Standards & Requirements for Certifications

Registrants are required to hold College certifications in the following specified aspects of practice before practising them:

These specified aspects of practice require additional education and training in order to obtain certification. For further information about each certification, including the specific application requirements for each certification, see the corresponding links.

Life Support & Advanced Life Support

All registrants must maintain Basic Life Support (BLS), or CPR for HCP with AED. Registrants with certifications must hold Naturopathic Advanced Life Support (NALS), in addition to BLS/CPR for HCP with AED. Registrants may take the following courses to satisfy the training requirements for NALS:

– “Naturopathic Advanced Life Support”, taught by Dr. Michael A. Prytula, ND
– “Naturopathic Advanced Life Support”, provided by OHM Medical Training Services Inc.
– “Naturopathic Advanced Life Support”, provided by TAMIK Training and Supplies Ltd.

Registrants must renew their NALS qualification every two (2) years. BLS/CPR for HCP with AED must also be renewed prior to expiry.

Virtual NALS and BLS Training

Due to the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of the College has approved that registrants may complete their Naturopathic Advanced Life Support (NALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) training virtually until the end of September 2021 with OHM Medical Training Services Inc and TAMIK Training and Supplies Ltd.

Registrants may also continue to complete their NALS and BLS training in-person should they choose to do so.

If you are unable to complete an online or in-person training before the expiry of your NALS or BLS certificate, please contact the College at office@cnpbc.bc.ca to request an extension of time to complete the required course(s).

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To maintain valid certification, registrants must satisfy the College’s Continuing Education (CE) Requirements (see Category “E”).

Course providers may fill out and submit the following application form to the College to have their course considered for approval as a required course for a certification: Course Application Form.

Application Processes

Once a registrant has successfully fulfilled the certification requirements, s/he may apply to the College for certification by submitting the corresponding application form and proof of certification requirements to the College office.

Applications should be made within one year of completing the course. Registrants should submit a complete package including the application and all supporting documentation from course completion (ideally as one PDF). Registrants will be notified when the application fee has been posted in the Invoices & Receipts area of the Registrant Online Self-Service (ROSS) system. Complete applications will be reviewed by the College as they are received, and processing typically takes 5-10 business days upon receipt of all materials and payment of the application fee.

If approved, registrants will be notified of their certification by letter, which must be received before the registrant performs the corresponding procedure(s) on patients.

How to Restore a Certification with the College

A registrant who has not maintained a certification for a specified aspect of practice  must apply to restore that certification prior to resuming that aspect of practice. To restore a certification, submit an Application for Restoration of Certification and evidence of at least four (4) hours of relevant continuing education (see: Continuing Education (CE) Requirements).

The Application is available in the Forms & Resources area of the Registrant Online Self-Service (ROSS) system. Registrants are encouraged to upload their CE information into the Continuing Education (CE) Activities in the ROSS system prior to submitting an Application for Restoration of Certification. Registrants will be notified when the application fee has been posted in the Invoices & Receipts area of the Registrant Online Self-Service (ROSS) system. Complete applications will be reviewed by the College as they are received, and the registrant will be notified if further information is required. Processing typically takes 5-10 business days upon receipt of all materials and payment of the application fee.

If approved, registrants will be notified of their certification by letter, which must be received before the registrant performs the corresponding procedure(s) on patients.