To prepare for work as a naturopath, it will help if you take a qualification that is recognised by one of the professional organisations for naturopathy.
The General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN) is a professional body for naturopathy and recommends that courses should last at least three years, should involve attendance and not be done by distance learning.
The GCRN accredits the following training courses:
- Diploma in Naturopathy and BSc degree in Osteopathic Medicine – offered by the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (four years)
- postgraduate diploma, aimed at registered medical practitioners, osteopaths and chiropractors – offered by the College of Osteopaths
The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) also offers a Diploma in Naturopathy.
When considering a course, discuss exactly what the training provider is offering and check what experience and qualifications they hold. You should also check how the course is delivered and how much of the course involves clinical placements.
You'll usually need:
- 3 A levels (with at least two in science-based subjects)