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 Basic Sciences and Clinical portions of the NPLEX examinations

(c) successfully pass the the College's jurisprudence examination

(d) satisfy one of the following conditions:
          (i) within the two years prior to the Registrar receiving a completed application, have completed (a) and (b) 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

The applicant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Registrar that the applicant is currently competent to practise.

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)
  • successfully pass the following the Basic Sciences and Clinical portions of the NPLEX examinations


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.

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. Individuals on the Provisional Register are prohibited from using the title Doctor or the abbreviation Dr in connection with providing a health service within the practice of naturopathic medicine. 

How to apply for a practice permit

For a new practice permit:

1. Contact the Registrar to initiate the process and receive an online login account for the Registered Members Online Portal. 
2. In the Registered Members Online Portal, follow the process outlined to complete and submit your application to the Registrar.

To renew your practice permit

1. Go to the Registered Members Online Portal.
2. Click on Renew Registration and follow the instructions provided.
3. Note that you are required to have your Competency Profile to be up-to-date, and all course certificates on-hand for submission.