrar of the College. There are three Registers under which an individual can apply:

General Register

An applicant must have the following requirements: 

(a) successfully complete a 4-year program of studies in naturopathic medicine approved by the Council (Refer to Approved Naturopathic Medical Schools), 

(b) successfully pass the Biomedical Science Examination and Core Clinical Science Examination of NPLEX OR the Biomedical Science Examination of NPLEX and the College of Naturopaths of Ontario Clinical Sciences Exam (written), 

(c) successfully pass either the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia oral practical examinations OR the College of Naturopaths of Ontario clinical examinations (practical),

(d) successfully pass the the College's jurisprudence examination,

(e) satisfy one of the following conditions:

          (i) within the two years prior to the Registrar receiving a completed application, have completed (a), (b) and (c) above;

          (ii) within the three years prior to the Registrar receiving a completed application, have completed 1200 hours of professional service while the applicant was a registered member in good standing of a regulatory college of naturopathic medicine and carried on an active practice in a jurisdiction recognized by the College; or

          (iii) demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Registrar that the applicant is currently competent to practicse as a naturoapthic doctor.

For the purposes of subsection (e)(iii) above, the Registrar may require an applicant to undergo any examinations, testing, assessment, training or education the Registrar considers necessary.  Please contact the CNDA further details.  

Provisional Register

An applicant must have the following requirements: 

  • successfully complete a 4-year program of studies in naturopathic medicine approved by the Council (Refer to Approved Naturopathic Medical Schools); and,
  • has not successfully passed the exams in (b) or (c) above


Individuals on the provisional register may only practise while under the supervision of a regulated member on the general register and in accordance with any conditions specified by the Registrar.  They are also prohibited from using the title Doctor or the abbreviation Dr in connection with providing a health service within the practice of naturopathic medicine, but may use the title "naturopath".

Courtesy Register

An applicant may apply to the courtesy register if they are in good standing in another jurisdiction recognized by the College. An applicant may apply for registration in Alberta on a temporary basis for a specified purpose approved by the Registrar.  

How to apply for a practice permit

*Please click HERE to be directed to our online application form and then select "Please Sign Up" to begin the application process.