Registration Reinstatement

Applying for Reinstatement

Please note that you must not practise naturopathic medicine in BC, or use the restricted titles of “naturopath”, “naturopathic physician”, “naturopathic doctor”, “physician”, “doctor”, or the abbreviation “Dr.”, until you have provided the College with proof of insurance, and have obtained full (practising) registration.

Pursuant to the College’s bylaws, specifically section 58, where it has been less than three (3) years since you were a full (practising) registrant, the below items are required as part of your application for reinstatement:

  1. A completed Registration Application and payment of the application fee ($289);
    (See Documentation for instructions on how to complete this form)
  2. Valid and current government issued photo ID with signature;
    (See Documentation for a list of accepted IDs) 
  3. Proof of current professional indemnity insurance;
  4. Proof of valid and current Basic Life Support (HCP) or CPR for HCP with AED training; (Click here for the training requirements)
  5. If you intend to apply for any certifications with the College, you must provide proof of valid and current Naturopathic Advanced Life Support (NALS) training; (Click here for the training requirements)
  6. A CRC Clearance Letter from the BC Government’s Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP); (Click here for more information about how to complete and submit a CRC)
  7. Information about your activities since you were a full (practising) registrant with the College, specifically:
    1. A list of all continuing education that you have taken in the past 24 months, and evidence of at least 40 hours of course completion. This information, as well as supporting documentation, may be uploaded on ROSS > “Continuing Education (CE)” tab.
    2. Two (2) letters of reference provided by individuals who can attest to your character and specifically your character in relation to your practice as a naturopathic doctor. References should be professional colleagues who are familiar with an ND’s practice and who agree that the College may contact them regarding the reference;
    3. If you have practiced naturopathic medicine anywhere while you were not a full (practising) registrant of the College, provide a written summary of all your practice experience as a naturopathic doctor since that time. 
    4. If applicable, a Certificate of Good Standing or equivalent letter from the competent regulatory or licensing authority in any jurisdiction where you are or were, at any time, registered or licensed for the practice of naturopathic medicine or another regulated profession. (See Documentation for the letter’s requirements)

Pursuant to bylaw section 58(3), when it has been more than three (3) years since you were a full (practising) registrant, in addition to the application materials set out above, the Registration Committee may require the successful completion of examination(s), upgrading program(s), or period(s) of supervised practice. After you have submitted the requested information, the Registration Committee will review the materials to determine whether any further requirements must be met to complete your application for registration.

The following exemptions are available to former or non-practicing registrants on parental leave if it has been less than three (3) years since they held full (practising) registrant status:

  1. Because the applicant for reinstatement has not been practicing naturopathic medicine during their parental leave, the applicant will be exempted from the usual reinstatement requirements of providing a notarized Statutory Declaration and letters of reference.
  2. The requirement to provide evidence of 40 hours of continuing education in the 24 months prior to the application for reinstatement is reduced to 20 hours for registrants returning from parental leave. Applicants may use their best professional judgment when allocating the CE hours between the different CE categories.

Applicants are encouraged to submit all of their materials in one package. Emailed documents should be submitted as PDFs.

All applicants are encouraged to review the Documentation page for a list of accepted supporting documents and instructions on how to complete application forms.

Applications can be emailed at [email protected] or mailed to the College.

Applicants should allow for sufficient time for all of their materials to be sent to the College. 

Upon receipt of the complete application, the College will contact the applicant regarding payment of the application fee. Applications will not be assessed and processed until a non-refundable application fee and all supporting documentation have been submitted.

If the applicant has satisfied all of the application requirements, they will be provided with a letter confirming that they have met the preliminary requirements for registration with the College.

The applicant will then be provided with the Practising Registrant Registration form which must be returned to the College along with payment of the registration fees (prorated by month), and a confirmation of professional liability insurance. Registration fees are listed in Schedule C of the Bylaws.

Applications and administrative requests are processed in the order they are received. Processing reinstatement applications typically takes 4-6 weeks. Processing times might increase depending on the period, the volume of requests received, and the Registration Committee’s meeting schedule.

Please submit your reinstatement application, as outlined above, at least 4-6 weeks in advance of your desired return to work date.

Upon processing your application/request, the Registration team will contact you with an update or will notify you if additional items are needed. Unless necessary, please refrain from contacting the College multiple times regarding your application/request as this increases the processing time.

NOTE: Applicants applying for registration are subject to bylaws and policies in effect at the time of submitting their application & payment. CNPBC will become the College of Complementary Health Professionals on June 28, 2024. Applicants applying for registration will be subject to bylaws and policies in effect for the ‘new’ College at that time.

Please note that certifications are not restored automatically upon registration reinstatement. Applications to restore certifications must be submitted after a candidate has been granted registration with the CNPBC. If you have been granted registration, please review the certification restoration requirements here.